ZANE Schwarz showed he could be a force to be reckoned with in Eastern Province squash this year when he annexed the Westview Open title by defeating Jason le Roux in the final at the weekend.
The talented Schwarz did not play winter league last year, but his 3-0 victory over such a redoubtable opponent as Le Roux suggests he could be the man to beat this year.
EP's top player Rudi van Niekerk was not able to play as he is nursing a leg stress fracture.
Another Schwarz, Kyle, who is Zane's younger brother, also caught the eye by finishing third in the tournament after losing to Le Roux in the semifinals. Kyle went on to edge Sean Bailey 3-2 in the final playoffs.
Lizelle Goosen and Jacqui Ryder continue to dominate the women's scene, both reaching the final without difficulty.
Ryder did drop one game along the way, to Karen Schepers in the semifinals, but then found Goosen just that much stronger in the final.
It was another excellent contest between the province's top two players, but Goosen eventually prevailed 3-1.
The Westview tournament was another outstanding success. There was a massive entry of 94 players, with the organisers running four sections in the singles-doubles competition to accommodate the big field.