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

Interclub Surfing Championships

2017 Billabong South African Interclub Surfing Championships

Sel Point BordridersDefending Champions Seal Point Boardriders host the Billabong South African Interclub Championships for the second time this weekend.

A record twenty five teams representing twenty one surf clubs from all parts of South Africa will be in action at Seal Point in Cape St Francis this weekend in the sixth annual Billabong SA Interclub Championships.

Eighteen heats and 14 hours of competition will make this the biggest Interclub Surfing Championships ever held as representatives of surf clubs from the Western Cape, Southern Cape, Eastern Cape, KZN and Gauteng compete for the National Interclub Trophy.

The Billabong SA Interclub Championships an important Surfing South Africa tournament which is supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa and hosted for the second time by the Seal Point Boardriders Surf Club who won the tournament at at Seal Point last February.

In winning the 2016 Interclub Championships the Seal Point Boardriders earned the right to not only chose their “stadium” for this year contest but were also entitled to enter two teams into the two day clash.

Seal Point Boardriders

This year the Eastern Cape is well represented by a total of nine surf clubs while the Southern Cape has six clubs in the mix. Three clubs from the Western Cape,two from KZN and one club from Gauteng will make the journey to Cape St Francis.

The 2017 Billabong SA Interclub Championships presented by Sport and Recreation SA will use the Aloha Cup “tag” format which sees teams of four men and one woman competing against each other in 45 minute heats. In this team styled surfing contest all the points scored by each of the surfers count towards the final team score.

As usual competition will be fierce in the water but the annual Interclub Championships is an extremely social affair once the heats are over. While there is no Opening function this year there clubs will be able to relax at the St Francis Brewing Company on Saturday evening where they will be able to enjoy live music from the likes of top Jeffreys Bay based longboarder and well known musician Steve “Steezy” Sawyer.

Grant Beck, the Billabong Team & Events Manager is stoked that so many clubs are competing this year. “ We are really looking forward to this year’s Billabong Interclub Championships and we are really happy that so many clubs have entered. This event is pretty special as it gives surfers from clubs from all parts of South Africa the opportunity to get together with fellow competitors, friends and family. It is great to partner with Surfing South Africa and the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa and we look forward to staying involved in club surfing well into the future”.

Teams must meet at the Seal Point Car Park at 7.30am on Saturday for the official briefing. The heats will start at 8.00am on Saturday and end at approximately 2.30pm on Sunday.

The heats and format are posted on the Surfing South Africa website www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za .

Surfing South Africa is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). SSA is the recognized governing body for all surf riding in South Africa and is recognized as such by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Press Release compiled by Robin de Kock, General Manager, Surfing South Africa – For all media info contact 0824541149 or surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Bowls Club Champion

St Francis Bay Bowling Club Champion of Champions

St Francis Bay Bowling Club champions for 2017

Merry Haring (right) the new Club Champion of the St Francis Bay Bowling Club who beat Graham Allison to claim the title. Picture: Pam Stark

The winner of the Ladies St Francis Bay Bowling Club Championship plays against the winner of the Men’s St Francis Bay Bowling Club Championship for the Champion of Champions Competition to determine the Club Champion.

The final of the Men’s competition was played between John Poole and Graham Allison with the latter emerging as the winner.

Marijke Kotze and Merry Haring battled it out in the ladies’ event with Merry claiming victory.

The battle for the Champion of Champions was finally played between Merry and Graham Allison. Merry won and is now Bowling Club Champion of Champions.

Article by Yvonne Bosman

Personal Trust Sponsored Bowls Tournament

Members of the St Francis Bay Bowling Club played the Personal Trust Sponsored Bowls Tournament on Wednesday, 25 January. Each team of four played two matches of eleven ends against different opponents and enjoyed a good afternoon of competitive bowls. Johan van der Westhuizen, who represents Personal Trust and usually joins in the fun and presents the prizes, was unable to attend the event on this occasion so Peter Talbot, Club President, did the honours announcing the winners and presenting the prizes. The winners were Nigel Forbes, Antoinette Rust, Keith Chapman and Pam Stark. After the prize giving everyone enjoyed a sociable get-together with drinks and a fish nugget and chips evening.

Personal Trust Sponsored Bowls Tournament

Winners of the Personal Trust Sponsored Bowls Tournament: (l to r) Nigel Forbes, Antoinette Rust, Keith Chapman and Pam Stark

Article & Photo – Yvonee Bosman  

Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa logo2017 Surfing South Africa Newsletter

PST – CHANGE OF NAME TO THE SAST

Delegates at the final NATCOM Meeting of 2016 approved a proposal by the SSA Board that the name PST (Pro Surf Tour) be changed to the SA Surf Tour (SAST). The SAST will cater for surfers in the U10 – U16 Divisions while the WSL will cater for surfers in the U18 and Open categories. If funding for WSL Pro Junior events is not available Surfing South Africa might include U18 Divisions in the SAST events but these will be specialty contests with prize money but no ratings points.

  • Please note that it will cost R400 to join the SAST this year.

These funds plus the event entry fees will be used to cover the costs of the SAST events during 2017 AND will go towards the year end Prizepool cash payments which will be made to the winners of the U10 to U16 divisions.

Details of how many contests will count towards the final year end ratings will be circulated in a separate email.

SURFING SOUTH AFRICA EVENTS CALENDAR – VERSION # 1

The first SSA Events Calendar for 2017 is attached. More GROMCOMPS are expected to be added to the Calendar in due course.

2017 BILLABONG SA GROMMET GAMES presented by SPORT & RECREATION SA

Due the fact an International Ironman Event is taking place in Port Elizabeth on April 2nd we are unable to hold the SA Grommet Games over this period.

