28 December 2005The fastest swimmer, the world cricketer of the year, the surf ski world champions, golfing victories across the globe, an unbeaten run in 20 one-day cricket internationals … we take a look at some of the memorable performances produced by South Africa’s sportsmen and sportswomen in 2005.Roland Schoeman: world’s fastest swimmerSouth African sprint ace Roland Schoeman was in devastating form at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, picking up two gold medals and a silver.Schoeman captured the 50 metres butterfly title in a world record 22.96 seconds, and added gold in the 50 metres freestyle, touching in 21.69 – the second fastest time in history, behind only the 21.64 record of Russian great Alexander Popov.Schoeman then added a silver medal in the 100 metres freestyle, in a time of 48.28. I am an African: Roland SchoemanRoland Schoeman: no one faster Jacques Kallis: World Player of the Year 2005Jacques Kallis, together with England’s Andrew Flintoff, was recognised as World Player of the Year by the International Cricket Council. He was also named World Test Player of the Year.In addition, Kallis was selected for both the World Eleven one-day and test teams.In 15 tests played during the year, Kallis scored 1 497 runs, including six centuries, at the amazing average of 71.28. He also claimed 20 wickets.In one-day cricket, Kallis scored 697 runs at 41 and picked up eight wickets.He is currently ranked the top test batsman in world cricket. Kallis: World Player of 2005 SA u-19 and u-21 rugby teams, SpringboksIt was a great year for South Africa’s under-19 and under-21 rugby teams, with both being crowned world champions.The under-19s laid claim to the title in Durban in April, downing arch-rivals New Zealand 20-15 in the final. In June, the under-21s defeated Australia 24-20 in the final to add to SA’s run of success.2005 was an excellent year for South African rugby overall, with the Springboks also enjoying a good season. They were edged by New Zealand for the Tri-Nations title, but they did hand the All Blacks their only loss of the year, beating them 22-16 in Cape Town, before suffering a tough 31-27 defeat in Dunedin.The Boks also bested Australia three times in succession, and beat Argentina, France, Wales, Scotland, and Uruguay. SA u-21 rugby world champs 2005SA u-19 world champs 2005All Blacks edge brave SpringboksBoks edge All Blacks in thriller Kaizer Chiefs: PSL championsIn a spectacular climax to South Africa’s Premier Soccer League season, Kaizer Chiefs came from behind to sneak ahead of Orlando Pirates right at the death, successfully defending the PSL title they had annexed the previous season.At one stage of the season, the Amakhosi trailed the Buccaneers by 11 points, but in the final round of games they downed Supersport United 1-0, while Pirates drew one-all with Bush Bucks, leaving Chiefs the league winners by just two points.It was a great farewell for coach Ted Dumitru, who won his fourth PSL title, and his second in succession with Chiefs. Kaizer Chiefs: PSL champions The Proteas: 20 unbeaten one-dayersFrom 30 January to 19 November, the Proteas were unbeaten in one-day internationals.They thrashed England five matches to nil with one tie, beat Zimbabwe 3-0, drilled the West Indies 5-0, and crushed New Zealand 6-0.After beating India in the first ODI in Hyderabad, the Proteas finally came unstuck in the second match of the series. It brought the curtain down on a sustained run of success seen only once before, achieved by Australia.The South African surf-ski teamAfter controversially losing out to Australia in the Surf Ski World Cup in 2004, South Africa’s team dominated their southern hemisphere rivals both in Australia and in Tahiti in 2005.Led by the brilliant Chalupsky brothers, Herman and Oscar, and by the multi-talented Daryl Bartho, South Africa proved itself significantly superior to the Aussies this time round.In Perth, South Africa claimed five of the first six places, with Herman Chalupsky taking the win. In Tahiti, it was Bartho who ruled the roost, recording a superb win in very trying conditions. SA’s Bartho wins at Tahiti WCSA blitzes first WC Surf Ski race Ryk Neethling: FINA short course kingRyk Neethling dominated the 2005 FINA World Cup Swimming Series, winning 21 times in eight meetings, which was good for over half-a-million rand in prize money.His season started off with two firsts, three seconds and one third in Durban, but it rapidly picked up momentum in Melbourne when he won five individual titles.In Berlin, he cracked the world record in the 100 metres individual medley, clocking 52.11. In Moscow, he lowered his mark to 52.01. In New York, he then obliterated that record, lowering it to a sensational 51.52.Later in the year, at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, Neethling made it onto the podium twice, claiming bronze medals in the 100 and 200 metres freestyle. Ryk Neethling, king of swim South Africa’s golf starsLed by Retief Goosen, Ernie Els and Tim Clark, South Africa’s golfers continued their fine form of 2004 into 2005.Els, despite spending time on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery, claimed three wins in European/Asian Tour events. He also won just his second time out after returning to action late in the year, capturing the Dunhill Championship by three shots.Goosen won the Linde German Masters, The International, the Volkswagen Masters and the SAA Open for victories in Europe, the US, Asia and South Africa. He also outduelled Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup.Tim Clark recorded wins at the SA Airways Open and in the Barclays Scottish Open, which was his first victory outside of South Africa. His consistent form saw him finish 2005 at number 20 in the world rankings. Goosen wins SAA Open, edges ElsSo hot! The Goose is cookingGoose wins wire-to-wire in ChinaGoose takes The InternationalClark takes first win in EuropeErnie Els in record-breaking winEls takes Qatar Masters 2005Ernie’s Dubai Desert three-peat The Cheetahs: Currie Cup champsOnly once before in their history had the Cheetahs won the Currie Cup, the symbol of supremacy in South African domestic rugby. They faced a daunting task to win it for a second time, 29 years after their 1996 triumph – facing three-time defending champions the Blue Bulls at their fortress, Loftus Versfeld.Earlier in the season, the power-packed Bulls had beaten the Cheetahs by four points and by 10 points, but the final belonged to the men from Bloemfontein as they triumphed 29-25 in a thrilling climax to the season, sending captain Naka Drotske into a satisfying retirement. Cheetahs