SA vs The World

South Africa vs the Rest of the World Bowls

Fun and laughter was the order of the day at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club this last weekend when the South Africa versus the Rest of the World Competition took place.

Bowlers from many parts of the world have settled in St Francis Bay and in summer there is an influx of visitors from overseas, euphemistically called “swallows”. Both these groups formed the “rest of the world” team and played against those born in South Africa. This introduces a fun element of rivalry and makes for a very sociable afternoon of bowls.

SA vs Rest of World Bowls

Graham Alison, an English resident, who owns a house in St Francis Bay and spends each summer here, initiated the competition eight years ago and donated a floating trophy. He puts a great deal of effort and enthusiasm into the arrangements by organising the hampers (to which members contribute items) and providing wine for the “touchers”. It also serves as a fund-raising event for the club and this year money raised from the hamper raffles will go towards the borehole which has become so necessary in this time of drought.

The spirit was fantastic and it proved to be a colourful affair as participants dressed up to represent their countries of origin. Many green and gold rugby shirts were donned by the South African team and Rijks Kotze, who did something really innovative, was voted the best dressed on the day in her long African-styled dress and headdress. Union Jacks were in evidence, red and white from the Swiss, greens from the Irish contingent, and traditional Dutch dress, (naturally without the clogs whilst on the green!)

There was much friendly rivalry between the two teams captained by Graham (Rest of the World) team and Rolly Marsh (South Africa). This year the Rest of the World Team played extremely well and were jubilant with their 84/57 win over the locals.

Peter Talbot, President of the Club, said: “This competition has become a tradition and builds camaraderie among club members and as such it is good for the club. The members get into the spirit of the occasion, which is a glorified ‘tabs in’ with a bit of fun.”

The camaraderie continued afterwards with the fires being lit for a bring-and-braai to end off what proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Article & photograph: Yvonne Bosman

Liquid Lines a winner producing winners

What an absolute winner Haydyn and Maria Holmes have given the community in Liquid Lines. Not only is it producing some really fine swimmers but also for what it offers the St Francis community at large. No matter one’s age, Liquid Lines has a programme for almost every need. From youngsters learning to swim progressing to being able to compete their school gala to those who are now competing with great success in both national and international events, Liquid lines can boast some incredible achievements.

But Liquid Lines is not just about developing world champion swimmers for the facility offers something for almost every resident of the greater St Francis no matter age, gender, fitness level or physical impairment. Early morning training sessions are held most days of the week for those more accomplished swimmers but long ago retired from competitive swimming wanting to stay in competitive shape. Many of these swimmers can be found plying the canals of St Francis Bay on a Friday evening, a weekly event that is proving both popular and a social occasion. During the day lanes are open for those merely looking to do as many lengths of the pool to keep themselves active and fit with several of these swimmers being in their seventies. Growing in popularity are the morning Aqua Aerobics classes, an ideal way of toning up muscles and loosening tired joints even if swimming is not your thing.

Amica de Jaager

But back to the achievements of some of those who use Liquid Lines to keep themselves in top competition form. Most notable is Woodridge College student, Amica de Jager who is fast becoming a national star and who has already represented South Africa in Lifesaving at the World Lifesaving Championships. Amongst her many achievement was recently winning the log running River Mile (its 93rd running this year) after a week or so earlier having won the NMB 10-kilometre. On March 21 Amica again took top honours this time at the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge, considered one of the toughest ocean swims on the circuit, with her younger sister Chane finishing in fourth just ten second behind her older sibling. In the men’s division Hadyn swam into 4th place, second in age group.

Masters 4 x 100 relay bronze medalists

From left – Guest swimmer, Gary Millford, Paul Nicholson, John Wilson

Not to be outdone some of the older Liquid Lines swimmers got to stand on the podium at the 2017 Master Swimming Championships held in East London. Gary Millford, John Wilson and Paul Nicholson along with an honorary member for the day to make up four for the 4 x 100 metre relay took 3rd Spot. Well done guys. But the star of the Masters Event undoubtedly goes to Maria winning no less than FOUR GOLD Medals. What a champ!

Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel

Event:    Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel
Status: SAST 3A events for U16, U14, U12 and U10 Boys & Girls
Venue: Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth
Dates: 25-26 March 2017
Max Elkington (Kommetjie)

Max Elkington (Kommetjie) on his way to victory in the U16 Boys division of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel in Port Elizabeth on Sunday
Photo: Billabong / McGregor

Max Elkington Continues Winning Streak in Billabong Junior Series

Max Elkington continued his phenomenal winning streak by claiming his 15th national age group event title when he clinched the U16 Boys crown in the Billabong Junior Series presented All Aboard Travel at Loch Ness in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year in October was held in good waves at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday before small waves and onshore winds saw organisers move to the open ocean ‘wildside’ where the finals were completed in tricky head-high surf.

Elkington, 15, caught the best wave that came through in the final and belted a series of radical manoeuvres to register his sixth consecutive Billabong Junior Series event win, pocketing R1,200 and taking the early lead in the series rankings. Fellow Kommetjie resident Eli Beukes hung onto second place ahead of Bryce Du Preez (East London) and Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) who were third and fourth respectively.

In the U16 Girls’, Kayla Nogueira of Umhlanga turned the tables on S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu of Durban (who won the series title last year) in a tightly fought duel where the winning points were scored on the last ride of the final. Tayla de Coning (East London) and Zoe Steyn (East London) took the minor places.

The U14 Boys was another tight affair with Daniel Emslie, up from the U12 division last year, found the best backup wave after all four finalists registered one good ride each. Nate Spalding (Durban), Mitch du Preez (East London) and Travis Pearce (Kommetjie) finished in that order.

Kayla Nogueira secured her second title at the event when she dominated the U14 Girls division, winning each heat she contested including the final where she finished in front of Lisa van Heerden (Jeffreys Bay) and Aimee du Preez (East London). Caroline Brown (Hout Bay) incurred a priority interference penalty that saw her lose one of her two counting rides and she dropped from second to fourth place.

The U12 Boys title went to Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) who convincingly beat local pair Nathan Plomaritis and C-Jay Posthumus with Ethan Currin (East London) in fourth. The U12 Girls result was also affected by an interference call that saw Lisa van Heerden relegated to second spot behind winner Zia Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay), with Emma Bedser (East London) and Luanne Hurst (Cape Town) collecting third and fourth places.

The newly introduced U10 division was completed in tricky waves at the Pipe before the event was moved and was dominated by Sergio Nogueira (Umhlanga). Three East London surfers,Davey Emslie, Michael Russel and Josh Malherbe finished second to fourth in the youngest division in the series events, which is supported by Sea Harvest.

Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) boosted the best aerial manoeuvre during the VonZipper Airshow and took home R2,000 from the winner-takes all 30 minute heat, while Davey Emslie was awarded the Billabong Best Claim of the Contest and a hamper of Billabong products.

Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel – Event #1 – Port Elizabeth

Final Results

U/16 Boys    

  • Max Elkington (Kommetjie) R1,200
  • Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) R800
  • Bryce du Preez (East London) R600
  • Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) R400

U/16 Girls     

  • Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga) R1,100
  • S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) R750
  • Tayla de Coning (East London) R550
  • Zoe Steyn (East London) R350

U/14 Boys    

  • Daniel Emslie (East London) R1,200
  • Nate Spalding (Durban) R800
  • Mitch du Preez (East London) R600
  • Travis Pearce (Kommetjie) R400

U/14 Girls     

  • Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga)  R1,200
  • Lisa van Heerden (Jeffreys Bay) R750
  • Aimee du Preez (East London) R550
  • Caroline Brown (Hout Bay) R400

U/12 Boys    

  • Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) R1,200
  • Nathan Plomaritis (Port Elizabeth) R800
  • C-Jay Posthumus (Port Elizabeth) R600
  • Ethan Currin (East London) R400

U/12 Girls     

  • Zia Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) R1,000
  • Lisa van Heerden (Jeffreys Bay) R700
  • Emma Bedser (East London) R500
  • Luanne Hurst (Cape Town) R300


  • Sergio Nogueira (Umhlanga) R90
  • Davey Emslie (East London) R450
  • Michael Russel (East London)R350
  • Josh Malherbe (East London) R300

Full results and a photo gallery are available on

Special Awards

VonZipper Airshow – R2 000

Luke Slijpen (Llandudno)

Billabong – Best Claim of the Event – Product Hamper

Davey Emslie (East London)

See all the results and a gallery of images from the event at

The Billabong Junior Series is supported by All Aboard Travel, BOS, VonZipper and Zigzag.

