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Who Will Emerge From The Crowd?

As we continue to look at our future stars in our #LoveSquash campaign, today we take a look at our newly formed Emerging Squads for Boys and Girls and who from here might be a future Commonwealth Games star.

The Emerging Junior Squads cater for players striving towards national team selection, and have showed commitment and potential at district level and national junior events. The Emerging Boys Squad is coached by Lead Coach Nick Mita and Assistant Coach Adam Odering. The Emerging Girls Squad is coached by Phil Buscke-Somervell and Assistant Coach Jared Gravatt.

The players in each squad are as follow:

Emerging Boys Squad

  • Henry Aitken
  • Akil Afghan
  • Caelum Betteridge
  • Taylor Bettleheim
  • Logan Brill
  • Keidah Bungard
  • Willz Donnelly
  • Ben Edwards
  • Apa Fatialofa
  • Devlin Gurr
  • Sam Kelly
  • Tarin Love
  • Caleb Madden
  • Henry Moran
  • Dion Morgan
  • Manaia Murphy-Fell
  • Mason Smales
  • Joe Smythe
  • Ben Tomlinson
  • Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist

Emerging Girls Squad

  • Dora Galloway
  • Briar Evans
  • Dileesia Henare
  • Ella Knutson
  • Ariata Kutia
  • Leonie Marshall
  • Lily Rae
  • Katie Templeton

These players have been out competing for titles for a while now and there are some trophy cabinets across the country which are very impressive!

Joe Smythe has claimed one international title to his name taking the Under 13 Oceania Junior Championships title in 2016 along with 4 age group titles (Under 11 South Island Age Group Champion 2013 and 2014, Under 11 North Island Age Group Champion 2014 and Under 13 North Island Age Group Champion 2016).

The only other player in the squads to have an international title to their name is Ariata Kutia who can boast not one, but two international titles! Ariata claimed the Oceania Junior Championships Under 11 title in 2014 and then the Under 13 title in 2015. She also has 4 age group titles to her name including the 2013 Under 11 New Zealand Junior Age Groups and North Island Age Group titles as well as the 2015 Under 13 New Zealand Junior Age Groups and North Island Age Group titles.

Another Eastern face to have Age Group titles to their name is Willz Donnelly who has claimed the 2011 Under 11 New Zealand Junior Age Group and North Island Age Group titles as well as the 2013 Under 13 New Zealand Junior Age Group titles.

Fellow Auckland players Apa Fatialofa and Mason Smales have been long time rivals as well as fellow club mates. Apa has 4 titles to his name (2015 Under 11 New Zealand Junior Age Groups and North Island Age Groups titles as well as 2017 Under 13 New Zealand Junior Age Groups and North Island Age Groups titles) whilst Mason has 2 titles to his name (2014 Under 11 New Zealand Junior Age Groups and 2016 Under 13 New Zealand Junior Age Groups).

Caleb Madden is the only South Island player to feature on the list with titles to his name. Caleb has claimed both the Under 17 South Island Age Group title in 2016 and the Under 19 South Island Age Group title in 2017.

We can’t wait to see what emerges from this group, and whether the next Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist is amongst this group!

To find out more about our High Performance Programme and our Squads check out the High Performance Squads section of our website. 


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