85 of New Zealand’s top junior players will be battling it out this weekend at the Oamaru Squash and Badminton Club to try claim the South Island Age Group Titles.
In the Under 19 Boys event it is local Midlands player and home club member Keidah Bungard who will be looking to take the top honors as he takes top seeding in the event. Otago’s Caleb Madden will be sure to challenge Bungard as Madden takes the second seeding and looks to claim another title after taking the Under 17’s title in 2016. In the Girls Under 19 event Canterbury’s Emma Cormack takes top seeding whilst Eastern’s Winona-Jo Joyce takes second seeding and will be looking to retain the Under 19 title she claimed in 2016.
In the Under 17 Boys the North Island’s Elijah Thomas from Auckland and Kobe Fleming from Wellington take the top and second seedings respectively. Both players will be seeking to put their name on this national title for the first time. The Girls Under 17 sees Winona-Jo Joyce looking to take the double title but Southland’s Anna O’Connor will be hunting for this title after coming runner-up in the Under 15’s in 2016.
The Under 15 Boys sees Elijah Thomas trying to do the double with a top seeding in the Under 15’s, however Nathan Briggs of Canterbury the second seed will be looking to make this title his own should he make his way to the final. The Under 15 Girls sees current title holder Natalie Sayes back to defend her title in 2017, but it will be Otago’s Martha Toghill the second seed who will be looking to pry this title from Sayes.
The Under 13 Boys sees Noah Thomas the younger brother to Elijah Thomas looking to bring a third title home to Auckland, should all seedings go to plan Thomas will have to get past second seed Tom Marshall of Canterbury in the final. The Under 13 Girls sees another double title on the line for Natalie Sayes as she takes top seeding, the second seed Rakairoa Joyce of Eastern will be looking to make her way to the final and claim the title from Sayes.
The youngest players in the event sees Neve Cowley of Southland taking the top seed in the Girls Under 11 whilst Oliver Dunbar takes the top seeding in the Boys Under 11. Both players will be seeking to make their mark on the national stage and take their first title.
Draws for the Boys Divisions and Girls Under 19 and 17 can be found on iSquash. The Girls Under 11, 13 and 15 can be found below.