Under-15s Keep NZ Hopes Alive1 Jun 2012
Of the 24 New Zealanders entered in the Malaysian event, it's the three youngest who are still in the running for a win.
In the Boys 15, NZ's only entrant (6) Scott Galloway plays (7) Mohd Aqif Ampandi in the semi-final after beating the third seed in the quarter-finals.
The Kiwis playing in the Girls 15 section are looking strong with Ellie Epke and Abbie Palmer both playing in the semi-finals. Third seeded Ellie faces second seed Zoe Foo, whilst unseeded Abbie Palmer plays top seed Sivasangari Subramaniam. Here's hoping for an all-kiwi final!
There were four NZ boys in the Boys 17 age group although none remain in the Main Draw. In the Special Plate, Jake Tasker lost in Round 1, Michael Wilson lost in Round 2 whilst Michael Dunston made the quarter-finals but lost at this stage whilst in the Plate, Sam Lawson lost in the Round 2.
There were also no Main Draw contenders in the Girls 17. Courtney Bragg and Sophie O'Connell made it into the Special Plate, with Sophie falling in the quarter-finals and Courtney in the semis. Fellow Kiwis Kate Fox and Claire Cumming both lost in Round 2 of the Plate.
Ben Grindrod went the farthest in the Boys 19 making it as far as the quarter-finals before dropping a game. He will now play in the 5-8 play-offs. Zac Millar is the only kiwi still playing in the Special Plate taking the court in the semi-finals today after Todd Redman and Jonny Barnett exited in Round 1 and quarter-finals saw the end for Andrew Ellis and Dylan Tasker. Whilst in the Plate round James Cooper will be playing in the semi-finals after Alex Minish lost in Round 1, Shaun Lynch lost in Round 2 and Chris van der Salm and Matthew Tapp both lost in the quarter-finals.
There are two girls in action today in the Girl 19 age group with Sophie Askin playing in the Special Plate semi-final and Kelsi Carrick in the Plate semi-final.
Good luck to all those still playing and congratulations to all those who have finished in the tournament. It's always tough to head overseas and participate in a large international event so these young kiwi squash players have achieved much just by travelling to Malaysia and entering the event.