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Squash New Zealand Announce Trans-Tasman Masters Team 2017

Squash New Zealand is pleased to announce a team of 14 to compete in the bi-annual Trans-Tasman Masters Test Series event against Australia to be held in Ballarat, Australia.

The team of 14 will see some experienced players looking to lead the team to success whilst some fresh faces will be making sure they help New Zealand to wrangle back the title which was last won in 2011 in Nelson. The full team to compete is

Men Women
(35) Sam Atkins (35) Joanna Shanks
(40) Allan Crome (40) Nadine Cull
(45) Scott Gardiner (45) Lisa Cowlard
(50) Gary Duberly (50) Kathryn McKay
(55) Martin McKelvie (55) Karen Walton
(60) Mark Waldin (60) Freda Walker
(65) Wayne Seebeck (65) Judy Smith


Australia have also announced their lineup which is as follows

Men Women
(35) Jeff Osborne (35) Sue Davis
(40) Jason Mudge (40) Melisa Martin
(45) Jeff Bond (45) Sarah Nelson
(50) Warren Miller (50) Sue Hillier
(55) Kelvin Smith (55) Sue Williams
(60) Jim Mobbs (60) Anne Richards
(65) Brian Cook (65) Sue Volzke

Squash New Zealand is also pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Johnston as the manager for the team. Johnston said “For me, the idea of a biannual Trans-Tasman Masters Test series has been a fantastic idea and has proved very popular and successful and I'm really looking forward to our trip to Ballarat for this Test Series plus the Australian Masters Tournament. In Napier two years ago, the games were close and the players left absolutely nothing on the court - it was a great watch although, unfortunately, we lost the third and deciding test on a countback.

My focus will be on making sure that we create an environment where all our players are comfortable and can concentrate on playing to their full potential.

The team can then be in a position to win the Test Series (and maybe a few Australian titles as well) - not easy, but achievable!”.

We wish the team well and look forward to following their results throughout the event.

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