4 National Titles and the inaugural Teams Trophy

The 2017 National Champion of Champions competition in Ohakune over the weekend was a huge success for Team Central!  After only coming away with 1 National title last year Central were keen to improve on this result especially with the competition in their own backyard. 

With a full team of 12 from A to F we gave ourselves the best chance.  Unfortunately A grade man Kent Darlington played his Friday night game carrying an injury and had to pull out shortly after losing his first round game.  The competition Friday and Saturday was fierce and many 5 setters were had.  All the Central players gave every single game 100%.  Sunday morning arrived and 8am started off our first final we had a 1 point lead on Eastern in the Teams competition and we had the following finalists

Samantha Reyes F grade
Daniel Potter D grade
Gina Bailey B grade
Courtney Trail A grade
Eddie Henry F grade
Sarah Radcliffe C grade
Plus we have Brenda Gunn & Darnell Watling in the D grade for a possible count back.

 

First final was F grade Women. Samantha Reyes played Jamie Mitchum from Bay of Plenty. Both played amazing squash well above their grading with Jamie taking the match 16/14 in the 4th.

The second final gave us our first Champion of the competition. Eddy lost the first game and looked nervous and in trouble. He came back calm and controlled in the second and took the match in style.

Our next finalists were the D graders. Darnell Watling had a huge battle in the D grade and needed the win to force a count back but went down in a close 5th setter against Ruby Collins from Northland.   Next up we have Hawera’s Daniel Potter in the D grade men’s final he was pumped but just missed taking the third, losing 3/0 to Kahn Grayson.

C grade Women Sarah Ratcliffe took the court next against a young Rakairoa Joyce from Eastern, each game was close until the 5th when Sarah outplayed and out ran her opponent leaving it all on the court to claim the title and family bragging rights.

That left Gina Bailey to play Aucklands top seeded Amara Afghan, Gina gave us all a demonstration of grace and shot placement to take the match 3/0 gaining her the National title and bragging rights over her brother.

The final game for the 2017 Champion of Champions is the A grade women match between Easterns Winona Jo Joyce and Centrals Courtney Trail.  Just to add some pressure to the girls the District Trophy goes to the winner with Central and Eastern tied on 35 points each.  Courtney dominated the court with Winona having no answer for Courtneys attacks.  The title and the inaugural Teams Trophy was won 3/0.

Team Centrals best effort so far at this event to go with a strong team culture!

Champion of champions final District points table

Central 37 points
Eastern 35 points
Auckland 32 points
Northland 22 points
Bay of Plenty 16 points
Canterbury 7 points
Southland 16 points
Waikato 2 points

Thanks to all involved at the Ohakune Squash Club for the fantastic job & securing the hosting of the event for the next 2 years.

Team Central will see you next year!

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