The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the recognised governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa and a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Holiday at Victoria Falls with All Aboard Travel


Twiggy Baker Big Wave Champ 2016/17

Grant “Twiggy” Baker Claim 2016/17 WSL Big Wave Tour Title

Press Release WSL

With the conclusion of the 2016/2017 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) today, Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF) and Paige Alms (HAW) have claimed the WSL BWT men’s and women’s titles.

Today’s achievement marks Baker’s second BWT title, after securing his first in 2013. Baker competed in all three events that ran on this year’s men’s BWT, kicking off his year-long lead with an emphatic victory at the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mexico.

The Durbanite then continued to carry the momentum to a strong showing at the Pe’ahi Challenge in Hawaii, where he captured the 3rd place trophy before solidifying his position atop the rankings after a Semifinal finish at the inaugural Nazaré Challenge in Portugal.

Twiggy Baker 2016/17 Big Wave Champion

Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF) charged through towering barrels at the 2016 Puerto Escondido Challenge to win the event and set the tone for his incredible season. Credit: © WSL / Morales

“To be the Big Wave Tour Champion means the world to me,” Baker said. “I put in a lot of time and effort into this year and it is amazing that it has paid off. I got married two years ago and had a daughter last year, so my priorities to surf big waves have definitely changed to give them the best possible future. They drive me to catch bigger waves. This year, everything came together in the contests. I did what I had to do competitively and it feels good. I am super stoked.”

Baker started his incredible career in 2003 with a Finals appearance at his first ever big wave event at Dungeons in South Africa. Since then, the South African has continued to push the limits of big wave surfing with numerous event wins at venues ranging from Maverick’s in California to Punta de Lobos in Chile and Punta Galea in the Basque Country of Spain. Additionally, Baker’s remarkable career is brimming with accolades from the Big Wave Awards, and today’s victory further cements his place in surfing history.

“The progression of big wave surfing in the past few years has been exponential,” continued Baker. “The competition side is pushing the performance level of the sport. What this title means for me is that we are getting something going for the future. We are building something for the kids that are coming up now. The Championship means a lot and it is a great feeling to have that pressure off and to win.”

Baker completed his season with 25,018 points on the year-end rankings, edging out the 20-year old Brazilian charger, Pedro Calado (BRA), by 3,075 points. Defending two-time BWT Champion Greg Long (USA) came in third place with a total of 22,921 points.

On November 11, 2016, the first ever women’s WSL Big Wave Tour competition was held at the Pe’ahi Challenge. The historic event witnessed incredible performances as 12 individuals took to the water to compete for both the event win and the maiden Women’s Big Wave Champion Title.

Alms made history on the world stage when she won the Pe’ahi Challenge to become the first ever Big Wave Women’s Champion.

“Being the first Big Wave Women’s Champion at Pe’ahi is an amazing feeling,” said Alms. “I am stoked to be able to put that notch on my belt. I am happy to be an ambassador for the sport and for women in surfing. That was a win for women’s surfing and a win for the Maui community. It wasn’t just a win for me.”

Paige Alms Womaens Big Wave Champion 2016/17

Paige Alms (HAW) took on massive waves at the 2016 Pe’ahi Challenge to make history as the first ever Big Wave Women’s Champion. Credit: © WSL / Hallman

Alms, who lives on Maui, started charging big waves at the age of 15. Like most female big wave surfers, Alms’ career has been self-supported through juggling multiple jobs to fund her travel and training. Her commitment, hard work and passion is not only evidenced through her accolades, but predominantly through her undoubted elevation of big wave surfing.

“Every session we have for big wave surfing for men or women [means] the sport is being progressed,” continued Alms. “For female big wave surfing, the more opportunities that we have like that in an empty line up, the more you’re going to see the best big wave women doing the best big wave surfing. I am really looking forward to seeing what the WSL has in store for next year. This is just the beginning and this was one contest. I think we are going to look back in ten years and say, ‘remember that time?’ I think the possibilities are endless.”

