A strong field of players will contest this weekend’s Northland Open at the Whangarei Squash Club. This year the Northland Open also doubles as a PSA Satellite event where world ranked players compete to gain points and move up the rankings.
In the women’s draw former Northlander and professional player Abbie Palmer is top seeded. Abbie is ranked 103 in the world and first won the Northland Open ladies trophy in 2010 as an 11 year old and has her name on the trophy five times. English PSA player Charlotte Jagger is the 2nd seed, ranked at 104 in the world. Sacha Pou-Tito, a former Northland Open champion is the 3rd seed with Waikato junior Georgia Robcke 4th seed.
The mens draw is led by top New Zealand junior Gabe Yam who is currently ranked at 232 in the world, and the second seed is also a junior player Anthony Lepper, who is world ranked at 300. Other PSA world ranked players in the draw are Sion Wiggin (#248) and junior Willz Donnelly (#321). Finn Trimble, three time defending Northland Mens Open champion takes the 3rd seed position and promising Northland junior Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist (5th seed) will be hoping for a good weekend as he builds towards the World Junior Champs in Malaysia in July.
The Northland Open has attracted 94 entries of all ages and abilities from around Northland and New Zealand. Play starts Thursday night (13th June) and runs through until Sunday where finals are scheduled from early afternoon. The bar and kitchen will be open all weekend for spectators to come and enjoy some excellent squash.
The draws can be found below or on i-squash