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Class of 88, 30th Reunion

Friday afternoon 1st June 2018 saw the arrival of the core of the class of 88 at Gosho Park, where luxury villas were allocated, beds booked, receding hair lines, extended waistlines and multiplied chins laughed at, and general warm greetings exchanged. We all then raced off to “Flat Rock” where an impromptu bar had arisen (thanks to Flash, Bruce Tapping and Stu Hay). Further fellows arrived from different holding pens, and no time was lost wrapping our laughing tackle round bottles of ice cold beer. 

So many people and so little time meant that one thrust oneself headlong into filling in the gaps of, in many instances, the last 30 years; Where are you? How are you? How is life treating you? Almost without exception the buggers were interested, concerned and pleased to hear of one another’s endeavours in their many and varied forms. In what seemed like no time at all the sun had subsided and we shot back to our villas for a quick - cold shower - with beer - before driving the short distance to the Springvale Pavilion.

At the Pavilion we were treated to the privilege of handing out jerseys to the incumbent First 15 and thanked by a rousing and spirited rendition of [Kurika Wwawa Shee Shee Shee]. The organising committee, in conjunction with the caterers, laid on a first class meal, punctuated by various entertainment including; a welcome toast by Howard Blackett (incumbent rector), Grace by John Green acre, a toast to Loyalty by Guy Carey, a brilliant recollection of his and our time at the school by former master Jon Trafford, and finally a vivid and unnecessarily detailed recollection of his memories of life as a squack in 1983 - (stained sheet day included) by Barry Style.

Uncertain what time the bar closed, but a quorum retreated to the camp fire in Gosho Park where continued excitement at seeing one another caused us to continue consuming industrial quantities of beer and wine into the very small hours…..5am

Saturday saw an early start and despite blood shot eyes, residual adrenaline carried us through to a quick tour of the Chapel, the Admin Block, the Megahey Centre, and a general wonder around the magnificent looking quarter deck area, where we collectively remembered our glory days, quietly reflected on inadequate time spent in the library or similar. I think we were all blown away by the pristine condition of the estate and the facilities and the many and marked improvements that the last 30 years have bought to the school – The dorm we looked at was sheer luxury – relatively anyway!

We wondered down to pick up the first team hockey and various other of the school teams playing sport and it was not long before we had all assembled in a fantastic marquee, responsibility for construction of which lay with Clive and Sue Moore Gordon and in which we were fed and watered like kings. Not a minute went by when one didn’t have a beer in one’s hand and a snack in the other. Visitors were plentiful, and an awesome day was spent catching up with old mates both Petrean and other. I recall being passed a pudding which I think was natural yoghurt and fresh blueberries – and it struck me that it (pudding) probably contained more nutrients than I was fed in my six-year stint at school……. but the point being gargantuan effort, attention to detail and awesome touches characterised the day.

The First team put a on a fine display and, despite a slower start than the punters predicted – the correct result ultimately prevailed.

The day went past in a flicker of a mombe’s tail, and I barely recall a part of it where I didn’t have a beer in my hand and/or wasn’t using up bullsh*t bandwidth with old mates from Peterhouse or indeed Falcon. I for one ended up at a braai with some of the Tinokura parents at the nearby school and in a flash of lucidity realised that I had peaked for the day and thankfully had the foresight to take myself back to Gosho.

All in all, a fantastic week end – everyone that was assigned anything gave 120% percent, from those that travelled, to those that catered to those that spoke. The whole vibe was overwhelmingly positive and, dare I say it, quite emotional – it was awesome to see so many so positively influenced by their experiences at Peterhouse, which we all agreed were not always positive experiences but the impact of which were in the main bonds of friendship the likes of which I am not sure that our children will experience and for which I am sure we are richer people!

A massive thank you to Rich Moores for the vision and execution, to Claire, Corralee, Flash and Sue, Micky and any others and spouses that put shoulders to the wheel!

