Although they have lost their No 1 from last year, the Madibaz squash team have a well-balanced unit to challenge for the University Sport South Africa title in Cape Town later this month.
John Kuhn, who helped them to finish as runners-up in 2018, is studying in New Zealand, but coach Jason le Roux feels they have a well-balanced side with good depth.
“Warren Bower has moved up to No 1 and Johan Thiel, who is really playing good squash, is at No 2 with Murray Schepers, who played No 1 for Tuks [University of Pretoria] last year, slotting in at three,” he said.
“Gershwin Forbes will be the men’s reserve player.”
He added that Hayley Ward, who attended the World University Championships last year, would spearhead the women’s team, with strong back-up from Bianca Brown and Dani Shone. Micaela Boy is the reserve.
“The team event combines the men’s and women’s results and we have pretty good depth this time.”
The event will be held at UCT from June 30 to July 5 and Le Roux said they would first focus on the individual category before the team event.
“You can’t laugh off the individual , because you are ranked in the team event on how well your players do on the first three days,” he said.
“So that is important because you want to aim for the best ranking you can get going into the team competition from Wednesday to Friday.”
The players will be subject to about nine matches in five days and Le Roux said they had upped the intensity of their training sessions.
“Quite a few players were involved in leagues and tournaments, but now those are finished and we are concentrating on some longer sessions during training.
“The players are working hard because, as a team, they are very keen to cause an upset.”