Squash team is a handful

25 October 2010

Squash team is a handfulTop of the crop: UCT Squash Club celebrates its eight trophies (don't count the table marker) - (back, from left) Shirley Whitmore, Lauren Dean, Leungo Matlhabane, Duncan Beckerling, Paul Kingston, Nick Georgiades, Bradd Lodge and Rodney Durbach (coach); and (front row, from left) Lisa Maxton, James Owen, Jeanae Dumas, Richard Colburn, Jacqui De Villiers and Gugu Moyo.

The UCT Squash Club literally had their hands full at the 2010 Western Province Squash awards ceremony, walking away with no fewer than eight trophies.

Five of these were for league wins. Of the 12 UCT sides competing in WP competitions, men's teams finished top of the crop in the third, seventh, 11th and 15th leagues, while the UCT B-team won the women's third league.

In addition, the men's G-side won the RMS Cup for their victory in the knock-out competition for teams in the 11th and 12th leagues. UCT C, competing in the third league, then received the Ohlssons Trophy for best league performance by a team in men's leagues one to eight.

The cherry on the top, though, was the Clive Corder Trophy, picked up by UCT for the best overall performance by a club in the men's competitions. This was the club's second consecutive Clive Corder Trophy.

(The UCT women finished third overall, so missed out on the Carollyn Guthrie Trophy, which went to Welgemoed.)

UCT's good showing is a boon to the sport in the province, given its largely youthful make-up, says WP Squash's Glenda Erasmus.

"The university has really become our breeding ground for squash."

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