As part of the Wanderers Squash Club’s strategic thrust for F2022 to improve external and internal events, the Wanderers’ Invitational Squash Tournament was hosted by the Club in partnership with Egoli Youth Empowerment from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th February 2022. Players competed over 4-draws – a Mens’ Invitational where some of the best players in Gauteng competed for the inaugural Wanderers’ Invitational Trophy, a Women’s Open and a Men’s B & C Section.

We witnessed some wonderful squash on our unique, all-glass Match Court with two international stars Kelvin Ndlovu and Kundanji Kelengo battling it out in the final – eventually won by the top-seed in the tournament, Kundanji. The Women’s Open was won by Khanyile Sape, a leading lady in the Egoli Squash set-up, with the Men’s B-section and C-section won by Brian Mncube, another Egoli Squash product and Ryall Higgins, a visitor from Jeppe Quondum Squash Club respectively.

Wanderers’ Squash would like to congratulate all the participants for joining us and competing. It was a privilege to host all of you in our world-class facilities and a privilege to have players of your calibre at our club. Our thanks also goes out to Sharon Sibanda and Dikana Mthombeni from Egoli Squash for their input in putting together such as high-quality Invitational draw and for administering the tournament with such excellence.

This was our first Wanderer’s Invitational event and we hope to build on this, coming back in 2023 with a bigger and better tournament. Thank you to all the competitors and supporters and well done to Bruce Young and the coordinating committee for a well-run event.

Wanderers Squash Club Round-Robin Bell Tournament.

This “pop-up” tournament was held on Wednesday 16 February 2022 consisting of 16 players split into two teams of eight.

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The two teams played each other in a round-robin format with games lasting four minutes. After each game the bell was rung and the players had to move on to the next player. The total 32-minute playing time was quite gruelling, even for the more experienced players.

The event was especially exciting because we all got to meet some of the newer members of the club. Shizuha Hatori put up a spirited 9-11 fight against Kelly Depene and Bianca Botha got the better of Ian Macleod, 11-8. Jason-Lee Collins, Tim Reeder and Laurence Hardman all got a chance to experience games against the likes of Alistair Tyrrell and Ross Purbrick proving that tournaments can be run involving the whole spectrum of player ability within the club.

Who got the most points and which team won was not important. However, Alistair’s team had the honour to open an 11 year-old bottle of bubbly that had been gently fermenting in the squash office basement for the past decade. The contents were soon finished and, as far as I’m aware, with no adverse affects on the players!!

Congratulations to all who participated and we’re looking forward to a repeat event in March.

For the Wanderers Squash Committee
D Petrarolo

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