Wheadon and Goosen bag squash titles

CAPTION: Cape Town’s Gary Wheadon (left) won his fifth Madibaz Open squash title at the weekend. With him are Miss Port Elizabeth Nureen Hoosein, also an NMMU squash player, and tournament director Jason le Roux. Photo: Supplied

CAPTION: Cape Town’s Gary Wheadon (left) won his fifth Madibaz Open squash title at the weekend. With him are Miss Port Elizabeth Nureen Hoosein, also an NMMU squash player, and tournament director Jason le Roux. Photo: Supplied

Cape Town’s Gary Wheadon and Port Elizabeth’s Lizelle Goosen won the men’s and women’s titles at the Brian Bands Madibaz Open squash tournament over the weekend.

The Milnerton-based Wheadon, who is ranked in the top 20 in the country, defeated Port Elizabeth’s Rudi van Niekerk to bag his fifth consecutive title.

Goosen, who is Van Niekerk’s sister, outlasted close rival and defending champion Jacqui Ryder 3-2 in a tough women’s contest to regain the title.

The left-handed Wheadon has dominated the Madibaz Open, but was made to work for his victory against the local star.

After jumping to a 2-0 lead, he was put on the back foot by an aggressive Van Niekerk in the third game, with the PE man holding three game points at 10-7.

Wheadon closed the gap to 10-9 before Van Niekerk played a drop shot into the nick to seal the game 11-9.

However, the defending champion, who showed great patience and consistency when the pressure mounted, regained the initiative in the fourth to run out a deserving winner.

Goosen and Ryder had a ding-dong battle in the women’s final.

After conceding a tight third game 11-8 to trail 2-1, Ryder fought back to level matters. The number one seed however maintained her composure to stay on top in the deciding game.

Tournament organiser and Madibaz number one Jason le Roux, who ended in third place, said they were satisfied with another successful event.

“Our thanks must go to Brian Bands Sports and Nutritech for supporting the event. We are very happy with the way things turned out.

“We had a very nice entry, with some good strength up front and lots of close matches in the middle section,” he said.

“We also had some newcomers in the bottom half and they remarked to me how much they enjoyed watching the top players in action.”

Le Roux said their objective was to grow the field next year.

Safeguard Zimbabwe Open Squash Championships 2016

The Zim Open is being held from 29 to 31 July 2016 in Bulawayo. Closing date for entries is 25 July 2016.

Please find attached an entry form for the tournament – Zim Open Entry Form 2016.

Venue – Suburbs Squash Club, 20 Pauling Road, Bulawayo Registration – 5pm till 9pm Thursday, 28 July 2016 Play starts – 10am Friday, 29 July Entry fees – Singles – US$25 Entry fees – Doubles – US$40 per team (If BOTH team members are also playing in singles section then entry fee for doubles becomes $30 per team).

Please note protective eyewear is COMPULSORY for the doubles section and juniors.

ENTRY FEES TO BE PAID IN ADVANCE BY WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY 2016 FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE VALID.

Payment can be made directly to Mel Mwete in cash (receipt will be issued) or via bank deposit/ transfer to ECOBANK, BRADFIELD BRANCH, MATABELELAND SQUASH ASSOSCIATION, ACC NO. 0041097603981701.

For more payment options contact melmwete@gmail.com or +263 773 946 423. Only players physically present at the registration will qualify to enter the draw.

SA Masters squad to Worlds

Here is the official SA Masters squad to participate in World Masters 2016 – World Masters 2016-selected players (Final) May 2016.

As World Masters 2016 is a home hosting in Johannesburg in September, the availability of our top Masters players is far higher than normal.

We take this opportunity to congratulate the selected men and women, and look forward to some great results at World Masters. SA Masters also wishes to thank the WM organising committee headed by Chris Grainger, for all their expertise and planning of such a prestigious event.

To all the Masters players around South Africa intending to take part in this unique opportunity at home, train hard and look forward to this great experience !

Congratulations to the members of the SA Masters official squad players – Give it your best !

Regards

Ian Paterson

Chairman

SA Masters Squash

2016 CJS Dunlop Pre IPT Open

Herewith an invitation to enter the 2016 CJS Dunlop Pre IPT Open.  Depending on the amount of entries tournament venues will be Uitsig Squash Courts and Kentron Squash Courts in Centurion, Pretoria.

Please follow the link to enter online.  http://cjsquash.co.za/tournaments/

Any player that can mark and ref welcome to enter.  Entry fee do include a T-shirt. Please make sure that you supply the correct size. Players must be available to play the whole weekend. Good opportunity for all IPT players to get some last minute practise.

Dunlop are the official sponsor for our tournament.  For the first time ever this tournament will be advertised on the Squash SA calendar and players all over SA will be invited to participate.

Contact: Maryna Fourie

Centurion Junior Squash
Cell: 0721309381
E-Mail: info@cjsquash.co.za
Website: www.cjsquash.co.za

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