Wanderers Snooker is especially proud of two of its members ie Fakhrie Gierdien and Rafique Limbada who participated in the Pro Snooker – Gold Reef City Snooker Champions in December 2021. Fakhrie narrowly losing out to eventual winner Charl Jonck in the last minute of the timed final, when Charl fluked in a red and potted the last red as time was called to beat Fakhrie and Rafique Limbada in the last 16 stages when he beat the current SA Champion 5-4 after having been down 4-0. He eventually succumbed to Tarik Samsodien in the quarterfinals 5-3.
The Gold Reef Snooker championships were broadcast on Openview and DSTV and had views in excess of half a million viewers.
Central Gauteng Snooker is gearing up for the new season and this year promises to be a season packed with tournaments. Pro Snooker the promotional arm of Snooker And Billiards South Africa (SABSA) have 5 tournaments for the year, and Snooker And Billiards South Africa, the SA Singles, SA Masters, SA Pairs, SA Six Reds, SA Interprovincial’s and SA Billiards all happening at the Wanderers Club, Central Gauteng have not yet released their calendar, and from past experience they have 5 tournaments and 2 new tournaments been added as well as League Snooker, so it promises to be an exciting year for snooker in Gauteng.
Snooker and Wanderers Club members are reminded that we will be hosting our very own Wanderers Club Championships which will comprise of Wanderers Snooker Singles Championships, Wanderers Snooker Doubles Championships and the Wanderers Snooker Handicap Championships as well as Wanderers Billiards Championships, anyone interested in playing the Wanderers Club Championships are to contact Wanderers Club Captain Rafique Limbada on 0798209231 or email [email protected].
Lastly, we are proud to announce that Wanderers Club have two Official World Professional Billiards and Snooker Coaches in Fakhrie Gierdien and Rafique Limbada. They received their certification from the WPBSA which was held in Sheffield on 19 February 2021 and done via Zoom. In total South Africa has 10 Certified WPBSA Coaches.
International Snooker News
Neil Robertson became Masters Champion for a second time when comfortably taking care of Barry Hawkins 10-4 at Alexandra Palace. The Australian took control of the match in the first session, and he kept Hawkins at arm’s length to secure a fifth Triple Crown, to go with his win in 2012, three UK Championships and one World Championship.
Robertson made a slow start to the season, after taking time out to get married in the summer, but the Paul Hunter Trophy will join the English Open in the display cabinet and he will head into the rest of the season on a high – with the World Championship the big goal.