EL to host top squash Mas­ters


EAST London will be host­ing the four-day South African Squash Mas­ters Cham­pi­onships, start­ing Fri­day Septem­ber 7 and run­ning un­til Tues­day.

Ap­prox­i­mately 90 teams from all over SA and Zim­babwe have reg­is­tered, with the to­tal num­ber of play­ers ex­pected to be around 440.

“This will be the 42nd host­ing of the IPT in East London. This city is one of the most pop­u­lar venues for squash in South Africa,” said Bor­der Mas­ters Chair­man Peter Al­lam.

Al­lam said it was a great hon­our to host the tour­na­ment, and was con­fi­dent that they would have an ex­tremely com­pe­tent com­mit­tee run­ning it. He knows his team will pro­duce only the best for the play­ers.

He said all the top play­ers would be par­tic­i­pat­ing. The men's 35-44 A Sec­tion group in­cludes play­ers such as Kelvin Ed­wards, Jimmy van Niek­erk, Kevin Bay­man and Deon Poort­man. In the 45–54 cat­e­gory are Bradley Worth, Trevor Jor­dan, Reuben Terblanche, Chris Earl, John Van Oordt and Craig Far­rell.

“All of these play­ers have Jarvis Cup ex­pe­ri­ence as well. These in­deed are the Bor­der play­ers to watch,” said Al­lam.

A num­ber of top South African play­ers who re­turned last month from World Mas­ters in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, US, are also tak­ing part, such as for­mer South African player Adrian Hansen, Craig Ruane and Jean Grainger.

“Squash is very pop­u­lar in East London. We have a num­ber of top ju­niors at the mo­ment and in fact have some na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Tris­tan Worth and Lara Pa­trick – both of whom have a great fu­ture ahead of them. The sport is grow­ing daily.

“Spec­ta­tors can ex­pect top squash for four days, at six venues around the city. The clubs that will be utilised are Buf­falo Park, Bea­con Bay, Cam­bridge, Old Boys, Hamil­ton Sports Club and Gonu­bie. The en­trance is free and the clubs have all spent time and ef­fort pre­par­ing their fa­cil­i­ties for the many matches ahead,” he said.

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