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Pocock, Wentzel take beach spoils
- Updated: December 17, 2009
Colin Pocock and Ryan Wentzel have walked away with spoils at the first leg of the SA Beach Volleyball Tour at Sandton.
The duo beat Gershon Rorich and Dominic Goliath 21-19 21-18 in the final of the competition that boasted prize money of R30,000.
Tournament favourites from Cape Town, Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt, soon found the going too tough and bowed out in the semi-final stage to the more experienced Rorich and the effervescent Goliath.
Rorich and his former beach volleyball partner, Colin Pocock teamed up in the South Africans colours at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, finishing a creditable ninth place, the best ever for an African team in a global contest. This time round Rorich joined forces with Dominic Goliath, taking the favourites out in straight sets, 21-19 21-13.
The finalists did not disappoint the fans as they came out with guns blazing that propelled the fans to dizzy heights.
With former partners, Pocock and Rorich being territorial at the net, it was busy bodies Wentzel and Goliath whose on court flair and athleticism kept the crowd on the edge of their seats in the final.
While both teams unleashed attack after attack in a bid to get the other to wilt under pressure, the amazing back court pick-ups left fans breathless after cheering every move.
After Pocock gained the upper hand at the net, Rorich and Goliath went down by a slender 21-19 margin. Pocock and Wentzel closed proceedings with a 21-18 win in the second set to walk away with the winners’ cheque.
The women’s final saw national indoor team skipper, Palesa Sekhonyana and her Bulgarian teammate, Krizstina Maygyor proving too strong for Kirsten Pocock and Andrea. The former combination won the contest with a 21-15 21-15 scoreline.
The next round of the SA Beach Volleyball takes place in Cape Town from 18-20 December.
Gershon Rorich/Dominic Goliath bt Freedom Chiya/Grant Goldschmidt (21-19 21-13), Colin Pocock/Ryan Wentzel bt Adrian Strydom/Grant Viljoen (21-19 21-16)
Palesa Sekhonyana/Krizstina Maygyor bt Dories Ramela/Stimbele Cele (21-18 21-16), Kirsten Pocock/Andrea bt Shaney/Danni (21-12 21-10)
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH
Freedom Chiya/Grant Goldschmidt bt Adrian Strydom/Grant Viljoen (18-21 21-15 21-10)
Dories Ramela/Stimbele Cele bt Shaney/Danni (21-13 21-12)
GOLD MEDAL MATCH
Colin Pocock/Ryan Wentzel bt Gershon Rorich/Dominic Goliath (21-19 21-18)
Palesa Sekhonyana/Krizstina Maygyor bt Kirsten Pocock/Andrea (21-15 21-15)