RECORD ROMP FOR WESTERN PROVINCE
Western Province will return to the A section next year, after a romp to victory in the B section at Oubaai.They were unfortunate to be relegated on points difference in 2017, and it cost them a serious challenge for the A section in conditions where all their players felt at home.
Fielding a team with five new caps, they cruised through the B section programme with six straight wins, including 8-4 against Boland and 9-3 over Eastern Province, their closest rivals. Luca Filippi was top performer with 11½ points out of 12, his only lapse being a half in the singles against Mpumalanga’s Andre van Heerden.
Veteran Cameron Johnston, making his 15th IPT appearance for Province (seven winners medals), Deon Germishuys and Neswill Croy earned the team 11 points apiece as Province compiled a record total of 56 points out of 72. Croy, 22, formerly with Boland, won all six of his singles on his debut.The Province team included three rookie juniors in 17-year-old Tyran Snyders, who earned 10 points, and 16-year-olds Sam Simpson (8½) and Ayden Senger (6). The other team member was another ex-Bolander in Christian Basson (7½).
Boland also had an impressive week, scoring 53 points and winning five games, with Tyron Davidowitz, 19, from Hermanus, the B section MVP with a full house of 12 points. LB Boshoff had 11 points and Ethan Smith 10.
Disappointingly, Limpopo continued their poor run of form, and failed to win a match for a third successive year. It’s been downhill for Limpopo since winning the B section in Bloemfontein in 2011, and the SAGA should consider trimming the B section from 7 teams to a more manageable six and have Limpopo rather field their best team in the Country Districts tournament.
Tyron Davidowitz was B section MVP.