Northerns to host u11′s Angela Difford tournament

The youngest competitive squash players in the province will attend the u11 Angela Difford Festival in Pretoria while their older siblings and friends are playing in the IPT’s.

Here are the teams that will represent Northerns – boys on the left and girls on the right:

Jarrod Cousins Awande Malinga
Luhann Groenewald Anja van der Merwe
Hubert van Eck Kiyari Mohan
Nikhil Pather Menine Muller
Iwan van Eeden B TEAM
Wouter Kuhn Carli Peens
Ruhann van Eck Surina Singh
Tian Smit Anushke Niemand
GERDA SMIT (M) Deneil Beukes
Patrick Weir
HJ Coetzer
Enrique Maartens
Kobus vd Merwe
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Northerns Juniors on their way to IPTs

With only a few examination papers still to complete one can’t blame the Northerns Juniors if they start thinking of the Inter Provincial Tournaments that take place over the first 5 days of the school holidays, starting this Saturday. The IPT’s are the highlight of the junior squash season. On the one hand it’s reward for all the hard work on the courts over the past months and on the other hand it’s a new challenge to play for your team and your province to try and bring home a medal.

The teams were announced at a capping ceremony a few weeks ago. All the preparations have been done and the bags are almost packed. The IPT’s take place in the following venues this year:

  • u13 – Pietermaritzburg
  • u14 – Kempton Park
  • u16 – Bloemfontein
  • u19 – Cape Town

Click here to view team pictures. Good luck to the following teams that will represent Northerns (M = manager):

Girls U 13 Boys U 13
A Team A Team
Jeanemie Vorster Damian Groenewald
Valmé Webster Brett McLachlan
Danica Capazorio Liam van der Merwe
Kayla Murray Rounen de Beer
Catelin Robson Divan Esterhuizen
Marianne Vorster (M) Rynhardt Falk (M)
B Team B Team
Ivanti Vorster Kyle Holloway
Zene Fourie Jesse Lessing
Shannon Fraser Calvin Botha
Hannah du Toit Rivoni Mathebula
Kearabetswe Sekonyela Henro Rademeyer
Tanya Vorster (M) Jacques Van Niekerk (M)
Girls U 14 Boys U 14
A Team A Team
Sune Blignaut Joha van der Merwe
Kaylee Hunt Reece McLachlan
Erica Naude Simon Miller
Lara du Plessis Brenden Smit
Chanel Ducci Dian de Bruyn
Marinda Naude (M) Blomerus Miller (M)
B Team
Robert Howarth
Zenrich Niemand
Duncan Weakly
Ruben Marais
Charl Poggenpoel
Charl Niemand (M)
Girls U 16 Boys U 16
A Team A Team
Helena Coetzee Mikael Clayton
Bronwyn Doeg Blaine Verhage
Shane Luyt Stefano Pitsillis
Danielle Dreyer Henco Hefer
Sascha Steyn Zian de Swardt
Gerda Dreyer (M) Peter Clayton (M)
B Team B Team
Carla Naude Jacqpierre Bleeker
Jean Swanepoel Geordie Collaros
Tayla van Niekerk Neil van der Merwe
Nicole Barwise Muhammad Abraham
Miguel Oberholzer Henri Groenewald
Mia Oberholzer (M) Wessel Oosthuizen
Frederik Oberholzer (M)
Girls U 19 Boys U 19
A Team A Team
Nothando Ntimane Callan Hall
Madeleine Lambley Nico Ras
Amy Mentz Cuan Verhage
Nicoline van Dam Luthando Mathebula
Monica Janse v Rensburg Jason Lazarus
Wilna Lambley (M) Stuart Lambley (M)
B Team B Team
Joanica Labuschagne Barry Coetzee
Deidre Groenewald Heinrich Groenewald
Annemarie Helberg Phillip Nel
Danielle Slabbert Michiel de Villiers
Jessica Colley Brandon Allner
Jeandre Meyer
Gert Olivier (M)
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Northerns Open results

Northerns Open 2015

Northerns Open Womens Draw 2015The Northerns Open finals took place on Friday evening after an eventful week with lots of good squash played in all the draws.Milnay Louw was crowned ladies’ champion and Kelvin Ndhlovu the men’s champion. They respectively beat Elani Landman 3-0 and Rodney Durbach 3-1.

