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WP Squash

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




On a gloriously cloudless, sunny, winter’s day in Cape Town, Western Province began their defence of both the Jarvis & Kaplan Cups in fine style. However, certain of their opposition also posted convincing victories, indicating that match-ups throughout the week are going to be fierce and competitive.

In the battle for the women’s Kaplan trophy, the powerful WP ladies team dispatched a dangerous EP side 5-0. On day 1, nerves are at their most prevalent and can play havoc with one’s initial game-plan. There were a few anxious faces when first Alex Fuller, then Sacha West each dropped an early game against Jacqui Ryder and Anlen Murray respectively. However, both WP ladies prevailed 3-1, and thereafter no other games were lost. In the no. 1 position, Danish import Line Hansen was particularly impressive against EP’s French import Julie le Coq.

Central Gauteng A, spearheaded by the 20 year old American world no. 17 Amanda Sohby, emerged as favourites to de-throne WP, with a ruthless display against SACD.  They won their encounter 20-1, with Sohby treating the crowd to a clinical exhibition of squash against Lauren Siddall, who never gave up, despite being sent to all corners of the court. Afterwards, an exhausted Ms. Siddall glowed with appreciation of the wide range of shots Sohby displayed. In the remaining fixture in the A section, Northerns A went 3-nil up in matches against KZN A, before KZN managed to peg back the deficit with victories by their nos. 1 & 2. For KZN, Sam Herbert avenged her defeat last week to Farah Fenner (Fenner won their match to win the bronze medal at the World Masters 35-39 age group in Hong Kong!), and then ex-pro Lauren Briggs accounted for Milnay Louw at no. 1. Northerns can perhaps be grateful to no.5 Michelle Kohne, who eked out a tight match against Collette Ferguson, winning 11-7 in the 5th!

On the men’s side, WP’s Clinton Leeuw and Rodney Durbach emulated their lady counterparts playing on the court next door, by each dropping the first game of their respective matches. However, neither was keen to be the subject of an upset, and they both duly won their matches 3-1. JP Brits and Jimmy Schlebusch will both take something out of their matches for the week going forward. Undoubtedly match of the day was between the no. 1’s, where WP’s Shaun le Roux was up against the Egyptian world no.18 Karim Abdel Gawad. Despite le Roux being ranked 34 places lower, he took the younger Egyptian to the wire, and almost pulled off an unlikely victory. As tensions rose in the 5th, there were numerous times that both players queried the decisions of the 3-ref system. Gawad framed a drop shot to have 2 match points at 10-8, which le Roux managed to stave off with two scintillating shots of his own. The final few points had everything, which the huge gallery fully appreciated, and it was an exhausted Gawad who finally won the game 14-12. This was WP’s only loss on the day.

Seeded to meet WP on the final day is KZN A. Led by Steve Coppinger at no.1, they easily beat Northerns A to register a full house of points. Similarly too for Central Gauteng A who accounted for Border A. When Devon Hendrickse for C. Gtg, managed a hard-fought 3-1 win over unknown quantity Tristan Eysele at no.3, it seemed we might be in for a long day! However, the ageless Mike Tootill regained some time with a solid 3-0 win over Mike Shean, but then Paul Atkinson allowed a 2-nil advantage over Kelvin Edwards to slip to 2-all. The Cape Town-based Gautenger won the 5th comfortably, before their nos. 1 & 2 demolished their opposition to win the fixture 20-3.

Tomorrow the A section moves across to the UCT Sports Complex for plenty more mouth-watering squash.
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