There was some top squash as the national junior individual titles were decided at the North Shore Squash Club on Sunday with plenty of talent on display.
In the U19 men’s champs it was Gabe Yam overcoming his world junior team mate Anthony Lepper in five games after Lepper had raced to a 2-1 lead. Waikato player Anika Jackson took out the U19 women’s final with a 3-0 victory over Eden Epsom’s Lowri Waugh.
The U17 titles were also decided between world junior players as Elijah Thomas overcame Leo Fatialofa in straight games, although Fatialofa had earlier played out a marathon semifinal battle against Glen Templeton from Bay of Plenty.
Waikato’s Georgia Robcke won the U17 girls in three games over Annaleise Faint (Palmerston North)
In the U15 boys it was Blenheim’s Paul Moran taking away the title against Henderson’s Mason Smales in five tight games. Sophie Hodges (Waikato) won the girls title over Ella Lash in straight games.
Freddie Jameson (Northland) won the boys U13’s champs over Christopher Hebberd (Canterbury) and Anabel Romero (Central District) defeated Alyssa Davy (Waikato) in five hard fought games.
The winners of the U11 titles were Theo Gannon and Grace Sepnce beating Brodie Bennett and Zoe Lepper respectively.
Eleven-year-old Anabel Romero was voted the most improved junior girl of the individuals, and Elijah Thomas the most improved boy. Waikato dominated the girls divisions with winners in the U19, U17, U15 and having a finalist in the U13.
Players now face off in the junior teams event to determine the best Junior District.