National under 13, under 14 and under 16 Academies

The cream of South Africa’s Under 13, under 14 and under 16 boys and girls have, and will be enjoying the training, skills and activities at the National Academies co-ordinated by Liz Mackenzie of TUKS Squash in Pretoria.

Under 13 academy

From 22 – 25  September 20 girls and 12 boys under 13 were put through their paces: nutrition, training, refereeing, movement and particularly technique were on the menu.

Liz and her team which included Graham Prior, Alan Colburn, Sally White, Alex Verhage, Renier Cronje, Wesley Daniels and Maxine Gouweloos ensured that the enthusiastic group of youngsters were kept occupied all day.

Despite the fact that junior players do not seem to like to practise skills, for 90 minutes I watched 12 girls practise T drills and forehands without showing one minute of boredom or tiredness!

The players involved: Border: Katherine Gaylard, Megan Patrick, Kelly Emslie; Central Gauteng: Kyla Hartzenburg, Tayla Rohanna, Deodivina Ndlovu; Mpumulanga: Ayanda Ntimane; Easterns: Emma Shannon, Rachel Shannon, Jordan Wilkinson; Eastern province: Erin Powers; Free State: Cara Katzke, Carla du Plessis Viljoen, Lukas Meyer, Wolfie Hamm, Petrus Louw van Rhyn; KwaZulu Natal: Jamie White, Netania Harilal, Nicola Bentley, Savannah Ingledew, Dali Mahaye; Northerns: Ashton Weir, Deneil Beukes, Jordan Phillips, Hubert van Eck, Jarrod Cousins, Liam van der Merwe, Luhan Groenewald; SACF: Ian de Jager; Western Province: Jessica Brown, Rachel Tudhope, Seth Flisberg.

Under 14 and under 16 Academies

From Thursday 27th September until Monday 2nd October 35 promising under 14 and 16 juniors, housed at the High Performance Centre, will be subjected to some rigorous training, lectures on nutrition, refereeing and also enjoy coaching sessions with Hadrian Stiff, Mohammed El Shorbagy’s coach.

Boland: Karo Beets, Nicholas Cronje, Shelomi Truter; Border: Tristen Worth, Peter Townes, Lara Patrick, Monique de Cruz, Tyla Mae Roux, Amber Jacoby; Central Gauteng: Musi Buthelezi, Amukelani Zitha, Jemma Warsop; Easterns: Hannah McBride; Eastern Province: Dean Venter, Ethan Richardson; Free State: Matthew Kirk, Danja van Rhyn, Elske Garbers, Kyle Kitching, Chrizanne Louw, Almarie Claasen; KwaZulu Natal: Luke Bowley, Nirmeen Khan, Nadia Dippenaar; North West: Dylan Niemack; Northerns: Brett Mclachlan, Damian Groenewald, Awande Malinga, Zene Fourie, Joha van der Merwe; Western Province: Matthew Reid,  Rebecca Glanville, Jacques Duminy, Jordyn Campbell.

Results of the African Junior Open 2017

Cape Town South Africa, 18-20 August 2017

The first ever African Junior Squash Open Championships has come to an end with 127 junior players enjoying a competitive weekend of squash hosted by the University of Cape Town Squash Club.

Former World no 1 player Natalie Grainger brought out 13 players from her home club, Chelsea Piers Athletic Club which is based in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. They played in the Prince SA Open Junior tournament last week in Johannesburg and had to adapt to coastal conditions playing in Cape Town which they did very effectively.

In the Boys U19 section no 1 seed Blaine Verhage from Pretoria, ranked no 3 in South Africa in his age group defeated the no 3 seed Nathan van der Westhuyzen, ranked no 9 in SA U19 in 3 games, not dropping a game throughout the weekend. The Girls U19 section was won by Emily Rose (USA U19 no 6) beating fellow American no 3 seed Claire Aube (USA U17 no 3), who beat SAU19 no 3 Helena Coetzee in the semi-final. It was a perfect 2 weeks for Emily who won the SA Junior Open the weekend before.

Winners of the other sections were:

  • Boys U17 – Jacques Duminy (SAU16 no 3)
  • Girls U17 – Julia Curran (USA U17 no26)
  • Boys U15 – Damian Groenewald (SAU14 no 2)
  • Girls U15 – Jordyn Campbell (WPU16 no 1)
  • Boys U13 – Luhann Groenewald (SAU13 no 1)
  • Girls U13 – Emma Trauber (USA U13 no 1)
  • Boys U11 – Hector Durbach (WPU11 no 3)
  • Girls U11 – Julia Anderson (Gauteng U11 no 1)

Full results available on:

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