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Stor-age Old Boys Tens 2017 Round-up

4th annual Old Boys Tens sports tournament a huge success

Pirates Club, Greenside

16 November 2017

This past weekend saw the 4th annual Stor-Age Old Boys Tens (OBX) sports tournament as a huge success, where 25 teams, representing the old boy associations of prestigious local schools, battled it out to be crowned champions.

Held at the Stor-Age Pirate’s Rugby club, OBX17 teamed up with Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self storage brand, to host an event that was bigger and better than ever before. After a tough two days, the Middelburg Old Boys rugby team took home the Cup for the third year. The tournament also included a netball division where the Meyersdal Scorpions won the title.

The competing teams, combined with the support of the 4,000 spectators over the two days, raised approximately R300,000 for the Education Endowment Fund. These funds will go towards bursars and education nominated by the winning teams in their respective divisions, being Middelburg, Michaelhouse, Stirling, Parktown Boys, Hilton College and Queens College.

The Education Endowment Fund, established in 2011, purposes to raise funds to distribute to children in need by providing bursaries and assistance in non-profit educational programmes in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa.

Chris Oosthuizen, Head of Sales, Marketing and Product for Stor-Age, the title sponsor for OBX, comments; “Experiencing such enthusiastic participation from both players and spectators for such an incredible initiative is exactly why we put our name alongside a sporting event such as the OBX. The event was a great success – both in terms of sporting entertainment and making a difference”.

“Experiencing such enthusiastic participation from both players and spectators for such an incredible initiative is exactly why we put our name alongside a sporting event such as the OBX. The event was a great success – both in terms of sporting entertainment and making a difference”

The OBX aspires to become a legacy event that brings communities together to boost self-empowerment through education. The tournament proved to be more than just a sporting spectacle, but a vehicle to make a difference.

For more information, visit the website: www.oldboystens.co.za  or contact Candice Land at candice@prlab.co.za.

Pirates Hosts Old Boys Tens again

Stor-Age backs the Old Boys Tens Annual Education Endowment Fund fundraiser

Pirates Club, Greenside

25 October 2017

The Old Boys Tens initiative (OBX) has teamed up with Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self storage brand, for the fourth edition of the annual fundraising rugby tournament. More than 30 old boy’s rugby teams will take part in the two-day event on 10 and 11 November as a fundraiser for the Education Endowment Fund NPC.

Established in 2011, the Education Endowment Fund aims to raise funds to distribute to children in need through bursaries and assistance in non-profit educational programmes in disadvantaged communities throughout South Africa. The initiative has the committed support from fellow Old Boy Associations and partners. The purpose of the tournament is to align synergies amongst these existing Old Boys Associations of South Africa’s traditional schools through the comradery game of tens rugby. The iconic ambassadors of the event include the likes of Akona Ndungane, Lionel Cronje, Scarra Ntubeni and Sbura Sithole.

Event Details
  • Date:

    10 & 11 November 2017

  • Venue:

    Pirates Club, Greenside

  • Price:

    tickets from R75 Tickets: available at Quicket

Tournament Director of the Stor-Age Old Boys Tens and founder of the Education Endowment Fund, Marcel Malherbe comments, “As we kick off the 4th edition of the OBX, it truly is amazing to see South Africans come together for the sole purpose of nation building. The OBX alignment with the vision of the Education Endowment Fund’s legacy of creating sustainable educational opportunities is the very calling of all 700 players, 3000 spectators, and partners of the OBX. Long may it grow, and long may we make a real difference”.

The team from the Old School Group, who manage the award-winning Cape Town 10s, will also manage the OBX tournament. Stor-Age, title sponsor of the event, has been long involved in tens rugby and the club sport.

Comments Chris Oosthuizen, Head of Sales, Marketing and Product for Stor-Age, “We proudly support this initiative that offers more than just entertainment, but also an opportunity to make a difference in education within our country.”

