An update on last week’s progress. The fence around the Bowls and Tennis club is almost up. The entrance to the club is looking fantastic too. Come down and have a look.


Our gardens really have had an extreme facelift. Look at these before and after pictures of our gardens. A big thank you to Jeanne for all her effort and hard work. The pictures speak a thousand words.







Ladies Senior Hockey Trials will be taking place on Thursdays 28 January and Thursday 4 February @ Northcliff High School Astro from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Senior hockey has already started pre-season fitness @ Pirates astro on Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:15pm with social hockey on the astro afterwards as well as pre-season training @ Northcliff astro on Thursdays 7pm to 9pm.

March to August – men will practice on Wednesdays and ladies on Thursdays @ Northcliff from 7:30pm to 9:00pm (please note the later start time).


Junior hockey season for u15 and u17 will start with fitness at Pirates on Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 from 2 February 2016 and then starting the first week of March, Boys will practice on Wednesday @ Northcliff Astro from 6:30 to 7:30pm and Girls will practice on Thursdays @ Northcliff Astro from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Games will be on Friday nights and should start April/May. Junior Hockey will be coordinated by Héleen Ferguson Heleen.ferguson@aig.com

Mini Hockey starts on Saturday 5th March 2016 at 9am to 10:30am for Under 5 to Under 13. Mini Hockey will be using the current astro as well as the top fields @ Pirates for practices as most of the tournament are on grass anyway. Mini Hockey will be coordinated by Rob Mitchell Juniorhockey@piratesclub.co.za

Age groups are as follows:
Under 5 Children born in 2011 & 2012 + Mini Hockey – Saturday mornings
Under 7 Children born in 2009 & 2010 Mini Hockey – Saturday mornings
Under 9 Children born in 2007 & 2008 Mini Hockey – Saturday mornings
Under 11 Children born in 2005 & 2006 Mini Hockey – Saturday mornings
Under 13 Children born in 2003 & 2004 Mini Hockey – Saturday mornings
Under 15 Children born in 2001 & 2002 Junior Hockey – Boys -Wed/Fri
Under 17 Children born in 1999 & 2000 Junior Hockey – Girls Thurs/Fri

The registration form is attached, which you are welcome to submit electronically or bring it along.
2016 season fees will be as follows; (Please enquire about the sibling discount.)
Under 5, Under 7 and Under 9  – R1100
Under 11, Under 13  – R1400
Under 15 and Under 17  – R1800



In order to foster a bit of internal competition, and hopefully help us all improve our times, we have started a Pirates Leader Board – this ranks each runner at Pirates in terms of times achieved at official events by doing some complicated arithmetic where the times over any distance are reduced to a common number. This is then the rank on the Leader Board.

The Leader Boards are attached.

The Leader Board will run from 1st October to 30th September each year – in line with our Awards – and will be updated weekly.

The Top 5 men (after computing the results for Sunday’s Bobbies race) are:
Brian Malcomess
Ian Benson
Warren Lawlor
Colin Mitchley
Andre Vos

The Top 5 Ladies (also after including Bobbies – which catapulted Michelle into top spot above Sandra) are:
Michelle Davis
Sandra Case
Julia Rosa
Fran Harrison
Shirley Allsworth

Please send race results to Sandra on a regular basis, so that we can keep the Leader Board up to date.

We are missing some results from Dischem (runners without chips) as well as some from Soweto

Gym Fees for 2016


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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day class – EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!! Members that bring referrals/non-members can win 6 free months!!!!

  • Group Class at 09:30
  • Champagne and Chocolates after the class!!!!!
  • Date: Saturday 13th November







Please find a comprehensive year planner on our website which indicates dates for:

– 2016 league
– Club champs
– Gauteng tournaments
– Public holidays
– Junior social
– School holidays (public and private)

Due to the large amount of information contained in it, you will need to either print it out or use the zoom function on your PC to view the detail.

We hope this will be use to you. We will also have this planner displayed at the club for your convenience.

We will update the planner each quarter to the extent that there are any changes.

Please also note that Club Champs starts 20 February until 20 March.




Senior rugby practices have started and are on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 18h00 for 18h30.

Junior rugby will start on the 18th April for all age groups.



On Sunday:
1st XI beat Old Eds
Pirates 253/8
Old Eds 197/10

2nd XI beat SCAW
3rd XI lost to Khosa

This coming Sunday:
1st team play Wanderers away
2nd XI play Soweto at home



Come down and enjoy our specials this weekend at Pirates.

Get a delicious Beef Curry and Rice for R60

Scrumpitous Baked Lasagna for R50


Reminder last few days to pay your 2016 subs to receive R100.00 on your membership card.

Don’t delay and pay today!

We are so delighted that more and more of our members are using their membership cards to pay for drinks as it is alleviating our cash exposure.

I would however like to remind our members that you cannot pay cash onto your card with the barman as then we are defeating the objective of less cash.

We look forward to your co-operation with this.