Overmeyer’s experience bags 8th title

2015-07-07 06:01


Shaun Overmeyer from Mitchell’s Plain, playing for Bishop Lavis, was crowned the men’s winner of the South African Table Tennis Open Championship after beating Gauteng Central’s Terrence Mathole at the Belhar sports centre. 

PHOTO: 
Carina Ro

Shaun Overmeyer from Mitchell’s Plain, playing for Bishop Lavis, was crowned the men’s winner of the South African Table Tennis Open Championship after beating Gauteng Central’s Terrence Mathole at the Belhar sports centre. PHOTO: Carina Ro

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The South African Table Tennis Open Championship at the Belhar sports centre last week saw more than 650 competitors from 14 regions.

Mitchell’s Plain native Shane Overmeyer contested the men’s final against Gauteng Central’s Terence Mathole.

Overmeyer, a seven-time SA champion before this year’s event, was a man on a mission. He had a score to settle with Mathole, who had beaten him in last year’s tournament.

Overmeyer also wanted to prove that he was indeed the best that Western Province had produced in recent years and claim the national title for an incredible eighth time.

Overmeyer, who plays for Bishop Lavis, had beaten the 2014 champion, Keagan Lingeveldt en route to the final, while Mathole secured his place in the showdown after overcoming Kurt Lingeveldt.

WP featured in all but one of the finals at the tournament which preceded the men’s final (missing out on participating in the women’s final). With Overmeyer being WP’s head coach, the pressure stakes increased significantly.

A packed Belhar sports centre would bear witness to one of the most epic table tennis finals to date, providing an electric atmosphere as Mathole received phenomenal support from the crowd.

Overmeyer said that he was nervous in the morning and during the first set of the final, but that his best game is played when fighting to win, having won many matches when coming back from a deficit. He put his success down to experience.

WP, as it would seem, is the hub of South African table tennis, as the province produced numerous junior champions at the tournament. Lakeasha Johnson claimed both the u.15 and u.18 girls’ titles. Zakeer Moosa was crowned the u.18 boys’ champion. Other stand-out performers for WP were Jesse-Leigh Nomdo (u.13 girls’ doubles and mixed champion), Cade Peters (u.15 boys’ single and doubles champion), Musfiquh Kalam (u.13 girls’ singles and doubles champion), Trudy Barros (u.18 girls’ doubles runner-up and u.18 mixed doubles runner-up), Simeen Mookrey (u.18 girls’ singles runner-up, u.15 girls’ doubles champion and u.15 mixed doubles champion).


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