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The draws and results for the Dunedin Area Summer Interclub follow:
Auckland won the Teams Event at the national squash championships which finished in Dunedin today. It was the 15th time they have won the event since it began in 1985 although Canterbury have dominated in recent years, winning 5 times since 2007.
The Cantabrians were top seeds and had 5 individual title holders in their line-up but were beaten in the semi-final by Waikato. Although not the final match, the tie hinged on the game between Paula Hamer and Shayle Pringle in the women’s 35 grade. Pringle had a match point in the 5th set but Hamer eventually prevailed 16-14 and was pivotal in the 6-5 overall score in Waikato’s favour.
Auckland also clinched their semi 6-5 against Bay of Plenty and given the match-ups in their respective teams, would have been delighted to see Canterbury beaten.
The Auckland team made no race of the final and won 6 of the first 7 matches with regular New Zealand masters reps Gary Duberly and Mark Waldin spearheading their efforts.
Otago played off for 7th and 8th and lost 6-5 to Northland. The Otago team have only been occasional participants in the Masters format but the players enjoyed the well run event and will hopefully compete more regularly in the future.
All the players acquitted themselves well with Alby King (M 55) and Rangi Clark(W 50) unbeaten in the teams event and Mark Fairweather winning 2 of his 3 matches.
(Report by Mark Gribben)
- Bay of Plenty
Photos from the teams prize-giving and social function available on Google Drive here.
Photos: Chris Gillman Gable Photography (www.chrisgable.co.nz)
Photos from the social events during the individual sections are available below:
Star attraction Shelley Kitchen was in fine form on finals day at the National Masters Champs. The former world top-10 player used her athleticism and racket skills to dominate Joanna Shanks in the women’s 35 grade yesterday. Shanks never stopped trying and hit some classy winners during the second set but Kitchen showed the benefits of being a relatively recent touring professional to prevail 15-5, 15-8, 15-5.
Dave Gardiner (Queenstown) was the toast of Otago squash after picking up the men’s 40 title. In doing so, he emulated his father, Barry, who has won several national masters titles and is still playing at 78.
Otago’s other main hope was Shaun Madden (Cromwell), top seed in the men’s 35 and a two-time winner in this age-group as a Southland player. However, he was comfortably beaten by Sam Atkins (Wellington) who has just joined the masters’ ranks and was more match hardened than Madden.
Scott Gardiner (Canterbury) was a popular winner of the men’s 45 title. He spent a decade in Dunedin during the 1990s and has previously dominated the lower age-groups and been a regular national masters rep.
The closest final was in the men’s 65 bracket. Trevor Colyer, who is now living in Riverton, took the first two sets against Hongi Laing and was controlling the match with some deft skills. The mobile Laing then won the next two sets before Colyer won the deciding fifth set 15-10. Colyer was a New Zealand representative during the 1970s and, like Barry Gardiner, has won a world masters title.
Attention now turns to the team event in which Otago will face the imposing Canterbury line-up in the first round.
(Report by Mark Gribben, source: https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/other-sport/kitchen-shows-skills-title-win)
The New Zealand Masters squash championships began today in Dunedin with the first round of the individual event.
Otago has 2 players who are seeded top of their respective age divisions and both started with comfortable wins.
Shaun Madden(Cromwell) is seeking a third national title in the 35-39 bracket and defeated Evan Erstich (Taupo) at the Otago Club.
Meanwhile, Dave Gardiner (Queenstown) defeated Taieri player Brendon Cross at his home club in the 40-44 grade.
Former Otago player Scott Gardiner (Canterbury) is also top seed in the Men’s 45-49 grade and will be looking to add to several titles already won in the lower age groups.
The North Shore duo of Gary Duberly (50-54) and Mark Waldin (55-59) both confirmed their favouritism with impressive wins and will be looking to defend their 2015 titles.
Several of the top seeded women had first round byes but the Womens 50-54 group had its full quota of matches and shapes as one of the most competitive grades. The Bay of Plenty players Vicky Beker, Kathryn McKay and Annette Hahipene were joined in the second round by Annie Hall (Auckland)