Pineapple Cricket Tournament 2012

THE Annual Port Alfred and Bathurst Cricket Tournament is an event familiarly known as “the Pineapple Tournament”, because of the number of pineapple farmers who have taken part over the years. The dual name can be confusing to those new to the area, but hopefully the brief history set out below will help in understanding the essence of the tournament.
 
The first tournament to be staged in Bathurst was held in 1904 at the Bathurst Agricultural Show Grounds. Prior to this the tournament was held at various venues in the area, notably Salem, Upper Karige, Barville Park, Kasouga and Wesley in the Peddie district. At the tournament in Bathurst four teams took part. Now, 108 years later there are 26 teams competing in five sections.
 
The tournament is played on a round robin basis. The presentation of the forty or so trophies and prizes takes place at the Port Alfred Country Club after the final match.
 
Cricket has been a traditional game in Albany since the early times with clubs existing at Buchners on the Bushmans River, The Kaga (Bedford), and the Fish River as far back as 1845. In fact, in certain households in the area there are only two seasons in the year; cricket season and hunting season. The date March 20 1920 is an important one in the history of the tournament as it was on this date a meeting was held and the tournament was given its name; The Port Alfred and Bathurst Districts Tournament.
At this meeting DR WH Atherstone was president, Mr Marshall was chairman and Mr Howell secretary. A trophy costing ₤50 was purchased in England by Mr Tom Parker of Parker & Co and was first competed for in 1923 when the first tournament under the new name was held.
 
The tournament was disbanded between 1940 and 1945 because of the second world war but was revived again in 1946 and is still going strong today.
 
The Pineapple Tournament is probably unique in that it is unlikely farmers anywhere else in the world down-tools for eight days to play cricket. Judging by the enthusiasm shown each year it seems this tradition will continue for many decades to come.
 

Full fixture list for the 108th Pineapple Cricket Tournament

Date

Venue

Team

Team

League

Saturday March10

Country Club

Sidbury

vs

Cuylerville

1 Sec A

School A

Southwell

Port Alfred

1 Sec B

School B

Salem

Manley Flats

1 Sec B

Hospital

Cuylerville2

PAHS

2 Sec B

Hilpert

Southwell2

Early Birds

2 Sec B

Air School

Kenton

Salem2

2 Sec B

Sunday March 11

Country Club

Southwell

Salem

1 Sec B

School A

Port Alfred

Manley Flats

1 Sec B

School B

Rhodents

GHT Invite

1 Sec A

Hospital

Manley Flats2

Station Hill

2 Sec A

Hilpert

Port Alfred2

PAHS

2 Sec A

Air School

Shrews

Early Birds

2 Sec B

Monday March 12

Country Club

Sidbury

Rhodents

1 Sec A

School A

Cuylerville

GHT Invite

1 Sec A

School B

Cuylerville2

Manley Flats2

2 Sec A

Hospital

Southwell2

Salam2

2 Sec B

Hilpert

Kenton

Shrews

2 Sec B

Air School

Station Hill

Port Alfred2

2 Sec A

Tuesday March 13

Country Club

Volkswagen

Oliphantskop

Invitation

School A

Southwell

Manley Flats

1 Sec B

School B

Port Alfred

Salem

1 Sec B

Hospital

Southwell2

Kenton

2 Sec B

Hilpert

Early Birds

Salem2

2 Sec B

Air School

Sidbury2

Rhodes Rats

Invitation

Wednesday March 14

Country Club

East Legends

West Legends

Invitation

School A

Cuylerville

Rhodents

1 Sec A

School B

Sidbury

GHT Invite

1 Sec A

Hospital

Cuylerville2

Port Alfred2

2 Sec B

Hilpert

PAHS

Manley Flats2

2 Sec B

Air School

Albany

Tiger Titans

Invitation Cup

Thursday March 15

Country Club

Salem2

Shrews

2 Sec B

School A

Winner 1 Sec A

R/u 1 Sec B

Semi Final A

School B

Winner 1 Sec B

R/u 1 Sec A

Semi Final B

Hospital

Cuylerville2

Station Hill

12 Sec A

Hilpert

Early Birds

Kenton

2 Sec B

Air School

Port Alfred2

Manley Flats2

2 Sec A

Friday March 16

Country Club

Cathcart

Middleburg

Invitation Cup

School A

3rd 1 Sec A

4th 1 Sec B

Plate Semi Final A

School B

3rd 1 Sec B

4th 1 Sec A

Plate Semi final B

Hospital

Southwell2

Shrews

2 Sec B

Hilpert

Nieu Bethesda

Fort Beaufort

Invitation Cup

Air School

PAHS

Station Hill

2 Sec A

Saturday March 17

Country Club

Winners SFA

Winers SFB

Final

School A

Winners PSFA

Winners PSFB

Plate final

School B

Nieu Bethesda

Cathcart

Invitation Cup

Hospital

Winners 2 Sec A

Winners 2 Sec B

2nd final

Hilpert

Fort Beaufort

Tiger Titans

Invitation cup

Air School

Albany

Middelburg

Invitation Cup

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