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NJSA Start of Season tournament results

Upsets were the order of the day in the boys u19A section in the Start of Season tournament that took place from 8-10 September at PCC and PHSOB. It started with eventual winner Damian Groenewald, an up and coming u16 player beating the number 1 seed Zian de Swardt in the first round. The number 2 seed Joha van der Merwe also lost in the first round against Brenden Smit whose good run was ended by an ankle injury in the third round but not before he also had unexpected wins against De Swardt.

In the girls u19A section u14 star player Awande Malinga was 3rd, only losing to winner Helena Coetzee and runner-up Hannah McBride. Rico Coetsee caused some upsets to win the Boys u16A section from being seeded 5th. There were minor upsets in some of the other sections too.

With 10 players from Botswana, including 4 section winners and a number of players from other provinces the tournament was a big success. Now it’s hard work until the next Northerns tournament in January 2018 with a handful of outside tournaments and the Tuks High Schools Festival in between.

Here are the full results of the weekend:

All the winners at the tournament