“…The OBX alignment with the vision of the Education Endowment Fund’s legacy of creating sustainable educational opportunities is the very calling of all 700 players, 3000 spectators, and partners of the OBX. Long may it grow, and long may we make a real difference”.

As a vehicle for the Education Endowment Fund, the hope is that OBX will become a legacy event that brings communities together to boost self-empowerment through education, all the while enjoying the social fundamentals of sport. More than just a quality rugby spectacle, the OBX is an opportunity for teams and spectators to make a difference in the communities around them.

The event will again be hosted at Pirates Rugby Club and is expecting to attract over 700 participants to take part in more than 60 rugby games. With the theme of old school rugby spirit, the old school rivalries on the field promise for an entertaining weekend. There will also be live entertainment, music, food stalls, a beer garden and a kiddie’s play area to ensure a fun-filled weekend for the whole family at Johannesburg’s premium tens rugby festival.

For more information, visit the website: www.oldboystens.co.za

Experiencing Life’s firsts through Running

PIRATES ROAD RUNNING
Experiencing Life’s firsts through Running
Michelle Davis, Pirates Club, Greenside
21 September 2017
“Being on an airplane was scary- especially when it goes up. I felt the fear coming to my mind and then when we were up in the air, I felt free.”
These are the words of Jack Makganyoga, 44 years, a Pirates member who experienced flying for the first time in his life as he travelled to Cape Town to participate in the Cape Town Marathon. Jack represents the Pirates Running Club Development initiative and together with fellow runner Katleho Monaheng, have been training hard to break personal records at this coastal run in the Mother City.
Jack Makganyoga (left) and Katleho Monaheng (right) about to take their first airplane ride
Katleho’s goal was to break 30 minutes for the 10 km race. Explaining the details of his race he notes “To start I wasn’t nervous. I was excited. I was very tired because I didn’t sleep well and my neck was sore but at the start, my body started getting excited. In the beginning, I was leading the race and then started running my own race at 2h50 per km. The advice I had before the race was that I must always be able to see the leaders. I didn’t leave them but at about 6km, I realized my shoes were too small as my left toe was curled in and painful… but I could still see the leaders and didn’t let them out my sight. Each person that passed me, I ran with them. With 2km to go, I met up with a runner from a rival club and we pushed each other to the finish. We were sprinting!”
“..When I run I am so focused I don’t see anything. But this time we ran alongside the beach. Just for a few seconds I looked up and I saw the sea, the mist and the waves crashing and it gave me energy…”

Katleho finished the race in a time of 30 minutes 20 seconds- beating his PB by close on 2 minutes, although unfortunately not breaking his own goal of sub 30 minutes. He notes however that it was all about the experience. “Normally when I run I am so focused I don’t see anything. But this time we ran alongside the beach. Just for a few seconds I looked up and I saw the sea, the mist and the waves crashing and it gave me energy. I thought to myself ‘wow I can do this!”

Jack’s race didn’t go as well as he had hoped. Commenting with disappointment in his voice he notes “I started fast because its known to be a flat race. But after 24km I felt the cramp was coming and so I started to slow my pace. At 30km 1 leg started cramping and it was painful so I walked a bit saying to myself ‘I am going to finish.’ In the last 5km, both legs started to cramp. I got help from other runners who rubbed my legs. I was amazed. Runners always help each other. I was disappointed but I will try again next time and ask fellow runners how to deal with cramps.”

Jack enjoying the sights of the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain

Both runners note fondly how friendly and engaging the Capetonians are and how electric the vibe was amongst the fellow travelers on the plane. “We met so many people at the airport. One guy- you could see he was a runner- came to greet us and wish us well. And then there was another traveler who was our biggest fan and wasn’t even a runner” notes Katleho.

