GN Seniors win NEWS tournament


Back L to R: Philip Viljoen, Derek Piek, William Skinner, Adrian Kriel
Front L to R: Ben Kleynhans, Mellette Hendrikse, Chris Delport (Captain), Rinus van Niekerk

Gauteng North Seniors triumphed in the annual NEWS tournament contested between Gauteng North, Central Gauteng, Ekurhuleni and North West Senior teams on 10/ 11 August at Silver Lakes. After day one with the foursomes Gauteng North halved with Central Gauteng 2/ 2, beat Ekurhuleni 3/ 1 and beat North West 3.5/ 0.5 with the pairings of Mellette Hendrikse/ Ben Kleynhans and William Skinner/ Derik Piek winning all 3 their matches.

The second round of singles were always going to be the decider and it was also clear that the title was to be contested between Gauteng North and Central Gauteng (who shared the trophy at the NEWS in 2012).

Gauteng North were very determined to not let this trophy leave Pretoria and beat Central Gauteng 6.5/ 1.5, Ekurhuleni 7/ 1 and North West 7.5/ 0.5 with Mellette Hendrikse, Ben Kleynhans, William Skinner, Chris Delport, Derik Piek and Adrian Kriel winning all 3 their matches.

The overall result was Gauteng North beating beating Central Gauteng 8.5/ 3.5, Ekurhuleni 10/ 2 and North West 11/ 1 with a total of 29.5 game points with Central Gauteng the runners-up with 19 game points, Ekurhuleni in 3rd place with 15 game points and North West in 4th place with 8.5 game points.

The MVP for Gauteng North were jointly shared by Mellette Hendrikse, Ben Kleynhans, William Skinner and Derik Piek with a full house of 6 points each.