SIX IN A ROW
Consolation for WP came with their Super Senior (60+) team of Ivan Palframan, Anton Bezuidenhout, Mark Hair and Tim Hewan winning the A division title for the sixth successive year. They narrowly edged Central Gauteng to remain unbeaten, and have only lost once in the last four years. Palframan and Bezuidenhout headed the MVP list with 8 points each out of 10, being unbeaten in singles. The Super Senior B division champions were the North West team of Pierre Lotter, Basil King, Shadrack Molefe and Lucas Lebeko.
The wide gulf between teams in the A and B divisions at the Senior IPT was again evident, and the time has come to reduce the A division to seven teams, which would mean a better balance between the divisions. Last year’s B division winners Eastern Province failed to win a match in the top echelon and were once again relegated, as they were in 2014. Mpumalanga, relegated from the A division in 2015, won all their matches in the B division, so go straight back up.
The Mpumalanga team comprised Steve Smit, Brian Naidoo, Kobus Clarence, Sarel van Heerden, Steve Cullen, Gavin Light, Andre Basson and Sakkie de Lange.
The winning WP Super Seniors.