The Northerns Squash Federation held their annual awards function at the Voortrekker Monument on Thursday evening with a large number of people attending to celebrate the province’s success story of the 2018 season.
Northerns have had an exceptional season on all levels, especially at junior and senior level. The province won the Gary Thompson award for the most successful province at the senior Growthpoint IPT after winning the Men’s C & D sections and performing well in the other sections too. Individual players also won a variety of awards at the IPT.
The juniors weren’t far behind, winning 9 medals out of 13 teams that participated in the age group IPT’s, including 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze. A record number of 14 juniors made the SA Top 10 rankings and 3 Northerns players were selected to play in the WSF World Junior championships.
Here is a summary of the major awards for the evening:
- Player of the year: Craig Ruane
- Chairman’s awards: Anna Botha & Bertus Kruger
- Primary schools players of the year: Luhann Groenewald & Awande Malinga
- u14 players of the year: Brett Mclachlan & Deneil Beukes
- Senior players of the year: Mikael Clayton & Helena Coetzee
- Chairman’s awards: Reece Mclachlan & Helena Coetzee
- Blitz league winners: Harlequins (Ladies) & PCC (Men)
- League winners: Harlequins (Ladies) & Uitsig (Men)
- Growthpoint IPT Best of the rest: Callan Hall & Donna Lobban
- Growthpoint IPT D section winners: James Terblanche, Jason Phillips, Wesley Daniels, Nico Ras, Wayne Muller
- Growthpoint IPT C section winners:Mikael Clayton, Nell van der Merwe, Craig Ruane, Murray Schepers, Jarrad Rocher
- Justin van der Merwe tropyhy: Mat Dewey
- Pieter Bell trophy: Kundanji Kalengo
- Uitsig trophy: SABS & SARB
- Woody Kaiser trophy: PCC
- NSA player of the year: Callan Hall
- NSA Chairman’s award: Andrew Martin & Kyle Maree
- NSF President’s award: Mike Pierce
- NSF player of the year: Craig Ruane
Here is a full list of all the award winners: NSF Awards 2018
Photos of the evening can be seen on http://www.northerns.co.za/galleries/2018-nsf-awards-function/.