Squash team wins sil­ver

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

The Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate Girls’ Squash team played their way to a sil­ver medal in the 2010 AIMS Squash tour­na­ment in Tau­ranga.

The AIMS games is a New Zealand­wide sport­ing event held ev­ery year by Sport Bay of Plenty.

Four year 8 squash play­ers, Dar­cie An­drews, Jes­sica Ni­chol­son, Nathan Stead and Ryan Coxon rep­re­sented Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate against a field of 18 teams from all over New Zealand.

The tour­na­ment was co-or­gan­ised by Dame Su­san Devoy, her son Jamie also com­peted.

The quar­tet play squash reg­u­larly through the Toko­roa Squash Club, but all play other team sports so their train­ing was not as fre­quent as many of their op­po­nents.

The draw was a Swiss Draw and this style of com­pe­ti­tion was new to our play­ers. Each en­trant is seeded to their graded abil­ity and then each match is a com­pe­ti­tion for the other’s seed­ing. Over three days of match play each player moved up or down the seed­ing as they won or lost matches.

The boys com­peted in a field of 49 en­trants, Ryan fin­ished at 18th and Nathan 20th. The girls com­peted in a field of 26 en­trants. Jes­sica was sev­enth and Dar­cie eighth. This com­bined re­sult was enough to carry the girls to sec­ond place be­hind Te Puke, who had a strong team of 14 en­trants.

The stu­dents would like to thank Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate and their fam­i­lies who sup­ported them with time, trans­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Now in its sev­enth year AIMS has grown from two to 14 sport­ing codes with more than 3500 year 7 and 8 stu­dents com­pet­ing, mak­ing it New Zealand’s largest school sport­ing event.

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