JASON le Roux and Lizelle Goosen retained their Crusaders Challenge squash titles with contrasting victories in the finals yesterday.
In a repeat of last year’s final, the top-seeded Le Roux came up against Kyle Schwarz, but needed 65 minutes to quell his NMMU clubmate’s challenge, eventually winning 3-2.
Goosen was a touch quicker in her 3-0 win over old rival Jacqui Ryder. Ryder is always competitive and there is never an easy route past her, but her Londt Park team-mate controlled much of the play yesterday to retain the title.
Schwarz threw down the gauntlet when he took the first game against Le Roux. Then followed a war of attrition as Le Roux dug in to level the match after 30 minutes of play.
That pattern continued but Schwarz would not go away and he fought back to push the match into a fifth game. But Le Roux got a decent lead and at 10-4 up, closed out the final on his first match point.
Le Roux will be playing for Border in the Jarvis Cup interprovincial in PE next month, but Schwarz will form part of a solid EP men’s A team which will be playing in the B section after winning the C section last year.
The team will be spearheaded by Mark Rogers, who has played professionally and is now based in Germany, where he coaches and plays.
Rudi van Niekerk, Zane Schwarz (Kyle’s elder brother) and Sean Bailey complete the EP A team.
Goosen heads the women’s team with the Landman twins, Lume and Elani, Ryder and Anlen Murray completing the side.
The other EP sides named yesterday were:
Women B: Kacey-Leigh Dodd, Kate Pearson, Sarah O’Grady, Alison Doe, Diane van Eyk; Women’s C: Joanna Dodd, Ange Fraser, Karen Schepers, Shanna Swart, Lisa O’Grady.
Men’s B: Paul Mason, Bonakele Nomkala, Thami Mngcete, Stef Euijen, Lonwabo Sigele; Men’s C: Shaun Viljoen, Dane Bigara, Jarryd Terblanche, Graham Hall, Jacques Wessels.