Station Hill Cricket Club honours season’s best
CELEBRATIONS were the order of the day at last Saturday’s Station Hill Cricket Club’s (SHCC) end-of-season prize-giving.
The club celebrated their achievements over the past season, and also thanked sponsors.
To round off a fine evening, they also honoured their first president, Henry “Oom H” Jacobs.
Among the sponsors and supporters present, included Port Alfred Pick n Pay, manager, Alan Page, executive dean of Stenden South Africa, Dr Wouter Hensens, PennyPinchers manager Judy Horak, and Ward 9 councillor, Mbuleli “Stwiga” Njibana.
The daughter of the SHCC founding member and first president Jacobs, Lurika Coltman, had a few words of appreciation for the club and its members.
“Sport was my dad’s life and I remember him saying that there is no cricket in Port Alfred: ‘Let’s do something’.”
“Station Hill Cricket was a part of his heart, it was a part of him, and what you guys have done for my dad, the respect and the love; “I have never seen anything like it,” Coltman said.
“You honoured him at the 10-year celebrations. He is a part of this club and you are keeping him alive; you are all part of the Jacob’s family. Thank you so much for the support you gave him, whenever he spoke about the Station Hill Cricket Club he lit up,” she said. Current SHCC president Aubrina van Niekerk, in her review of the season, spoke about the success of the club and winning the B League of this year’s Pineapple Cricket Tournament.
“Another season is over and it has been a successful one, and who would have thought that we would win the Pineapple Tournament. I am very proud of you all; a committed and disciplined team, a formidable team. We also serve as a great example to the community and Port Alfred,” Van Niekerk said.
Speaking on the success of the SHCC, Hensens said: “At Stenden we have been involved for over 10 years in many community building projects and at the end of the day, it is about community and leadership.
“Sport is one of the biggest equalisers, it teaches our youth about the possibilities of life and provides direct feedback – what you put in is what you get out,” Hensens added.
As the main sponsor for the SHCC, PennyPinchers’s Horak said: “You guys make such an effort and I am very proud to be associated with this team”.
Njibana said: “It is important to honour those who make sterling contributions in our community. “Hard work pays off and sport assists us in bringing people together as one people, to see players and not colour, and that’s why I love sport.
“It also keeps away sugar (sic), keeping us fit and healthy,” said Njibana, referring to diabetes and the health benefits of sport. “Keep it up”. The awards for the evening included certificates of appreciation to sponsors such as Pick n Pay, Hilpert Brothers, Bongi’s Tavern and PennyPinchers.
The award for the Keenest Player went to Keenan Hendricks, the most improved player was Sino Bakaqana and the Newcomer of 2017 was Sean Hendricks. Best Fielder went to Sipho Saki and the Best Catcher of the Year went to Wayne Gaseba. The Best Batsman was Alvin Marney and the Best Bowler was veteran player Andy Jones.
Awards for appreciation were also given to the scorers, Airin Coltman and Malolo Monique Hilpert. An award was presented to the captain of SHCC, Cody Jones, for the Best Overall Cricket Team from Eastern Province Cricket.
WINNING SMILES: The Station Hill Cricket Club members are all smiles after receiving their various awards at the end-of-season prize-giving recently. Club president, Aubrina van Niekerk, centre, shows off the trophy they secured for winning the B League of this year’s Pineapple Cricket Tournament
VETERAN IN ACTION: Andy Jones was awarded the Best Bowler for the 2016-17 season with 40 wickets CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: The captain of the Station Hill Cricket Club, Cody Jones, won an award from Eastern Province Cricket naming the club the Best Overall Cricket Team