Finals Time at the 2019 Oceania Junior Championships15 Apr 2019
It’s semis and finals time at the Oceania Junior Championships at Remuera Rackets Club in Auckland and it’s worthwhile getting along to watch the skills on display.
In the U11 boys draw top seed Eric Marsh (Western Australia) faces fifth seed Brodie Bennett (Tararua) while second seed Nickolai Wolpers (Queensland) will play third seed Zezima Waitai (Edgecumbe) who had a marathon five game match which took just over an hour to beat Northland's Tane Traill. Semis in this age group start at 10.40.
The U11 girls are in a round robin format and play their penultimate round from 10am.
The U13 girls are through to the finals stage which will be played at 9.20am on Tuesday. The semis was a trans-Tasman contest as fifth seed Maja Maziuk (New South Wales) beat top seed Maia Smales (Henderson Squash Club) 8-11, 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9 in one hour and two minutes. The second semi had third seed Anabel Romero (Squashgym, Palmerston North) defeat South Australia’s Soha Khatri in straight games.
The U13 boys draw is almost a top-four seeding, but Riley McCracken from Belmont Rackets, the fifth seed scored a four game win over fourth seed Zane Wolpers (Queensland) . Otherwise the semis feature top seed Reece Holmes (Hawera) who scored a four game win over Finn Goodson. Holmes will play McCracken while third seed Oliver Dunbar (Tawa Squash Club) plays second seed Aryan Madan (South Australia) in the other semi from 11.20am
The semis of the U15 girls has a wide spread of players from Belmont Park top seed Natalie Sayes set to take on Ella Lash from the Auckland’s Belmont Rackets, then Hutt Valley’s Diana Galloway against Sophie Hodges from the Waikato.
In the boys U17 semis it’s two Aussies against each other with Ethan Eyles playing Gregory Chan and two Kiwis in the other as Leo Fatialofa (Henderson) and Elijah Thomas (Eden Epsom) clash from just after 3pm.
In the U17 girls we have Sze Yu Lee (NSW) v Kurstyn Mather (Queensland) after a lengthy 5 set win against Georgia Fyfe (Eden Epsom). The other semi final brings a Kiwi and Australian against each other with Ella Burge (Queensland) and Jena Gregory (Havelock North).
Some lengthy quarter-finals have set up exciting semis in the U19 girls. Top seed Anika Jackson (Waikato) will play Winona Jo Joyce (Hawkes Bay) and Alex Haydon (South Australia) is up against Northland’s Annmarie Holst. Holst scored a 11-6, 6-11, 5-11, 13-11, 12-10 win over Georgia Robcke (Thames) in her quarter-final.
A couple of big semifinals coming up in the U19 boys as top seed Gabe Yam (Belmont Park) faces Glen Templeton (Bay of Plenty) after beating Victoria’s Dylan Molinaro in his quarter-final. Templeton defeated Willz Donnelley (Squash XL) in straight games in his match.
The other semi has third seed Temwa Chileshe (Lugton Park) up against second seed Anthony Lepper (Eden Epson). Both U19 semis are at 5.20pm.
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