Top schools: Tough battle for girls’ title

2009-08-11 00:00

THE top schools’ squash tournament will be played in Pietermaritzburg this weekend from Friday to Sunday and many close, exciting matches are expected.

The girls’ title will be a tough battle between the top schools as there is very little separating them.

Framesby (EP), last year’s runners-up, have the Landman twins who are currently representing South Africa at the U19 World Juniors in India.

DSG Pretoria (Northern Gauteng) are a very well-balanced team with Bronwen Reilly reserve for the World Juniors team at number one.

They will be challenged by last year’s winners, Epworth (KZN), who have four SA players in their team — Tarryn Harborth, Tayla Cordial, Nikki Melis and Julie Lee.

St Marys (Gauteng), St Dunstans (Easterns), Queenstown GHS (Border), Herschel (Western Province) and Eunice (Free State) all have SA players in their sides so a very high level of schoolgirl squash is expected.

The boys’ event is also going to be closely contested with last year’s winners, Menlo Park (Northern Gauteng), failing to qualify as they lost to Pretoria Boys’ High School in the qualifying tournament.

Selborne (Border), led by Michael Wood, one of the top SA U19 schools players, also have a very impressive lineup and should be the team to beat.

They can expect a strong challenge from Grey College (Free State), who have Paul Rodriques at number one. Glenwood (KZN) are in contention with two SA players, Michael Hutchings and Jason Kershaw, and have the advantage of a solid team right down to number six. KES (Gauteng), CBC (Easterns), Rondebosch (WP) and Paarl BHS (Boland) all have well-balanced teams with many provincial and SA players, so hard-fought matches are expected.

All the matches will be played at the Epworth and varsity courts during the weekend starting on Friday morning — the cross-pool playoffs will be on Saturday afternoon with the finals at Epworth on Sunday morning.

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