The Development Squad at Pirates Road Running is an initiative started by the club and spearheaded by member David Case and his wife Sandra to afford an opportunity for local, disadvantaged athletes to meet their running goals and dreams through the provision of funding. This was a weekend of first for both gents- not only flying for the first time but also watching rugby in a local restaurant and topping it off with wine tasting. “I had white wine first and it was very bad so I told David I needed to try the red wine. They gave us 5 samples and I could only get through 2 but could see that Dave and Sandra were experienced at this” says Jack laughing. “David and Sandra also took us to a restaurant in Observatory where we ate the best burgers I have ever had in my life” recalls Katleho, adding “they are a good couple. They have good hearts. They always made sure we were alright and Dave even cooked beef for us!”

Jack recalls how he went and stood in the sea and Katleho notes the awe he saw in Jack’s eyes as he collected shells from the beach. Responding to what the best part of the whole weekend was, Katleho notes “My best moment was around 7pm when we all sat down to dinner. No TV. No cell phones or technology but just the big windows with a view of Cape Town. We were all relaxed and had pure conversation together for 30 minutes. This was with our whole spirit. This is what it means to be human.”

Runners who reside or work in the Greenside/ Parks area who are interested in joining the Pirates Development initiative can visit the Pirates Road Running website to view the criteria for applications. www.pirates.co.za/running 

Junior Rugby 2017

Pirates Junior Rugby 2017
calendar Registration:  Saturday 13 May: 2pm-4pm | Wednesday 17 May: 5pm-7pm | Friday 19 May: 5pm-7pm
First Practice: Wednesday 17th May
circular-line-with-word-age-in-the-center For boys aged 7-13
clock Time: 5:15pm-6:30pm every Wednesday and Friday
south-african-rand Price: R850 for Season per a child
Please bring:
ID size photo of child
a copy of the child’s birth certificate
a copy of parents’ Medical Aid
placeholder Pirates Club, 25 Braeside Road, Greenside

Contact:

phone-book Steve Foxton Junior Rugby Chair  082 570 4897
phone-book Heather Dolley Administrator  juniorrugby@piratesclub.co.za

Junior Rugby Information Sheet

Code of Conduct

Player Profile

 

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Champagne and Oysters at Pirates Club
Join us for a sophisticated afternoon of sparkling wine and salty morsels from the sea. And if oysters and bubbly isn’t your thing there’s sure to be something from our selection of food and drink for you.

Tickets are opening soon but put your name down on our guest list and we’ll let you know as soon as they do!

Bowls Update 1 Dec 2016

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D avid Ndlovu (our barman) was very excited to receive his long service award and the bowls guys are grateful that he was rewarded in this way. He’s been a star for a very long time .

The Saturday Leagues as well as the Wednesday League are now behind us for 2016 and will pick up again in mid-January 2017. Our 3rd Division team won a close match on Saturday but our 6th Division guys lost as did the Pennant side. Both our Wednesday sides managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday with our one team losing on the last end. Thanks again to Fiona for some really yummy snacks after the day’s play.

The 3rd Division team has moved up to 8th out of 12 but the points difference between the team lying 7th and that lying 11th is only 2.5 so things are very tight with victories becoming increasingly important.

Cavin Cornelius’s singles tournament, happily known as Cavin’s Canary, will be played on Saturday and Sunday 7/8 January 2017. Entries cost R300 and may be paid to either Cavin or David the barman. This will be the 21st running of this tournament which promises to be a more special event than usual. Do try to enter as it gives you the opportunity to play against some of Gauteng’s real hotshots .

Richard Oosthuisen is back from a well earned break and will be putting some additional work and TLC into the Pirates green, especially with the Canary in mind.

