Universal honours fallen sporting heroes

2018-10-23 06:00
City Park was packed last week for the commemoration of Universal Rugby Football Club.

City Park was packed last week for the commemoration of Universal Rugby Football Club.

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Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball. “There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­. “The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

Universal Rugby Football Club and its other sections – netball, softball and baseball – may no longer exist, but for one day last Sunday 14 October, the club came alive again.

A host of former members gathered to attend the memorial event at City Park where they commemorated the club as well as other former members who have since passed on.

Established in 1931 by six men – W Mentor, H Cookson, AC Nel, CC Petersen, T Martin and S van Niekerk – a rugby club under the name The Big Six was formed.

At the time, most of its members hailed from the rural areas of Heidelberg, Genadendal and Groot Brak.

The club changed its name to Universal Rugby Football Club in the same year when affiliation was sought with the City and Suburban Union. Universal left the City and Suburban Union in 1949, but returned in 1960.

Over time additional sport codes were added which made the club a true sports club. These include netball, softball and baseball.

“There was a time in the history of sport that every sportsperson in the surrounds of City Park was connected to Universal in some way or other,” says Oswald “Ossie” Jacobs, secretary of the rugby club for many years.

Jacobs, also the founder of the other sport codes, initiated the event, with a handful of colleagues, to honour the memories of all those that had graced the books of the club. A plaque with the 100 names was unveiled by Roger McKay, with Ronnie Frans lighting the candle. Universal was also instrumental in giving rise to many prominent sports administrators. Besides Jacobs, who held various senior positions in rugby and softball, the current WPRU deputy president, Zelt Marais, also hails from Universal. Renowned coach Geoff Crowster and the late Nazeem Kariel who later became “Mr Primrose” also played under the banner of the club. Who will ever forget the chants of “What do you know about softball?” by the late Eddie “Stretch” Kruger.

The day concluded with the lighting of 110 candles and the release of white balloons­.

“The huge attendance proved that the legacy of Universal remained embedded in the hearts of many members still alive today. The emotional ceremony honoured 110 members posthumously. Universal was a huge sporting outlet for the community. It was the individuals that we honour today that ensured that we could always provide a safe haven for the youth. It is planned to host this event every three years,” says Jacobs­.

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