St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

100 Seasons Ago St George's Park - 100 Seasons Ago
The week ending July 4, 1903

Added 4 / 7 / 2003

Early last night the Town Hall was thronged with an enthusiastic crowd who had assembled to see Inspector Thobbs (who had already been swinging the clubs for 24 hours) conclude his performance.

There is no doubt the Inspector gave a fine and finished display of fancy club swinging, his style and pace being all that could be desired.

He now holds the championship of the Eastern Cape and intends at some future date to try and beat the world record.

He was applauded repeatedly during his performance, and is evidently very popular with local sportsmen.

His old trainer, Brian Watson, who was practically all the time at his side, had a good laugh at the conclusion, which plainly showed his appreciation of his pupil.

The following are the figures handed to us by the judges who were present the whole of the 24 hours, from 6pm Wednesday evening till 6.00pm Thursday evening. The instructor swung 102,960 combinations, that is 78 revolutions per minute.

In the extra two hours he swung the clubs on an average of 91 revolutions a minute. At 7.15 he was swinging 94 combinations per minute. At 7.20, 104, and at 7.45, 110.

Two local gentlemen, who were amongst the audience, announced their intention of making a collection on behalf of the Institute and his trainer, which was well received, and in a very short time collected the sum of £13 7s, which was duly handed over.

At 8pm sharp there was a tremendous outburst of cheering, screaming, whistling, shouting, etc, and it was announced the successful feat was accomplished, whereupon the Mayor, Mr JC Kemsley, stepped on the stage, and after a neat little speech, wherein he complimented Mr Thobbs very warmly, and shook his hands, presented him with a gold medal on behalf of local sportsmen.

A word of praise must be given to the pianist, who played continually for three hours.

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The RMS Dunottar Castle, with Corinthian team of footballers, arrived in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The Mayor, Town Clerk, and officials of the Western Province Football Association proceeded on board the vessel to welcome them.

The Corinthians commence their series of matches next Thursday against Western Province Colonial-born.

Our Cape Town special correspondent adds: A luncheon was served in the saloon, and the team were heartily and warmly welcomed by the Mayor.

The team plays here on Thursday and Saturday, and leaves for Kimberley on Sunday. On Saturday evening the Mayor will give a banquet in their honour.

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The walking craze has spread to Kimberley, and a meeting is to be held on Thursday to arrange a sprint to the Bend and back, a distance of 32 miles.

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Sir - I am surprised that nothing has been heard of any arrangements being made for the selection of the teams to meet the English rugby team here (in Port Elizabeth) on July 18 and 20.

Trial matches have already taken place in Cape Town between possible sides and, and also between sides representing the town and country clubs, who each meet the visitors.

The last match played in Cape Town is only four days before the first played here.

What is the governing body about?

I am, etc., Black and Amber, Port Elizabeth.

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A large congregation of spectators was seen on the Crusader’s ground yesterday afternoon to witness the encounter between the Crusaders and the Diocesan College team now on a tour in these parts.

Victory laid with the Crusaders, who scored a couple of tries, which were converted, to a converted try by their opponents.
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