After some exciting matches on the final day of the 2017 New Zealand Junior Age Group Championships the winners have been decided.
In the Under 11 Boys Reece Holmes proved to be too strong for the local Cantabrian Matthew Growcott with Holmes taking the win in 3 and claiming the Under 11 title. In the Girls Under 11 Anabel Romero-Gemmell also proved to be too strong for her opponent Hayley Rhodes with Romero-Gemmell taking the win in 3.
The Under 13 Boys saw Auckland players Apa Fatialofa and Noah Thomas doing battle for the Under 13 title. It was Fatialofa’s day though as he was able to take the win and his title 3-0. Waikato’s Sophie Hodges took on Auckland’s Ella Lash in the Under 13 Girls final. Hodges was too strong for her opponent as she took her win in 3.
The Under 15 Boys saw a mammoth battle between the two Auckland players Elijah Thomas and Leo Fatialofa. Thomas looked confident in his approach and took a 2 game lead, but Fatialofa was able to fight back well and managed to clinch the win in an enthralling 5 setter. The Girls Under 15 saw a battle which swung back and forth with Sayes taking the first game and Gregory then working hard to take a 2-1 lead. Sayes levelled the score 2-2 and looked set to take the win being up in the fifth 10-8 before Gregory fought to get match ball 11-10, but it was Sayes who claimed the title 13-11 in the fifth.
The Under 17 Boys saw Glenn Templeton from the Bay of Plenty looking too strong for WIllz Donnelly as Templeton took the title with a win in 3. Winona-Jo Joyce of Eastern fought hard against Waikato’s Anika Jackson but it was not meant to be for the Eastern player as Jackson took the win in 3.
Club mates Gabe Yam and Matthew Lucente took to the court in strong fashion in the Under 19 Boys title. Lucente looked too good today though as he took the Under 19 title in 3. One of the finals of the day was between Central’s Kaitlyn Watts and Nadia Hubbard from the Bay of Plenty. Watts and Hubbard went game for game with both girls putting everything they could on the line. Hubbard held 2 match balls in the fifth but determination from Watts saw her clinch the win and finish off what has been a great year, winning in 5, 14-12 in the fifth.
Updated draws will be found on the Junior Nationals page tomorrow here.
All of the finals were livestreamed and can be found here or below in this article.
Girls U11 Final - Anabel Romero-Gemmel bt Hayley Rhodes – 3-0 – 11-1 11-3 11-2
Boys U11 Final - Reece Holmes bt Matt Growcott – 3-0 – 11-6 11-4 11-6
Girls U13 Final - Sophie Hodges bt Ella Lash – 3-0 – 11-5 11-9 11-7
Boys U13 Final - Apa Fatialofa bt Noah Thomas – 3-0 – 11-6 11-4 11-6
Girls U15 Final - Natalie Sayes bt Jena Gregory – 3-2 - 11-4 7-11 7-11 11-7 13-11
Boys U15 Final - Leo Fatialofa bt Elijah Thomas – 3-2 – 6-11 13-15 11-6 11-8 11-5
Girls U17 Final - Anika Jackson bt Winona-Jo Joyce – 3-0 – 11-4 11-9 12-10
Boys U17 Final - Glenn Templeton bt Willz Donnelly – 3-0 – 11-7 11-9 11-5
Girls U19 Final - Kaitlyn Watts bt Nadia Hubbard – 3-2 – 11-2 9-11 11-6 9-11 14-12
Boys U19 Final - Matthew Lucente bt Gabe Yam – 3-0 - 11-3 11-7 11-8