Ernie, Hash set Twitter aglow

2012-07-22 22:39

Cape Town - South African sports personalities have taken to Twitter, united in their ecstasy over the feats of Hashim Amla and Ernie Els to mark an unrivalled “Super Sunday” in cricket and golf for our country.

Proteas batsman Hashim Amla set the tone for the national delirium by achieving the highest score and first triple century by a South African in Tests, as his team took a real stranglehold on the first encounter with exhausted England at The Oval - the visitors are within breathing distance of a maiden triumph at what has traditionally been a bogey venue for them.

But not terribly long after Amla had posted his marathon total, television viewers were torn between watching the Proteas only crank up the heat when back in the field for England’s second innings, and observing 42-year-old Els gradually haul in faltering Australian Adam Scott and secure his fourth Major and first in 10 years at The Open Championship at Royal Lytham.

An avalanche of admiring tweets, from a broad array of respected names in SA sport, accompanied each man’s achievement. Here
is a small selection of them:

Mark Boucher (@markb46), the great South African wicketkeeper recently forced into international retirement after his freak eye injury: “So, so happy for Ernie! What a champion! How can anyone not love that guy and the way he is? A true South African boet!”

Earlier tweet by Boucher: “Well played @amlahash!! Well deserved! A legend in the making. Looking forward to seeing our bowlers bowl on this now.”

SuperSport critic and former Proteas batman HD Ackerman (@ackershd): “Ernie is finished, Smith can’t play, Amla has a shocking technique and Kallis bats too slow. WAKE UP PEOPLE! These guys are legends.”

Crowd-pleasing former SA all-rounder Adrian Kuiper (@AdrianKuiperSA): “Well done Ernie Els. What a round. Champion golfer of the year. Legend! Liver tablets selling out fast ...”

Earlier tweet by Kuiper: “Well done @amlahash. Great effort, awesome record for a special player. @jacqueskallis75 had the best seat in the house. #Amla300.”

World Cup 2007-winning Springbok captain John Smit (@JohnSmit123): “Ernie you little beauty!!!!!!”

Springbok tearaway loose forward of the 1980s Rob Louw (@roblouw6): “Els jou buken feuty!”

SuperSport pundit and former Stormers and Bok wing favourite Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse): “Amla’s the man, well done to the silent Pommie-slayer, great record broken.”

South Africa ‘A’ coach, former Proteas bowling coach and SA Cricket Board fast bowling legend Vincent Barnes (@VincentBarnes50): “I’m at the airport and the Mighty Hash just got a standing ovation by boarding passengers. Amazing, legendary Hashim Amla.”

Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75), whose unbeaten innings of 182 was unusually eclipsed by Amla’s epic knock, tweeting after the close of the fourth day’s play: “What a great knock ... always a pleasure to bat with him.”

And finally, one from someone unlikely to be the real leader of South Africa (@Jacob_G_Zuma, whose biog reads “A better wife for all”): “300 runs ... Hashim Amla for President!”

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  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-22 22:47

    Got to give it to Zuma... At least he got something right this year... Hashim Amla for President... Ernie for Vice... Kalis for Health Minister and a Bells for Smith....

      steyts - 2012-07-23 08:25

      "A better wife for all!" Hahahahahahahahahaha some people have a brilliant sene of humor!!!

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-23 09:16

      I believe it will be Chivas all round Charlie, forget the Bells

  • steven.loots.33 - 2012-07-22 22:49

    Well done South Africa.

  • francois.merwe.96 - 2012-07-22 23:42

    Rob, listen the Coetzee account is a parody. So do some reading before you post. Also people who want to know what is trending on twitter will use twitter not news24. Regards

  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-22 23:47

    All that needs change now is is for the commentating team to be a little less one eyed and try call it what it is........... England have finally been put under pressure and in true NON Champion side fashion they are folding like a deck of cards. The Big Easy is so laid back he somer took 10 years to win another major, well done Ernie. Another hearty congratulations to Hashim, Jacques and Graeme. ( I believe Aliviro is a hit with the scorers at the Oval - he never troubled them)

      mazwi.zuma - 2012-07-23 05:48

      Have you noticed how Nasser Husein, or Mike Atherton go quiet when Kalis or Hash play a brilliant stroke. I laugh every time.

      steyts - 2012-07-23 08:29

      Haha yes it is just Shane Warne that actually commented on those moments... That combined team they had selected was ludicrous!! Broad before Morkel???????? They must be totally crazy!!!!!!!!!! I just shook my head when I saw that, was so surprised at their blatantly one eyed team I couldn't even laugh.. But then after lunch our boys Pommie and HD helped them in the right direction...

  • gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-07-23 00:29

    Who heard the Aussie golf commentator (when Scott was at -10), say that "Aussies like to beat Kiwis in sport but there is nothing they enjoy more than winning against a South African"?... I think he put a curse on poor Scotty. Congratulations Ernie and the Hashim you made us so proud today. Humble South Africans reminding the nation what we are all about. Now I wonder if our grubby greedy politicians can follow your lead?

      steyts - 2012-07-23 08:30

      They enjoy "beating" sheep more than anything else...

  • thabiso.s.bokwe - 2012-07-23 02:14

    Madiba Magic still works... Well done to centurions Smith & Kallis, triple centurion Amla, Open champ Ernie Els and SupeRugby semi finalists the Sharks... wonderful weekend you made it. #Proudly_SA #I_am_a_Stormer!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 08:19

      Mandela did f all to help Ernie win the open, wtf r u talking about?

      rob.frankel.9 - 2012-07-23 09:19

      @tom.turdis.... He inspired him, you w@nker... Don't know about you, but I didn't hear Ernie thanking tom.turdis for all he's done for the nation.

      gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-07-23 10:10

      Notice that Ernie omitted to mention how Zuma and his cronies were also such an "inspiration."

      thabiso.s.bokwe - 2012-07-23 12:33

      @Mr Tardis: I think The Big Easy would be the first to disagree with you on that.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-23 13:44

      yeh? did mandela buy him his first set of clubs? pay for his entry to tournaments as an amateur? sponsor him for travel costs? did mandela do anything for him? INSPIRED? yeh im sure his inner desire to not fade into oblivion as a good golfer gone soft in the backwash of tiger woods' domination of the game had nothing to do with it. or the fact he is a sportsman who wants to leave behind a legacy of greatness and not the talented big kid who under achieved. how about the fact he is driven by competitiveness and a hunger to be in the top echelon again after wandering into the wilderness for so long. maybe he wants his children to see his father as the champion and hall of fame member he was meant to be and not gary players whipping boy "if i has ernies body i would have won 1000 majors". i doubt the guy went to sleep on saturday night thinking "omg mandela is gonna make me win this tournament" and he imagined his face while walking the fairways. come on, this isn't takalani sesame

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-23 05:08

    well, even the Tour de France had a SA flavour - Chris Froome (who came second) went to school in JHB and still has a business and a home here in JHB....

  • - 2012-07-23 07:43

    Weldone SA FLY THIS FLAG

  • Kevin - 2012-07-23 08:49

    yes these commentators - English Cricket (Test at the Oval) and Australain Rugby (Sharks vs Reds) - from on top of the world to excuses to luck to total silence - what a turn a round....! did you notice the refs over the week end - total competence - again - what a difference this makes to ensuring a proper game..!!

  • ernieschellhorn - 2012-07-23 10:24

    Are the ERNIE'S not great ???

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