KwaZulu-Natal Snooker and Billiards played host to the South African Snooker Singles and 6 Red Championships for 2019. The events took place from 6-15 June 2019 at the newly revamped Q-Masters Snooker Centre in Durban. All the tables at the venue had been recovered and the venue now features two new tables with steel block cushions and a beautiful new match room. They also made use of the new Cyclops Zeus Snooker Balls, so the players could make the most of the excellent playing conditions on offer.
The field was packed with top players from around the country and we saw Snooker of a very high standard. The SA 6 Reds Championships kicked off first and we saw some spectacular performances from a number of players. Last year’s runner-up, Tauriq Samsodien and Ricardo Tregonning managed to battle their way through to the final, knocking out some very strong players along the way. In the final, however, it was Tauriq who was just too strong on the day and claimed yet another SA title by winning the SA 6 Reds Championships for 2019.
Congratulations to him on claiming yet another well-deserved title. The final of the 6 Reds Plate event saw a tough match between Johnny Sideratos and local player, Darren Ayer. The match went down to the wire, but it was Darren who claimed the final frame and lifted the Plate trophy.
After the completion of the 6 Reds Championships, it was time for the SA Snooker Singles Championships to be played. Central Gauteng had 15 players in the main draw and after completion of the round-robin stages, we had a record 9 players who qualified for the Last 32. Fakhrie Gierdien and Rafique Limbada were, however, the only two players from Central Gauteng who progressed to the Quarter Finals. Fakhrie scraped through against a determined Ricardo Tregonning to book a place in the Semi-Finals against Johnny Sideratos, while Rafique lost to David Anderson.
David Anderson also defeated former champion, Kiashan Moodley to book a place in the Final, while Fakhrie, also a former champion, stormed into the Final with an emphatic victory over Johnny. There was some exceptional Snooker on display from both players, but in the end it was David Anderson who claimed a 6-4 victory to lift the SA Snooker Single Trophy for the first time. David is now the only player in South Africa to have held all the SA Cue Sport titles at one point or another. Well done David on an exceptional display of talent and ability on the Snooker table.
Central Gauteng put up another strong showing in the Plate event, but Ryan George was just too strong for the competition. He defeated some strong opponents along the way and eventually ran out victor as he successfully defended the Plate title which he had won last year. His opponent in the final, Cuban Moodley, put up a brave fight, but Ryan took the title in the final frame.
Congratulations and well done to all our players for representing Central Gauteng and the Wanderers Club so well and for helping to make a huge success of the event. Well done also to Kwazulu-Natal Snooker for hosting an amazing event and for making everybody feel welcome at the venue.
Well, that is it for this month. I look forward to bringing you some more interesting results from the SA Masters in the next article.
Yours in Snooker