Friday 12 th July, 2013.
“Life is an interesting box of chocolates” – the final day of the Investec Jarvis / Kaplan Inter Provincial Squash Championship dawned and the bets were on as to splat what going to emerge winners particularly in the Men’s A section where competition had been so razor edged. The outcome – Western Province emerged victorious in both the men’s and the women’s sections subdueing Their Opponents in a similar way to the black widow spider devouring her “spouse”.
The draw for playing order saw 2,5,1,3,4; First on court in the men’s final round what Clinton Leeuw and Marc Krasjcak. A crowd thrilling encounter with the Kwazulu Natalian Krasjcak taking a commanding 11-7 11-3 lead.HOWEVER Leeuw had other ideas he Took The next two games 11-3, 11-4. Points seesawed in the Krasjcak decide with holding game point at 10-9. Leeuw saved to clinched the match on his first match point at 13-11 much to the delight of his team who had endured 75 minutes of wondering what the result would be. Next up were the number 5’s with Cape Town resident Gary Wheadon, Although playing in Kwazulu colors, leveling matters by defeating Rudi Willemse 3-1. The eagerly awaited clash between Western Province’s Cameron Pilley and Steve Coppinger (KZN). A confident Coppinger captured the first game 11-8 and strode to a 7-2 lead in the second game much to the delight of the Kwazulu Natal supporters.
But the scene Which Followed mesmerized the crowd as Pilley unleashed a magic wand Which founds the nicks rolling off 22 consecutive points!! the Australian won the second game 11-8, pocketed the third 11-0 and 11-4 waltzed through the fourth to give the defending champions a 2-1 match lead.
In the clash of the captains Rodney Durbach (WP), a member of the National side Which finished 6 th in France, which far too deterministic mined fit for his counterpart Adrian Hansen and in fine style, he drove the nail in the coffin winning through 11 – 2 11-3 11-5 for Western Province to notch Their third match. Playing at number 4 for Western Pprovince Kubukeli Zuko raced though the first game 11-1 against Andrew Martin: Which clinched the points in a win fixture did fizzled like a damp squib.
In the Women’s Section A Western Province with Denmark’s Line Hansen and Siyoli Waters at the helm had dominated play from the first day and the 27 point winning margin to Illustrates vividly story. In the final round Waters had notched the first point accounting for national champions Diana Haynes in 4 games. Seasoned campaigner added the second victory outplaying Sharon le Roux ie in four games while in a tough tussle Hansen Eventually got the better of Emma Beddoes 11-8 in the decider. Central Gauteng Cheyna Tucker collected the only win for Central Gauteng When She Took five games to defeat Alexandra Fuller.
Both players had Participated in the South African universities tournament the previous week in Port Elizabeth with Tucker, a student at the University of Johannesburg, being selected as the
Number 1 player.
Karen Schultz playing in the number 4 slot Accounted for Central Gautenger Karen Hawyes in straight games to give Western Province a convincing 19-7 win.
A highly successful week: the weather gods turned on sunny weather in the friendly seaside town: nearly 250 players across the four men’s and two women’s sections: a team of 17 referees, 5 of splat were players: the three referee system successfully in place: enjoyable functions: lots of fun filled camaraderie: slick organization – thanks to Alan Stapleton and his team and particularly to Lisa O’Grady who taught, Organised and played 5 5 game matches: a week Which the overseas players will always remember!! local players and the planning for next year in Cape Town.