Preparing for the State titles

 THE Coffs Harbour Squash Centre is a hive of activity as it makes final preparations for the NSW Junior State Championships which start on Friday.

This is the first time the championships have been conducted outside Sydney and with more that 120 entries for the event, Coffs Harbour is proving a popular destination on the squash circuit.

Tournament organisers are hoping for fine weather over the three days of competition.

The finals are set down for Sunday afternoon.

At the completion of finals the NSW Junior State Team will be announced to contest the Australian Junior Championships in Alice Springs in September.

Coffs Harbour will be well represented in the five age divisions and headed by Tamika Saxby who will contest the under 19 Girls Championship. Saxby's main opposition will come from Adelaide girl Alyssa McInerney as well as Jennifer Brown of The Oaks.

In the under 19 boys' division, Wes Cusick from Sydney's Maash Club will head up the quality field of players. Cusick is a member of the 2010 National Talent squad but he will be challenged this weekend by Lachlan Johnson as well as interstate players Ben Hodgekinson and Cameron Deehan.

In the under 15 division, Jake Bohannon and Jesse Harrison are Coffs representatives and will be hoping to produce their best form in a strong and large field of players.

Coffs Harbour has plenty of representative players in the under 13 division with Bradley Harrison, Ryan Marshall, Jamie Piper and Jakota Darcy-Townsend among those out to impress.

This weekend's event is attracting added attention with the arrival of players from the US city of Baltimore to compete.

The Americans will be competing in the under 17 boys' and girls' divisions.

Two members of the squad, Erin Golueke and Foster Hoff, are both nationally ranked and will be looking forward to some strong contests

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