Bay con­tin­gent help NZ squash Aussie ri­vals

The Napier Mail - - SPORT -

Hawke’s Bay’s four New Zealand Sec­ondary School Squash rep­re­sen­ta­tives played a strong hand in Trans-Tas­man Se­ries and Test match vic­to­ries in Rock­hamp­ton, Queens­land in late Au­gust.

Play­ing in the five-strong se­nior girls’ squad (years 11-13) at No. 5, Jess Dean was un­beaten in seven sin­gles and three dou­bles matches over four days of com­pe­ti­tion.

Not far be­hind was Sam Hard­ing, who didn’t drop a game in win­ning all of her seven sin­gles matches play­ing at No. 5 for the five-strong ju­nior girls’ squad (years 9-10), while her only dou­bles de­feat came in the test against Aus­tralia.

The ju­nior squad also fea­tured her twin sis­ter Ally, and Jena Gre­gory.

North Is­land un­der-15 cham­pion Gre­gory won six sin­gles matches play­ing at No. 2, in­clud­ing her test clash, and was un­beaten in dou­bles along­side Ally Hard­ing, who won five of her sin­gles matches in the No. 3 slot.

Com­ing out of a cool win­ter to play in tem­per­a­tures close to 30 de­grees proved no bar­rier to the 20-strong New Zealand team, which also fea­tured se­nior and ju­nior boys’ squads.

They eas­ily won the TransTas­man se­ries con­tested against New South Wales and Queens­land over three days.

While the test against Aus­tralia proved tougher, New Zea- land pre­vailed 7-3 in dou­bles, and 12-8 in sin­gles.

Dean and the Hard­ing twins all play out of Hawke’s Bay Lawn Ten­nis and Squash Club, and were part of the Napier Girls’ High School squad which fin­ished run­ner-up at the New Zealand sec­ondary schools cham­pi­onship ear­lier this month. Gre­gory, still only 13, led Have­lock North High School to 7th place.

Both Gre­gory and Dean have been in­cluded in the Squash Eastern squad to con­test the New Zealand ju­nior in­ter-dis­tricts team cham­pi­onships in Christchurch in early Oc­to­ber.

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