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TOTT 15 March 2018

18 Talk of the Town

18 Talk of the Town ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook March 15, 2018 KOWIE STRIDERS CONGRATULATIONS to our two Argus Cycle competitors, Lyn Harbrecht who cycled it in 4 hours 21 minutes and Dudley Emslie who finished in 4:33. For a change there were no gale force winds during the Argus race. Carol and Jean Nepgen were back on the roads again last weekend. They competed in the Bobbies 3-in-1 in Pretoria on Saturday where Carol walked the 21km in 2:53 and Jean the 10km in 1:59. Then on Sunday at the Edenvale 42/21 in Johannesburg, Carol completed the 21km in 3:04 and Jean the 10km in 2:01. It is great to see the increasing attendance at our time trials with lots of new personal bests being achieved. Seems to be getting quite competitive. Please don’t forget the Amanzi Easter trail run which we are organising. We need your help. Enjoy your r u n n i n g / wa l k i n g . Time Trial, March 6: 8km Run Rick Betts 35:21 Mariaan Stiglingh 44:02 Richard Legg 44:20 Gill Legg 44:20 CROQUET CORNER 5km Run Mike Nelson 23:04 Sticks Stiglingh 24:20 Alex Weed 24:58 Kevin Lee 25:07 Dave Sansbury 25:16 Ian Robertson 25:47 Alan Robb 26:58 Gregory van Mastrigt 27:42 Mia Donald 27:42 Leah Shanks 29:09 Mike Momberg 29:51 Lulu Mceka 31:47 Robyn Reed 36:09 Cathy Momberg 37:02 Loren Meyer 37:18 Jade Wentzel 37:18 3km Run Ayabonga Saul 10:25 Lethembu Jekana 10:31 Rebecca Nelson 15:37 Sharon Dacombe 19:22 Clare Wood 20:13 Emily Lessing 20:28 Kelly Legg 31:54 Madison Wood 31:54 Caylem Simes 32:25 Robyn Dacombe 32:25 6km Walk Ray Basson 01:16:26 5km Walk: Anna Marie Hockley 36:10 Pauline Weed 42:04 Jenny Basson 48:59 Billy Futter 48:59 3km Walk Colin Murphy 28:12 Sally Blake 38:01 Alistair Blake 38:01 Graham Oliver 38:01 LAST Saturday was very busy with 19 players turning up. The next rollover will be held on Wednesday March 21. Bear in mind that the cut-off date for Allan Wilson entries is March 29. Noeline has a lot of work in front of her, hence the early cut-off date. Birthday greetings are due to Helmut for today, Thursday March 15. Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club THREE of our ladies teams participated last week in the Kowie Ladies Classic – we thank Kowie for a most enjoyable two days! Trevor Frost and Graham Enslin are away in Durban playing in the Senior Inter-District Tournament where they are representing Eastern Province. We wish them good bowling. Please don’t forget to enter the Hospice Charity Day being played at Port Alfred on Wednesday March 21. All bowlers in Eastern Areas (EA) are welcome to enter as individuals. Help us to support this wonderful cause. The Vroom Cup and Timm Cup will be played at Kowie on Thursday March 22. The EA Mixed Pairs will be played at Grahamstown and Albany on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25. Duties for the week – March 20 to 24: Tabs – Sylvia Prevost and David Freeme, Bar – Peter Wansell and Colette Reid, Ironing – Colin Barnard. Kenton Bowling Club It was a quiet week at the club as most of the action was outside our borders. On Wednesday and Thursday two of our ladies’ teams travelled to Kowie for their annual Ladies’ Classic. Di Gruneberg and her team (Pam Bowker, Rose Chowles and Gloria Schmidt) managed a creditable third place and were rewarded with prize money of R500 each. Friday night’s attendance draw (which had reverted to R500) was forfeited by Emily Bellingan for not being present when her number was called. Dave West skipped a team (Rodney Austin and Tony Phillips) to Molteno’s annual classic. Although not finishing in the prize money, they were well pleased with the dry wors and brandy they won in the minor placings. The highlight of the week was the introduction of a club championship weekend. Thirteen teams had entered the Selected Mixed Pairs Championship which was to be completed over one weekend. The first rounds were played on Saturday morning with the final on the Sunday afternoon. The duo of Di Gruneberg and Tim Bradbury are this year’s Selected Mixed Pairs champions after beating Ruth Low and Ken Nixon in a thrilling final. They managed to wipe out a deficit of shots after 15 ends to win with a final score of 21-15. A supportive crowd of about 20 spectators were treated to some high quality bowling. Saturday evening’s after bowls bring’n braai (fires by the courtesy of Braaimeester Stompie Bellingan) was enjoyed by all with Helen van Schalkwyk’s pot-bread being the toast of the evening (pardon the pun). FIRST PLACE: Jeffreys Bay ladies, from left, Lorette Wewege, Jacqui van Heerden, lead Elsa Grobler and skip Barbara Coetzee, came first in the Jean Louw Ladies’ Classic at the Kowie Bowls Club last Thursday, with main sponsors Dr Charles Louw and daughter Anne, and ladies’ captain Margaret Stegmann, right Picture: LOUISE KNOWLES BOWLSBANTER ... what’s happening The championship weekend was an experiment and the committee will debate the desirability to continue with the initiative and what needs to be done to improve it. Any suggestions from our members will be appreciated. Events (March 15-22): 16 - Greens grading, PT Trips, Steak Braai, 18 - EA Men’s League. Duties (March 18-25): Bar - Van Schalkwyk/Nixon, Tabs - S Bellingan. Kowie Bowling Club Our ladies have done it again . With Margaret Stegman at the helm (I would not like to pay her telephone bill) our ladies staged another Jean Louw Classic commensurate with the high standards set by the 27 classics which preceded this one. Where Jean Louw’s vision of a classic differed from the usual was that while our visitors could expect consistency and predictability on the greens it was inside the clubhouse that they could expect the unexpected. The theme, the décor, the flowers, and especially, the food had to be pleasing to the senses and different every year. The yardstick by which the tournament was measured was whether even those who were not in the main prizes were adamant that they had enjoyed themselves so much that they would be returning next year. Margaret’s Classic met all these criteria admirably – thank you to all of you. Although the rain – or the threat thereof – was an irritation it did not influence the standard of play and in the final stages we saw some very good bowls. The winning teams were: 1 – Barbara Coetzee, 2 – Lolly Reed 3 – Gloria Schmidt, 4 – Moira Buchanan, 5 – Sheila Prevost, and 6 – Maureen Freeman (her 26th visit). Our mega-bucks on Tuesday was well attended and played on C green. Johnty Alexander, Don Munro, and George Andrews picked up a full house of 10 plus 14 much to the chagrin of the graders who feel it is a reflection on them if a team picks up a full house when the two sides are supposed to be of equal strength. Anyway the grades are being revised and a few wings will be clipped. Friday night we resumed the night bowls and what a night it was. It was almost as if they had not seen one another for some time. Thanks to the Lions and our members who continue to cater for the inner man and ensure the smooth running of the tournament. During the week our Men’s Singles continued unabated but due to the ladies’ classic Linda had to postpone some of the ladiesl matches into next week. With a record entry in the open, Steve Minnaar had to use all his organisational skills to cajole players and markers into fulfilling their fixtures. On Saturday some of our “juniors” had a field day against their more experienced opponents but after the initial carnage sanity prevailed and we ended up on Saturday night with the most experienced quarter-finalists.. On Sunday we were treated to some excellent bowls. Eric Kent (coming off the veld) eliminated Jacques Krige in a tight game but then lost to Dick Schuurman on his way to the final. In the meantime Chris Avis disposed of Keith Kolesky to reach the final. The final was a bit of an anti-climax. Perhaps a third game against a much younger opponent was a big ask for Dick. Chris took charge immediately with a four and was never headed. He won 21-10. Well done Chris, we are all proud of you. The Men’s Senior singles and all the Ladies’ Singles still have to be decided. It is almost a pity the singles are just about over. It is always a joy to watch the cut and thrust of a game of singles between two doughty opponents. The “oorskiets” from the singles played on C green and had an enjoyable af ternoon. Stan Richter, Don Munro, and Mirelle McPhee could do no wrong and ran out easy winners on the green and then made off with a substantial “snowball”. After all this activity the greens look a bit “tired” which does not auger well for the EP greens inspection this week. Duty list for week from Monday March 19:Steve Minnaar – Roll, Keith Kolesky and Ronnie Smith – Mark, Sally Wormard – Tabs with Eddie Hoseck and Robert Sandiland – B a r. Pick n Pay Night Bowls – Round 3 28 Main Street - Tel: 046 624 1125 Email: robert.avis@ecmpa.co.za 4 THE third round of the Pick n Pay Night Bowls competition got underway on Friday evening in beautiful weather after the rain of the previous two Fridays where one was actually rained-out. In Round two teams shared the “Performer of the Night” prize because of their same scores. Section A, DP Engineering and Section B, Pig and Whistle with their big wins of six points plus 21 shot profit. The swindle board raffle was won by Chris from Pig and Whistle team and the roll-over competition was won by Chris Roberts Construction who they were not in attendance at the last two prize-giving. Round 3 prize-giving started with the swindle board raffle being drawn and CM Heunis won the bottle of whisky on a team ticket. Next the roll-over competition was drawn and the score for the four ends was “one” and, as happens, there were four teams with a score of one for the night so the prize money rolls over to next round which makes the next rounds prize R120. “Performer of the Night” was handed out to the winners of the third round for their win of six points and shot profit of 13. “Lions do a wonderful job of keeping the hunger pangs at bay with the sale of their fast foods from the pavilion and the music belting out over the greens,” event convenor Mike Tomlinson said. “There is no banning on the Lions’ disc jockey, as with the St George’s Park band who were apparently bothering the umpires [during the second test against Australia]. “The fourth round is scheduled for Friday March 16, so see you all there and bring the family and friends along for a wonderful social evening around the greens.”

