KZN U19 ‘A’ boys unfortunate to miss podium

2013-07-23 00:00

AT the recent SA schools squash inter-provincial tournament in Cape Town, the KZN U19 ‘A’ boys finished fourth, just outside the medals.

Were it not for an unfortunate injury, the team would have finished on the podium.

Western Province were exceptionally strong in the number one and two positions in the team and they had clearly prepared well for their home tournament. This resulted in the rest of the team — numbers three to five — playing better than anticipated, as seen by the 19-3 result against KZN. They were deserved gold medalists.

The KZN boys showed great character and resolve, playing an arduous eight consecutive matches in three-and-a-half days and still managing a credible result. They won five of their eight matches.

The highlight was the selection of Luke Stevens and Kenyon Smith (both Michaelhouse) to the SA schools team to tour Canada and the U.S. in December. Their selection was based on their performances throughout the year at national tournaments such as the Free State Open and the SA Closed, as well as their results at this event.

KZN results: v Northern Gauteng lost 10-16; v EP won 19-8; v Easterns won 18-8; v Border won 14-7; v Boland won 15-7; v WP lost 3-19; v Central Gauteng won 20-4; v Free State lost 11-16.

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