A cold wet Saturday morning tested some very dedicated shooters putting an edge on even the simplest targets. Luckily there wasn’t any wind to speak of but this was of little consolation in the cold. The competition consisted of a mandatory entry to the 2 Man Trap Shootout and 50 English sporting set over 7 stands. Stand 2 was of special interest with a teal off the hill that rivalled some of SpaceX more recent launches. While starting out no more than 20m away and nearly vertical it escaped nearly all.
For the first time all entrants started on the trap range in a head-to-head format. First round winners shot out for a place in the final and Martin Heynecke of Greyton took on Andre Groenewald of Hermanus. Andre shot flawlessly putting Martin in the unenviable position of having to hit a double to stay in the match. Martin sadly missed the first hitting the second. Prize money was awarded to both finalists.
Unlike the 2 Man shootout the sporting range was much more forgiving with something for everyone. While the targets weren’t easy it seems that every stand had its specialists. All stands except Stand 2 with the rocketing teal were straighted. Greyton took the match in the end but not by much.
Rain and even a little snow on the Genadendal mountains couldn’t dampen local enthusiasm for this annual event, luckily fate smiled today and it was clear. A day or two either way and it would have been a very different story with this winner having been a total washout.
Teams from Greyton, Genadendal, Bereaville and Voorstekraal compete in Netball, Rugby and Soccer. Teams are arranged in age groups and represent a diverse cross section from the area. Bragging rights for the next year and a play-by-play discussion which lasts for weeks after is what its all about.
This year’s event was held in around Greyton Primer and there was something to keep everyone happy. DJ, plenty of stalls with eats and excellent community support had the event raging from the get go. There was also great outside support from Pam Golding, Coke SA, Two a Day and Herman Viljoen providing plenty extra for competitors and guests.
This morning just after 0600 dissatisfied residents of Greyton’s informal settlements closed the road to Caledon. SAPS and local law enforcement attended the scene promptly. After initial attempts to move the protest failed members of the Twk executive namely the mayor Karel Papier and the deputy mayor John Michels were sent for and they arrived at approx. 09h30.
The protestors were protesting the lack of service delivery and specifically the lack of progress on housing. Once the mayor arrived some of the protest representatives moved to the Moravian Hall to continue discussions with TWK officials.
The rest of Greyton was quiet and the only disruptions were to traffic flow in and out of Greyton. Many visitors were prevented for entering or leaving town.
Last Saturday members and friends of the GGC met for the first event of the year. Early morning conditions were near perfect but it changed quickly for the worst just after the first shots were fired. It did not get any better as the day went on and all competitors found the going tough.
Greyton members were joined by three members of Hermanus, Hoffie Brand, Theo Du Toit and Saul Dos Santos. Competitors shot a round of Greyton Sporting and American Field Sporting prior to lunch. James Sedgwick put in an impressive 40/50 on the first course. The other competitors were not so lucky and most shooters egos suffered the most.
After the rough morning members repaired to Ambiance Restaurant for the AGM. Of special note is a member’s field shooting day to be held in May and that the range will be open for DTL trap shooting in between events. This is to provide members with extra opportunities to prepare for the 2023 ICTSF World DTL Championship. This special event will be held next year at the Valley Gun Club near Cape Town. Minutes of the meeting will be sent shortly to members who were not able to attend.
There will be no clay shooting at the end of May so as to make the day available for the field events that will be held on a local farm.
If you had kept an eye out you would have noticed that in the previous three days supplies and support for a large event were arriving. At first just the basics but by last night every second vehicle in Greyton was associated with this one of kind race. If you are a mountain biker than this has got to be close to nirvana. Everyone who is anyone in the business and a show not to forget and that’s just for the spectators.
Teams and staff from around the world converged on the area for some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. Yesterday morning didn’t disappoint when cyclists and support staff took over the main road next to the DRC. Greytonians were notified of the team’s arrival by two circling camera helicopters and a cavalcade of motorcycle outriders each with a camera man.
It was reported the Spanish team had 8 camera men and women for every rider. The first riders hit Greyton with a bang just after 09h30 and it was interesting that some of the big names were not the first but well back in the pack. SA was well acquitted with the SA juniors hot on the button. Weather conditions on the first day were mild however Thursday morning had a wet start. The cool conditions seemed to be good and some very fast times were recorded across the board.
Most visitors and competitors that had not visited Greyton before were vocal in their acknowledgement of exactly why we had picked up the title of Town of the year. Several including the races announcer were convinced in their excitement that this year’s title was one of many.
The Absa Cape Epic is back in the area this week and will be making full use of all that we have to offer. This year the base of operation will be a little different as it is Elandskloof Estate near Helderstroom. This is located some 15 km from Greyton on the Villiersdorp road.
So, when do they arrive?
55Km into Stage three on the 23rd Wednesday
When is the best time to see them all?
On the Stage 4 on the 24th Thursday which is situated in the mountains and trails around Greyton and Genadendal.
When do they leave the area?
On the morning of the 5th Stage on the 25th Friday from Rusty gate farm.
Word has it that almost every bit of accommodation in town is spoken for. Many of the support crew and families know Greyton well from previous events and we are looking to welcoming them again for another magic mountain experience.
Weather: the 23rd could be interesting as it is partly cloudy with max wind speed 37km. The 24th looks great though. Good luck to all!
On Sunday afternoon the 9th of Jan 2022 there was a thunder and lightning storm in the area. Greyton received good rain but unlike Genadendal didn’t have flooding again. Genadendal was not so lucky and there were several areas of localised flooding, many of these were the same as last month.
The power is still out in the top half of Greyton as Municipal and local crews struggle to identify damaged overhead lines. A substantial impact site in Park Road was repaired this morning. Should they fail to detect the rest of the faults half of Greyton will be without power again tonight. The municipality has undertaken to bring in addition assistance if it is not solved by afternoon.
This morning the Genadendal contingent of the a local clean up initiative and the writer were in for a real treat led by Nikkie Jackman of “The Up Organization. Within a few seconds of the participants putting on their Secret Sunrise head phones faces lit up in amazement. The wholistic music and dance program with tailored play list allowed happiness and a real sense of purpose fill everyone.
This morning’s initiative involved parents, teachers and learners from local schools in a community led initiative to clean up some of our beautiful surrounds that are suffering from a litter problem. This has been amplified by recent heavy rains in the area which caused severe damage and flooding. Clothing, protective equipment and food were sponsored by local business and this is the first of several such events. Sadly, the weather was not the best but plenty of enthusiasm by all chased away the light rain and cool conditions.
The UP organization will also be entertaining the Greyton contingent with the same routin later today. It was founded in 2003 by Nikki and has helped more than 2000 children this year already, bringing light and hope to those who need it most in the Overberg. Nikki can be seen performing her one person play this Saturday at the Greyton market. Also make sure to look out for her as host in new exciting national project which we hope to see on our screens shortly. For more info about the Up Organisation email firstname.lastname@example.org.