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 9 and 19 October 2017. 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 from a number of players.
In the second of the Semifinals we saw Jack Britten playing against Craig Heath. Jack had had an extremely good season to date and he also performed very well in the recent SA Classic event. Jack took a 3-1 lead in the Best of 7 match, but then Craig started his comeback and ended up winning the match 4-3. Well done to Craig on a brilliant recovery, setting up a showdown in the final against Fakhrie Gierdien.
In the Plate event, League partners Ridwaan Limbada and Yougash Pillay progressed to the final. Both finals produced some good Snooker, but in the end it was Yougash Pillay who won the Plate event by 3 frames to 1, while Fakhrie Gierdien Stormed to a 5-1 victory in the final of the main event.
The Highveld Region Seniors team event took place on Sat 21 October at Emperors Club in Sasolburg. The event consisted of three-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. The team consisted of our Chairman, Faraad James, as well as Graeme Britten and Mukesh Dayah. Graeme also made the highest break on the day. The Runners-up in the event was the team from Gauteng North. Well done on finishing the Highveld season on a high for us and producing some great Snooker.
Well done to all these players on some excellent performances and they carried this form into the Central Gauteng Handicap Singles which took place from the 23rd of October. The Handicap tournament is the great equalizer and levels the playing fields for everybody. We saw some great performances from a few of the players and by the time we reached the Semifinals, a number of the top players had already been knocked out. Ridwaan Limbada took on Fakhrie Gierdien, while Graeme Britten took on Mohammed Suleiman. Fakhrie managed to erase the deficit of the handicap pretty quickly in most of the frames, but it was Ridwaan who displayed some exceptional Snooker and took the match by 4 frames to 3. Graeme and Mohammed were also locked in a very tight match, but it was Mohammed who won the match by 4 frames to 2. While these two players booked their places in the final of the main event, it was Ryan George and Donovan Pillay who progressed to the final of the Plate event. The plate final was yet another extremely competitive affair which went down to the wire and it was Donovan Pillay who took a 3-2 victory to claim the Plate title. In the Main event we saw a lot of tight safeties and clever shot selection, with neither player wanting to give an inch. Ridwaan, who has had a very good season, managed to hold his nerve and ended up the Handicap Champion for 2017, claiming a 4-2 victory. Well done to the 2 champions and everybody who performed well in this event.
The final event on the CGSA tournament calendar was the Granite Gallery Six Reds Championships, sponsored by the owner, Kabir Singh. The shortened version of the game always promises some exciting Snooker and this event was no exception. Having played a number of tournaments back to back, the players were all in top form and produced Snooker of a very high standard. The finalists in the Plate event were Mike Hines and Ryan George, while Fakhrie Gierdien booked yet another appearance in the Final; this time against Faraad James. Fakhrie finished his season off with an emphatic victory to claim another title, while Mike Hines pulled out all the stops to defeat Ryan George in the final of the Plate event.
Yours in Snooker