Young­ster plays key role in ti­tle vic­tory

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‘‘The E grade team went all the way and won their fi­nal in dra­matic fash­ion against Browns Bay.’’

Tawa Squash man’s E Grade team are na­tional cham­pi­ons and 11-year-old Ol­liver Dun­bar, the youngest player in the tour­na­ment, played a cru­cial role in bring­ing the tro­phy home with a nar­row win in the de­cid­ing match.

The E grade team won their fi­nal in dra­matic fash­ion against Browns Bay (Auck­land).

Af­ter four matches the score be­tween the teams was two games each, mean­ing the fifth game was the de­cider.

Oli played in the fifth game and af­ter

com­fort­ably win­ning the first two games, he dropped the next two, but in the fi­nal set he dug deep and from 9-9 he pow­ered away to win the match 15-11.

It was Tawa’s first men’s na­tional ti­tle in any grade since 1980, and only their sec­ond men’s ti­tle ever.

Club rep­re­sen­ta­tive Peter Bow­ers said it had been a very ac­tive month for the club with two Squash in Schools pro­grammes with Red­wood and St Fran­cis Xavier Schools, fol­lowed by a spe­cial of­fer ju­nior club night in Septem­ber which saw an av­er­age of over 60 kids a week at­tend for the fol­low­ing three weeks.

‘‘The an­nual club champs were com­pleted on Septem­ber 23 with two new club cham­pi­ons: Deb­bie Dun­bar win­ning the women’s ti­tle and An­drew Smith the men’s ti­tle.

‘‘Both are first time cham­pi­ons, with An­drew beat­ing Grant Slape in the fi­nal, both play­ers hav­ing come through the Tawa Ju­nior Pro­gramme in the 1990s.’’

This was fol­lowed by a prize­giv­ing at­tended by over 70.

This event in­cluded guest speaker Buck An­der­son, a for­mer All Black and for­mer Tawa Squash Club ju­nior.

Nyah Mar and Mac Dean were se­lected for the Welling­ton Ju­nior Rep team to com­pete at the Ju­nior Na­tion­als.

There are five mem­bers in each of the boys’ and girls’ teams, with an­other Tawa ju­nior, Natasha McMil­lan, the non­trav­el­ling girls’ re­serve.

Tawa had two teams win the Welling­ton Re­gional Su­per­champs Com­pe­ti­tions: the men’s D and E teams.

The D grade team were des­per­ately un­lucky in the na­tional cham­pi­onships, go­ing down to even­tual win­ners North Shore in the semi­fi­nals, 3-2.

The team bounced back to take out the their play­off for 3rd.

Tawa ju­nior squash runs on Fri­day nights dur­ing the school term from 5pm-7pm ($5 non mem­bers, free to mem­bers). From 5pm-5:30pm there is a free pro­gramme for 5 to 8-yearolds.

The Tawa E Grade team, back from left Greg Phillips, Mike Wynne-Jones, Ben Phillips, Steve Dun­bar (coach), Keith Hitch­cock (chap­er­one), Werner Pohl, Cam Dean, Stephen Dean. Front, Oliver Dun­bar, Bryan Smith (man­ager)

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