March 15, 2018 ADVERTISING / NEWSDESK: (046) 624 4356 Find us on Facebook Talk of the Town 19 Wednesday March 7: Buco Individual Medal, with 69 players. Results: 1st: Charlie Poulton – 65, 2nd: Peter Longhurst – 68, 3rd: Gerhard Strydom – 69, 4th: Wouter Hensens – 69, 5th: Alan Rosenthal – 69 Two clubs: 6th: G Strydom, D Cowie 8th: C Poulton 11th: A Meyer 13th: I Sawers, A Small Best gross: 73 – Ian Moncur Best nett: 65 – Charlie Poulton Nearest The Pins: Debonairs Pizza – 6th: Dave Hawkins Kowie River Cruises – 8th: Harold Horne The Wharf Street Brew Pub – 11th: Andrew Meyer Thymes 2 Catering – 13th: Ian Sawers Wimpy longest drive - 14th: Roger Acton Kingsley Beverages - Nearest the Pin for two on the first: Dennis McElwee Saturday March 10: Pam Golding Betterball Stableford, with 83 players. Results: 1st: Steve Gardner, Terry Counihan - 50 2nd: Trevor Taylor, Dave Young - 48 3rd: Mark Brigham, Colin Mavuso - 48 4th: Jayden Roesstorff, Quinton Fick - 47 Two clubs: 6th: B Shaw, D Young, R van Zyl, R Coates, S Gardner 8th: A Sap, C Poulton, C Forster, D Port Alfred parkrun draws more than 200 participants LOUISE KNOWLES AT the 14th parkrun in Port Alfred on December 9, runners set off down river from the library lawns on Saturday, bright and early. “The race is run at the same time all around the world. It is at 8am, except certain places in South Africa where it’s 45 degrees, and in Europe, where it’s dark,” said Pauline Weeks, the local parkrun’s second director. The 5km long course, run along the Kowie River in two laps, takes place every single Saturday. “It was started by a South African in Bushy Park in London PORT Alfred’s first ever event of the Town Classics Series is part of the Amanzi Festival, hosted by the Royal St Andrews Hotel and taking place from April 6 to 8 at East Beach, and, aside from the international surfing contingent, it will include some talented South African surfers in the mix. The second event on the City Surf Series calendar, and first ever event of the Town Classics Series, will take place as part of the Amanzi Festival. South Africa’s best will battle it out for valuable Qualifying Section (QS) points as they look to kick-start their QS careers and build towards making the championship tour. The event will include Men’s QS1000, Women’s QS1000, Longboard, Men’s QS1000 and Longboard Women’s QS1000 competitions. Wo m e n ’s surfer, Sophie Bell from KwaZulu-Natal, is one the athletes getting ready for the event by Quiksilver. Bell, the 2016 World Junior Tour regional champ, recently brought home the double gold after winning both the WQS ( Wo m e n ’s Qualifying Section) division and the Junior division at the Buffalo City Pro in East London. “It’s super sick to have all these WQS and JQS events here in Yo u n g 11th: S Dorrington, J Wilding, I Sawers, B Wright 13th: B Wright Best gross: 72 – Colin Mavuso Best nett: 64 – Dave Young Nearest the pins: Mooifontein Quarry – 6th: Bob Shaw Auto Smart Body Shop – 8th: Viv Jordan Sibuya Game Reserve – 11th: Andries Small The Wharf Street Brew Pub – 13th: Brian Wright Wimpy – Men’s longest drive – 18th: Clint Roesstorff Royal St Andrews - Nearest the pin for two on the first: Meekah de Sousa 1820s GOLF Monday March 5: 28 players in good w e at h e r. Winners on 40: Lionel Timm, Peter Rinaldi, Wolly Wolmarans, Lawton Amos. Moosehead on 46: John Heather, Andy Simpson, Ted Baines, Dallas Cowie. Good scores: 49 – Derick van Harmellen, Stan Weyer, Juan Southey, Lionel Timm, 48 – Geoff Clough, Ram Piers, Dennis McElwee, Wolly Wolmarans, 46 – Derek Sinclair. Two clubs: 6th Dennis McElwee, Wolly Wolmarans, 8th Dennis McElwee, 11th Juan Southey, Stan Weyer, 13th Lawton Amos. Thursday March 8: Game cancelled when he asked is there anywhere where people meet to run?” Weeks said. No matter where you are travelling, you can go and meet people and run on Saturday morning. “We were in Scotland, and we ran at Hampden Park, there is a parkrun everywhere, even in A f g h a n i st a n , ” she said. “And the results system is brilliant! You get a bar code, scan it when you run and the results are sent to an app which you can access on