St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

100 Seasons Ago St George's Park - 100 Seasons Ago
The week ending May 3, 1903

Added 1 / 5 / 2003

Today practically saw the opening of the rugby season, though several matches were played last Saturday, and in connection with various clubs practices have been held during the week.


There was a fair muster on the Algoa ground, when the 1st and 2nd teams of the Algoa and Olympic clubs met in friendly encounters. The games were more in the form of practices than anything else, and opening of the season form ruled, though in one or two instances, good form was shown.

In the first match played, which was between the second teams, the Olympics won by 14 points to nil. The game was pretty fair, and the forward line got away well, though two of the tries on the 25 yard line were lucky.

At half-time the score stood at eight points to nil. The scorers were: Price (two tries), Gedye (one) and Diesel (one).

The 1st team encounter was closely watched, and some capital individual play was seen, Lumsden for the visitors being conspicuous, playing with good judgement and exercising great care.

The first half was interesting, but uneventful, though on several occasions both sides endeavoured to press matters without successs.

In the second half, Olympics pressed, and secured a try, but Ashkettle failed to convert, and play was transferred. Rowan later obtained possession, and got a try, which Ashkettle converted.

Interesting play ruled until the conclusion of the game, which arrived with the result as follows:
Olympics, 1 goal, 1 try 8 points
Algoa Nil


This match drew a fair number of people to the Walmer Clubs field this afternoon, and an interesting game was seen, which resulted in a draw by one goal to each.
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