A four strong line-up has been named to represent NZ at July's World Junior Girls Squash Championships in Poland.
Not surprisingly the team consists of the top four players from the New Zealand Junior Open last month, with Ellie Epke, Rebecca Barnett, Abbie Palmer and Hayley Hughes getting the nod.
The quartet were part of a 10-strong training squad selected back in 2011, and have kicked on to establish themselves as the best four players of that group. Their selection has come after an intensive two year preparation campaign that has included training camps, international events and domestic selection events.
New Zealand High Performance coach Paul Hornsby says there was little doubt over who the best four players were from the group. He says the team selected represents the players who have proved themselves to be the strongest and best prepared on a consistent basis.
However, Hornsby says picking a non-travelling reserve has not been quite so easy.
"At this stage we have named both Juee Bhide and Jacinta Matson as non traveling reserves, because it is simply too hard to separate them. Fortunately, it is not a decision we are forced to make at the moment, but should one of them be required we will have a play-off to see who gets the nod".
The team will be coached and managed by Cambridge's Joanne Williams in Poland. Joanne was in the same role two years ago when New Zealand secured a 7th place finish at the 2011 championships in Boston.
1. Ellie Epke (Eden Epsom, Auckland)
2. Rebecca Barnett (Mitchell Park, Wellington and SquashGym, Palmerston North)
3. Abbie Palmer (North Shore, Auckland)
4. Hayley Hughes (Eden Epsom, Auckland)
Non traveling reserves: Juee Bhide (Eden Epsom, Auckland), Jacinta Matson (Mangakahia, Northland)
The World Junior Girls Squash Championships are in Poland from 16th-27th July.