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Well Done WP Groms For Winning Grom Games 2017

Cape Town Surfriders win the Mandela Bay Trophy for the sixth straight year at the 25th edition of the South African Grommet Games in Port Elizabeth

Tuesday March 21st – The Cape Town Surfriders Grommet Team made it six wins in a row when they took overall honours at the 2017 Billabong SA Grommet Games presented by Sea Harvest and supported by Sport and Recreation South Africa.

The four day long event was completed in perfect weather and choppy 2 foot surf at Pipe Beach in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

The strong, well balanced Cape Town Grommet team posted 36414 points to beat their traditional rivals eThekweni, whose 30760 points secured them second place.The coveted Mandela Bay Trophy, which goes to the team that posts the highest points after the four days of competition both in and out of the water,was awarded to the Cape Town Surfriders team.

Hosts Nelson Mandela Bay came third with 30405 points and Cape Winelands produced another determined performance to finish fourth on 24645 points.
Eden Surfriders produced their best ever result in the twenty five year history of the Grommet Games and came fifth with 20483 points while newcomers iLembe Surfriders will be happy with their 19724 points that gave them sixth place. In recognition of their determination to select and send a team to this year’s event, iLembe were presented with the Sportsmanship Award.

Buffalo City scored 18275 to retain their sixth place and the team from Ugu Surfriders posted 14428 to finish eighth.

Cape Town Surfriders successfully defended their 2016 Sea Harvest Aloha Cup title beating Nelson Mandela Bay into second place for the second year in a row.Cape Winelands were third and Buffalo City took fourth place.

Surfers from the Cape Town Surfriders team dominated the final surfing results producing ten finalists across the eight divisions to win the Surfing Trophy.

The Cape Town Surfriders Grommet Team’s continued dominance at this unique 25 year old event is a credit to the commitment shown by Team Management Barbara Johnson and Robert Scott and the preparation of the team by Head Coach, Craig Johnson and his assistant, Dillon Fernandez.

Over 120 girls and boys ranging from Under8 to Under16 represented eight Districts at this annual event which is Surfing South Africa’s premier entry level inter-provincial tournament. Sponsorship from Billabong and Sea Harvest, and generous support funding from Sport and Recreation South Africa and the NLC along with friendly hosting by Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders ensured that the 25th edition of the annual South Africa Grommet Surfing Games was a success once again.

Once again the event was coordinated with great skill by Event Director Shirley Fairall and her team from Nelson Mandela Surfriders while Contest Director Brian Abrahams, Head Judge Issi Abrahams and his officials did a great job over the four days of competition.

Surfing South Africa Vice President Johnny Bakker was guest of honour at the opening function and on hand over the four days to lend his support and expertise.

Although the Grommet Games is made up of Surfing, Flags and Paddle Battle events, the Surfing takes the main focus over the four days. There are eight individual surfing categories, the youngest winners was Adam Faclier of Cape Town Surfriders who won the Under 8 Division. The Under 10 Champion was Matt Canning of eThekweni Surfriders and the Under 12 Girls and Boys Champions were Scarlette Van Jaarsveldt of Cape Town Surfriders and River Gericke of Eden Surfriders respectively.

The Under 14 Girls gold medal was won by Leila Steytler of Cape Town and Liam Gerber of Cape Winelands won the Under 14 Boys title while honours in the Under 16 Girls and Boys Divisions went to Rentia Tromp of Cape Winelands and Ntando Nqadala of Cape Town respectively. Ntando Nqadala was named the Sea Harvest Supersurfer.

The iLembe Surfriders Team was awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy and Cape Town based Keanu Atkins was presented with the Judge of the Contest Award.

Paddle battle honours went the way of Sarah Scott (CTS) and Matt Coetzer (ETK) while Kadence Ribbink (ETK) and Shana Zunckel (NMB) won the junior and senior girls Flags and Connor Slijpen (CTS) and Boetie Komoeto (NMB) won the junior and senior boys Flags.

