2021 SA Singles, SA Pairs & SA Classic

The Wanderers Club and Central Gauteng Snooker Association hosted the 2021 SA Singles, SA Pairs and SA Classic Snooker Championships from the 09th to the 16th of October. Snooker Players from all over South Africa converged on the Wanderers for a week and a half of competitive snooker.

The SA Pairs Snooker Championships kicked of proceedings on the Saturday morning with the Semi-finals being played, Munier Cassim & Mutalieb Allie beat Elvin Harris & Bradley Richards to advance to the final. In the second semi-final it was the Cape Winelands Pairing of Ricky Tregonning and former 1992 SA Champion Dave Lomas who beat Kiashen Moodley and Latchman Moodley to progress to the 2021 SA Pairs final.

In the final despite brilliant tactical safety and counter snookers, it was the pairing of Mutalieb Allie and Munier Cassim who emerged as the victors with a 5-1 score line over Tregonning and Lomas. Mutalieb Allie also compiling a 102 Century break in the last frame to seal the victory

 

Figure 1 Mutalieb Allie & Munier Cassim -2021 SA Pairs Champions

Figure 1 Mutalieb Allie & Munier Cassim -2021 SA Pairs Champions

In the SA Pairs Plate Tournament the winning team of Kevin Shelver and Deon Floris beat Andrew Whitnall and Luther Killian to be crowned SA Pairs Plate Champions.

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Figure 2 Deon Floris & Kevin Shelver – SA Pairs Plate Champions

 

SA Classic Championships

In the SA Classic Snooker Championships semi-finals Mutalieb Allie beat Gauteng Norths Richard Halliday and Central Gauteng’s Fakhrie Gierdien beat Munier Cassim from Gauteng North to set up a mouth-watering final, with both former and current SA Classic Champions vying for the coveted SA Classic Title. In the hotly contested final Central Gauteng’s Fakhrie Gierdien eventually overcame Cape Winelands Mutalieb Allie 5-3 to lift the 2021 SA Classic Snooker Title.

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Figure 3 – Mutalieb Allie and Fakhrie Gierdien – SA Classic Champion 2021

 

The 2021 SA Singles saw 10 groups of players play a round robin qualifying section, with 32 players qualifying for the knockout section of the SA Singles Championships.

Great snooker was seen and enjoyed by all with the losing 16 playing in the SA Plate Section, with Adil Umair from Central Gauteng beating Deon Floris from Eden 4-3 to lift the 2021 SA Singles Plate Champion.

 

SA Singles Snooker Championships

The 2021 SA Singles is the most prestigious event on the South African Billiards and Snooker Calendar, and this year was no different. Players had to qualify from a field of 60+, and the Top 32 battled it out for the most coveted prize in SA Snooker.

It was on form Mutalieb Allie from the Cape Winelands who made a mark, showing his intent when he played Rafique Limbada, Rafique going 2-0 up, Mutalieb then made it 2-2 with an 85 break and then compiled a 130 break in the next frame to make it 3-2, finishing the win off with a superb 57.

In the Semi Finals it was almost an all Cape Winelands affair if not for Gauteng Norths Kiashen Moodley who faced off with Michael Russouw, beating him 6-0, in the opposite half it was once again Mutalieb Allie against Tauriq Samsodien, however it was Tauriq who emerged the winner in a tense semi-final where Mutalieb could not find his previous rounds form, Tauriq winning 6-3 to book his spot in the final.

The final was held on the Saturday morning giving both players time to rest and ready themselves for the ultimate prize in SA Snooker. Tauriq Samsodien storming into a 4-0 lead and at the mid-session interval many thought that this would be over shortly. However the former 2 time SA Snooker Champion Kiashen Moodley had other ideas and slowly clawed his way back to make it 4-4, with a comeback that should have seen his opponent wilt, Tauriq made it 5-4 and then 6-4.

Undaunted Kiashen pulled back to make it 6-6 and in the final frame, showed his prowess as one of the most formidable potters in the game and in the country to make a superb 47 winning break and lift the 2021 SA Singles Snooker Championship Title. The SA Plate Championship was won by Adiel Umar of Central Gauteng beating Deon Floris of Eden 4-3

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Figure 4 – Kiashen Moodley and Tauriq Samsodien

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Figure 5 – 2021 SA Snooker Singles Champion Kiashen Moodley