Both ladies started strong in the first game of the ladies final, testing the waters with deep shots tight against the walls and not really willing to take risks. It was Milnay who made less mistakes and drew ahead gradually. As the game progressed Elani seemed to tense up a bit more and couldn’t convert the tension into positive energy and Milnay took the first game.

In the second Milnay came out strongly and put Elani under tremendous pressure. Her drop shot to the backhand corner worked extremely well and soon the game was over 11-2. The 3rd game followed a similar pattern with Elani’s attempts at a comeback foiled by unforced errors and relentless pressure from Milnay. The 3rd game score was also 11-2.

In the men’s final Rodney Durbach made his appearance at the impressive age of 43 facing Kelvin Ndhlovu who had a much easier path to the finals. Rodney would have to draw on all his experience to subdue the fast and skilled Zambian.

The games were tight and the squash of a very high standard but eventually Kelvin drew ahead 2-0 after picking up every shot that Rodney could fire at him or away from him and sending it back with interest. It seemed that the men’s final would follow the same pattern as the ladies’ but Rodney had other ideas. In a superb display of disciplined squash aided by a lucky bounce or two he turned the tables and won the 3rd game.

In the 4th game it seemed as if the strain of 2 tough 5-setters in the quarters and semis, followed by the grueling first 3 games caught up with Rodney. He was just a little slow in cutting off the crosses with his familiar deadly volleys and the returns on Kelvin’s drops were not as good and tight as before. Kelvin didn’t seem to slow one bit and he gradually wore Rodney down to claim the 4th and with that the match 3-1.

Earlier Sonica Fritz had beaten Hannelize Human in the plate final and Megan Page and Lume Landman had played for 3rd/4th place. Sheldon Erasmus beat Henning Holtzhausen 3-1 for the men’s plate.

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Strawberry Pot Doubles at Uitsig Squash Club

With Junior IPT’s, USSA and Jarvis all to be concluded over the next 18 days : the Strawberry Pot Doubles rounds off what will be an awesome month of squash for Northerns.

With 75 Teams already entered including players like Christo Potgieter, Michael Wood, JP Britz, Craig Stephens, Elani and Lume Landman and plenty more; be prepared for some spell bounding shots, off the wall acrobatics and lot of FUN.

So last chance to spread the news and get those unsure members to enter.  Running 13 to 18 July be sure to keep the week open.

Enter online and the closing date to enter of Wed 08 July will be too late.

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Northerns Open Semi-finals

Thursday evening saw the semi-finals of the mens and womens draws. In the womens draw Milnay Louw completed her calm passage through the draw with a straight game victory over a willing but ultimately overpowered Megan Page. In the other semi the Landman twins showed just how difficult it is to split them by producing a captivating and close struggle. Higher seeded Elani eventually managing to scrape through in five close games. The mens draw followed much the same script as top seed Kelvin Ndhlovu proving to be too quick and strong for Jimmy Schlebusch and maintained his unblemished record with a comfortable straight game victory. Second seed Rodney Durbach had to once again dig deep into his well of experience to overcome a strong challenge from Andrew Martin. After weathering the fast and hugely impressive start from Andrew, Rodney appeared to have taken firm control of the match after the third game. Andrew however had other ideas and the crowd were treated to a fine exhibition of squash from the two players. Rodney was ultimately able to find the right answers when it mattered but may need to find new one’s in the final to deal with the threat posed by the top seed.
The ladies plate semi-finals were duly won by Sonica Fritz and Hannelize Human although Hannelize encountered some resistance from young Bronwyn Doeg. In the mens plate semi-finals Sheldon Erasmus was made to work hard for his win by Conrad van der Merwe and Henning Holtzhausen prevailed over Jarryd Wood.
Women’s final will start at 18:00 this evening followed at 19:00 by the Men’s final. All matches are at PCC.Northerns Open 2015

Northerns Open Womens Draw 2015

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