Union High School



For the 31st consecutive year, Union High had the privilege to host their Annual Senior Rugby and Hockey Festival, and once again it was a tremendous success, with teams from across the country taking part in the festival. We would like to quote the main sponsor of the festival, Caltex’s Mr Clive Berlyn from his speech to the visiting coaches: ’As a company, we adopted from the start a firm approach that our involvement in projects and/or events will be guided by whether it provides the right platform to nurture and create the leadership potential that resides within our young people. We strongly believe that sport and education provides us with just such platforms. You are the leaders of tomorrow and what you learn on the playing fields will prepare you for the world that awaits when you leave school.”

With 600 learners and 95 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, media team 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 – Caltex, College Motors, Hyundai, Pick ‘n Pay, 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 their teams’ performances over festival. You and the teams made us proud on and off the field!

Festival Rugby Report
In their first fixture on Thursday, Union played against Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyer. In what was more mud wrestling than rugby, the Union boys managed to grind out a two-point victory. The game hung in the balance for the full 70 minutes with neither team giving an inch. The heavy rain resulted in it being a hard fought battle of attrition, where field position and minimising errors were the order of the day. Union scored two tries through Luthando Skapu and Iviwe Ndamane, both players showing exceptional skill to cross the whitewash. Matt Harpur converted both tries, which proved to be the difference at the final whistle. It was a satisfying 14 - 12 win for Union against a side that had convincingly beaten them the year before.

In the final match of the festival on Saturday, the Union boys took on Hoërskool Grens from East London. Fortunately, the weather was conducive to running rugby and Union was able to play a more expansive pattern which was pleasing to the spectators. Union were again forced to work extremely hard against quality opposition. Both teams scored an unconverted try in the first half and kicked a penalty goal to make it 8-8 at the half-time break. The Union team started the second half brilliantly, spreading the ball from point to point, forcing their opponents to make numerous tackles and cover loads of ground on defence. Union executed the plan to perfection and eventually ran in a further two tries as the Grens defenders seemed to tire somewhat. The boys were solid on defence and capitalised on their opportunities on attack to win the game 25 - 8. Union’s tries were scored by Cowan Swartz, Ikhona Koeberg and Luke McNaughton. Matt Harpur converted two tries and two penalties.

Day 1 Rugby Results
Winterberg Agricultural High School vs Hoërskool Andrew Rabie:  17 - 10
Paarl Gimnasium Daisies vs Linkside High School:  83 - 3
Grey High Unicorns vs Hoërskool Grens 2de Span:  42 - 5
Hoër Volkskool vs Westering High School:  14 - 19
Gill College vs Camps Bay High School:  48 - 0
Stirling High School vs Ithembilihle High Schoo:  34 - 10
Hoërskool Stellenbosch vs Hoërskool Grens:  12 - 12
Cambridge High School vs Pearson High School:  5 - 18
Union High School vs Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyr:  14 - 12

No rugby on Day 2

Day 3 Rugby Results
Paarl Gimnasium Daisies vs Hoërskool Grens 2de Span:  63 - 0
Grey High Unicorns vs Camps Bay High School:  38 - 15
Hoërskool Charlie Hofmeyr vs Ithembelihle High School:  48 - 14
Cambridge High School vs Hoërskool Stellenbosch:  36 - 26
Pearson High School vs Stirling High School:  27 - 15
Winterberg Agricultural High School vs Westering High School:  13 - 41
Gill College vs Hoërskool Andrew Rabie:  24 - 19
Hoër Volkskool vs Linkside High School:  48 - 7
Union High School vs Hoërskool Grens:  25 - 8

Festival Hockey Report
Union’s 1st hockey team came into the festival with a lot of pressure hanging over the heads due to the below par performances so far this season. Their first match took place against Framesby, with the girls being extremely nervous. They couldn’t convert the opportunities that they had went down 1 - 0, but thanks to a spectacular goal by Micela Loock, the score was even at 1 all going into the break The Union girls finished the match on 4 - 1, with Jenna McNaughton scoring a hat-trick and Micela Loock scoring one goal.

Union played their second match against Paarl Gimnasium in heavy raining conditions, which made the Astro Turf slow. The Union girls dominated the game from the beginning to the end, but could only score one goal (by Rebecca Langmead), which enabled them to win 1 - 0.

