Old Unionites Association

Bulletin - 2014

Interschools date: 8 August 2015 

Reunions 2015

List of Convenors:
5th - Rese Moore - resemoore105@gmail.com
10th - Margot Du Plessis - venue - Botanics
20th - Garth Kingwill
30th - Trenly Spence
35th - Ken Light
40th - Tank Coetzee - management.midland@gam.co.za or Kobus Olivier - jpjwelgemoed@intekom.co.za

Any other convenors please contact Trenly Spence at oldunionites@oua.co.za

UNION HIGH ANNUAL TRIATHLON 2015 - 30 January 2015 


Start on field, run to pool, swim, run back to start

2.30 pm - All Junior School Teams - 10 lengths
3.30 pm - All High School Teams - 16 lengths
4.30 pm - All Family Teams - 16 lengths
5.30 pm - All Men, Women, Corporate & Club Teams - 16 lengths
6.00 pm - Iron Man / Woman - 16 lengths

Start on field, onto Caledon, left into Donkin, right into Park, left towards dam to turning point and back
All Junior School Teams - 6 km - turn around at Gideon Scheepers
All High School Teams - 10 km - turn around at Gate to Valley of Desolation
All Family Teams - 10 km - turn around at Gate to Valley of Desolation
All Men, Women, Corporate & Club Teams - 10 km - turn around at Gate to Valley of Desolation
Iron Man / Woman - 10 km - turn around at Gate to Valley of Desolation

All follow same route - start on field, out onto Plasket, turn left at top along West, left into Stockenstroom, left into Caledon, right onto school field - Distance 2.5 km for all

Entry cost per team is R120
Iron Man / Woman entry fee is R80
Sports T-shirts also available at R80 each - include size on entry form
The Bar at the Union will open at 5.00 pm
There will be a steak braai at 7.00 pm at the Union at R90 per head



OUA fundraising initiative  


The official unveiling of the Bruce Maree Gates, to commemorate his years of service to the school, held on Friday, 15 August 2014.
Photo: Mr B. Maree and Mr W. Pringle, Headmaster of Union High School.

Old Unionites visit Port Elizabeth



Old Unionites living in Port Elizabeth and surrounding area and surrounds

picAs promised earlier in the year, Headmaster William Pringle and several members of the Graaff-Reinet Branch of the Old Unionite Association will travel to Port Elizabeth on Friday, 6 June 2014 to meet with Old Unionites to get acquainted again and to inform you about the activities of the Union High School and the Old Unionite Association.

This is an invitation to all Old Unionites to meet us at the venue as detailed below and we would really like to meet as many of you as possible. So as not to encroach on too much of your time, the function should be over by 20h00.

To facilitate our catering arrangements we would appreciate that you let us know whether you will be attending – sms Bruce on 0827837027 or e-mail him at chiefscout@intekom.co.za

Date : Friday, 6 June 2014
Time : 18h30
Venue : President’s Suite, EP/St Georges Cricket Club
St George’s Drive, Port Elizabeth.
Cash Bar available

The Union Hockey and Rugby Teams will be playing Victoria Park on Saturday, 7 June – time details later.

picOld Unionites visit Western Cape

Four members of the Old Unionite Committee: Mr William Pringle, Headmaster; Mr Greig Rose-Innes, Graaff-Reinet Branch Chairman; Mr Trenly Spence, Communications and Mr Bruce Maree, Secretary of the Association travelled to the Western Cape this past weekend to attend two very successful meetings of Old Unionites.

The Cape Town meeting was organised by Mr Carl Watermeyer (1985) at the River Club in Mowbray where some 60 Old Unionites attended. Amongst  some of the older members attending were Mr Tony Arnott ( 1955) and Mrs Hillary Botha (1965) children of the former Headmaster, Mr Herby Arnott ; Mr Puggy Munnik and other Old Unionites matriculating from 1954 to the present day.  At times the coming together of so many Unionites in one room, sounded like an Interschools get-together.  