Surfing South Africa also recognised twenty of the outstanding performances by surfers at the event to and inducted them into the inaugural Sea Harvest Grommet Games Stars, Each of the recipients received a trophy in the form of a star. The names of the inductees are Adam Faclier (CTS), Owethu Tabata (EDEN),Matt Canning (ETK), Josh Malherbe (BC),River Gericke (EDEN),Ben Ribbink (ETK),Liam Gerber (CW),Joshua Myburgh (CTS),Ntando Nqadala (CTS), Simakele Rooi (CW), Scarlette van Jaarsveldt (CW),Maya Figl (CW),Leila Steytler (CTS)Kaylee Shaw Nell (NMB), Rentia Tromp (CW) and Stella Emerson(CTS)

The full surfing and Sea Harvest Aloha Cup results and a gallery of photos are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The SA Grommet Games is a national tournament with a primary focus on transformation and development within the sport. Strict targets are set when selecting teams for the four days of competition. While the main focus of the event is on surfing, participation in events such as a Paddle Battle, Beach Flags and a Tag Team contest are an integral part of the Grommet Games activities.

RESULTS : 2017 SA GROMMET GAMES

SURFING

U8
1st ADAM FACLIER CTS
2nd JOSHUA TALBOT BC
3rd OWETHU TABATA EDEN
4th KNOX RUTHERFORD ILM

U10
1st MATT CANNING ETK
2nd JOSH MALHERBE BC
3rd CLAYTON ROBERTSE UGU
4th CHRISTIAN MYBURGH CTS

U12 Girls
1st SCARLETTE VAN JAARSVELDT CTS
2nd MAYA FIGL CW
3rd SARAH SCOTT CTS
4th ZIA HENDRICKS NMB

U12 Boys
1st RIVER GERICKE EDEN
2nd BEN RIBBINK ETK
3rd CONNOR SLIJPEN CTS
4th JOEL DACE NMB

U14 Girls
1st LEILA STEYTLER CTS
2nd KAYLEE SHAW – NELL NMB
3rd EMMA DAVEY NMB
4th CHE DU PLESSIS CW

U14 Boys
1st LIAM GERBER CW
2nd JOSHUA MYBURGH CTS
3rd MATT COETZER ETK
4th MATT WILSON BC

U16 Girls
1st RENTIA TROMP CW
2nd STELLA EMERSON CTS
3rd CHELSEA KLOTZ NMB
4th SHANA ZUNCKEL NMB

U16 Boys
1st NTANDO NQADALA CTS
2nd SIMAKELE ROOI CW
3rd ISAAC VAN ZYL CTS
4th DANNY MAY ETK

TEAM RESULTS : MANDELA BAY TROPHY FOR THE OVERALL EVENT CHAMPIONS

1st CAPE TOWN 36414
2nd ETHEKWENI 30760
3rd NELSON MANDELA BAY 30405
4th CAPE WINELANDS 24645
5th EDEN 20483
6th ILEMBE 19724
7th BUFFALO CITY 18275
8th UGU 14428

SEA HARVEST ALOHA CUP
1st Cape Town
2nd Nelson Mandela Bay
3rd Cape Winelands
4th Buffalo City

SURFING TROPHY
Cape Town Surfriders

SEA HARVEST SUPERSURFER
Ntando Nqadala (Cape Town Surfriders)

JUDGING RECOGNITION AWARD
Keanu Atkins

BEACH FLAGS
U12 Girls
1st Kadence Ribbink ETK
2nd Scarlette van Jaarsveldt CTS
3rd Chloe Ribbink ETK
4th Zoey Thompson UGU

U16 Girls
1st Shana Zunckel NMB
2nd Kaylee Shaw – Nell NMB
3rd Hailey Raven CW
4th Sindi Semelane ILM

U12 Boys
1st Connor Slijpen CTS
2nd Ben Ribbink ETK
3rd Ryley Smith CTS
4th Evan Spittal UGU

U16 Boys
1st Boetie Kamoeto NMB
2nd Simakele Rooi CW
3rd Isaac Van Zyl CTS
4th Sanele Mhlongo ILM

PADDLE BATTLE
Girls
1st Sarah Scott CTS
2nd Chloe Ribbink ETK
3rd Leila Steytler CTS
4th Kaylee Shaw – Nell NMB

Boys
1st Matt Coetzer ETK
2nd Ben Ribbink ETK
3rd Samuel Loppknow NMB
4th Danny May ETK

The 2017 South African Grommet Games was presented and run by Surfing South Africa and hosted by Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders. Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognised governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).