On the 9th and 10th of June, Wanderers Club played host to the Annual HRSCC Walker Cup, while Emperors Snooker Club in Sasolburg, hosted the Ibinson Cup event. 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. The other teams put up a brave fight, but Gauteng North ended up undefeated and comfortably won the Walker Cup. Central Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal ended up in second and third place respectively.
At the Ibinson Cup in Sasolburg, 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. Gauteng North 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 admirably at these events.
Eastern Cape Cue Sports played host to the South African Snooker Singles and 6 Red Championships for the first time since 2006. The events took place from 17-27 June 2018 at the Hellenic Hall in Nelson Mandela Bay. The field was packed with top players from around the country and we saw Snooker of a very high standard. The Snooker Championships kicked off first and we saw some spectacular performances from a number of players. Central Gauteng’s Rafique Limbada made it through to the quarter-finals, where he came up against Mutalieb Allie from Cape Town and Gauteng’s Ryan George proceeded to the Plate event final. Mutalieb was too strong for Rafique on the day and ended Central Gauteng and Wanderers hopes of claiming another SA Snooker title, but Ryan George was at the top of his game and claimed the SA Snooker Plate title. Well done to both of these Wanderers players.
After the completion of the Snooker Singles, it was time for the SA 6 Reds Championships. Rafique Limbada and Mike Hines both progressed to the Quarter finals, but unfortunately they did not manage to progress any further. In the Semifinals it was Tauriq who got his revenge on Mutalieb, claiming a comfortable victory to get to the final, while Charl Jonck from Nelson Mandela Bay claimed the other spot in the final. Charl Jonck romped to an emphatic victory, knocking in a maximum break of 75 along the way to claiming the South African 6 Reds title for 2018.
Well done to all these players who performed so well and helped to make a huge success of the event. Well done also to Nelson Mandela Bay for hosting an amazing event and for making everybody feel welcome at the venue.
Well, that is it for this month. We look forward to bringing you some more interesting results in the next article.
Yours in Snooker