Photograph: Mr Puggy Munnik (Staff member 1950 - 1973), Mr Tony Arnott (Class of 1955) and Mr William Pringle (Headmaster)

picpicOn the Friday evening a very similar gathering of Old Unionites took place in Stellenbosch at De Akker Pub & Restaurant. This was organised by Old Unionites Quintin du Plooy (1996) (for the town) and Marc Abrahamson (2010) (for the University). Old Unionites travelled from all over the Western Cape hinterland to attend, the oldest members having left Union High in 1957. We were delighted to welcome Elze Eigelaar (nee' Marais) (2007),who travelled from Windhoek, Namibia, to be with us, and her family who were also present.

Photograph left:  Old Unionites: Lindsey Watermeyer, Renee Albertyn and Karen Thomas    Photograph right: Old Unionites:  Wayne Du Plooy, Quinton du Plooy & Steve Kroon       

The purpose of the visit was mainly for the School to re-connect with its past pupils. Both Mr Pringle and Mr Rose-Innes addressed the gatherings informing them of the on-going improvements taking place at their Alma Mater and encouraging them to support the School in its endeavour to instil in its learners the values of Truth, Loyalty and Justice.


Union's SA Hockey representatives

picUnion High School is proud to announce the selection of their Hockey Coach, Mr Geowynne Gamiet into the South African Men's Senior Hockey Team, touring Argentina until 4 March. Despite the fact that Mr Gamiet has to coach and travel with his cricket team and in season his hockey teams, he still fits in the time to practice with his club and be available for selection to Provincial and the SA team - no mean feat, and one to be extremely proud of. We wish Mr Gamiet and the SA team all the best as he departs for Argentina.

Secondly - Sulette Damons (Class of 2007) has had the honour of Captaining the SA Women's Hockey team in the recent series against Scotland. She has ably taken over the role of Leadership from Marsha Marescia for this encounter, scoring 2 goals in the match played in Pretoria on 19 February (Final score SA 4 - Scotland 1).

With the involvement of two such amazing hockey players at Union Schools, we know that Union hockey can only grow from strength to strength.

Union Celebrates 95th Birthday

picThe Union High School celebrated its 95th birthday over Founders' Weekend 24-25 January. The festivities began with the Founders' Assembly on Friday morning, a joint celebration between the Preparatory School and high school. All the learners received a piece of special birthday cake as part of the celebration.

The annual Union Triathlon took place on Friday afternoon and was a well-supported family event which provided everyone, no matter their fitness or lack thereof, with an opportunity to participate.

(photo: back - Stegman van Zyl; front - Vereacull Orian & Jonathan Crankshaw)

Triathlon 2014 Results:
1st 2nd 3rd
Iron Man Stegman van Zyl (39, 50) Vereacull Orian J.Crankshaw
Iron Lady J. Hanbridge (62, 05) K.Hobson
Corporate Mens Health Team (37, 40) Supa Quick UHS Snr Staff Team
Snr Boys A. Grassman, M. Knott-Craig J. Vorster
G. Strauss J. Crankshaw O. Wilma
E. Strauss (30, 35) D. Rubidge R Stanley
Snr Girls M. Edwards L. De Klerk J. Harvey
C. Coetzee M. Badenhorst R. Langmead
A. Dorfling (35, 07) L. Nel K. Rose-Innes
Jnr Boys N. Cilliers D. Foche G. Jenneke
M Hiesling P. Watermeyer B. Jacobs
B. Langmead (29, 37) M. Kroon S Macpherson
Jnr Girls K. Murray M. Doyle S. Potgieter
J Macnaughton R van Zyl K. King
M. Loock 30, 39 D. Marais C. Harris

That evening, a Steak Evening hosted by the Old Unionite Association, was enjoyed by the entire community in the Tony Burrell Union.

picOn Saturday, while the men were playing cricket, the moms and their daughters enjoyed a morning tea at the annual Gisela Kingwill Mother-Daughter Tea on the school lawns. It was a wonderful occasion where Mrs Rose Gowar, well-known psychologist and public speaker, addressed the gathering on issues pertaining to the relationship between moms and their daughters.

Five cricket games from U11 to 1st Team, between the boys and their fathers and past pupils, took place on the school fields and the Botanics Sportsgrounds. The day was filled with much laughter as the junior boys got the better of their dads, much to the amusement of the moms, and some very competitive cricket between the senior boys and the Old Boys.