Report by Andrew Mills

Reunion Attendees

ELLIS
Flash Moore-Gordon & Sue
Rory Young
Bruce Tapping
Brendon Paul
Steve Prowse & Ang
Mick Rambo & Cath
Alan Stidolph & Julia
Grant Hofmeyr
 
MALVERN
Rich Moores & Claire
Barry Style
Anton Hingeston
Peter Hidebrand & Louise
Chris Brooker
Bruce Mel Thomson
 
SNELL
Tony Saywood & Charmayne
 
PAGET
Justin Bird
Derrick Sanyas
Douglas Sanyas
Stu Hay
Marc Greene
Matt Connor
Anton Brown
 
 
GRINHAM
Mark Thomas & Sammy
Stuart Tippett & Jules
Andrew Mills
Simon Fernhead
Walter Shamu
 
FOUNDERS
Daryl Waterfalls
Stuart Cumming
Matthew Costello
Jumbe Nelson
 

STAFF
Jon Trafford

Phil & Gerry Ward

John Greenacre

Guy Carey

Petrean Sports Day Report 2018

The Petrean Sports day followed on from the Petrean AGM which was held on the 25th March 2018 at Peterhouse Boys this year.

Sports played against the Peterhouse 1st Teams were: The Scotty Heathcote Trophy (Men's Hockey), The Ladies’ Hockey, The Men's Soccer, The Mixed Tennis and The Andrew Gau Trophy (Men’s Cricket) which saw over 100 Petreans out at Peterhouse playing their respective sport.

The Beer Garden which over looked the Interhouse Athletics was a great hit, with delicious food served by the Touring Committees and Duggies.

With grateful thanks to: Nissan Clover Leaf for their sponsorship of the Day. The Estates Teams for their hard work on the grounds and set up, and to all the staff at Peterhouse for their endless commitment and support of the Petrean Society.

MENS HOCKEY REPORT – By Brynn Mullen

Another incredible Petreans day was held at PHB with the day kicking off with the much anticipated Hockey match between the PHB 1st team and The Petrean Team. With the boys having never one the Scotty Heathcote Cup they had a lot to prove and were very pumped up for the game and boy did they show it. With incredible skill and speed and pure determination they managed to beat the Petrean Team 2-1. Everyone appreciated the great match saying both teams showed some great hockey skills. As sad as it is that we as the Petrean Team lost for the first time, it is great to see the talent showed by the boys and the future of PHB Hockey is looking at a very high standard and as a Petrean and former 1st Team Captain, it is exciting to see and we look forward to seeing how their season goes!! 

This day is always a special day for the boys and Petreans as we honour the life of Scotty Heathcote. A truly inspirational person indeed. However I did want to focus on his parents this time round as it was them who brought up such an amazing boy. Sue and Clive it was a complete honour to meet Scotty, we are all so grateful for how you brought him up and how he ended up showing the rest of us how we should cherish and live life!! A true testament to two amazing parents! Again we all thank you.

We look forward to getting that trophy back next year!! 

 Good luck PHB, I will be there to watch as many games as I possibly can.

LADIES HOCKEY REPORT – By Sarah Blythe-Wood

The Petrean ladies team went down 2-0 to PHG in what was a game of two halves!

The first half saw the Petreans camped in their own defensive 25 fighting valiantly to prevent PHG racking up a large lead early on. Miss Candy cleared the ‘boundary ropes’ on a couple of occasions with some inspired defending! Mr. Banda and his umpiring counterpart did a sterling job amid what was a defensive war zone. The halftime whistle bought much needed rest and recovery and a chance to establish some new offensive tactics.

Those of us who had watched the game unfold during the first half from the safety of the halfway line were drafted into the defence to give others a chance to catch their breath! An empty substitute’s bench meant we needed to conserve our resources as best as possible if we were to manage an entire game!!!

The second half saw a marked change in the nature of the game as the Petrean Ladies began to move into uncharted territory... even reeling off several shots on goal and managing to win a penalty corner! Unfortunately, we had to get passed our own keeper (a Petrean(man) by the name of Dustin George) who proved to be a solid wall.

The game ended injury free, although there may be many sore bodies come Monday morning!

As always, the Petrean Ladies vs PHG hockey game was thoroughly enjoyable! This year we had two new faces in Ngaa Gumbeze and Isabel Chidavaenzi who proved it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last swung a hockey stick! Ngaa was voted Petrean player of the day, while Lilly Pope was voted PHG player of the day. Special thanks to everyone involved in making the day happen! Good luck for the season ahead PHG!