The 3rd and much awaited game against the toughest opponents at the festival, Kingsridge High School, took place on day 2 of the festival. The Union girls were well prepared for the match and excelled in the 1st half with a well-rounded team goal from Micela Loock, and Rebecca Langmead scoring the second goal. Kingsridge piled on the pressure during the second half, but the Union girls held on for a 2-0 victory.

During Union’s 4th match, against Settlers High School, the Union players’ class in play and movement off the ball dominated the opposition. Settlers did not have any ball possession, but their defence made it difficult for Union to score. However, the Union girls broke through and managed to score two goals thanks to Jenna McNaughton and Rebecca Langmead. With Settlers not having much possession of the ball and Union being in the opposition territory most of the game, Union withdrew the goalkeeper to add more attackers to their field. Unfortunately they then conceded a goal, but soon rectified the decision by scoring another goal by Rebecca Langmead to win the game 3 - 1.

The 5th and final game saw Union get their X-Factor back to completely overwhelm Cambridge High with the game controlled by the classy centre back, Yente Retief, to win the game 6 - 0. Goals were scored by Micela Loock (2),Henze Jaftha (2), Jenna McNaughton and Rebecca Langmead.

Hockey statistics for the festival:
Played 5 won 5
Goals for: 15
Goals against: 2
Goal Scorers:  Jenna McNaughton (5), Rebecca Langmead (5), Micela Loock (4) and Henze Jaftha (2)

Day 1 Hockey results
Stirling High School vs Hoër Volkskool:  2 - 0
Paarl Gimnasium Invitational vs Kingsridge High School:  1 - 0
Westering High School vs Victoria Girls High:  3 - 0
Union High School vs Hoërskool Framesby:  4 - 1
Gill College 1 vs Linkside High School:  1 – 0
Cambridge High School vs Settlers High School:  0 - 3
Hoërskool Nico Malan vs Hoërskool Grens:  4 - 0
Gill College vs Kingsridge High School:  0 - 6
Victoria Girls High School vs Hoërskool Framesby:  1 - 2
Cambridge High School vs Hoërskool Nico Malan:  2 - 4
Union High School Invitational vs Linkside High School:  1 - 0
Stirling High School vs Settlers High School:  1 - 1
Union High School vs Paarl Gimnasium Inv:  1 - 0
Hoërskool Grens vs Westering High School:  0 - 5

Day 2 Hockey results
Cambridge High School vs Hoërskool Framesby:  2 - 0
Union High School Inv vs Nico Malan:  0 - 5
Stirling High School vs Gill College:  5 - 2
Kingsridge High School vs Settlers High School:  3 - 0
Paarl Gimnasium Inv vs Hoër Volkskool:  0 - 0
Victoria Girls High vs Hoërskool Grens:  3 - 1
Westering High School vs Gill College:  5 - 1
Cambridge High School vs Linkside High School:  3 - 0
Victoria Girls High School vs Hoërskool Nico Malan:  1 - 0
Paarl Gimnasium Inv vs Stirling High School:  0 - 1
Hoër Volkskool vs Linkside High School:  3 - 0
Hoërskool Grens vs Hoërskool Framesby:  0 - 1
Union High School vs Kingsridge High School:  2 - 0
Settlers High School vs Westering High School:  0 - 0

Day 3 Hockey results
Union High School vs Settlers High School:  3 - 1
Linkside High School vs Hoërskool Nico Malan:  0 - 5
Hoër Volkskool vs Hoërskool Grens:  5 - 1
Stirling High School vs Hoërskool Framesby:  1 - 0
Paarl Gimnasium Invitational vs Westering High School:  3 - 0
Victoria Girls High School vs Union High School Invitational:  2 - 1
Union High School vs Cambridge High School:  6 - 0
Hoër Volkskool vs Kingsridge High School:  1 - 4
Union High School Invitational vs Gill College:  0 - 0



The 19th Anne Beagley Junior Rugby and Hockey Festival was held this past weekend at Union High School.
Guest schools, accompanied by their coaches, parents and supporters, descended on the Union sports grounds to showcase their skills in a fun-filled and highly contested three days of sport.

At the Friday evening's cocktail event, Mr William Pringle, Headmaster of Union High, welcomed and thanked all the coaches and staff of visiting schools for giving up their holiday time to attend this very popular festival.

