A HIGHLY competitive field, headed by Northern Gauteng Jarvis Cup squash player Michael Wood, will contest the men's event in the Port Elizabeth leg of the Jesters National U23 Series next weekend.
The four tournaments – played in Johannesburg, Cape Town, PE and Durban – provide an opportunity for the younger generation of players to take on their peers.
Players as young as 16 can enter and the organisers will create sections other than the 16-player A division if there is the demand.
While the women's section is relatively small, the PE leg to be played at Old Grey has attracted a good entry of 25 for the men's tournament, including several players with provincial experience.
Wood will face the likes of former Swifts player Thomas Jordaan and young EP players Bonakele Nomkala, Brinley Forbes, Morgan Westcott and Dewald van Niekerk.
Although the women's event is not as big, expect stiff competition among Kacey-Leigh Dodd, Sarah O'Grady and Ashleigh Schepers.
The top 12 from the three legs will qualify for the finals in Durban, with four additional players recommended by the SA Jesters committee. The regional prize-money is a minimum of R6000, with the finals offering a minimum of R10000.