UHS U15A vs Old Boys
Old Boys batted first and were all out for 191 in the 39th over. Ronald McNaughton 103 retired, Lloyd Short 25 and Gavin Beaumont 28 did well with the bat. Wiegard Brummer had the best bowling figures, which included the wicket of his dad, of 3 for 11 in 5 overs. Cowan Swartz took 2 for 26 in 4 and Ronan Retief 2 for 48 in 7 overs. UHS managed to pass the score in the 34th over. Matt Harpur 67 retired, Wiegard Brummer 32, Ocean Wilma 18 and Ross Stanley 14 did well with the bat. UHS won by 3 wickets

picUHS 2nd XI vs Old Boys
The Old Boys won the toss and chose to field. The opening pair of Mitchell Knott-Craig and Sean Kroon got Union off to a great start, setting up an 80-run partnership. Juan Van der Merwe came into bat and took the game even further away from the Old Boys by scoring a quick 49 runs. Towards the end of the innings the Union boys lost concentration and were bowled out for 180. The top batsmen were Juan Van de Merwe 49, Sean Kroon 41 and Mitchell Knott-Craig 31. Unfortunately the bowling and fielding of Union let them down and, by giving away 40 extras, they made it difficult for themselves to defend their total. The Old Boys won the match by 3 wickets. The best batsman for the Old Boys was Dougie Stern who scored a fine fifty!

UHS 1st XI vs Old Boys
UHS bowled well to restrict the strong Old boys batting line up to 130 all out. Michael Dry bowled well taking 4 for 16 in 9 overs. UHS then went in to bat and were 80 for 3 in 22 overs. A lapse of concentration and careless batting resulted in a collapse. UHS lost 7 wickets for just 40 runs. UHS were bowled out for 120 runs and lost the game by 10 runs. Tagon Jackson top scored with 25 runs and Breyan Davids scored 22.

picIn the afternoon, three fun hockey matches between the Prep School girls and their moms, and the Junior and Senior 1st Teams and Old Girls were enjoyed on the Union Astroturf. Some competitive hockey was played and the outing was a great success and a great atmosphere prevailed. The U10 girls played on the full Astro for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, drawing the match 2-2. The U13 girls played what was an exciting game, as the moms and Old Girls gave them a tough time . The young girls relied on skill to beat the Old Girls 4-2 .The Senior girls played in a hard-fought match and at half time the Old Girls were leading 1- 0, but the girls consolidated in the second half and won the game 3-2 .Thanks to all the Old Girls and Old Boys for a fantastic afternoon's hockey.

The new Union Shooting Range, a venue for air-rifle shooting, was officially opened on Saturday evening as the dads and sons took part in a fun shoot. The new venue, built under the watchful eye of Mr Fanie Bezuidenhout, will allow further generations of Unionites to learn the correct shooting etiquette and safety procedures. Target shooting is to become an official school sport and will provide the Union learners with another wonderful sporting opportunity.

After a whirlwind of activity, the participants and supporters were able to wind down with a traditional Karoo braai in the Union. It was a wonderful weekend of good, clean family fun enjoyed by everyone concerned. The school extends its sincerest appreciation to Mr Greig Rose-Innes and the Old Unionite Association Committee for their organisation and hard work over the weekend, and to all those parents and friends and supporters of the school who made the effort to be part of the activities.

For more photos go to

Branch Function - Cape Town and Stellenbosch


Old Unionites present Mrs Muskett with a bench in memory of "Uncle Jimmy"

picWho will ever forget seeing the Musketts next to the hockey field and, later in day, the rugby field every Saturday morning as early as the 1970's? The Muskett's would for many, many years be on their spot, in their camping chairs, supporting Union sport.
After Mr Muskett passed on in 2012, Mrs Muskett still diligently continued the tradition. How sad it was to see her sitting all alone, but still enjoying the lovely weather and exciting sport.
The Old Unionite Association decided to honour Mr and Mrs Muskett with a special bench which will be placed on the spot they spent so many hours and where Mrs Muskett scattered his ashes, as a token of gratitude for their love and dedication to the Union Schools and the many sportsmen and women that have played on our beautiful fields.
The Musketts were true stalwarts of Union sport and we say thank you for their love and support. We will certainly miss Mrs Muskett as she leaves Graaff-Reinet to join her sister, but the memories of these two beloved folks will remain with us forever.