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all the winners 2014/15 l

Written by Agenda Gumbi (Muzi Fuze). Posted in NATIONAL BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Well there were other winners, my best act was that of Lutfie Nassiep and Steve Pitts; these two Seniors are a class act, they are doubles champions and it is twice now that they have had to play each other for the singles accolade and once again the same feat crops up. Lutfie always seems to get the better of his tag team partner. Well done to both of you, you are an inspiration to many.

The Ladies were all outclassed by Nicola Rossouw boy that girl packs a very mean punch, as the lifted her trophy aloft she yelled that maybe a girl deserves to play in the BPL??? Well I do think she has what it takes, pool like any other sport doesn’t segregate according to gender, I have always wanted to know why male athletes always seem to dominate or are assumed to be better than their female counterparts, perhaps Cola will provide us with a contradicting theory. I hope her cries were heard. Labeeqah Brennar has no clue what happened to her in the final. Tazneem Solomons deserves special mention for her magnificent display in this event; I think an SA title is long overdue for her.  

Peter Mintoor went a step further this time and won the Masters Singles Title, his was a case of being third time lucky, he has been to two finals before, well done Sir what a great display, you could still give the younger guys a good run.

The team Winners were

Gauteng Men2

Gauteng Women 1

Western Cape Seniors 1

Gauteng U23 1

Gauteng Masters

USSA 2 won the Social event

Vukani Magutshwa from the USSA team also won the individual accolade

The Protea Mens Team were as follows

Rk

ID

Player name

F

P

W

L

BW

LW

BWA

FFF

FFA

Pts

1

MOR002

 Wetsi Morake (GAUTENG MEN 3)

105

105

81

24

10

58

8

0

0

81

2

JAG001

 Vishen Jagdev (GAUTENG MEN 2)

105

105

77

28

9

72

2

0

0

77

3

WIL011

 Abduraghman Williams (WESTERN CAPE MEN 3)

105

105

75

30

6

50

4

0

0

75

4

GRE035

 Martin Greyvenstein (WESTERN CAPE MEN 2)

105

105

74

31

7

52

2

0

0

74

5

SAL003

 Yazeed Salie (WESTERN CAPE MEN 2)

105

105

74

31

4

68

2

0

0

74

6

JOS012

 Aden Joseph (FREESTATE MEN 1)

105

104

73

32

9

53

5

1

0

73

 

Ladies

1

SOL012

 Tasneem Solomons (WESTERN CAPE WOMEN 1)

55

52

49

6

0

34

0

3

0

49

2

SOL011

 Fatima Solomons (WESTERN CAPE WOMEN 1)

55

52

45

10

0

33

0

3

0

45

3

ROS005

 Nicola Rossouw (GAUTENG WOMEN 1)

55

52

45

10

0

27

0

3

0

45

4

BOO029

 Suzette Booyens (GAUTENG WOMEN 2)

55

52

44

11

1

21

0

3

0

44

5

PAN002

 Apsra Panchoo (KWAZULU NATAL WOMEN)

55

52

44

11

0

24

0

3

0

44

 

U23

1

MAT017

 Nsovo Mathonsi (GAUTENG U23 1)

50

44

43

7

6

30

0

6

0

43

2

JOS012

 Aden Joseph (FREESTATE U23 1)

50

44

41

9

5

28

1

6

0

41

3

JAM003

 Tshepo Jama (GAUTENG U23 1)

50

44

39

11

5

27

0

6

0

39

4

THO004

 Cameron J Thops (WESTERN CAPE U23 1)

50

44

38

12

3

26

0

6

0

38

5

ELI009

 Regan Elie (EASTERN CAPE U23)

50

44

37

13

1

22

0

6

0

37

 

Seniors

1

NAS002

 Lutfie Nasiep (WESTERN CAPE SENIORS 1)

75

74

59

16

4

40

1

1

0

59

2

WIL160

 Aziz Williams (WESTERN CAPE SENIORS 1)

75

74

55

20

8

51

1

1

0

55

3

WIL011

 Abduraghman Williams (WESTERN CAPE SENIORS 2)

75

73

55

20

7

38

1

2

0

55

4

MAH014

 Yadesh Maharaj (KWAZULU NATAL SENIORS 1)

75

74

55

20

2

49

1

1

0

55

5

DON001

 Mervin Donnelly (MPUMALANGA SENIORS)

75

73

54

21

5

39

1

2

0

54

 

Masters

1

GRA031

 Robbie Grace (GAUTENG MASTERS)

55

52

48

7

4

34

1

3

0

48

2

SNY008

 Patrick Snyman (SAPS MASTERS)

55

52

41

14

2

34

0

3

0

41

3

EIM001

 Benjamin Eimann (GAUTENG MASTERS)

55

52

41

14

0

26

0

3

0

41

4

NAR010

 Hitesh Naran (WESTERN CAPE MASTERS)

55

52

40

15

1

26

1

3

0

40

5

BRO002

 Alan David Broude (GAUTENG MASTERS)

50

47

40

10

1

29

0

3

0

40

Congratulations to all the individual and team winners and those who made the Protea Team.