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2016/17 Men’s WSL Big Wave Tour Top 5:

1 – Grant Baker (ZAF) 25,018 points
2 – Pedro Calado (BRA) 21,943
3 – Greg Long (USA) 21,921 points
4 – Carlos Burle (BRA) 18,175
5 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 15,690

2016/17 Women’s WSL Big Wave Tour Top 5:

1 – Paige Alms (HAW) 12,500 points
2 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 10,416 points
3 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 8,680 points
4 – Emily Erickson (HAW) 6,029 points
4 – Keala Kennelly (HAW) 6,029 points
4 – Laura Enever (AUS) 6,029 points

Twiggy Baker & Paige Alms

Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF) and Paige Alms (HAW) have won the 2016/17 WSL BWT men’s and women’s titles. Credit: © WSL

Joy Wicks Honoured

Joy Wicks honoured at St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Joy Wicks honoured by St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Joy Wicks with her Honorary Life Membership Certificate and the painting of the St Francis Bay Lighthouse which was presented to her on behalf of the SFB Bowling Club by Toby Haring.

Joy Wicks, a long standing member of the St Francis Bay Bowling club, was made an Honorary Life Member of the Club on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Current President Peter Talbot presented her with a certificate to the effect.

Past President, Toby Haring, who has known Joy for many years, thanked her for her over 22 years of membership and loyal service to the club. She joined the club in 1995 and is currently the second “oldest” member of the club. She and her late husband Bernie were both good bowlers and Joy’s name can be found on many of the club trophies. She also competed in out of town competitions in Humansdorp, Jeffreys Bay, Plettenberg Bay and the “All Cape”.

Joy, with her warm and friendly nature, has served in many capacities and was a competitor, selector, catering convenor, book sales lady during tournaments, and could turn her hand to anything wherever she was needed. She carried out her duties with efficiency and always with a smile. Nothing was too much trouble for her.

Toby, after his tribute to her, presented her with a farewell present from the Club. It was a painting of the Cape St Francis Lighthouse, specially painted for her and sponsored by fellow bowler Christine Chapman.

Once the formalities were over everyone enjoyed the “Mug of the Month” meal together and people were able to say their farewells to Joy.

It is not only in bowling that Joy has been a prominent member of the community, but in Cape St Francis where she lived. For the past eighteen years she chaired the Cape St Francis Tea Group which performs a vital function of making newcomers to the area welcome and drawing them into the local community.

This is not only a friendship group but one that raises funds for charity. Their main fund raiser of the year is always the Cuppa for CANSA soup function for Hospice in which they raise a considerable amount. This involves a huge amount of work well before the time in making soups to freeze and as well as making a variety of hot soups to sell on the day and into the evening. It is also a sociable event which draws people from the surrounding towns.

Apart from the soup function the group spends many mornings knitting squares and making blankets for different charities, needy institutions, for old people and under-privileged mothers with newly born babies. All of this has been under the leadership of Joy Wicks. She will be sorely missed in the community. All her friends and co-workers send her off with lots of love and wish her the best of luck in her move to Port Elizabeth.

Photo an article by Yvonne Bosman


Rotary donate Soccer Kit

Rotary Club of Poynton donate UK Football Kit to Local Team

Rotary Club of Poynton donate UK Football Kit to Local TeamSaturday morning football practice was a day to remember for the boys and girls of the St Francis Galaxy football club.
UK Rotarians, John and Anna Bissell representing the Rotary Club of Poynton and District near Manchester arrived with representatives of the St Francis Rotary club to hand over a full set of football attire for the team, all of which has been donated by the Richmond Rovers Junior Football Club in Manchester for underprivileged children’s clubs in our district.

The donated kit weighing a total of 80kgs was literally carried from the UK by the Bissells as they travelled by train and ship to South Africa.

Thomas Kuka, founder and volunteer coach of the St Francis Galaxy football club proudly handed out the attire to his players. “It is very important for the kids to have a team identity,” he said. “They will be so proud to be selected to play and wear this professional kit.”

St Francis Galaxy has approximately 25 members from Sea Vista ranging in age from 7 to 14. They have no sponsors or other financial assistance and play for the love of the game. Kuka’s aim in forming the club is to encourage children in his poor community to take pride in their sporting ability and to encourage a healthy active lifestyle.
“Sea Vista children need positive role models and activities that keep them off the street and away from bad influences,” says Kuka.

The club which is always open to new members, practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5 and 6 on the sports field in Sea Vista and on Saturday mornings between 8h30 and 9h30 on the field on Assissi Drive.

Article by Lynette Aitken – Rotary Satellite Club of St Francis