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.

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