As we receive funding from Sport and Recreation SA to run the Grommet Games and because all events that receive funding from SRSA must be completed prior to March 31 2017 we have chosen dates for the Grom Games that incorporate a public holiday that falls between a Sunday and a public holiday on the Tuesday. Please refer to the Events Calendar.

The SA Grommet Games age groups, division numbers and team sizes have changed. The transformation target has been increased to EIGHT.

The 2017 details are as follows:

  • U8 DIVISION: ONE SURFER (GIRL or BOY)
  • U10 DIVISION: TWO SURFERS (GIRLS or BOYS)
  • U12 DIVISION: THREE BOYS & TWO GIRLS
  • U14 DIVISION: THREE BOYS & TWO GIRLS
  • U16 DIVISION: TWO BOYS & TWO GIRLS

TOTAL: 17

2017 BILLABONG SA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The age groups and division numbers for the SA Junior Championships have changed and fall in line with the SA Grommet Games age groups.

The age groups and division numbers are as follows

  • U12 DIVISION: TWO BOYS & ONE GIRL
  • U14 DIVISION: FOUR BOYS & TWO GIRLS
  • U16 DIVISION: FOUR BOYS & THREE GIRLS
  • U18 DIVISION: FOUR BOYS & THREE GIRLS

TOTAL: 23

  • ALL SCORES COUNT.

2017 SA CHAMPIONSHIPS & SA MASTERS CHAMPS COMBINED

The 2017 SA Championships and the SA Masters Championships will be combined in 2017 and will take place at Nahoon Reef in East London.Refer to the Events Calendar for dates.

The Age groups and numbers per division are as follows

SA Champs (Presidents Cup)

  • MENS DIVISION: SIX  (one must be Over 30)
  • WOMENS DIVISION: FOUR (one must be Over 30)

TOTAL: 10

SA Masters Champs (Masters Cup)

  • O35: THREE
  • O40: FOUR
  • O45: FOUR
  • O50: THREE
  • O55: TWO
  • OVER: ONE

TOTAL: 17

  • SURFERS MAY REPRESENT THEIR DISTRICT IN BOTH THE OPEN DIVISION AND IN THEIR OWN AGE GROUP.

Please circulate this information to your members.

If there are any queries please contact me on 0824541149 during office hours or send an email to surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

All the best

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa

Sport Events

Summer Series Sport Events

Here are the Summer Series events until the end of the year. For more information visit St Francis Sport

  • Thursday 22 December 08:00 Trail Run, Dune Ridge Country House (5km, 15km)
  • Friday 23 December 08:00 Extreme Duathlon (MTB & Trail Run), St Francis Field
    (5km run, 15km MTB)
  • Tuesday 27 December 08:00 MTB Challenge, Dune Ridge Country House (15km, 30km)
  • Thursday 29 December 08:00 Quadrathlon (cycle, swim, run, paddle), Sea Glades Dr
  • Thursday 29 December 19h30 New Moon Walk/Run in aid of SANCCOB, CSF Main Beach (5km)
  • Friday 30 December Open Water Swim, Granny’s Pool (2km)
  • Sat 31 December 10:00 Open Water Swim Reserve Day (2km)

Registration can be done on the day, 60 minutes before the event at each respective venue, and race briefing will be 15 minutes before the start. Multiple events can be done as teams or individuals, in age categories under 14, under 17 and open.

The entry fees: R80 for adults, and R50 for all under 14’s.

Start time: All events start at 08:00.

For more information, contact Eric and Esti Stewart on 082 394 7363 or 073 825 0835.

Entry forms are available at St Francis Tourism and Custom Bikes.

For more information visit St Francis Sport

Jeff thanks Richard

Pam Golding Ladies Open - St FrancisDear Richard

On behalf of all the 128 ladies who participated in the Pam Golding Properties Ladies Open Weekend the St. Francis Bay Golf Club, the Ladies Section of SFBGC and Jeff Clause and Team at the St. Francis Links, would like to thank you sincerely for your sponsorship that ensured the success of this event. Thanks also to Emily Obray who presented the prizes with such grace and friendliness in your
absence.

Ladies from as far as Jagersfontein, East London, Pretoria, George, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Paarl and Cape Town joined ladies from Port Elizabeth and the Kouga region to participate in the biggest ladies event in the Eastern Cape.

But they did much more than just playing golf! They also experienced a “Lady in Red” gala dinner with music by Peter Papapanayotou, lovely lunch and prize giving and the possibility to win hole-inone prizes from Dirk Ellis Volkswagen in Jeffreys Bay (VW Polo) and a R5000 voucher from Annemarie’s Boutique in St. Francis Bay. There were 18 prizes to be won over these two days. The outstanding golfers who won first prizes on both courses were:
Saturday:
– St. Francis Links: Amanda Cloete (Simola) & Sunet Venter (Knysna)
– SFBGC: Janine van der Merwe (SFBGC) & Melinda McCay (Uitenhage)
Sunday:
– St. Francis Links: Jill Simmonds & Melanie Bray (Knysna)
– SFBGC: Gloria Greyvenstein & Gail Botha (Mosselbay

The overall prize winners for the weekend were Jill Simmonds & Melanie Bray (Knysna)

To share in the excitement of the weekend we invite you to visit the Facebook page and website of St. Francis Bay Golf Club to see all the photos. Extra coverage was also achieved through social media as well as local and regional printed media. May we take this opportunity of wishing you and your team at Pam Golding Properties a blessed and profitable Christmas Season.

JEFF CLAUSE
CEO ST. FRANCIS LINKS

CAROL HEMSLEY
LADIES CAPTAIN:
ST. FRANCIS BAY GOLF CLUB
Organising Team Links and Bay

SEE ALL THE RESULTS