Plain stars tops the tables at SA open

Cape Town Table Tennis (CTTT) represented by players from clubs across the city, including those from Mitchell’s Plain, gave a good account of themselves across all divisions – vets, para, junior and senior – at last week’s SA Open Championships, at the Proteaville Recreation Centre, in Bellville.

Nine times SA champion Shane Overmeyer, from Bayview, lost his bid to win a 10th SA singles title, going down to former Cape Town player Luke Abrahams,who now lives in Johannesburg. However, Overmeyer claimed gold in the men’s veterans division, beating Shiloh Top Spinners Shaun Jones in the 40-plus division. The two rivals joined forces to win gold in the men’s doubles final. Picture: Fuad Esack
Shiloh Top Spinners Table Tennis Club’s Liam Beukes, 19, from Lentegeur and a former member of the Woodlands-based Mitchell’s Plain Royal Table Tennis Club, owned the under-19 division, winning gold to claim his second under-19 SA singles title. Beukes won his first SA singles title in Bloemfontein in 2021. Last year he won silver at the nationals in Durban and is now preparing to represent the country at the BRICS Games in Durban later this month. Picture: Fuad Esack
Mitchell’s Plain Royals’ Marie Lakay in action at last week’s SA Open championships in Bellville. Highly competitive, animated and very entertaining to watch, in action in her round of 16 match against Duinefontein Table Tennis Club’s Simeen Mookery, who advanced to the quarter-finals. Picture: Fuad Esack
Mitchell’s Plain Royals’ Marie Lakay celebrates victory in the women’s 35-plus division. First to congratulate her is her opponent from Cape Winelands, Stephanie Martin. Picture: Fuad Esack
Lentegeur’s Liam Beukes, on his way to winning gold in the under-19 division. Picture: Fuad Esack
Liam Beukes after winning gold at last week’s SA Open table tennis championships, in Bellville. Picture: Fuad Esack