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Hoërskool Zwartkop impress at 30th St Andrew’s Squash Festival

By Brad Morgan , in Featured | Main Racket Sports | Featured Racket Sports | News , at 2024-02-12

Photo: Charles Corbett Photography.
Photo: Charles Corbett Photography.

The 30th edition of the Saint Andrew’s Squash Festival, hosted by St Andrew’s School in Bloemfontein over the weekend, delivered high-quality squash from South Africa’s leading squash playing schools. Although a winner is not determined – teams play different opponents – last year’s national champions, Hoërskool Zwartkop, showed they remain the team to beat in 2024.

Zwarries faced some stiff opposition and came through with flying colours. Their opener against St Andrew’s School A, who finished second in South Africa last year, was made a little easier with Saints missing their number two player, which meant a shift up for their number three and so on down the line. And there was also the not so small matter that Saints had lost two SA Schools players from last year’s lineup.

Zwartkop claimed a 5-1 win in that fixture and swamped St Dominic’s College 6-0 in their second outing on Friday. On Saturday, up against two strong teams, they beat King Edward VII (KES) 5-1 and Selborne College 4-2. They kept their record clean with a 6-0 win over Kearsney College on Sunday, in their final outing.

That loss was the only one that Selborne, one of the traditional powers, suffered during the event. They handled St John’s College A 5-1, Pretoria Boys High A 5-1, Bishops Diocesan College 6-0 and St Andrew’s School A 5-1 in their other ties.

The team captains, St Andrew's Headmaster Roland Rudd, and the local organising committee. (Photo: Charles Corbett Photography)
The team captains, St Andrew’s Headmaster Roland Rudd, and the local organising committee. (Photo: Charles Corbett Photography)

Michaelhouse put their hands up with an impressive set of results. They won 4-2 against Pretoria Boys High A, handed Grey High a 5-1 defeat, outplayed St John’s College A 6-0, drew 3-3 with a full-strength St Andrew’s School, and shared another 3-3 draw with KES.

KES, apart from their loss to Zwartkop, produced a solid set of results, beating Grey High 4-2, St Andrew’s School A 4-2 and Grey College 4-2, before finishing with a 3-3 draw with Michaelhouse.

In numerous instances, however, the overall results do not do full justice to the hard-fought nature of the individual matches, with a 3-2 scoreline being a regular occurrence.

Many of the players will return to Bloemfontein within a matter of weeks, with the Bloemfontein Junior Open, one of the largest squash tournaments in the world, set to take over the city’s squash courts from 29 February to 3 March.

The event will also be under the administration of Margo Morgan and Calvin Deutschmann, the organisers of the Saints Squash Festival.

RESULTS

Friday, 14:15

St Andrew’s School A 1-5 Hoërskool Zwartkop
St Andrew’s School B 6-0 Parktown Boys’ High
Selborne College 5-1 St John’s College A
Grey High 2-4 King Edward VII
Maritzburg College 5-1 Queen’s College
Michaelhouse 4-2 Pretoria Boys High A
Kingswood College 0-6 Pretoria Boys High B
Kearsney College 4-2 Grey College
Westville Boys’ High 4-2 Bishops Diocesan College
St Dominic’s College 4-2 St Stithians College
St Andrew’s College 4-2 Paul Roos Gimnasium
Glenwood High 1-5 St John’s College B

Friday, 19:15

St Andrew’s School A 2-4 King Edward VII
St Andrew’s School B 3-3 Bishops Diocesan College
Kearsney College 3-3 St John’s College
Pretoria Boys High B 5-1 St John’s College B
Pretoria Boys High A 1-5 Selborne College
Grey High 1-5 Michaelhouse
St Andrew’s College 6-0 Glenwood High
Paul Roos Gimnasium 6-0 Kingswood College
Westville Boys’ High 4-2 Grey College
Hoërskool Zwartkop 6-0 St Dominic’s College
Maritzburg College 5-1 St Stithians College
Parktown Boys’ High 0-6 Queen’s College

Saturday, 09:30

St Andrew’s School A 3-3 Grey High
St Andrew’s School B 5-1 St John’s College B
Michaelhouse 6-0 St John’s College A
Hoërskool Zwartkop 5-1 King Edward VII
Kingswood College 1-5 Parktown Boys’ High
St Andrew’s College 2-4 Maritzburg College
Kearsney College 1-5 Pretoria Boys High A
Glenwood High 1-5 Pretoria Boys High B
Grey College 4-2 St Dominic’s College
Selborne College 6-0 Bishops Diocesan College
Westville Boys’ High 4-2 St Stithians College
Paul Roos Gimnasium 3-3 Queen’s College

Saturday, 14:30

St Andrew’s School A 3-3 Michaelhouse
St Andrew’s School B 5-1 Glenwood High
Maritzburg College 1-5 Grey High
Paul Roos Gimnasium 2-4 St John’s College A
Kingswood College 3-3 St John’s College B
Grey College 2-4 King Edward VII
Kearsney College 5-1 St Stithians College
Selborne College 2-4 Hoërskool Zwartkop
Parktown Boys’ High 0-6 Bishops Diocesan College
St Dominic’s College 3-3 Queen’s College
Westville Boys’ High 1-5 Pretoria Boys High A
St Andrew’s College 6-0 Pretoria Boys High B

Sunday, 08:30

St Andrew’s School A 1-5 Selborne College
St Andrew’s School B 0-6 Maritzburg College
St John’s College B 0-6 St Andrew’s College
King Edward VII 3-3 Michaelhouse
Kingswood College 2-4 Glenwood High
Grey College 1-5 Pretoria Boys High A
Parktown Boys’ High 0-6 Pretoria Boys High B
Grey High 5-1 St Stithians College
St Dominic’s College 1-5 Paul Roos Gimnasium
Queen’s College 3-3 Bishops Diocesan College
Kearsney College 0-6 Hoërskool Zwartkop

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