KZN and Cen­tral Gaut­eng take com­mand of the T

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

KWAZULU-NA­TAL men’s and Cen­tral Gaut­eng women’s sides emerged vic­to­ri­ous at the end of the 57th Jarvis/ Ka­plan Cup in­ter­provin­cial squash cham­pi­onships in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg yes­ter­day.

The men’s fi­nal was com­pletely dom­i­nated by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons KwaZulu- Na­tal A, spear­headed by Steve Cop­pinger and Lau­rans Jan An­jema, with Western Prov­ince fad­ing.

Rod­ney Dur­bach, the ex­pe­ri­enced WP No 4, drew first blood as he ac­counted for An­drew Martin in straight games. Dur­bach raced through the first two games 11-6 11-4 be­fore Martin, who had been bat­tling to find form through­out the week, found his length and tim­ing, but even­tu­ally lost the game 13-11. KwaZulu-Na­tal’s Dutch im­port An­jema lev­elled the tie when he de­feated Pier­dro Sch­weert­man in four games.

Ranked 24 in the world, 2016 na­tional cham­pion Cop­pinger was in ram­pant form as he dis­posed of na­tional team­mate Shaun le Roux for the loss of only six points, tri­umph­ing 11-2 11-2 11-2.

It was left to cap­tain Adrian Hansen to put the fi­nal nail in WP’s cof­fin as he out­played Zuko Kubukeli 11-6 11-4 11-4 to give KwaZulu-Na­tal their fifth vic­tory in the last 10 years.

Third place was taken by SACD fol­lowed by Cen­tral Gaut­eng in fourth.

De­spite los­ing to North­erns 15-8 on the first day of the event, Cen­tral Gaut­eng women’s A side bounced back to de­feat Prov­ince 16-7 in their fi­nal show­down.

Lume Land­man had lit­tle trou­ble in beat­ing WP’s Sacha West in straight games, but 2015 na­tional cham­pion Alex Fuller notched a win for the coastal side by dis­pos­ing of Cheyna Tucker in straight games.

Com­pet­ing in her first Jarvis/ Ka­plan Cup, Heba el Torky of Egypt – ranked 23 on the globe – man­aged to sub­due Siy­oli Wa­ters in four games to give Cen­tral Gaut­eng the edge at 2-1 in matches.

In an evenly-matched en­counter, WP’s Mi­randa Lang bal­anced the scale as she dug deep to tri­umph 13-11 in the de­cider against Michelle Kohne, the Cen­tral Gaut­eng B side No 1. Kohne re­placed an in­jured Mariske Wiese.

The pres­sure then fell on Elani Land­man (Cen­tral Gaut­eng) and Karen Blom (WP), but it was the pos­i­tive at­tack­ing play of Land­man that steered the women from up north to vic­tory as she out­played Blom in straight games.

North­erns, who reg­is­tered an easy 17-4 win over East­ern Prov­ince A, slipped into sec­ond place, with by Prov­ince and EP fol­low­ing in third and fourth re­spec­tively.

For the first time in the 57-year his­tory of the tour­na­ment, Mid­lands A, who de­feated Bor­der A 15-5 in yes­ter­day’s B sec­tion fi­nal, will gain pro­mo­tion next year to the A sec­tion.

EP B women’s team an­nexed the B sec­tion, fol­lowed by Mid­lands A and Cen­tral Gaut­eng B.

The men’s C sec­tion was a closely-con­tested af­fair with Bor­der B edg­ing through to win the sec­tion with 96 points, fol­lowed by Easterns A on 95 and Cen­tral Gaut­eng in third with 81.

Next year, Mid­lands B will also gain pro­mo­tion to the men’s C sec­tion af­ter they walked away with top hon­ours in the D sec­tion cour­tesy of a com­fort­able win­ning mar­gin of 16 points.

In sec­ond place was Cen­tral Gaut­eng D with EP B fin­ish­ing in third place.

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