Hodges Claims Under 13 Canadian Junior Open14 Dec 2017
Sophie Hodges has claimed the Under 13 Canadian Junior Open Title in convincing style, whilst there have been several notable performances from the 12 other Kiwis who competed in the 2017 Canadian Junior Open with 6 players finishing in the top 8.
Hodges seeded 3/4 in the Under 13 Girls event made her way to the final not dropping a game, in the final Hodges claimed her title taking out the top seeded Canadian Iman Shaheen 3-1.
The Boys Under 13 event saw 5/8 seed Apa Fatialofa claiming the bronze medal, whilst older brother Leo Fatialofa also claimed the bronze medal in the Under 15 Boys.
Glenn Templeton, Kobe Fleming and Devlin Gurr competed in the Under 17 Boys section, Templeton held his 5/8 seeding finishing 8th with Fleming and Gurr moving into the Plate draw. In the Under 17 Girls Leah Hodges made her way through to round 2 before losing out to her higher seeded opponent.
The Under 19 Boys saw Lwamba Chileshe and Anthony Lepper competing, Lepper went down in the second round to a higher seeded opponent however it was Chileshe who was seeded 5/8 that shone through finishing runner up in the draw going down to the top seed Matias Knudsen in the final.
The Under 19 Girls saw Courtney Trail and Diya Joukani both taking first round wins but unfortunately they couldn't proceed beyond round 2 taking 6th and 7th places respectively.
Full results from the Canadian Junior Open can be found here.
The team now heads to Yale University to compete in the USA Junior Open where 960 players will attend the largest Individual Junior squash tournament in the world with more Kiwis joining them to try clinch the titles.