University of Johannesburg Squash Club manager Linly de Beer identified an extensive training programme as a major reason behind their fifth straight success at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament last week.
After surviving a tense encounter against rivals University of Pretoria in the semifinals, UJ finished the week with a flourish as they outclassed hosts Stellenbosch 22-4 in the final.
UJ players also excelled in the individual tournaments held in the first part of the week. Kyle Maree defeated team-mate Ruan Olivier in the men’s final, while Alexa Pienaar took the women’s silver medal, with team-mate Kacey-Leigh Dodd ending fourth.
The UJ men’s team ended first in their section and the women took the runners-up spot.
“I think in comparison with some other universities we have a very good squash programme,” De Beer said. “The players put in an immense amount of training and we also concentrate on developing players of all levels in our club.
“The contribution of Mike Bester is very important because he has so much experience and is a very good coach.”
There were further accolades for UJ when Maree, Olivier and Pienaar were selected for the South African team to play in the World Student Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in September.
Bester will coach the side, while De Beer will be the men’s team manager.