The opening event on the 2018 Pretoria calendar saw 13 players battle it out for the first honours of the new season. In Round 2 action, a 2-1 come-from-behind win for Jayden over Julian saw Jayden stay in touch with Chessray & Bevin - the early pace setters.
The 2017 defending champion of this event, Kegan van der Merwe was putting up a fight to hold onto his trophy - an impressive 2-1 win over the much fancied Chessray Jooste in Round 3 was testimony to this. That result effectively ended Chessray's chances of glory.
In Round 4 action, Kegan had to rely on a comeback over Conway Julie to win by 2-1 with the winner coming with only 10 seconds left to play!
That result ensured that we had 3 players tied on 7 points and because there was no "head to head" history on the day, we were forced into the added drama of a tense 3 way shoot out between Jayden vd Merwe, Bevin Reed & Kegan vd Merwe.
Shoot out results :
Bevin Reed 1 -2 Jayden vd Merwe
Kegan vd Merwe 3 - 4 Bevin Reed
Jayden vd Merwe 2 - 0 Kegan vd Merwe
In the end, Jayden won both his shoot-outs (after the VAR was called upon in the final shoot-out) to become the 5th different winner of this event in
the 5 years it has been staged.
This triumph marks Jayden's 13th WASPA title to date - Lucky number 13 !!!
1. Jayden van der Merwe
2. Bevin Reed
3. Kegan van der Merwe
4. Chessray Jooste
5. Marlin Boyd
6. Gary Downs
7. Sherwin Reed
8. Stanton Nortjie
9. Imtiaz Ahmed
10. Julian van der Merwe
11. Osvaldo van Niekerk
12. Conway Julie
13. Neilon Waterson
(report by Julian vd Merwe)
As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.
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