An ‘in­tense’ win for top player

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By NI­COLA STE­WART

One of Mata­mata’s most promis­ing young squash play­ers has taken the ti­tle of women’s cham­pion in a five-game cliff-hanger at the Squash Waikato Ju­nior Open.

Com­pet­ing against a high­er­graded player, 18-year-old Sarah Har­ri­son was ini­tially two games down in the fi­nal but fought back to win the next three.

“I was down 6-0 in the fifth game but I thought I have come this far, I have to keep go­ing,” Har­ri­son said.

“It was so in­tense. When I won it was just a big sigh of re­lief and then ex­cite­ment.”

Along with tak­ing home the cham­pi­onship, the Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent also made it to B grade sta­tus.

“Those were two of my big­gest goals so I was pretty happy,” she said.

Har­ri­son has also been se­lected for the 2012 Waikato Ju­nior Na­tional Team and will ven­ture to the ju­nior na­tion­als in Palmer­ston North in Oc­to­ber.

The team is made up of 10 play­ers and Har­ri­son is to com­pete in team and in­di­vid­ual events.

It is the third year Har­ri­son has made the team, which she said was a huge ac­com­plish­ment.

“There’s a lot more op­por­tu­nity in the Waikato squads – bet­ter coaches, more train­ing.

“There’s also more mo­ti­va­tion to push your­self when you are train­ing with other peo­ple.”

Closer to home, Har­ri­son is the women’s cham­pion at Mata­mata Squash Club, as well as the Mata­mata Col­lege Cham­pion.

The in­de­pen­dence of the game is what most at­tracted Har­ri­son to squash.

“You don’t have to rely on any­one else,” she said. ‘‘I just love be­ing able to do it by my­self.”

Champ: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Sarah Har­ri­son was named women’s cham­pion at the Squash Waikato Ju­nior Open.

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