Golden Jubilee

In 1925 Hamilton’s and Villagers, believing it was founded in 1875, celebrated their  golden jubilees.  The two clubs had a joint jubilee committee to organise the celebrations.  The Hamiltons members involved were AR Burmeister, JD de Villiers, WE Lawton, AJ Pienaar and HA Solomon.  The Villagers men were PS Twentyman-Jones, WFR Schreiner, RB McIntyre, ED Tudhope and EF van der Riet.  But the workhorse behind it all was Mrs Stephan.

The rugby match was played at Newlands on 2 May.  The WP Rugby Union allocated 250 stand tickets for the clubs.  Six teams played, including the Old Crocks.  Playing for the Hamiltons Old Crocks were some famous names –  Arthur Burmeister, Sport Pienaar, Richard Luyt, Alex Reid and Jock Anderson.

HRH the Prince of Wales, later the short-reigned Edward VII, was introduced to the two first teams.  Newlands was decorated for the occasion – at a cost of £35.  Hamiltons won the main match 12-4 and of the six matches Hamiltons won two, Villagers won two and two were drawn.  The teams that day were:

Hamiltons:    E Sonnenberg, S Robinson, C Keet, V Bosman, A Fish, J Tindall, W Humphreys, PJ Bayly (captain), KL Hogsett, T Kruger, W Swan, F Jameson, G Allken, R Scott, J Brown

Villagers:       T Davies, PW Krige, G Findlay, JK van Niekerk, EF van der Riet, JA van Niekerk, R Brunt, FW Mellish (captain), J Findlay, AI de Villiers, HF Melck, R Archer, A Wood, J Shannon, W Hennessy.

The referee was WA Millar.  From the gate the WPRFU made a grant to the Club of £125 for developing the grounds.

The committee elected for the jubilee year was as follows:

President:                          JGB Heyneman

Vice-president:                  A Blair

Captain:                             PJ Bayly

Secretary & Treasurer:     JC Haswell

Assistant secretary:           A Vercueil

Committee:                        DS Bam, FA Burmeister, LE Helm, CL Keet, WE Lawton, RR Solomon, JC Tindall

WE Lawton was elected chairman by the committee.

A joint Hamiltons-Villagers dinner was held that same day, 2 May 1925, at the Cadag Hotel at 12/6d a head.  A Jubilee Ball was held, organised by Mrs Stephan.  It raised the amount of £135 16s 0d.  The two clubs combined to buy Mrs Stephan “certain silverware” purchased from Messrs Fletcher & Cartwright at a cost of £10 12s 6d.

Hamiltons ended the 1920s in triumph.  The Club won the Grand and Town Challenge cups.  The players who played were:  G Michau, E Sonnenberg, G Pinchin, HW Morgan, A Uys, WJ Steensma, EHF Mellish, L Adkins, V Viljoen, AF Fish, A Zoutendyk, GH Brand, CE Louw, JC Tindall (captain), SP van Wyk, PJ Bayly, JG Siveright, D Doherty, AE Gordon, BL Osler, AE Herbst.

In 1932 the Club membership exceeded 750 and fielded 8 teams.  But then more than 40 new members would join each year.