A good level of support for both schools made for quite a festive atmosphere at the St Andrew’s squash courts on Monday night.
The evening saw the top 6 players from both schools kicked off with Tyenu Cannon facing off against SAC’s Ross Gordon. The number 6 match was a more tightly contested affair than the 3/0 score line would attest to with Cannon taking some time to get accustomed to the SAC players unorthodox style of play. After taking the 2nd game 17/15 the momentum definitively shifted in Kingswood’s favour.
At number 5, Brian Bennett (a late inclusion in the team) met SAC’s Ishan Pandal. The SAC player struggled to contend with the good length play and superior court coverage that typified Bennett’s game and went down 3/0. Brad Goss was also very consistent against SAC’s Ross Miles and while the game was very competitive Goss’s short game and deft touch proved to strong. Another win to KC.
Playing on the next court Jean-Luc Basson went up against a determined Lourens Coetzee in what turned out to be the match of the night. In a real ding-dong battle, which went to five sets, Basson eventually overcame his opponent to post a hard-fought win.
With the result of the fixture already secured in Kingswood’s favour, Stephen Aylesbury faced Taine Hartzenberg. In a fast-paced game the SAC player, while competitive, had no answer for Aylesbury’s tactical play and dominance of the T.
In the final match of the night Luke Kelly went up against Sam Scheckter as the number 1 seeds. Kelly showed his pedigree and outclassed the younger player. In spite of the SAC player’s determined efforts he was not match for Kelly who won convincingly to end a wonderful night of squash.
Our girls’ 1st team consisted of Keagan Lottering, Leah Ewing, Elsje Griesel, Erin Taggart, Lilly Winstanley and Makayla Govender.
Some excellent squash was played by our young team, despite losing the fixture overall, with both teams displaying great sportsmanship.
Well done to our boys especially, and also to our girls for their fighting spirit!