your computer or cellphone, including the age group, stats and percentage you are running at.” South Africa. It gives everyone a lot more experience and time to get more determined. It also allows surfers to save money from not having to travel overseas to compete in the same WQS 1000,” said Bell. Cape Town Surf riders, along with South African champion Brandon Benjamin, dominated in variable conditions at the Vic Bay Quad 2017 in the Western Cape in memory of founder member of the Southern Cape Surfing Association, John Pfaff. They overcame tough competition to defend their title against Eden Surfriders and Nelson Mandela Bay at the end of last year, another successful event on the Garden Route. Now, moving to the Sunshine Coast, can Benjamin and his fellow Capetonians do it again at the Amanzi Festival? Durban surfers Sam Christianson, 20, and Christy Gilmour, 17, will also be surfing in the Quiksilver QS events. They are headed off to China’s tropical Hainan island last month to compete in the 2018 World Longboard Surfing Championship after being presented with their South African colours by the KENTONRUNNERS GOLFW E E K LY ... the results due to bad weather. L ADIES’ R E S U LTS March 6: For a change the afternoon actually brightened up after a morning drizzle leaving warm conditions with a moderate westerly wind. Twenty-seven players answered the call to play in the Monthly Medal sponsored by Pick n Pa y. Helen Lockyear counted out Margie Siegers into second position to win the Silver Division on nett 70. Heather van Harmelen was a clear winner in the Bronze Division with a nett 72. Kirsten Dales occupied the runners-up slot on nett 73. The concomitant putting competitions held every Medal outing were won by Jane Bladen in the Bronze Division and shared by Margie and Mo Marsay in the Silver Division, all three stroking just 32 putts. There were neither any two-clubs holed, not individual nett rounds made under 70. Ellen Fischer’s drive was closest to the pin on Top Carpet’s sixth as was Jane Bladen’s on Rosehill Driving Range’s eighth. Heather van Harmelen was “nearest-for-t wo” on River Spa’s 13th, but nobody hit the green on Wimpy’s Top surfers register for the Amanzi Festival IN YOUR OWN TIME: About 200 runners set off from behind the library on the 14th parkrun on Saturday Pictures: LOUISE KNOWLES Participants can walk if they choose to, and build up to running, and as many people do, KwaZulu-Natal Longboard Surfing A s s o c i at i o n . As for local surfers, we will see Richard Heny and young grom surfer Kye Macgregor competing against the country’s and world’s best in anticipation of some great results and building both reputation and World Championship points. “The entire weekend will be a great one for spectators and competitors alike,” fe st i va l organiser Sxeaks Nkwinti said. Co-organiser Dave Lawson was also delighted with the festival and the way it was shaping up. “We have so much for our visitors to see and do, from the Good Friday, March 30, right the way through that week to the surfing finals the following weekend, everyone should be enter tained,” he said. From international bodyboarding, skate boarding for the general public, swimming, trail running, jet skiing and rubber ducks (inflatable speed boats), food and craft stalls, and events for the kids at Kiddies Beach, the Amanzi Festival is something you don’t want to miss. 11th. The longest drive competitions were held on the 12th and struck by Shirley Heny in the lower handicap section and by Heather among those with more generous handicaps. The competition on March 20 will be a three-ball alliance with drawn partners. FRESH STOP PORT ALFRED MIXED March 10: A pleasant morning for golf, bright and sunny with moderate westerly breezes, attracted a smaller than average field of 23 with many a potential member of the fairer sex playing in the Ladies’ Open Championship at Belmont. The draw resulted in one three-ball and five mixed four-balls playing in the usual mixed two-to-count Stableford alliance. Lizzie Lambrechts had a great day leading her covey of Lizzie Mangham, Rusty Hallam and James Weisters to victory