In order to coincide with Woman’s Month, The Wanderers Club played host to the SA Ladies Snooker Championships from 8 – 11 August. Three titles are contested during the course of these championships, namely the SA Ladies Singles, SA Ladies 6 Reds and the SA Ladies Classic. We saw some excellent Snooker from our top ladies and the competition was fierce.
The ladies were welcomed in the morning with coffee and biscuits and each player also received a bag full of goodies. After that it was time to get serious and the matches began in all earnest.
The first of the finals was contested between Jeanne Young and Suzette Booyens who fought it out for the SA 6 Reds title. Jeanne took an early 2-0 lead, but Suzette leveled at 2-2 and took the match to a decider. It went down to the final few balls before Jeanne potted a very good Pink ball to claim the title.
In the Quarter Finals of the SA Ladies Singles, Suzette got revenge on Jeanne and set up a Semi Final match with Joy Willenberg, while Nishami Rajcoomar and Anmari Kruger met in the other Semi Final.
The ladies produced Snooker of a high standard and after some tight battles Suzette Booyens was in the thick of things again; this time taking on Nishami Rajcoomar in the Final of the SA Ladies Singles Championship. The Final was another closely contested affair and after another nail-biting match, it was Nishami who claimed the title, beating Suzette 3-2.
In the final of the SA Ladies Classic event, it was Joy Willenberg who took on; you guessed it; Suzette Booyens, who had reach her third consecutive final for the week. Again we saw some excellent snooker from both ladies, but it was Joy, a former SA Classic Champion, who was just too strong on the day and claimed the SA Ladies Classic title for 2019.
Well done to all the ladies who participated and well done to Wanderers and CGSA and everybody involved with the organization and running of the Championships for hosting another amazing event. It is so good to see our ladies performing so well and going from strength to strength every year. Special thanks to Rian Dooki and Trinity Cues for sponsoring an awesome Kamui Hamper as well as a Mike Wooldridge Cue Care package for the winner. Rian Dooki also sponsored every participant with Russian Magic Chalk and a Century Tip. Your efforts to promote Cuesports are truly appreciated.
The Ashnee Moodley Memorial Tournament took place on the weekend from 17 – 18 August at The Wanderers Club. One of Central Gauteng’s very own, Patrick Moodley, sadly lost his wife to cancer in 2017 and he has decided to host this event in memory of Ashnee every year. The event had a total purse of R20,000.00, with the winner receiving R10,000.00 sponsored by Patrick Moodley. For this year the event was open to 32 of the best Snooker and Pool players in Gauteng and featured numerous former and current national champions in their respective disciplines.
The 32 players were drawn into 8 groups of 4 and after the round-robin section of the draw, the top 2 players from each group progressed into the Last 16 Knockout stages. With the quality of players in the draw, there was some spectacular Snooker on display from the outset and a couple of very strong players did not manage to qualify for the Last 16. Two of the top Pool players in Aden Joseph and Baaqir Osman qualified by knocking out Faraad James and former SA Snooker Champion, Richard Halliday in the Last 16. Munier Cassim and Rafik Limbada also got knocked out early by Adnaan Mohamed and Kishan Moodley respectively.
In the Quarter Finals the two Pool player took each other on and Aden progressed to the Semi Finals, where he met our very own Elvin Harris. Fakhrie Gierdien beat Francois Ellis to book his place in the Semi Finals against another former SA Champion, Kiashan Moodley. In the Semi Finals of the Plate event Richard Halliday took on Munier Cassim, while Rafik Limbada played against Jacobus Le Roux. The Semi Finals of the main event produced two nail-biting matches, with both matches going the distance, but in the end it was Fakhrie Gierdien and Aden Joseph who booked their places in the final. In the Plate event Rafik Limbada and Richard Halliday won through to the Finals. Rafik was really on form and produced Snooker of a very high standard to beat Richard 3-1 and claim the Plate title.
Well done on managing to play at such a high standard, while organizing and running the event as well.
The Main event Final was always going to be a good match. Aden Joseph is a 7-time National Pool Champion and Fakhrie Gierdien has held multiple National Snooker titles. Aden showed that he can perform to a very high standard on the snooker table as well, but at the end of the day it was Fakhrie’s superior potting ability and all-round Snooker skill that proved too strong. Fakhrie beat Aden 4-2 and claimed the title, as well as the R10,000.00 first prize. Congratulations Fakhrie on yet another fantastic win.
Congratulations to Patrick on hosting an extremely successful event. It is my understanding that he wishes to open the tournament up next year and not limit the entries to Gauteng only. In doing so, they hope to increase the prize fund to R50,000.00. We wish Patrick all the best for future events and we would like to thank him for all his efforts to promote the Sport.
Well, that is it for this month. The SA Interprovincials, SA Classic, SA Pairs and SA Billiards will take place at Q-Masters Centre in KwaZulu-Natal from 13 – 21 September 2019. I look forward to bringing you some more interesting results and updates on these events in the next article.
Yours in Snooker