The Wanderers Closed Squash Tournament came to a brilliant conclusion with Jens Delport dominating his way before scooping the cup at Wanderers Squash Club last weekend. Racing for the cup in the A Division was Jens Delport, Michael Gruhn who came out second with Gerdus Louwrens landing the third position.
Delport could not hide his exhilaration at his exploits after an entire day of intense squash as he told The Villager Sport that he felt humbled. “It is really an opportunity to just be thankful because we sometimes think winning is everything but it is more about the game. I love the game being with friends and family. I enjoyed this opportunity.
One does train hard but ultimately the training is for something bigger,” he enthused. The B Division cup came with its highlights that added colour to the highly attended tournament with Abdul Gerster battling out Bradley Morkel who frustrated him at every turn despite bearing in harder. Speaking to The Villager Sport, Gerster said, “I was not concentrating on my drives, stretch-outs.
Nerves as well, this is my ﬁrst tournament, it was a good tournament. Bradley is good, we play a lot together and it was nice playing against him and I wish him all the best.” Morkel was quite enthralled at dominating Gerster considering that it was his very ﬁrst win in a match against him. “I must say preparation is key and it is interesting also when you play against someone that brings the best in you; Abdul is that kind of a player. Overall, the tournament was very good, from organisation and I am very happy with it,” he said.
The tournament however started on a glitch with its main long time sponsor having pulled out only for well-wishers to chip in at the last hour. “There were a lot of concerns about the tournament, as the sponsor of 15 years pulled out shortly before the tournament, thus making it very difﬁcult for Wanderers Squash to ﬁnd a sponsor with so little time. Not only that, the organisers were concerned about entries, as it was a long weekend, meaning a lot of players might have gone away,” said Wanderers Squash Club Chairperson Steve Berry. Wanderers Squash Club has hosted junior tournaments, Ladies Open days where they opened the courts to all ladies that wanted to try squash out for the ﬁrst time.
“These initiatives certainly bore the fruit this past weekend, as a total of 16 players played their ﬁrst ever squash tournament, allowing Wanderers Squash Club to host 3 full draws, without being able to have any more entries, as the draw was completely full,” said Berry. It was an exciting tournament to witness, as no-one was really convinced about who would win the event, as there were so many new comers, he also said. However the tournament lacked the imposing presence of Namibia’s squash giants like Andrew Forrest whose appearances always bring out quite a spectacle.
“This event was one of a kind. We might have lost our sponsor, but it just goes to show how tightly knit the Wanderers Family really is. Some of our more experienced business men, with the likes of Tienie Botha, Uwe Grüttemeyer, John Rabe, Dieter Froehlich and Graham Watermeyer all donated towards the tournament, to allow all the various winners to walk away with decent prize money. Not only that, all winners also received top quality WorkPro multi-purpose camping knives, worth N$500,” he said.
Not for a moment did anyone know who was actually going to make it to the ﬁnal, as it was a very unpredictable draw, this made the event very unique, compared to others in the past, said Berry “It was fantastic seeing so many new faces, and hopefully they have now seen how great it is playing squash, and will now be ready for the Nashua Wanderers Open on the 10th of June,” he concluded.