Squash is certainly showing great support and strength in the north with 22 juniors heading down to Rotorua last weekend for the North Island Junior Age Group Championships. This tournament drew the highest number of players for more than 5 years, over 190 players were participating from Under 19 to Under 11 age groups.
Six of these Northland juniors are in the top 20 of the North Island and 14 players are in the top 10 for their age groups.
Congratulations to Tyler Ranger,formerly from Rotorua and now playing for Northland, who was seeded 4th for the under 19 boys and took out the championship with a huge five setter semi final against top seed Matthew Lucente and then a straight 3 set win in the final against Mitchell Kempton from Southland.
Congratulations also to Freddie Jameson and Flynn Venmore who are fellow Manaia club members and also cousins. They played off for the under 11 boys championship. Congratulations to Freddie who took out the championship with Flynn runner up.
Kamo’s Chelsea Trail did very well to place third in the under 11 girls Championship, Chelsea had a close 5 set battle in her semi final against Maia Smales from Auckland and went on to win her 3/4th play off.
The other outstanding result for the weekend was Devlin Gurr who was seeded 18th for the under 15 boys and improved his seeding to 9th with some great battles against higher graded players.
Other top 10 finishes were:
Paddy Ferguson – 5th Under 11 Boys
Hayden Turner – 10th Under 11 Boys
Justin – 9th Under 13 Boys
Maz Saunders 10th Under 13 Boys
Jacob Turner – 5th Under 13 Boys Div 1
Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist – 8th Under 15 Boys
Brad Moselen – 2nd Under 17 Div 1
Shae Ferguson – 9th Under 13 Girls
PippaSaunders – 2nd Under 15 Girls Div 1
Annmarie Holst – 7th Under 17 Girls
Mackenzie Johnson – 7th Under 19 Girls
Sian Duggan – 8th Under 19 Girls