The easing of the lockdown levels in South Africa has seen the gradual reintroduction of various sporting events across the county, and almost on a weekly basis more codes are receiving the green light to compete.
One of these codes that will soon be played at the highest level in South Africa, is squash.
Squash South Africa has already put their plans in place to host the annual Nationals, which will be contested all over the country for the first time, but it will be different in 2020.
Due to the pandemic, large gatherings are still very much a no-go, and the federation has devised a plan in order to still host the nationals.
The event will be played in each province, with the winner of the regionals going to Pretoria to plan in the finals.
Free State has put together a very strong team for the regionals, and they will no doubt prove to be very competitive.
This year the team will be made up of the Saints Squad Club trio of Calvin Deutschmann, Garrett Amm and Johan van Rooyen. The Ramblers duo of Tremayne McDonald and Pieter Bekker will play as well. Kobus van der Vyfer plays out of Oud-Studente, while Ruan Olivier has also been selected. Olivier previously played for the Free State, but is currently based in the Western Cape. He is also a former SA Schools player.
The ladies will feature the promising duo of Reece Thompson and Amy Greyvensteyn. Both are still under-19 and represent Saints. Thompson is a former SA Schools U16 number one.
The junior boys will include some of the Free State’s top players who all achieved a Top 10 finish at the 2020 Bloem Junior Open SA Schools Squash National qualifying event. These U14 players with great potential are Devon Osborne, Semano Mohapi and Marc van Rooyen. All three also play out of the Saints Squad Club.
The entries for the event close on 17 September 2020, and the Free State regionals will be played from 8 to 11 October. The venues are still to be confirmed. – MORGAN PIEK