Squash team place second in country
The Dannevirke squash women’s E grade team has been trying to qualify for the squash nationals for the past four years.
Last year the regionals were in O¯ hakune where the girls came first equal with O¯ hakune and New Plymouth women — missing out on the count-back.
This year the regionals were in Dannevirke on August 10, 11 and 12. The women played O¯ hakune and New Plymouth again but this time they won four games to one against both O¯ hakune and New Plymouth cementing them a spot for the nationals.
This year’s nationals were held at Burnside Squash Club from September 26-29 in Christchurch.
Christchurch was quite costly with travel and accommodation expenses. The women fundraised by picking up nearly$1000 worth of pinecones and selling them at Caltex, sold raffles, held a doubles tournament and had many generous local sponsors.
There were six teams competing for the nationals title. They came in with a ranking of fourth. The first game they came up against Geyser City Rotorua. They were ranked number two. The players were really nervous and Geyser came in really strong, winning 5-0. It was a rough start and a bit of a downer for theplayers. Full credit to Geyser City as the team knew they would be the team to take it out.
Going into day two the team decided to change its strategy, refocus and came in positive and energetic. They played two games, the first against Ka¯ piti in the morning and Central Southland, number 1 seeds that night. The team won both matches convincingly 4-1. The players were on a high after day two, so with this confidence they reset their goals, set on coming runner-up.
Day three they played Papakura, a strong team, taking a couple of the playerss to five sets. They got the win in the end, winning 3-2.
Last match was against Temuka,. which really put the pressure on from the start. They won the first game but dropped the next. The team fought back with a couple of big five setters, winning 4-1.
Dannevirke players ended up achieving their goal, coming second in New Zealand, followed by Papakura third. Winners Geyser city dropped just one game in the tournament.
PROUD moment for Dannevirke squash women’s E grade team.