Teenagers win squash ti­tles

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Lo­cal ju­niors won both the women’s and men’s di­vi­sions of the To­talflow Tawa B Grade Tour­na­ment at Tawa Squash Club re­cently.

A field of 72 play­ers bat­tled it out over four days, from March 14 un­til 17. In the women’s fi­nal, 16- year- old Ellen Verry over­pow­ered Paris Dal­rym­ple-Mortle­man from Mitchell Park. Her first vic­tory over her higher-graded ri­val was a grip­ping five-set match.

Mean­while, fourth seed Ja­son van der Walt, 17, had a tougher road to vic­tory, which in­cluded de­feat­ing top seed An­drew Smith, also from Tawa, 3-2 in the semi­fi­nal, then go­ing on to beat sec­ond seed Simon Ber­kett, from Khan­dal­lah, 3-1 in the fi­nal.

Verry and van der Walt are part of the re­cent­ly­formed Tawa Ju­nior Squash Academy, which was as­sisted by fund­ing from the Tawa Com­mu­nity Board. The academy is set to have a pub­lic launch on Sun­day, April 7, with spe­cial guest Joelle King, New Zealand’s top fe­male player, world num­ber seven and Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list.

Amid the tour­na­ment, a Satur­day night of fes­tiv­i­ties with a St Pa­trick’s theme was a great success, said club man­ager Peter Bow­ers.

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