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Rotorua squash players win titles

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rotorua squash players win titles

Rotorua players have won several titles at the 2016 North Island Age Group squash championships.

In the girls' under-17 Lakes High Squash Club player Nadia Hubbard,16, won three sets to one in the final against Palmerston North Courtney Trail in the event held at the Geyser City Squash Club and Ti Street Squash Club over the weekend.

Geyser City Squash Club youngster Jacob Corney, 11, took the under-13 division 1 title beating Auckland's Tino Villarama in the crucial last match.

And former local Tyler Ranger, 18, now in Auckland, won the boys under-19 final against South Islander Mitchell Kempton, despite being seeded fourth.

Tournament controller Cheryl Te Kani-McQueen praised the players' performances and said their success was down to "calm and controlled action on the court".

"It's great for the local community that we were able to take home some very well deserved titles," she said.

"Nadia was really pushed in her final but she stayed cool, calm and collected and forced her opponent into errors.

"Jacob was also a standout because he played a very mature style for his age and had excellent clinical finishing.

"And it was great to have Tyler back playing where he grew up. In a way it is a victory for Rotorua and he really excelled in his match."

Photo: Ben Fraser

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