This weekend’s Northland Open at the Whangarei Squash Club is Northland’s first tournament since Covid-19 and has attracted a strong field. Although lower in numbers than usual with 52 entries this is to be expected as many players are still feeling a bit rusty.
In the women’s open draw former Northlander and professional player Abbie Palmer is top seeded and has her name on the trophy six times. Sacha Pou-Tito, a former Northland Open champion is the 2nd seed with local Whangarei players Cindy Hassan and Kate Wauchop 3rd and 4th seeds. Northland junior players Chelsea Traill, Amy Brown and Jordyn Chapman all make the Open draw.
A new name is likely to be on the mens trophy this year with professional player Temwa Chileshe from the Squash XL club in Auckland leading the draw, 2nd seed is club mate Joel Arscott, also a professional player with Northland’s top junior male, Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist in as 3rd seed. Up and coming junior, Jack Conder, also from Auckland is 4th seed with local players making up the remainder of the Mens Open draw.
Play starts Friday night (12th June), continues Saturday afternoon from 2pm until 5.30pm with the open finals scheduled from 1.30pm on Sunday. The bar and kitchen will be open all weekend for spectators to come and enjoy some excellent squash across all divisions.
The draws can be found below or on i-squash