St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Tournaments St George's Park - Orpen Cup, 1930
Orpen Cup, 1930

Native Cricket Tournament

Presentation of the Orpen Cup

The presentation of the cup in connection with the native Orpen Cup cricket tournament was made in mid-field of the Oriental ground at Korsten immediately after the final game came to an end at 12.30pm on the 1st inst.

The beautiful silver trophy was placed on a table amid a gathering of about 90 interested players and spectators.

The president said that they learned a great deal from tournaments of that kind.

It was an education, and they should learn until they ceased to live.

He thanked the umpires who managed the various matches, particularly the two who officiated in the final decisive match between Port Elizabeth and East London.

He was pleased to recall that there had been no discord throughout the tournament.

East London had won the Orpen Cup and he would request Mr A M Jabavu (Editor of Imvo, Kingwilliamstown) to perform the ceremony of handing over the cup to the winning centre (cheers).

Mr Jabavu, in the course of his remarks, observed that sport played an important part in the lives of people.

It was one of the schools of Western civilisation and was for everyone's benefit.

He congratulated East London on winning the cup for the fourth time.

It was unfortunate that during the tournament another Port Elizabeth Union had staged a match, thus distracting the attention of would-be spectators from the tournament.

It appeared as though there was no true unity locally.

East London had won the trophy, for they loved cricket and they deserved to win.

He was sorry other centres had failed to attend the tournament.

He was sorry to see the meagre attendance by the Port Elizabeth people at the Oval, while on the other hand he understood that during rugby matches the Oval was filled with spectators.

All sports must be encouraged.

Mr Jabavu then handed the cup to the East London skipper, W C Rubusana.

Mr Rubusana (secretary of the Orpen Cup Board) said nothing could be disputed in the speeches delivered by previous speakers.

They had all seen how the game was played.

They (the East London centre) had depended on their work, and that was why they chose to have the deciding game, viz., between East London and Port Elizabeth, managed by Port Elizabeth umpires.

It was the fourth time they had won the trophy.

It was given them by the late Mr J M Orpen, of East London.

When Mr Orpen was on his death bed he sent for the speaker and handed him the cup (which was asked for by East London players) with the remark: "You must not let it go away."

He strongly censured the idea of having two Unions among the native sportsmen of Port Elizabeth.

"It kills sport," he said, "and it should be discouraged."

He thanked Messrs, Swartz and Ngoza, the umpires, for deciding the match, and for managing the game to everyone's satisfaction.

He hoped the two Unions would sink their differences in the future and work in agreement.

The Kingwilliamstown captain also said a few words, expressing satisfaction on behalf of his centre.

The Port Elizabeth captain was the last speaker.

He said he felt sore at heart that his team had failed to win.

If he remembered well, the tournament was last held in Port Elizabeth 25 years ago (1905), and possibly the present generation had no idea of the cricket tournament.

He congratulated the winning centre and promised them a stiff game when they competed next year.

Three cheers were given for the winning centre, three cheers for Kingwilliamstown, and three cheers for Port Elizabeth, this terminating the proceedings.

Eastern Province Herald
January 4, 1930.

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