Rachael Gibson plays a forehand in her under-13 final against Kirstie Wild during the weekend’s NSW Junior Championships played in Coffs Harbour.
Rachael Gibson plays a forehand in her under-13 final against Kirstie Wild during the weekend’s NSW Junior Championships played in Coffs Harbour. LEIGH JENSEN

Juniors shine at squash titles

WITH more than 120 entries in the weekend’s NSW Junior Championships, the standard of competition became very tough as players advanced to the final rounds in all age divisions on Sunday.

At stages the crowd at the Coffs Harbour Squash Centre swelled to well over 250 people, who looked for the best vantage points to witness some of the on-court action.

Coffs Harbour players were well represented in all age groups with three players – Tamika Saxby, Jake Bohannon and Bradley Harrison – being selected into the NSW junior team for the Australian junior titles in September

Saxby dominated the under-19 girls’ division, not conceding a game, taking her tally to six state titles.

Excitement ensued with the announcement Bohannon, who finished in seventh place, recorded his best performance at a state title and gained selection in the NSW under-15 boys’ team.

With players from Perth and Melbourne making this a very competitive age group, Bohannon’s dedication and good form followed on from his CHS second-placing.

Harrison gained selection in the boys’ under-13 with some impressive performances to finish in third place. Harrison won the state under-11 division last year and has continued to improve this year. His performances in the playoff for third place against Lismore’s Jordan Salkeld, which he won in four sets, gained him his first state team representation.

Squash NSW director Chris Lloyd was full of praise for the work put into the tournament by squash centre management and the smooth operation of the event throughout the weekend. He was also impressed by the social activities.

“I was particularly impressed with the junior development and support generated within the Coffs Harbour region,” Lloyd said.

“Squash was the winner, particularly in this area with the Squash in Schools program and so many active junior players.”

SQUASH FINALS

19-boys: Cameron Deehan (SASSI) def Adam Brooks (Northmead) 3-1

17-boys: Michael Badenhorst (Maash) def Sam Evans (Orange) 3-0

15-boys: Nathan Youd (Elanora) def Aidan Bailey (Perth) 3-1

13-boys: Jesse Keegan (Orange) def Cody Rediger (Waterview Hts) 3-0

11-boys: Kody Pearson (Panania) def Brock Rediger (Waterview Hts) 3-1

19-girls: Tamika Saxby (Coffs Harbour) def Heather Pilley (Yamba) 3-0

17-girls: Moana Gray (Big River) def Nodoka Mazhar (Thornleigh) 3-0

15-girls: Kristen Nightingale (Parkes) def Ellen Benaquista (Raymond Tce) 3-0

13-girls: Kristie Wild (Melbourne) def Rachael Gibson (Ambarvale) 3-1

11-girls: Ami Devine (Lismore) def Kacey Nightingale (Parkes) 3-2



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