The SA Inter-Provincial championships, the last of our big national events which is contested by teams from all the provinces across the country, took place at The Wanderers Club from the 9th of September to the 16th of September. Central Gauteng and The Wanderers Club had played host to all the major National events for the last 2 years and this was the last major event on the calendar for this year. Central Gauteng had teams entered in all the division from Premier to the B-Division.
The following players were selected to represent the province in the various divisions:
The Premier A team consisted of:
- Fakhrie Gierdien
- Faraad James
- Ryan George
The Premier B team consisted of:
- Graeme Britten
- Mike Hines
- Jack Britten
The A-Division A team consisted of:
- Praveen Nair
- Yougash Pillay
- Zahier Mahomed
The A-Division B team consisted of:
- Mukesh Dayah
- Deon Moodley
- Sahgeshen Pillay
The B-Division A team consisted of:
- Ridwaan Limbada
- Aadil Mohammed
- Shivan Pillay
The B-Division B team consisted of:
- Charles Kuppusamy
- Martyn Daniels
- Silvan Pillay
The B division was extremely tough with eleven very strong teams in the division. All three players in the B-Division A team had a very good tournament and performed very well throughout the event, taking an unassailable lead into the final day and winning the division comfortably. Ridwaan Limbada ended up winning the individual standings for the division, giving CGSA a clean sweep, since Shivan Pillay was also awarded the “Rookie of the Year” trophy for his performance.
The B division was extremely tough with eleven very strong teams in the division. All three players in the B-Division A team had a very good tournament and performed very well throughout the event, taking an unassailable lead into the final day and winning the division comfortably. Ridwaan Limbada ended up winning the individual standings for the division, giving CGSA a clean sweep, since Shivan Pillay was also awarded the “Rookie of the Year” trophy for his performance
The A-Division A team also performed very well, but unfortunately the team struggled to bring it all together in the final stages of the event. The result was that a very narrow 4-5 loss to Gauteng North A, meant that they dropped down to third overall by just one frame. Western Province won the division, having entered a team that could easily compete in a Premier division, but it was Praveen Nair and Yougash Pillay who performed best and ended up joint winners in the individual standings in the A-division. Well done guys.
In the Premier Division, the competition was even stronger, as Gauteng North entered a team consisting of two SA Champions. Our Premier Division A team performed exceptionally well, but yet again, two narrow 4-5 losses dropped them to second place overall, even though they had beaten eventual winners Gauteng North.
Of the three players in the CGSA team, it was Fakhrie Gierdien who performed best and ended up winning the individual standings in the Premier division. Well done to Fakhrie and the rest of the team for performing well in such a strong division.
The South African Pairs, Billiards and Classic Championships were also played at the same time and these matches were played in between all the Interprovincial games. As a result, the schedule was extremely full and towards the end of the week there were a number of very tired players in the snooker room.
In the SA Pairs event, it was Kiashan and Latchman Moodley who booked a place in the Finals against Ryan George and Rafique Limbada. We saw some brilliant safety and a fine display of potting skills during the final and the match saw moments of brilliance from all four players. In the end, however, it was Kiashan and Latchman Moodley who were just too strong and ended up winning 6-4.
The Billiards event saw more entries than we have had in a number of years and after the round-robins and a few closely contested knockout events, it was former Champions Munier Cassim and Richard Halliday who contested the Final.
Munier showed some class, fighting back from a big deficit, but it was just not enough, as Richard clinched the title yet again, winning this prestigious event.
In the SA Classic event, a very strong field was whittled down till eventually just Richard Halliday and Faaris Khan remained. We saw brilliant performances from newcomer, Jack Britten and former champion, Fakhrie Gierdien, who lost to these two finalists respectively. Richard had had an exceptional tournament and was playing excellent snooker, but it was Faaris Khan who snuck across the line with a narrow 6-5 victory over Richard, claiming his first SA Classic title.
Congratulations have to go to all our players for their excellent performances, as well as their impeccable appearances and sportsmanlike conduct throughout the tournament. You have done Central Gauteng and Wanderers Snooker proud. Thanks also go to Central Gauteng Snooker Association and its committee for all the hard work that went into hosting these events. Through your continued efforts, Snooker in Central Gauteng will always thrive.
Our Central Gauteng league season has almost come to an end and “The Boondock Saints”, consisting of Ryan George and Bilal Suleman appear to have taken an unassailable lead. The individual standings will go down to the final matches and it is Ryan George and Jack Britten who appear to be competing for the top honors.
Well done guys on yet another strong performance in Central Gauteng.
SA Classics and SA Pairs Snooker Championships
Faaris Khan is the winner of the 2017 SA Classics Snooker Champions held at the Wanderers Club and Latchman Moodley and Kiashan Moodley are winners of the 2017 SA Snooker Pairs Championships.
Yours in Snooker