Mr Pringle also took the opportunity to thank the sponsors: College Motors Caltex Graaff-Reinet and Fresh Stop, Hyundai Graaff-Reinet, SupaQuick, the Desert Springs Spur, Pick n Pay, Merino Pharmacy and Mica Graaff-Reinet for their contribution in making this sports festival possible. Caltex and College Motors were the main sponsors of the event, and Clive Berlyn, CEO of Caltex Eastern Cape Marketers, and himself a proud Old Unionite, also spoke at the function. He paid special tribute to the sports coaches, managers, umpires, referees, teachers and parents, whose commitment paved the way for the youngsters to understand the importance of teamwork, dedication, determination and dealing with adversity in achieving their goals. These attributes and attitudes learned and applied in the good times and the bad, are ones that learners can develop and benefit from through the opportunity to play sport at any level.

Mr Berlyn also reflected on the values developed by the players, and the balance between the competitive spirit to win, and the pride in taking part and doing one’s best. Both of these attributes will help students to achieve their highest potential in other areas, as well as further on in life when they enter adulthood and the working world. He concluded by paying a special tribute to Pierre le Grange, Stephan de Souza, Joggie Vorster and the College Motors team for their commitment and support of this event, and also of the schools and community at large.

Vs St Patricks won 32 – 5
Vs Gonubie Primary lost 5 – 15
Vs Komga Primary won 50 – 5
UHS Junior 1st Team
Vs Komga Primary won 4 – 1
Vs de Hoop Primary lost 0 – 2
Vs Victoria Primary won 1 – 0
Vs Stirling Primary lost 0 – 1
VVs Erica Primary drew 1 – 1
UHS Invitational Team
Vs Lilyfontein lost 0 – 1
Vs Clarendon Park lost 0 – 6
Vs Gonubie Primary lost 0 – 1
Vs Westering Primary lost 0 - 6

Saturday, 1 July  
  Komga Junior vs Laer Volkskool 15 - 22
  Muir College vs Lilyfontein School 17 - 5
  Stirling Primary vs Grey Junior 17 - 15
  Hudson Park Primary vs Clarendon Park Primary 50 - 17
  De Hoop Primary vs Graeme College 17 - 12
  Gonubie Primary vs Westering Primary 12 - 15
  Union High School vs Summerwood Primary 19 - 26
Sunday, 2 July Results
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Komga Junior 33 - 10
  Gonubie Primary vs Summerwood Primary 24 - 12
  Lilyfontein School vs Grey Junior 12 - 32
  Muir College vs De Hoop Primary 5 - 17
  Hudson Park Primary vs Westering Primary 15 - 17
  Laer Volkskool vs Graeme College 5 - 19
  Union High School vs Stirling Primary 0 - 54
Monday, 3 July  
  De Hoop Primary vs Hudson Park Primary 30 - 10
  Grey Junior vs Gonubie Primary 12 - 0
  Graeme College vs Summerwood Primary 19 - 21
  Muir College vs Komga Junior 35 - 5
  Westering Primary vs Stirling Primary 0 - 38
  Laer Volkskool vs Clarendon Park Primary 15 - 10
  Union High School vs Lilyfontein School 48 - 7
Saturday, 1 July  
  Union High School vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 1
  Collegiate Junior vs Stirling Primary 2 - 1
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Gonubie Primary 0 - 0
  Komga Junior vs Lorraine primary 0 - 1
  Lilyfontein School vs Laer Volkskool 0 - 3
  Summerwood Primary vs Victoria Primary 1 - 0
  Union High Invitation vs Westering Primary 0 - 5
  Clarendon Park Primary vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 0
  Union High School vs Gonubie Primary 3 - 0
  Collegiate Junior vs Komga Junior 1 - 0
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Lilyfontein School 0 - 1
  Stirling Primary vs Westering Primary 0 - 1
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Victoria Primary 2 - 0
  Union High Invitation vs Summerwood Primary 0 - 1
  Laer Volkskool vs Lorraine Primary 2 - 2
Sunday, 2 July  
  Union High Invitation vs Clarendon Park Primary 0 - 3
  Westering Primary vs Laer Volkskool 5 - 1
  Collegiate Junior vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 1
  Union High School vs Komga Junior 3 - 0
  Stirling Primary vs Summerwood Primary 2 - 2
  Lilyfontein School vs Lorraine Primary 1 - 2
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Victoria Primary 2 - 0
  Gonubie Primary vs Union High Invitation 2 - 0
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Laer Volkskool 2 - 0
  Westering Primary vs Komga Junior 7 - 0
  Collegiate Junior vs Summerwood Primary 0 - 0
  Stirling Primary vs Erica Girls’ Primary 1 - 0
  Union High School vs Lilyfontein School 2 - 0
  Gonubie Primary vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 0
  Lorraine Primary vs Victoria Primary 0 - 1
Monday, 3 July  
  Erica Girls’ Primary vs Laer Volkskool 2 - 1
  Komga Junior vs De Hoop Primary 0 - 3
   Lorraine Primary vs Gonubie Primary 0 - 0
  Clarendon Park Primary vs Collegiate Junior 0 - 1
  Lilyfontein School vs Summerwood Primary 0 - 0
  Victoria Primary vs Westering Primary 0 - 4
  Union High School vs Stirling Primary 2 - 0


