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 8th of September to the 15th of September. Central Gauteng and The Wanderers Club played host to the last major national event on the calendar for this year, after Nelson Mandela Bay indicated that they would no longer be able to host the event. 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:
- Elvin Harris
- Rafique Limbada
- Ryan George
The Premier B team consisted of:
- Faraad James
- Praveen Nair
- Yougash Pillay
The A-Division A team consisted of:
- Mike Hines
- Ridwaan Limbada
- Zahier Mahomed
The A-Division B team consisted of:
- Aadil Mohammed
- Deon Moodley
- Sahgeshen Pillay
The B-Division team consisted of:
- Martyn Daniels
- Silvan Pillay
- Shivan Pillay
The B division was extremely tough with ten very strong teams in the division. We saw some excellent games and snooker of a very high standard for the B-division. The team from Border proved too strong for the rest of the field though and ended up winning the division by a huge margin over the two teams from Kwa-Zulu Natal. Our team finished fourth place by a couple of frames.
The A-Division teams performed exceptionally well and stamped their authority in the section from the very first day. The A-team, consisting of Mike Hines, Zahier Mahomed and Ridwaan Limbada, won the division and finished undefeated, while the B-team, consisting of Aadil Mohammed, Deon Moodley and Sahgeshen Pillay, finished Runners-up.
In the Premier Division, the competition was even stronger and a number of the teams had current and former national champions in their teams. Our Premier Division A team performed exceptionally well, but yet again, two narrow 4-5 losses dropped them to third place overall.
Of the three players in the CGSA team, it was Ryan George who performed best and ended up finishing second in the individual standings in the Premier division. Well done to Ryan and the rest of the team for performing so 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 Munier Cassim & Mutalieb Allie who booked a place in the Finals against our very own Praveen Nair & Adeel Umair. 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 Munier Cassim & Mutalieb Allie who were just too strong and ended up winning comfortably.
The Billiards event saw a surprising number of entries this year and after the round-robins and a few closely contested knockout events, it was Francois Ellis and our very own Mike Hines who contested the Final. Mike showed some class and exhibited some of the skill that earned him this title in previous events, but it was just not enough as Francois Ellis clinched the title and lifted the most beautiful trophy in the game at present.
In the SA Classic event, a very strong field was whittled down till eventually just Mutalieb Allie and Kiashan Moodley remained. We saw brilliant performances from former champions, Faaris Khan and Francois Ellis, who lost to these two finalists respectively. Kiashan Moodley had had an exceptional tournament and was playing excellent snooker, but it was Mutalieb Allie who snuck across the line with a narrow 6-4 victory, claiming yet another SA title for 2018.
The final of the Plate event of the Classic came down to a showdown between Ryan George and Carl Nieuwoudt. It was a close battle all the way and Ryan George just managed to grind out a 4-3 victory.
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.
With the SA Inter-Provincial championships behind us, all that remains is to complete our League season and finish the last couple of tournaments that remain. The Central Gauteng Snooker Association Singles took place between 8 and 17 October 2018. Even though we are close to the end of the season, there was still a lot of interest in this event and most of the top players in the Province had entered.
The competition was fierce and we saw some exceptional performances and a few upsets along the way.
In the first of the Semifinals we saw Ryan George storm to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Sahgeshen Pillay, while Yougashen Pillay claimed a nail biting 4-3 victory over Adeel Umair. In the Plate event it was Faraad James and Elvin Harris who progressed to the final. Both finals produced some good Snooker, but in the end it was Elvin Harris who won the Plate event, while Ryan George continued the exceptional form he has shown all season, claiming victory in the final of the main event. Well done to all these players.
The Gauteng Masters team event took place from 20 – 21 October at Emperors Clb in Sasolburg. The event consisted of four-man teams in the “Over 40” category from the various provinces in the Highveld region. Again we saw some brilliant Snooker and in the end, it was our very own team from Central Gauteng and Wanderers Club who raised the trophy to defend the title they claimed last year.
The team consisted of our Chairman, Faraad James, as well as Elvin Harris, Sahgeshen Pillay and Deon Moodley. The Runners-up in the event was the team from Gauteng North (Tshwane). Well done on finishing the Highveld season on a high for us and producing some great Snooker.
Our Central Gauteng league season has come to an end and “The Boondock Saints”, consisting of Ryan George and Bilal Suleman has come close to defending their title, but it was “The Destroyers”, consisting of Rafique Limbada and Craig Heath, who ended the season undefeated and claimed the league title. The individual standings went down to the final few matches and it was Ryan George who pipped Rafique Limbada at the post to claim the individual title and top off an awesome season.
The CGSA Handicap Singles were played from 22 to 25 October. With the handicaps levelling the playing fields, we saw some of the top players making an early exit. The main event came down to a clash between Elvin Harris and Martyn Daniels, while the Plate event final was contested between Rafique Limbada and Silvan Pillay. Rafique overcame a tough challenge from Silvan to claim the Plate title, while Elvin Harris took the title in the main event. Well done guys on yet another strong performance from all our players in Central Gauteng.
Yours in Snooker