Newsletter – 25th November 2016

We’re going Mexican tomorrow but first we would love to see you all here this evening as we celebrate the long service of our bar, house and ground staff. The Springboks play Wales in their final game of the European tour at 19:00.  Adiós


Friday 25th November: Club Night — final Club Draw and Long Service Awards. events
Friday 16th December: 32nd Annual Wobblers and Wigglers Hat Race. events


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Saturday 26th November: 
Tequila & Mexican Food Festival
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Live Entertainment:
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12:00 – 13:00 ☀ Gunshot Blue
13:00 – 14:00 ☀ Justin Serrao
14:00 – 15:00 ☀ Deon Bakkes and the Stolen Horses
15:00 – 16:00 ☀ Matthew Mole
16:00 – 17:00 ☀ Francois van Coke
17:00 – 18:00 ☀ Shortstraw


Tickets

Paid-up Club Members will be allocated complimentary tickets on a first-come first-serve basis from the bar or from the office on Saturday morning.
Anyone exiting the clubhouse via the deck and towards fields will need to wear a festival armband.


Parking

Club Members will need to display a Pirates Club car sticker or membership card at the Braeside Rd entrance. All non-member parking will be in the park.


Jozi Food Market

will continue as normal but there will be no access to the front lawns or deck area.


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Running

Beniamino Pellegrini pulled off a stunning feat with his top ten finish in the 100km SkyRun this past weekend in a time of 15:21:07! Only a handful have ever completed the event in under 16 hours in its 20 year history and less so achieving Comrades silver in the same year. Other Pirates who did us proud include Jan Vreken claiming the coveted 24 hour medal (22:00:18). Louis-John  Ferreira (27:50:11) and Bradley Nelson (28:16:54) both finished comfortably within the 30 hour cut-off while Jack Davis pulled off an epic 13th position on the 65km course in a time of 12:09:29.

Congrats too to our 94.7 cyclists! Rodney Matthews – 02:52:52 | Jason Smith – 02:52:52 | Brian Malcomees – 02:53:25 | Ian Benson – 02:53:57 | Clive Main – 02:57:05 | Marc Corker – 03:02:04 | Paul Vlaming – 03:17:03 | Peter Botha – 03:24:40 | Shirley Buchholtz – 04:59:47 | Matthew Smith – 06:30:00 and
Best of luck to all runners taking part in the Tough One this Sunday!


4Play Challenge

An annual tradition between Pirates, Kudus, Wanderers and Old Eds running club the 4Play Challenge usually starts with a run between 5–8km, and then the clubs get down to all sorts of fun and games.  The host club comes up with newly invented games to bring out the best of silliness in the teams.  The whole idea is to cheat as much as possible, and no matter who gets the most points, this is always rigged by the judges so that the home team wins! This is followed by a bring-and-braai and club members stick around and do some socialising with each other, and with their families, who also participate.


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‘Who Am I’ Riddle

Pirates Road Running Chair, Hennie Booysen, was the only Pirate to correctly guess the three athletes in Almanac Riddle. winning R300 loaded onto his membership card!


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Two Day December Clinic 

Date: 8th & 9th December

Place: Pirates Tennis Club

Time: 9:00am-11:30am

Contact Alex:
082 635 5043/ 076 905 3834
srta@vodamail.co.za 
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Double Vodka & Elite only R30!


Gym

High Performance Training: R499  per month
** Get ready for your season with world-class techniques and international trainers **
Three sessions a week | 17:45-18:30


Bowls

All our Saturday League sides lost last weekend. Sadly we’re near the bottom of our respective leagues but with a little bit of good fortune things should change.

Only one of our Wednesday league teams was in action this week but they came up against a strong Old Parks combination that showed no mercy.

Our barman, David Ndlovu, will be receiving a long service award at the Main Club tomorrow evening . David is highly regarded by all who come into contact with him and we congratulate him on this achievement . Some of us have known David for almost thirty years which takes us back to the days of The Bulls & Bears restaurant in the old Stock Exchange building in the Johannesburg CBD.

Dave Price is in the Netcare Clinton hospital in Alberton having his knees fixed up again. For those of you who know him there’s no doubt that he’ll appreciate a visit will.


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