Sixteen Canterbury squash players returned from Oamaru on Sunday night after playing off against Southland, Otago and Midlands in the annual South Island Quadrangular Tournament. Canterbury proved victorious after a hard weekend, defeating Southland on Sunday who came a very close second place; 34-30 matches.
Each team consisted of 8 men and 8 women broken down to 6 juniors (Charlie Barker, Caelum Betteridge, William Quin, Shalee Harris, Hema Govind, Kimberley Higgs), 6 seniors (Scott Gardiner, Jackson Beresford, Joe Williams, Maria Smith, Ruby Turnbull, Kelsi Carrick) and 4 master players (Chris Jarrett, Nigel Lloyd, Sue Wasley, Trish Jordaan). Canterbury also claimed the titles for Senior Men, Master Men and Master Women, the men not losing a single match throughout the tournament.
The results of the Canterbury matches follow (1 point per age group victory):
Canterbury bt. Midlands 6-0
Canterbury bt. Otago 4-2
Canterbury bt. Southland 4-2
Toughest match boys/girls:
Ruby Turnbull against Katie Fairweather – lost in five after a fast paced and great battle to the end.
Scott Gardener against Eb Swann – having to win every rally six times before getting a point.
Charlie Barker breaking his trend and not going to 5 in any of his matches, and winning them all.
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As at 10 June 2015:
P Coll, C Van der Salm, O Johnston, J Barnett, J Oxenham, A Oakley, J Beresford, A Odering, G Craig, N Wiffen, J Williams, M Smith, T Preston, Q Udy, J Millard.
M Craig, E Dromgool, E Ellery, Maria Smith, N Kennedy, S Oconnell, K Walton, Maree Smith, S Wasley, R Turnbull, F Walker, B Peddie, R Beresford, A Harliwich, D Boyce.
Insufficient results: S Gardiner, E Sim, S Slade, G Roberts.
This Burnside PSA event will serve as the third from five selection tournaments which will be followed closely by the Canty selectors as there are spots up for grabs in the lower order of both the mens and womens teams.
In the mens the unavailability of Odering, Smith and Beresford from last year's team and injury to Grant Craig plus uncertainty of Oliver Johnston.
Availablility will provide much interest. In the womens, Maria Smith, who will compete now playing for Oxford in mens interclub, is available. Also Ella Dromgool is having a good season after returning to Christchurch. Other contenders include Nikki Kennedy, Ruby Turnbull, Sophie Oconnell and Ruby Beresford.
The Nationals are being held at Christchurch Football 21-25 August and the team selected for these and South Island Quadrangulars will be announced on 5th July.
Squash Canterbury will be holding several sessions to present coaching modules in Christchurch. A different module will be presented by the District Coach towards the end of May, June, July and August. Anyone is welcome to attend these sessions. Please read this for a detailed explanation on the modules and when they will be presented. Coaching modules will also be presented in Blenheim and Nelson. Your clubs have details about these.