PETREAN SOCCER REPORT – by Taf Mada

Final score 3-3

Goals from Petreans - Kudzo Chiwara (2) Shakes Mpofu (1)

It was an exciting game which ended in both teams sharing the spoils. With 30 minutes to go in the second half the Petreans found themselves 3 nil down and facing a humiliating defeat. They continued to fight and 3 goals in 15 minutes put them right back in the game. Either team could have snatched a victory in the end with 2 good chances on both sides but the 4th decisive goal was elusive.

Man of the Match - Kudzo Chiwara (2 goals)

Thank you for organising this fixture. There is talk of a return leg at the end of April which the Petreans are keen for.

TENNIS REPORT – by Sarah Parham

Once Again, what a successful and well organised day – lots of fun was had by many! We all seem to enjoy coming out to Peterhouse for this annual event - catching up with friends over a few cold ones, a delicious lunch and of course the great company.

After having the Petreans win the tennis over the last 2 years, we unfortunately came 2nd this year to some very talented PH Children.

Thanks to everyone that came out to support us! We hope you pencil this event in your diaries every year.

PETREAN CRICKET REPORT – by Matt Hosack

A wonderful day of cricket was had on the 25th March, as part of the Petrean Sports Day. It was the inaugural Andrew Gau “Grieves” trophy tournament and thanks must go to Cath Gau for being willing to be there on the day to hand out the trophy in memory of Grieves, who was loved by all. Grieves was such a positive, happy and friendly person who was always in the midst of Petrean Sports days. It is totally fitting and an honour to commemorate Grieves through the annual Andrew Gau Trophy tournament, and long may it continue.

Two strong Petrean sides were put together to play in a 12 over triangular competition with the Peterhouse side.

The day started with the “Senior dorm” Petrean side playing the Peterhouse side, with Senior dorm putting the Peterhouse boys in to bat. Batting styles and aggression have changed over the years and I think the Petreans were quite shocked when the boys put on 144 runs in their allotted 12 overs! A great catch was taken by Shane Hutchings, running in at pace from the boundary to catch a high ball, and some incredibly sharp bowling from Mick Rambo who claimed a hatrick!

Sadly, although putting in some great batting, Senior dorm were only able to muster up 134 runs in their 12 overs.

Next, the “Junior dorm” Petreans played the boys and managed to restrict them to 112 runs off 12 overs. There was some good bowling from Carl Robo, Andrew Lobie, Dean Peall and Tashinga Wazara.

Junior dorm Petreans managed to reach the Peterhouse target in the 11th over, with Ryan Burl hitting some beautiful straight drive sixes.

The last game of the day was between Petrean Senior dorm and Junior dorm. This match has been squarely won every year by senior dorm and so it was with gusto that Richie “Linford Christie” Linnell and Campbell “Arnold Schwarzenegger” MacMillan opened the Junior dorm batting! It was a beautiful sight watching Richie run quick singles to cover! Junior dorm posted 106 runs in their 12 overs, with Mick Rambo decimating the junior dorm with his razor sharp bowling!

Senior dorm came in to bat and struggled to get the run rate going, potentially due to the effect of a few cold beers over lunch, but largely to do with some great bowling. Junior dorm discovered its secret weapon in Zach Liebenberg who bowled fantastically, taking some important wickets. Senior dorm only managed to scrape together 89 runs in their 12 overs, but it was a fun filled game.

So, in the end it was Petrean junior dorm who won the tournament, with Peterhouse 2nd and Petrean Senior dorm 3rd.

There were 5 or so prizes given out at the prize giving ceremony:

Best batsmen went to Tawanda from Peterhouse, who scored 40 and 44 in his 2 games

Best bowler was undoubtedly Mick Rambo who took 7 wickets in 4 overs!

Best fielding performance was Alex Smithy with his Jonty Rhodes run out!

Best play of the day was the catch by Shane Hutchings

The “Thanks for coming” prize went to Tim Bartlett who sadly tweaked his hammie in the first game of the day!

Thanks to all who played and watched, it certainly was a lot of fun and we look forward to another great day next year.

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