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lessons from aden

Written by Agenda Gumbi (Muzi Fuze). Posted in NATIONAL BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

What does it take really to win the National Mens Singles Title? I don’t think that Aden is the most talented player there is out there, neither is he the fanciest, well that is strictly reserved for you know who, Aden won not one, not two but all three titles that were on offer. Is it his snooker background that gives him the edge, could it be the support that his family gives him, could it be the time that he puts on the table, perhaps his approach, his demeanour, and maybe his attitude, could he be the luckiest player alive? I think it is a combination of all the above factors, and Aden manages to mix all of them well. Aden is living proof that one has to be as natural as possible but also disciplined and determined. He doesn’t seems to care much about technique, he doesn’t seem to get himself overly worried about what would happen if he misses, he believes so much in his ability to pot that it’s become a reality. Well of course every athlete needs that little bit of luck but I think Aden has a bit more than just a little luck, he is abundantly blessed. Nobody could have stopped him there, he wasn’t the most experienced, maybe he shouldn’t have even made it past Junaine but perhaps an invisible force had a hand, if that's the case then the prophecy was fulfilled and thy God is a great one. A lot of players want what Aden just achieved, that SA singles title has eluded many pool players for decades, if we could vote, many people would rather have had Paul Bennett win it, they say that Aden still has a good 23 years to attempt to win the Mens title, do you think he will surpass Yulan’s record and win it more than 5 times? As for Paul, I don’t know why Arsenal football club comes to mind every time I think about him, he is the best player to never win the SAs yet, he plays arguably the best pool. As soon as I figure out the missing piece of the puzzle, you will be the first to know.

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sa blackball championship

Written by Agenda Gumbi (Muzi Fuze). Posted in NATIONAL BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Who would have thought that we would crown a 17 year old Bloemfontein High School grade 12 pupil as King of the Ring? It still hasn’t sunk in perhaps, I mean he is at school as we speak but I am sure his pocket money changed a bit. Dean and Alyson Joseph must be the most proud parents; their love, and patience has borne fruit and this shows just how far the support that one gets from his family can take them. Let this be a good advertisement and plea to all other parents that your children need you in all their endeavours. Words are not enough to paint a clear enough picture of Aden ‘The Alien Wonderkid Joseph’s’ achievements. The boy did not stop there; he also made the Protea team earning his full colours by virtue of being 6th seed and also the Singles Champion. It wouldn't have mattered if the opponent was Yulan, Westi or any other player, you just can't fight fate, the writing was on the wall, it definitely was Alien Aden Joseph's year. Paul Bennett doesn't know what hit him; he literally distroyed all his opponents en route to the final but he choked when it mattered most, Paul was agonisingly out of it, basically he didnt show up. What a year for you Aden, we need to check your DNA I suspect you are an alien. Never in the history of pool in South Africa has anybody won the U18, U23 and Mens singles titles all in one year. This is a record that will stand well over 100 years in my opinion. The closest we have had in the past was 16 year old Elcano Bailey winning the U21 and Open Championships in 1999 and the late Nick Zulu winning the same accolades in 1994. Taking nothing away from Aden, I think those two would have still won the U18s as well had they been on offer. Nevertheless Aden is an amazing talent; he is very composed and forever smiling. He doesn’t crack under pressure and always has his eyes fixated on the ball. I would like to attribute Aden’s success on the pool table to the strong Snooker background that he has. As a snooker player it comes naturally that the pool table is not such a challenge and this should be an excellent campaign to get people playing snooker as well and who knows, maybe you might also give Aden a good run for his money or better his record. I don’t know if you saw the news but Aden literally set Cape Town on fire, Table Mountain is on fire at this very moment.

In Summary Aden Joseph 2014/15

U18 Protea team

U18 Singles Champion

U18 World Championship Singles runner up

U23 Protea Player

U23 Singles Champion

Mens Protea Player

Mens Singles Champion

BPL 1st Division winner

U21 SA Snooker Champion

2014 All Africa Blackball singles runner up

2014/15 SA Player of the tournament

I have a feeling I left something out. Could there be a better candidate for the Sportsperson of the year award?  

 

 

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last day at grandwest pau

Written by Agenda Gumbi (Muzi Fuze). Posted in NATIONAL BLACKBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Aden could literally be Paul’s son there is a 24 year gap between these two athletes, how good is Aden really? The boy doesn’t know how to spell the word pressure, to him there is never that much pressure; it just doesn’t exist and he goes about his business effortlessly. As far as emotions are concerned, the most you will ever see from Aden even after a bad shot is just a wry smile after a bad shot and a half raised clenched fist after a brilliant clearance. This 17 year old boy burst into the scene last year this time when he took out Yulan Govender 6-1 in Kimberley but at that stage many people thought he was an imposter. A year later Aden has made believers out of almost everyone. Paul and Aden are very similar in more ways than one, in fact they are so much alike in the manner in which they conduct themselves on and off the table you could swear they were related.

Now looking at the numbers, at the close of business last night Sbu Gumede was one of four players to get a full house taking him from 19th to 5th.The last round produced 15 apples, 2 of which came from Lennash Padayache. Out of five rounds (25 frames) Richard managed 5 apples whilst Nelson Stock took 19/25 frames taking him from 72nd to 43rd position. Best performance from yesterday goes to Abduraghman Williams (21/25) and this performance took him from 18th to 3rd place but the biggest fall was Galiek Saville dropping from 7th to 18th place. Paul took 17/25 frames and Aden won 20/25 in the team events Paul only lost 6 frames yesterday while Aden lost 14. Can it be 8pm already!

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