SENIOR HOCKEY AND RUGBY FESTIVAL
the last weekend of the first term of 2017
Union High hosted its 30th Annual Senior
Rugby and Hockey Festival and once again it
was a tremendous success, with teams from
across the country taking part in the
With 800 learners and 115 coaches attending, we had hostels bursting at the seams, but the hard-working staff of Arthur Kingwill House and Herby Arnott House made it work and as always Union was complimented for its great hospitality. We wish to take this opportunity to thank our hostel staff for all those extra hours and their contribution to the success of the festival. The same goes to Mr Kingwill and his team of ground-staff for ensuring that our facilities were always in impeccable condition.
Thank you to our rugby and hockey moms and dads for feeding the coaches, sponsors, staff, medics and referees at the Union. As always, the food was of the highest quality (and quantity). Thank you also to Mr Crankshaw and his team of old Unionites for their contribution.
A festival of this magnitude cannot be hosted without its sponsors. To our main sponsors for festival – Hyundai, Caltex, College Motors, SupaQuick and Spur - we appreciate the ongoing support from your businesses. We are looking forward to many more years of working together.
Congratulations to the coaches on the teams’ performances over festival. You and the teams made us proud on and off the field!
Festival Rugby Report
On Saturday, we played against Cambridge in what was an eagerly anticipated clash. Our team looked forward to playing at home and this was evident in the way they approached the match. We played with commitment and passion to secure a 13 – 5 victory. Cambridge was physically bigger but we managed to disrupt their attack with excellent defence and intensity throughout. Ross Stanley finished off a well-constructed team try in the first half to put us ahead. The momentum switched back and forth with Cambridge scoring just before half time. Unfortunately, we could not convert pressure into points but rather missed out on what should have been certain tries. Our handling and impatience caused frustration from players and supporters alike. Fortunately, a second half try by Cohen Pieterse and converted penalty by Matt Harpur gave us a two-score cushion and we managed to hang onto this until the final whistle.
Monday’s match against Charlie Hofmeyer was a disappointing one for us. We seemed flat-footed and put in a lacklustre performance. We could not control possession and our intensity on defence was far off the pace. Unforced errors at critical moments hurt us and we could not find our rhythm as a result. Our opponents capitalised on our failure to protect the ball and used their opportunities better than we did. We lost the match 17 – 39. Ross Stanley scored a good individual try and Ikhona Koeberg did well to finish off our most promising passage of play, dotting down underneath the posts. Matt Harpur kicked two conversions and a penalty.
Our thanks go out to all involved with the organisation and running of the festival. It was another incredible experience for us as the First Rugby Squad. We are truly grateful for the opportunity and for the hard work which was done behind the scenes.
It was an emotional weekend for us after hearing the news of the passing of Sean Kroon, a member of our First XV in 2016 and a good friend to many. Sean played an integral part in the 2016 season and will long be remembered for his dedication. His work rate from the side of the scrum was immense and he was always willing to put his body on the line for his teammates. As a coach, I knew I could rely on him at any time and in any situation. He never let me down and often exceeded expectations. Off the field, he was a real character and added so much to the chemistry of the team with his quirky personality and unique perspective on life. It was a privilege for us all to share the special moments of the season with a young man who loved every minute of what he did. We will miss him dearly and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. The ‘white jersey’ family has lost a brother but he will forever live on in our hearts and in the change room.
Union High’s 1st Rugby and Hockey teams honoured Sean Kroon on Monday with a minute of silence prior to the final rugby match of the Festival.
Festival Hockey Report
After winning the EC SPAR Hockey Spar Challenge on Friday, Union's first hockey team continued their success when they played their first game of the Festival against Paarl Gym from Cape Town. Paarl Gym played with the same intensity that the Union Team has been accustomed to play. The Union girls used their opportunities well and beat Paarl Gym 8 goals to 0.
On Sunday they played two games. During the first game against Nico Malan the girls wasted their opportunities in the first half and only scored one goal. The second half was much better and Union scored 5 goals to 0. The second match was played against Settlers High School from Cape Town. It was a well-rounded game and Union displayed their exquisite skill, beating Settlers 9-0.
On Monday, Union played against Brandwag from Uitenhage, who Brandwag brought a negative type of game that the Union girls weren't use to. It forced the Union girls to try to counter it by using a different structure. It frustrated the Union girls, but it forced them to play harder and comfortably win 4-0.
Over the festival the Union girls showed their level of fitness, skill and their understanding of the game. They dominated this weekend with finesse and were graceful and humble after every game and saw each game as a challenge. In total they played 4 games, scored 27 goals, averaging 6 goals per game and conceding 0.
It was a very successful festival for Union’s 1st Hockey Team and the girls are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Day 1 : Saturday 1 April
Camps Bay High School 32 vs Linkside High School 17
Hoërskool Andrew Rabie 22 vs Winterberg Landbou Skool 23
Grey College Cherries 39 vs Swartland Hoërskool 7
Gill College 22 vs Hoërskool Grens 26
Hoër Volkskool 16 vs Pearson High School 34
Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyr 17 vs Grey High School Unicorns 15
Grey College 68 vs Stirling High School 3
Union High School 13 vs Cambridge High School 5
Muir College 18 vs Westering 10
Paarl Gim Daisies 52 vs Grens 3
Brandwag Hoërskool 1 vs Victoria Girls 0
Gill College 0 vs Stirling High School 4
Hoër Volkskool 2 vs Paarl Gim 0
Linkside High School 1 vs Cambridge High School 3
Nico Malan Hoërskool 2 vs Grens Hoërskool 0
Westering High School 0 vs Settlers High School 0
Victoria Girls 0 vs Framesby Hoërskool 4
Paarl Gim Invitational 0 vs Union High School 8
Brandwag Hoërskool 2 vs Union High Invitational 1
Stirling High School 6 vs Hoër Volkskool 0
Gill College 4 vs Cambridge High School 1
Day 2 : Sunday 2 April
Westering 1 vs Paarl Gim 4
Nico Malan 0 vs Union High School 6
Framesby 4 vs Cambridge 1
Stirling 3 vs Settlers 0
Grens 3 vs Linkside 3
Victoria Girls 3 vs Union Invitational 3
Nico Malan 3 vs Brandwag 3
Framesby 2 vs Volkskool 1
Union High School 9 vs Settlers 0
Linkside 0 vs Gill 4
Westering 5 vs Grens 0
Day 3 : Monday 3 April
Paarl Gim Daisies 10 vs Grey Unicorns 18
Grey College Cherries 60 vs Grens Hoërskool 8
Grey College 92 vs Muir College 10
Gill College 45 vs Cambridge High School 12
Pearson High School 46 vs Swartland Hoërskool 20
Westering High School 24 vs Camps Bay High School 8
Hoër Volkskool 0 vs Stirling High School 65
Union High School 17 vs Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyr 39
Grens 2nd Team 19 vs Hoërskool Andrew Rabie 33
Nico Malan Hoërskool 1 vs Paarl Gim Invitational 4
Settlers High School 0 vs Cambridge High School 1
Linkside High School 0 vs Victoria Girls2
Union High Invitational 0 vs Westering High School 1
Framesby High School 2 vs Gill College 1
Grens Hoërskool 1 vs Hoër Volkskool 4
Union High School 4 vs Brandwag Hoërskool 0