The tournament featured 20 of the Khomas region’s top up−and−coming junior squash players ranging from u9 to u16 level, and was sponsored by Tulipamwe Consulting Engineers for the first time to an amount of N$10 000.
Four teams of five players each competed in the tournament with each team consisting of four boys and one girl, while the players were selected according to their rankings to try and balance the teams out and make them equally strong.
According to Tyc Kakehongo of the Namibia Squash Association, the standard displayed varied.
“The standard varied − some of the players have played in these competitions before, but for some it was their first competitive tournament,” he said.
Namibia’s top−ranked u16 boy, Henko Knipe of the Pumas beat the second−ranked Benetton Calitz of the Leopards 2−0 in the third−place play−off.
Two of Namibia’s top u9 players were also in action, with Curtis Kriel of the Jaguars beating Keegan Mouton of the Panthers 2−0 in the final.
The teams were as follows:
Jaguars: Boeta van der Westhuizen, Christiaan du Preez, Tuwilika Endjambi, Lars Deloch and Curtis Kriel.
Panthers: Joseph van Niekerk, Lohmeier Nepembe, Sasha Jarvis, Iwan du Toit, Keegan Mouton.
Pumas: Henko Knipe, Francois van Straten, Mwinji Sichone, Brandon Rasch and Mauritz du Preez.
Leopards: Benetton Calitz, Jean Luis du Toit, Liya Herunga, JP Jooste and Marc van der Westhuizen.
The NSA also recently held trials to select a national junior team that will compete in the South African Schools Squash Championships in Bloemfontein from 28 April. A total of 32 children were selected from u13 to u19 level.
Source: The Namibian