Re­u­nion for rugby old boys

Talk of the Town - - Sport - ROB KNOWLES

THE Port Al­fred Rugby Club, de­funct since 1991, is hold­ing a re­u­nion of its mem­bers who man­aged to win a con­sid­er­able num­ber of hon­ours dur­ing its ex­is­tence and who now are all be­tween 60 and 80 years old.

The club was of­fi­cially re­opened on May 8, 1972 and played on the old rugby field lo­cated where the Royal Port Al­fred Ma­rina now stands. Yet this was the sec­ond in­car­na­tion of the club that ac­tu­ally dates back as far as the 1960s, but closed its doors in 1969, des­tined not to re­open un­til 1972 when Frans Gelden­huys de­cided to rein­vig­o­rate the club and bring in new mem­bers.

“We had to use our cars’ lights to il­lu­mi­nate the pitch,” Gelden­huys said.

“We al­ways had two teams that played, and we were good – al­ways in one fi­nal or an­other.”

In 1975 the first team played its first fi­nal in the Eastern Cape sec­ond league, and then re­peated this in 1976, 1977, 1980 and 1985.

The club played against teams such as Alexan­dria Rugby Club, Kingswood, Thee-Rings (Addo), Pat­ter­son, Al­bany and Rhodes.

The pro­posed get-to­gether will be in two parts: a gen­eral re­u­nion at the Port Al­fred Coun­try Club on Fri­day Novem­ber 24 and a re­u­nion lunch at the Port Al­fred Ski-boat Club on Satur­day Novem­ber 25.

Tick­ets for the lunch will be R100 each, and wives of ex-play­ers are most wel­come.

“The play­ers’ wives might have been the most im­por­tant as­pect of the team as, with­out their sup­port, we would never have been able to field a team,” Gelden­huys said.

Pay­ment can be made us­ing Stan­dard Bank, Port Al­fred, in the name of J Scrivens, ac­count num­ber 10094946459. For more nfor­ma­tion, please con­tact Gelden­huys on 082-333-7111, Ben Kem­ber on 082-934-0844, Tommy Scrivens on 084-588-6499 or Wally Probert on 082-406-3499.

DAYS OF YORE: An ar­ti­cle from the old Kowie An­nouncer, dated Septem­ber 30 1980, show­ing the Port Al­fred Rugby Club team which took on the Olympics club in the sec­ond league fi­nals

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