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NMMU squashes opponents on court

Date Released: Wed, 5 September 2012 18:59 +0200

By Tebo Ramosili

Squash players and supporters from University of Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Rhodes University filled Alec Mullins squash courts to capacity to play their part in helping their university win the Intervarsity squash tournament. Walter Sisulu (WSU) University failed to arrive yesterday (17 August).

As anyone who has watched a squash tournament can attest, the atmosphere was full of cheering from supporters.

First to play were the ladies. Rhodes’ Joy Ridgand fought a tough game against Kate Pearson of NMMU. Both teams had each won their previous games. For some time the score was level at 1-1.

Pearson proved why her team is highly regarded by finishing the match 3-1. Despite the 3-1 defeat, Rhodes won the two previous games. Rhodes can be proud of their performance. The overall winner was NMMU who won 9-2.

The Rhodes men fared even worse. Again it was NMMU who dominated and won 9-0. But there was much excitement as Rhodes’ Matthew Ferriera played an arduous match against NMMU’s Jason la Roux.

Ferriera would often have a small lead in each game, but la Roux’s speed around the court allowed him to win every game. This means that NMMU won both the men’s and the women’s event. The final score of 18-2 (9-0 and 9-2 against Rhodes) reflects the dominance NMMU has had in squash in the province.

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