dethrone Blue Bulls Alexa Lombard and Donia Kamstra: silver at the World Marathon Canoe ChampionshipsAlexa Lombard and Donia Kamstra produced a stunning performance to claim the silver medal in the women’s K2 race at the World Marathon Championships on the Swan River in Perth.It was a great reward for Lombard, who finished sixth in the women’s K1 race in 2004, but opted to sit out the K1 event in favour of the K2 race in 2005.The pair had dominated the South African domestic scene, and battled Hungary’s Renata Csay and Kornelia Szonda all the way for the world title before settling for silver. The result wasn’t a disappointment, though, with Lombard calling it “the most fantastic race of my life”. Alexa Lombard’s golden yearWorld silver for SA women The Durban ClipperWith the 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race including a leg from Salvador in Brazil to Durban, the city-sponsored Durban Clipper had hoped to capture the honours by arriving in her home port first. It wasn’t to be, however, with Craig Millar and crew having to settle for eighth place in the 10-yacht fleet.However, on the next leg, from Durban to Fremantle, Australia, Millar and his crew led most of the way before edging out the hard-charging Victoria Clipper by just four nautical miles.Clipper Ventures Plc chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnson described the leg as a “real landmark . Our amateur crews are heading into the Southern Ocean for the first time, at one of the most difficult times of the year. The conditions they will face would test professional crews to the limit.”Millar recognised the backing he and his crew had received when he said afterwards: “I would like to give a big thanks to all our supporters back home. You guys have been great.” Durban wins Southern Ocean leg The Bulls: Super 12 semi-finalistsThe Bulls enjoyed a strong run in the 2005 Super 12, reaching the semi-finals after ending third in the points standings. They did it the hard way, however.Starting off with three defeats on the trot, the team from Pretoria dug an early hole for itself, but victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington finally saw them notch a win. Unfortunately, the Bulls suffered a 42-12 pounding at the hands of the Waratahs in their next outing to fall to a record of 1-4.However, with the return home came a return of form. They rattled off six wins on the trot, including an impressive 38-24 win over the Blues and a 75-14 shellacking of the Stormers.Unfortunately, their challenge ended a week later with a loss to the Waratahs in the semi-finals in Sydney. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A cold front finally works through and out of the state today. Still, we see lingering moisture over most of the state through a large part of the day. We may see dry down initiate in western and NW Ohio this afternoon, but in general, it will take into this evening to be rid of moisture statewide. Additional rains today can range from a few hundredths to perhaps an inch. Most of us will see a quarter inch or less. However, there still can be some heavier thunderstorms along the front in central and eastern parts of the state, particularly along and south of I-70. The map at right shows rain potential through the end of the day today.Drier weather returns overnight. as high pressure comes out of northern Indiana and settles in over northern Ohio for Tomorrow. This high pressure dome will allow for the dry pattern to run right on through Friday. Temps will be cooler tonight and tomorrow behind the front, averaging 2-5 degrees below normal for this time of year tomorrow and Friday.The weekend is a drier in our outlook this morning, and we are pushing our significant next system back a little bit into next week. We sunshine and blue sky for most of the weekend, and only a few clouds drifting over northern Ohio saturday midday into early afternoon. Monday looks good too, with temps starting to climb just a bit.Our next system brings scattered showers for Tuesday and a reinforcing shot of rain and thunderstorms Wednesday through the first half of Thursday of next week. Combined rain totals for the Tuesday-Thursday midday period will be from .25”-1.5” with 75% coverage. However, the key to those rain totals will be thunderstorms. If thunderstorms do not develop (and some guidance suggests there is not much of a threat) then we are looking at a .25”-.5” rain fall event at best. Without thunderstorms, this is a fairly gentle system.We go back to dry weather for the finish of the week Friday and Saturday, and then start off the 11-16 day extended period with dry weather for Saturday and for Sunday morning. From there, we are making some changes to our extended forecast. Dry, high pressure looks to get locked up farther north, and we instead see some significant rains (.5”-2”) over the state from Sunday afternoon through Monday (the 7th and 8th). Those rains are not completely unexpected. Models had been trying to put a front in there around the 7th and 8th for the better part of the past week. Where our bigger change is coming is for the balance of the extended forecast window. We can see scattered showers linger for the 9th through the 11th, and they can bring another .25”-1” of moisture over the three days combined. With no changes going forward, this would mean a more lengthy slow down in harvest in early October. There is plenty of time for this front to modify and for us to move back to a drier forecast…but for now we are making the change to a more active pattern.
Moving day at GroundspeakRight now, about sixty Groundspeak Lackeys are in the process of packing up desks and loading up boxes. Groundspeak Headquarters, affectionately known as “The Lily Pad,” is moving… about two blocks. We’ll still reside in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, USA.The move will not affect performance on Geocaching.com. Our new offices allow the team to grow so that we can enhance your geocaching experiences.Groundspeak Headquarters cacheWe’d love for you to visit the new HQ. The Groundspeak Headquarters cache (GCK25B) will make the move too. The coordinates will be updated soon. Visitors to the new office should check out the cache page for instructions on visiting.The move will only take a day. We’ll be back at work in the new offices tomorrow.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYour Virtual Visit to Groundspeak HQApril 8, 2011In “Community”An Open Letter to Groundspeak – from an 11-Year-Old GeocacherJanuary 21, 2011In “Community”The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year JourneyJanuary 21, 2015In “Community”