FOR the first time in several years, the NSRI team was unable to defend its title in the annual Rotary Swimarathon, losing to a determined Port Alfred High School team.
The swimarathon is a worldwide event where Rotary clubs encourage members and the public to swim a minimum of two lengths to raise funds to support the Rotary End Polio Now campaign.
Grade 8 pupil Kelly Scott-Page participated in a Level 1 Regional Championship gala in Port Elizabeth and earned a blue ribbon for securing third place in the 50m butterfly event.
Sixteen PAHS swimming records were set during a highly-spirited Championship Gala held on Thursday March 2, some dating back as far as 2002. Luke Lemmer was tipped to topple several of Greg Kieck’s records but it was simply not his day. Greg Kieck went on to represent South Africa.
Stellar performances came from Kate Tinley, Luke Lemmer, William Beatt and Scarlett Tweedie who each collected a number of records.
The names of the previous holders make interesting reading as they were top swimmers: A Gardner, K-L Barnes, B Schultz, C Betts and J-L Stone are among the names whose records fell.
Boys U7/8 Connor Bessinger 25m Freestyle
Boys U9 William Beatt 50m Backstroke
Girls U10 Scarlett Tweedie 50m Backstroke
Girls U13 Kate Tinley 50m Backstroke
400m Freestyle (Open)
100m Freestyle (Open)
Boys U16 Luke Lemmer 400m Freestyle (Open)
200m Freestyle (Open)
100m Butterfly (Open)
The gala introduced 13 new events which have not been listed as records here. These will be up for grabs in 2018.
PAHS was well represented by Meekah de Sousa, Wian van Aswegan and Jayden Roesstorff at this month’s EP Golf Union Junior Section competition held at Humewood Golf Course on Sunday March 12. Meekah de Sousa won the competition overall in nett scores.
The PAHS U11A boys team took on the St Andrew’s U11B team on Friday afternoon in very windy conditions. While Port Alfred boys lost by 28 games to 40 games, coach Ryle Murray commended the team on their sportsmanship and good manners.
The PAHS U10 mixed doubles team won their encounter against the Victoria Girls Primary School U11A girls team, 54 games to 41.
The PAHS 1st cricket team played three games in the Pineapple Tournament this year, and were highly competitive in two of the three games. Despite losing all three games, coach Gary Calder noticed a vast improvement on the quality played and said there is exciting talent coming through from the U15 ranks. The results are as follows:
Monday March 6
PAHS played against Station Hill at the hospital grounds. PAHS batted first and made 215 runs. Top scorers were Dian Nel with 51, Chad Jacobs with 39 and Ben Burger with 37. Station Hill then scored 216 for 7. Top bowler was Dayne Jacobs who took 3 for 30. The result was a close loss by three wickets.
Tuesday March 7
PAHS played against Salem 2nd team at the Hilpert field. Salem made 270 all out. Top bowlers were Dayne Jacobs who took 3 for 49, and Chad Jacobs who took 2 for 53.
A very flat PAHS were then bowled out for 103, with only Justin van Rooyen, Chad Jacobs and Dayne Jacobs getting into double figures. PAHS suffered a heavy loss by 167 runs.
Thursday March 9
The Early Birds were all out for 154. The best PAHS bowler was Joel Austin who took 6 for 24 in nine overs. PAHS replied with 149 runs, thus losing a very tight match by 5 runs. The two batsmen who excelled were Ben Burger with 54 and Jayden Roesstorff with 19 runs.
On Wednesday March 8, the PAHS U13B team beat their St Andrew’s U13 counterparts by 89 runs. PAHS won the toss and elected to bat first and put on a solid performance with Lihle Mapheulula retiring at 50, Anothando Monomono scoring 36, Asenathi Ndinisa 28 and Qhama Mpukwana 26 runs. Bowlers Lithe Ndlebe took 2 for 19, Ethan Murray 2 for 21 and Justice Notyawa 2 for 13. Man of the Match went to Lihle Mapheukula.