Epworth do it again

2008-08-18 00:00

The South African Top Schools’ Squash Tournament was completed in Pietermaritzburg yesterday and host school Epworth and Menlo Park emerged as champions.

The girls’ title once again returned to Epworth with a close win over the young Framesby team from Eastern Province. Ashton O’Neill clinched the title for Epworth with a 3-0 win over Sorika Tait after the team scores had been level at 2-2. Epworth’s Tayla Cordial and Nikki Melis were both at the losing end of the Landman twins, but Kendra Joubert and Julie Lee were clear winners of their matches.

DSG Pretoria, the pre-tournament favourites, lost to Framesby 3-2 in their pool match and were then defeated 5-0 by Epworth. DSG finished in third place, defeating Roedean in the play-offs. They were followed by Eunice (Free State), Hudson Park (Border), Wynberg (WP) and Edenglen (Eastern Gauteng).

In the boys’ section, Menlo Park (North Gauteng), the top seeds, had a convincing win over Selborne College (Border) to win the finals 5-0. The match between the number ones, Menlo’s Wian Lourens and Michael Wood, produced excellent squash. Lourens, fresh from the world junior boys championships, emerged the worthy winner.

Glenwood were unfortunate to lose to Grey College (Free State) in a close third-place play-off. They were followed by Paarl BHS (Boland), Rondebosch (WP), Parktown BHS and CBC (E Gauteng).

— Own Correspondent.

Epworth are again the national schools’ squash champions. Their team (from left) Julie Lee, Nikki Melis, Kendra Joubert, Tayla Cordial, Courtney Bone and Ashton O’Neill beat Framesby from Eastern Province 3-2 in a tight final to take the title. The boys’ champions are Menlo Park, 5-0 victors over Selborne College yesterday.

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