The first Cape Schools’ Cricket Week was held at Bishops in Cape Town in 1968 and since its inception, Union High School has proved its mettle against its more illustrious opponents from the Western Cape on numerous occasions. In 1969, 1970 and 1971 victories were recorded against Bishops, Wynberg, Plumstead, Rondebosch and SACS. The high standards set in the early years have been maintained, and during the 1980’s and 1990’s notable wins were gained. Good results have also been achieved in the period from 2004 to 2007.

The festival was held in Graaff-Reinet for the first time in 1970. The beautiful fields and setting at the foot of the Valley of Desolation made such an impression on all and sundry that it was decided to return to the Union High School as early as 1972. The school was fortunate once again to, host the festival in 1982, 1986, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

The Festival is one of the oldest cricket festivals in the country. The idea was to have the top Eastern Cape Schools pitting their strength against top Western Cape Schools. The schools selected were Dale, Grey, Queen’s, Selborne and Union from the Eastern Cape and Bishops, Rondebosch, Plumstead, SACS and Wynberg from the Western Cape. Plumstead have subsequently bowed out and Paul Roos has now become a full member. The week has been a launching pad for many talented schoolboy cricketers such as Jacques Kallis (Wynberg), Mark Boucher (Selborne), Makhaya Ntini (Dale) Wayne Parnell (Grey) and Jonathan Trott (Rondebosh) to mention only a few.


Union High School hosted their 12th Annual Mica Cricket Festival from 11-13 January 2018. Ten teams participated in the festival, including Glenwood (Durban), Stirling High, Grey High, Daniel Pienaar, Brandwag, Paarl Gimnasium, Paarl Boys, Milnerton and Marlow.

Union played Glenwood from Durban in a declaration match on the first day, and the boys always knew that they would tough competition.  Glenwood won the toss, elected to bat first and scored 237/10. Union went in to bat, but struggled with the bowling and lost wickets in constant intervals. The Union boys only managed to get 120/10. Union lost the game by 118 runs.  Cowan Swartz bowled very well and took a 5 wicket haul.

On the second day Union High played a 50 over match against Stirling. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. The batsmen applied themselves much better and they scored 217/8. Stirling went in to bat and batted well, but at the end of the day Union High was good enough to close the game and secure a victory.  Stirling made 208 all out - Union won the match by 9 runs.  Once again Cowan Swartz batted well and scored an unbeaten 58 not out.

On the final day of the festival, Union played a Pro 20 game against Milnerton from Cape Town. Union won the toss and elected to bat first. A fantastic opening partnership between Ronan Retief and Brett Amsterdam had Union at 134/0 after 15 overs. After Ronan got dismissed the run rate went down, but a steady innings from Brett made sure we could get to a very good total off 166/4 after 20 overs. Milnerton went into bat and the Union boys took early wickets. Milnerton reached a total of 139/8 and Union High won the game by 27 runs. Ronan Retief scored a blistering 83 and Brett Amsterdam and batted out 20 overs and scored an unbeaten 56 not out.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor, Mica, for their contribution to the success of this tournament. As always, the cricket moms were also very hands on in preparing the food and hosting the cocktail party for our visiting coaches. Thank you for your constant support and willingness to host our visitors. And last, but not least, the Union school and hostel staff – without your commitment and hard work a festival such as this will never be possible.

Once again, Union High has hosted a very successful Senior Cricket Festival. We are grateful to the schools that have travelled so far, and for their coaches for giving up a part of their holiday time, to attend what is always a very important event on the Union High calendar. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!