Hodsoll wins Sportsmanship Award

Kyle Hodsoll, the St George’s bowler, has been awarded the The Bermuda Friendly Societies Association Sportsmanship Award.

According to the seven member Lodges, Hodsoll “best exemplified the principles of good sportsmanship and fair play throughout the 2015 Annual Cricket Classic”.

The award will be presented tomorrow at Manchester Unity Hall, with Randy Horton as guest speaker, and Wilbur Pitcher, the former St George’s Cup Match player and umpire, as the guest presenter.

“It will be recalled that the precursor to Cup Match followed the abolition of slavery here in Bermuda. People in Bermuda began to take an ‘unauthorised’ day off from work to celebrate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery, better known as Emancipation Day.

“It became customary to hold annual picnics all over the island to mark the occasion,” the BFSA said.

“One of the highlights of the picnics was a friendly cricket match played between the Lodges from the East and West ends of the Island.

“This award was instituted in 2003 by the Bermuda Friendly Societies Association to recognise and perpetuate the link of OddFellows with the origin of the Classic.”

 Source: The Royal Gazette

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