Dunlop Primary Schools Festival

Dates: 1-3 JUNE 2018

SCHOOL TEAMS AS WELL AS ‘OWN” TEAMS WELCOME TO ENTER

VENUE: TuksAquatics and Squash Centre (UP Sport Campus) and HS Menlopark

ENTRY FEE: R365.00 net per player or R1120.00 per team of 4 including a manager – which includes a tournament T shirt for each player as well as lunch at the HPC on Saturday.

CLOSING DATE: Saturday 26 May 2018  at midnight

ENTRY FORM:  2018 Primary Schools Festival Entry form

Alexandra Fuller named PSA Player of the Month for May

South African Alexandra Fuller and Egyptian Marwan Elshorbagy were named the PSA’s  (Professional Squash Player Association) women’s and men’s players of the month respectively for May.

Ranked 3 in the world, Shorbagy annexed the El Gouna International Men’s title defeating fellow Egyptian Ali Farag in the recent final in Egypt.

Capetonian Fuller collected two consecutive PSA titles – the Assore Balwin Gauteng Open in Johannesburg, followed by the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Open  in Cape Town – to take her PSA title tally to 6. Her opponent in both finals was Milnay Louw,  who succumbed each time in straight games. The two victories sees Fuller ranked at a personal career high of 58 with Louw  sitting at 67. The Landman twins, Elani and Lume, presently coaching in the USA, are ranked 134 an 167 respectively.

Tristan Eysele still leads the South Africa charge at 131, but J P Brits, winner of the Assore Balwin Gauteng Open in Johannesburg in April, who had jumped 57 places to 208 at the beginning of April, jumped a further 49 points to sit at 159 – a personal high.

Ruan Olivier Iies at 265 while Christo Potgieter moved 69 places from 341 to 272.

Tournament Report – Alex Hewitson at El Gouna

El Gouna International Open Squash Championship 2018

I have had the pleasure of being invited to referee at this prestigious PSA/WSA World Series event in El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt. With 19 of the World Top 20 players in the Women’s event and 12 of the World Top 20 players in the Men’s event there have been many fantastic matches played in an electric atmosphere. The glass court is positioned at the marina in a great setting with classic Egyptian architecture as the backdrop.
There have been a lot of learning opportunities, having refereed 19 matches with players in the Top 50, Top 20 and Top 10 in the world. Some matches were more comfortably won, but many were gladiatorial, several lasting between 60 and 75 minutes. I was also able to get a passing assessment at WSF Regional referee level which assists in maintaining my current level, and a WSF World referee pass which is at the next level. This has given me a lot of feedback on areas to work on in the future and lots of information to bring back to South Africa and share with our referees.
Another great opportunity has been refereeing 6 matches on the glass court on SquashTV, 3 as Match Referee and 3 as Video Referee. It’s been eye opening to see the complexities and challenges faced in these situations where the referee is sometimes 20 m or more away from the ball and having to make difficult decisions, communicate with the video referee and manage the digital score keeping and decision-making software.
This evening I will have the great honour of refereeing a quarter-final match between Nour El Sherbini (#1) and Camille Serme (#6) on the glass court, so I am off to prepare for that now.
Thank you to Squash South Africa, KZN Squash and Chairman Mark Savides, Kloof Country Club, Gordon Rechner, Mike Collins and fellow squash friends in South Africa for their continued support.

With best regards,
Alex Hewitson
23 April 2018