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Contact PersonGlenda Erasmus

Tel:  021 674 6717
Fax: 021 674 6717
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President: Andre Naude
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2014 LASER JARVIS/KAPLAN INTER-PROVINCIAL

Wednesday 16th 

Wednesday is generally a ‘make-or-break’ day for teams in sections that are divided into 2 pools of 4, whereby they may find themselves still in the hunt for the title of section winners by fighting for the top 4 positions…or being relegated to the bottom four with deflated egos!

In the Men’s B section, Midlands A had come painstakingly close to beating EP A the previous day, but now found themselves needing to beat local home-town favourites WP B in order to finish in the top 4. Unfortunately for them, they ran into 3 in-form WP players at nos. 3, 4 & 5 and were thus beaten by a hairs breadth into 3rd in their group. In cross-section play-offs tomorrow (Thursday), winners Free State A (whose nos. 1 & 2 had pulled them through to a 3-2 win) and EP B take on WP B and KZN B respectively. It’s quite likely that those players whose legs can last the distance after several energy-sapping matches during the week, will prevail.

In Section C, cross-section play-offs for top slot sees Namibia A tackling WP C, and SACD B clashing with KZN C. Similarly in Section D, the Daisy Bowl contenders are SACD C against KZN D, and Free State B do battle with WP D. It was noticed that on day 1, these aforementioned SACD sides had both beaten their WP counterparts, and it is reliably learnt that WP is seeking revenge! Time will tell…!

All eyes were on the clash between Central Gauteng A and KZN A in the Jarvis Cup section, to see who would emerge as the strongest to unseat defending champions and favourites, Western Province. Unfortunately Mark Krajcsak’s niggling injury meant he was again on the sidelines, whilst Central Gauteng chose to promote Rudi Willemse and rest Mike Tootill. Devon Hendrickse proved too strong for Andrew Martin to give C Gtg the early advantage. When Paul Atkinson won the 3rd against a visibly tiring Adrian Hansen, it seemed he’d go on to win in 5, and virtually clinch the fixture. However, Hansen found reserves from a deep well, and when the opportunity presented itself, hit phenomenal winners to win 3-1. Rudi Willemse then fully justified his selection to over-power Gary Naidoo 3-0 to put C Gtg back into the pound seats. The smart money was on Thoboki Mohohlo to be too quick and fit for KZN stalwart Gary Wheadon. Gary had other ideas however, and won the 1st playing precision squash against a listless opponent, which clearly lifted the spirits of the KZN supporters, whose team had now taken on the mantle of underdogs. Thoboki’s teammates presumably had some strong words during the 90 second interval, because he came out with renewed vigour, and won the 2nd comfortably 11-5. Blows were traded equally during the next 2 games, and the crowd was on the edge of their seats at 2-2. Gary had been chased all over the court, showing remarkable determination and commitment to the cause, and yet he still kept ‘getting up off the canvas’ and coming back for more. At 9-all in the 5th, it was still anybody’s match. With the full Central Gauteng squad raucously cheering Thoboki on, he was finally able to close out the match 11-9. There’s absolutely no disgrace in losing such a hard-fought, crowd-pleasing match, although a visibly frustrated and disappointed Gary Wheadon will not agree.

Although Central Gauteng had won the fixture, both no.1’s Eddie Charlton and Steve Coppinger wanted to win their clash. Furthermore, the outcome of the Jarvis Cup could still come down to a points count, so the incentive was there. In a truly classic display of efficient squash, Steve won the first 2 games 11-9 11-9. Eddie turned the tables in the 3rd and won that 11-7. However, Steve always seemed to have just that little bit extra, and won the match with a perfectly executed length drive.

Tomorrow, a victory for Central Gauteng over WP will win them the 2014 Jarvis Cup Trophy. If WP win, it will boil down to whether KZN can beat WP on the final day to present a 3-way tie. That’s when points earned will prove the difference!

In the other two A section fixtures: WP duly accounted for Northerns very comfortably, with only Kelvin Ndhlovu once again putting up the strongest resistance; Border and SACD were involved in a close tussle, with JP Brits and Jimmy Schlebusch putting SACD 2-up, but Kelvin Edwards pulling one back for Border at no.5. In an entertaining and energetic encounter at no.2, Border’s Michael Wood kept his team in the hunt with a strong 3-1 victory over Christo Potgieter. Egyptian Karim Gawad, was simply too strong for Tim Garner however, winning 3-0 to give SACD their first team victory of the week.

In the Kaplan Cup division, several injuries to key players meant that many of today’s matches were rather one-sided. WP are difficult enough opposition for any full-strength team, so SACD really had their backs against the proverbial wall without their no.1 player Lauren Siddall. Province duly won without the loss of a game. For Northerns A, regular no.2 Farah Sterne’s withdrawal also disrupted their team, and Central Gauteng A meted out the same punishment with a 20-0 drubbing. EP A managed their first team win of the week – although they have played the two strongest teams thus far! – with a convincing 4-1 victory over KZN A. No.1 Lauren Briggs was KZN’s only victor.

All A section fixtures are now played at UCT for the remaining two days. There is still much to play for! 

 
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