On the 6th and 7th of July, Wanderers Club played host to the Annual HRSCC Walker Cup, while the Ibinson Cup event was hosted in Alberton. Both these events consist of 6-man teams representing their provinces’ A- and B-Teams respectively.
As the round-robin progressed, it soon became clear that the team from Tshwane Cue Sport (Gauteng North), consisting of numerous current and former SA national champions, would be very difficult to beat, yet again. The other teams put up a brave fight, however, and it was Central Gauteng who displayed impressive form and re-claimed the Walker Cup title.
The team, consisting of Rafique Limbada, Ryan George, Elvin Harris, Patrick Moodley, Bilaal Suleman and Adnan Muhammad, played exceptionally well and Rafique knocked in a break of 98 along the way to winning the trophy. Adnan was playing in his very first Walker Cup and ended the tournament undefeated. Well done to Adnan and the rest of the team for displaying exceptional character and team spirit to defy the odds and bringing the prestigious trophy back to Central Gauteng.
Gauteng North and Kwa-Zulu Natal ended up in second and third places respectively. Thank you very much to Central Gauteng Snooker and the Wanderers Club on hosting yet another extremely successful event and well done to all the players who performed so admirably.
At the Ibinson Cup in Alberton, it was Central Gauteng who went through the tournament undefeated and won the title yet again. They played consistently good snooker throughout the day and were deserved winners in the end. Sedibeng ended up as runners-up, rounding off another consistent performance. I would like to congratulate all the players on successfully representing their provinces and performing so well at these events.
Central Gauteng and the Wanderers Club also hosted the SA Masters Championships from 17 – 20 July. This prestigious event is open to all players across the country who are 40 years or older. Most of the top players from around South Africa were represented at the event and the Snooker was of a very high standard.
After some riveting matches in the semifinals, it was defending SA Masters Champion, Mutalieb Allie and former SA Snooker Champion, Francois Ellis, who progressed to the finals by beating Rafique Limbada and Pierre Jordaan respectively. Both players produced some very good Snooker, but in the end it was Mutalieb Allie who claimed yet another national title, having knocked in an impressive 132 break along the way.
In the SA Masters Plate event, it was Iqshaan Alladin who took on Mukesh Dayah in another closely contested final. Both players produced Snooker of a high standard, but it was Iqshaan who was just too strong and claimed the title. Well done to all these players who performed so admirably.
Well, that is it for this month. We look forward to bringing you some more interesting results and updates in the next article.
Yours in Snooker