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Contact PersonGlenda Erasmus

Tel:  021 674 6717
Fax: 021 674 6717
Email: administrator@wpsquash.co.za

WP Masters:
President: Andre Naude
Cel: 076-370-5436
Email: andrefnaude@yahoo.com



“Life is an interesting box of chocolates” – the final day of the Investec Jarvis/Kaplan Interprovincial Squash Championship dawned and the bets were on as to whom was going to emerge winners particularly in the Men’s A section where competition had been so razor edged.

SH_009The outcome – Western Province emerged victorious in both the men’s and the women’s sections subduing their opponents in a similar way to the black widow spider devouring her “spouse”.

The draw for playing order saw 2,5,1,3,4; First on court in the men’s final round was Clinton Leeuw against Marc Krasjcak. A crowd-thrilling encounter with the Kwazulu Natalian Krasjcak taking a commanding 11-7 11-3 lead. However Leeuw had other ideas; he took the next two games 11-4 11-3. Points see-sawed in the decider with Krasjcak holding game point at 10-9. Leeuw saved, and clinched the match on his first match point to win 13-11, much to the delight of his teams, who had endured 75 minutes of wondering what the result would be. Next up were the number 5’s with Cape Town resident Gary Wheadon, although playing in Kwazulu colours, levelling matters by defeating Rudi Willemse 3-1.  The eagerly awaited clash between Western Province’s Cameron Pilley and Steve Coppinger (KZN) was next up. A confident Coppinger captured the first game 11-8 and strode to a 7-2 lead in the second game much to the delight of the Kwazulu Natal supporters.

But the scene which followed mesmerized the crowd as Pilley unleashed a magic wand which found the nicks, rolling off 22 consecutive points !!!!! The Australian won the second game 11-8, pocketed the third 11-0 and waltzed through the fourth 11-4 to give the defending champions a 2-1 match lead.

In the clash of the captains Rodney Durbach (WP), a member of the National side which finished 6th in France, was far too determined for his counterpart Adrian Hansen, and in fine style he drove the nail in the coffin winning through 11-2 11-3 11-5 for Western Province to notch their third match. Playing at number 4 for Western Pprovince, Zuko Kubukeli raced though the first game 11-1 against Andrew Martin which clinched the points win in a fixture that fizzled like a damp squib.

In the Women’s A Section, Western Province, with Denmark’s Line Hansen and Siyoli Waters at the helm had dominated play from the first day and the winning 27 point margin vividly illustrates the story. In the final round, Waters had notched the first point accounting for national champion Diana Haynes in 4 games. Seasoned campaigner Sacha West added the second victory outplaying Sharon le Roux also in four games while in an tough tussle Hansen eventually got the better of Emma Beddoes 11—8 in the decider. Central Gauteng's Cheyna Tucker collected the only win for Central Gauteng when she took 5 games to defeat Alexandra Fuller.

Both players had participated in the South African Universities tournament the previous week in Port Elizabeth with Tucker, a student at the University of Johannesburg, being selected as the Number 1 player.

Karen Schultz playing in the number 4 slot accounted for Central Gautenger Karen Hawyes in straight games to give Western Province a convincing 19-7 win.

A highly successful week:  the weather gods turned on sunny weather in the friendly seaside town: nearly 250 players across the 4 men’s and 2 women’s sections: a team of 17 referees, 5 of whom were players: the 3 referee system successfully in place: enjoyable functions: lots of fun filled camaraderie: slick organisation – thanks to Alan Stapleton and his team and particularly to Lisa O’Grady who taught, organised and played 5 5 game matches!!!!:a week which the overseas players will always remember and the local players planning for next year in Cape Town.

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