with 89 points. Fanie Smit, Barrie Brady, Gaby and Danny Tarpani were just one off the pace on 88 to take the runners-up slot. Nothing went right for Heather van Harmelen, Terry Harris, Dave and Launa Kirk as they struggled to score just 77 points to become the recipients of the traditional energy replacement drinks go on to do 10km runs and m a r at h o n s . There are more than 200 people supplied by the sponsor, way behind the rest of the field. Lizzie Lambrechts had the best round of the morning netting a fine 68 and also her drive being closest to the pin on the 8th to win the sponsor’s bottle of wine. There were no two-clubs. An amount of R1 000 was handed over to the SPCA during the week from PAM golf. KGB RESULTS Tuesday March 6: The much sought after rain finally arrived at the end of last week and caused rapid greening up of the fairways and softening of the ground. The course has consequently “lengthened” significantly and individual scores showed much evidence of this. The morning produced light showers and a moderate westerly wind. A total of 39 players enrolled for the two-to-count Stableford alliance in one three-ball and nine four-balls. It took just 85 points to win the morning’s proceedings and this was the score carded by Adrian White, Jimmy van Rensburg, Rusty Hallam and David Groenewald. Second placed Russell Warren, Dale Wisener, Martin Lambrechts and the fair Lynne Lake were just one point off the pace on 84. Two covies shared the much maligned Hamer en Sukkel trophy at the 19th hole, namely (1) Peter Reed, Danny Tarpani and Eugene Erasmus and (2) John Abbott, John Crandon, Paul Fryer and John Muggeridge. at the race in Port Alfred every Saturday, said Port Alfred parkrun’s first director Martin Neethling, who appealed for volunteers to help at the races. “You can still do the run before the race starts,” he said. “The more people who volunteer, the less frequently you will have to volunteer.” The fastest runner on Saturday was Sizakele Dayimani who ran the course in 17 minutes and 32 seconds. A member of Kowie Striders, Dayimani has run the Comrades, Soweto Masters, Two Oceans and came first in the Border Masters in East London in 2013. Eugene sank the only 2-club of the day (sixth) and Russell alone shot a sub par nett 70 with his 68. Friday March 9: People who play in the rain get wet. Those who choose to play in the rain are either silly or fearless. A total of 29 players did tee-off in Friday’s two-to-count Stableford alliance to play in substantial precipitation, but no audit was performed to see to which section each individual belonged. The intimidating conditions were reflected in generally low scores. The best was the 86 points carded by Colin Armstrong, Peter Reed, Paul Fryer and Heinz Czepluch. They were closely followed by (1) Gerald Churchley, Rosie Calmeyer-Leach and John Abbot and (2) Dave Kirk, Mike Beaumont and Eric Segers on 85. Launa Kirk, Andy Manson and Andy Barnes could only muster 60 + 5 = 65 points on their card to come a dismal last and become the day’s recipients of the Hamer en Sukkel trophy. Barrie Brady (sixth), Brian Reid (eighth) and Martin Lambrechts (11th) all sank two-clubs on the holes indicated. Russell Warren probably used his dorsal fin to good use in netting a creditable 66 under the soaking conditions while swallow Dave Kirk would have felt “a little at home” in the process of netting 69. QUICK AS A RABBIT: Sizakele Dayimani was first to complete the 5km parkrun Time Trial: March 8 3.5km 1. Alinah Seccombe 30:21 2. Yvonne Tsikos 30:22 3. Martin Seccombe 30:42 4. Marijke Wigley 31:12 5. Saran Seccombe 32:25 6. Melody Seccombe 32:27 7. Asemanhle Nombiwu 34:16 8. Liceho Nkohla 34:29 9. Thijmen Wigley 37 : 0 9 10. Steven Wigley 37 : 1 0 11. Alvira Tsikos 38:24 12. Tau van Graan 38:33 13. Carla Möller 39:04 14. Karma van Graan 39:16 15. Jess van Graan 39:40 16. David Steyn 39:41 17. Linda Walker (walker) 44:03 5km 1. Damian Tsikos 28:23 2. Nosipho Vasi 34:49 3. Nick Albrightson 3 51 5 4. Lynn West 36:11 5. Colleen Bedford 38:33 8km 1. Vuyisani Nobi 30:52 2. Xhlisa Khatu 36:14

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