FS Squash gains Jarvis Cup promotion

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MORGAN PIEK

Bloemfontein – The Free State men’s squash team recently went to Cape Town, where they played in the coveted Jarvis Cup, between 14 and 18 July, 2014. The side competed in the sport’s annual interprovincial tournament, competing in the B-section, where they flew Bloemfontein’s flag high.

The A-team, comprising Paul Rodrigues, Reinhold Hergerth, Jacques Swanepoel (captain), Lawrence Kuhn and Tremayne McDonald, gained promotion to the top-tier for the first time in eight years after beating KwaZulu-Natal 4-1 in the final.

Speaking to Courant, McDonald said a lot of hard work went into the result and they are really excited at playing against the top team in South Africa as from next year.

"We’re very excited. It’s been a whole bunch of years to reach this. Now it’s 360 odd days of hard work lying ahead of us to make sure we’re ready for the next year’s Jarvis Cup," added McDonald.

In order to be more competitive next year, the side is looking to import an overseas player to help strengthen their ranks.

"That’s our plan. Every team is allowed an international player, and all the other provinces in the A-division already do. That’s why it’s very tough to compete without an international player," McDonald said speaking about their future plans.

When asked about the health of the sport in the province, McDonald said he feels it’s quite strong.

"Going to the Jarvis Cup and doing what we’ve done is how we’ve been able to measure ourselves. We took two men’s teams down and we won our section, so based on that we’re quite strong," McDonald concluded.

The B-team, comprising Luan Olivier, Calvin Deutschmannm, Garrett Amm, Theoniel McDonald, HP Olivier and Charl Myburgh beat SACD 3-2 in the final to win the D-section.

B-section – Final: Free State A 19 KwaZulu-Natal B 6.

P Rodrigues bt G Naidoo 11-8 11-9 9-11 11-3. R Hergeth bt S Garas 11-6 9-11 7-11 12-10 11-6. J Swanepoel bt J de Neef 11-6
11-5 11-9, L Kuhn lost to J Kershaw 10-12 11-9 7-11 11-9 3-11, T McDonald bt W Kershaw 11-8 12-10 11-7.