The Central Gauteng Snooker Association League fixtures started on the 6th of March 2017, but we started the season off with the “2017 Johannesburg & Districts” tournament which was played from the 20th of February 2017. From the round robin matches it was already clear that this season will produce some great competitive snooker and we saw some very closely contested matches. It was the knockout section, however, that produced a few upsets, making for a very interesting tournament.
In the quarter finals Graeme Britten had to pull out all the stops in a first for CGSA, beating his son Jack 3-2, while Fakhrie Gierdien played very consistent snooker to set up a semifinal clash between the two of them. In the other half it was Faraad James who set up a semifinal clash with Yougash Pillay, who was also playing snooker of a very high standard. The semifinals produced some good snooker and at the end of the day it was Fakhrie Gierdien and Yougash Pillay who proceeded to the final.
Yougash put up a brave fight, but in the end it was the experience and skill of the reigning champion, Fakhrie Gierdien, that saw him taking the title yet again, beating Yougash 5-0. In the Plate event it was Mukesh Dayah who was just a bit too strong on the day and beat Zahier Mahomed 3-0 to claim the title in the event.
After a few last minute entries, the CGSA league season kicked off on 6 March with a record 23 teams and a lot of new faces. There is a lot of snooker to be played in the season and lots of very strong teams that will all be fighting it out to try and claim the title of League Champions.
The 2017 Gauteng Masters event took place over the weekend of 18-21 March at The Matchroom in Benoni. The event, which consists of players from across the Gauteng region, saw a lot of old faces return to the Sport and perform exceptionally well. The tournament was a resounding success, with Johan van Wyk and Mike Hines working their way to the final, beating Munier Cassim and Jonathan Scott respectively.
The final was no different and both players scored high in the frames they won, but it was Johan who took the victory with a final frame break of 82. Well done to both players for producing Snooker of such high standards so early in the season.
During the event Munier Cassim also knocked in an amazing 105 clearance, while Johan is still the current record holder for the highest tournament break in South Africa of 141.
If this level of snooker is sustained in Gauteng we can only tell the other provinces to get ready for a very exciting South African Championships later in the year.
I am looking forward to bringing you more news in the next article and some updated league results.
Yours in Snooker