Sta­tion Hill Cricket Club hon­ours sea­son’s best

Talk of the Town - - Sport - BRYAN SMITH

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.

Pic­tures: BRYAN SMITH

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

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