Gold for Epworth and Michaelhouse

2012-08-14 00:00

EPWORTH and Michaelhouse won the SA Top Schools tournament played at Epworth over the weekend. Epworth, represented by Nadia Ramchandra, Tayla Victor, Kayleigh Black, Kimberley McDonald and Rachael Barnard defeated Pretoria GHS 3/2 in the finals to win the Tops Schools title for the 19th time in the 27 years that the tournament has been held.

The boys’ tournament was one of the most closely contested with all teams losing matches in their respective pools. The local boys were seeded third, behind Paarl Boys’ High (Boland) and Rondebosch (WP). The first three matches were played out in two pools, with the top two going through to contest the semi-finals. Michaelhouse started the tournament with a tight 2-3 loss to defending champions Selborne, followed by a further 2-3 defeat to Rondebosch. The local boys had to beat Menlo Park from Northern Gauteng by an overwhelming margin to progress further, which they did in convincing style. Michaelhouse went through to the top four play-offs and beat EP champions, Grey High 3-2 to reach the final for the first time against a strong Rondebosch team. The victory was left up to the number three players and Michaelhouse captain Chris Brits showed great temperament to win 3-1 and win the boys’ trophy for a KZN team for the first time in 20 years. The victorious Michaelhouse team was: Chris Brits (captain), Kenyon Smith, Luke Stevens, Matt Lovett and Nic van der Bos.

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