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Squash Eastern’s purpose is to lead, develop and promote squash in the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne Region, and to work with the clubs to deliver and grow the game at all levels.

Junior Academy students come up trumps again

When it comes to sport rules can often prove to be just as big an enemy as they can an ally … just as Hawke’s Bay squash player Winona-Jo Joyce.

The Havelock North A2 grader repeated her 2016 double when she won the under-17 and under-19 titles at the recent South Island age group championships in Oamaru. Less than a week later Joyce, 16, won the under-17 title at the North Island equivalent which ended in Whangarei on Sunday.

“The North Island tournament rules don’t let you play in two divisions. I would have done it if they let me,” tenacious left hander Joyce said.

In Oamaru the Tecnifibre-Focus Health Havelock North-sponsored Joyce started her under-19 final within 10 minutes of completing her under-17 final.

“You can only ask for a four hour break between matches if they are in the same division,” Joyce said.

Unbeaten in all seven of her matches in Oamaru, Joyce, won all but one in straight sets. She was the second seed in the under-19 division and beat top seed Emma Cormack of Canterbury 3-1 in her final.

The Phil Drummond-coached Joyce was the top seed in the under-17 division and she beat second seed Anna O’Connor of Invercargill in the final. Joyce’s Whangarei title was her first at North Island level and the top seed beat the second seeded Annmarie Holst of the host club 3-1 in the final.

“It was good to keep that North Island title in the Bay and the Eastern region as Rhiarne won it last year,” left hander Joyce said referring to Hastings A2 grader Rhiarne Taiapa. 

“These are the ideal results in my quest to make the New Zealand team for the 2019 Junior World Championships. If I can win the under-17 title at the national age group champs in Christchurch in October that would be another boost,” Joyce said.

The Hastings Girls’ High School year 12 student is expecting some tight matches particularly from Waikato’s Anika Jackson who is in the New Zealand team which starts their Junior World Champs campaign in Tauranga tomorrow and didn’t play in either of this month’s island championships. Joyce was one of two Bay players to win titles in Whangarei.

Her Havelock North clubmate, B1 grader Jena Gregory, was also unbeaten on the way to winning the under-15 title. The second seed beat the top seeded Aucklander Natalie Sayes 3-1 in her final.

This was the second time right hander Gregory, 13, had played Sayes, an Australian Open age group champion last year, and the first time she had beaten her.

“It has to be the highlight of my four years in squash by far,’ Gregory said.

The Joel Le Comte-coached Gregory has made rapid progress in the code. In 2015 she was a member of her club’s E grade women’s team which won their national teams champs in Masterton and last year she was in the Havelock North C grade team which finished second.

“That Whangarei title has made me more determined to win some national titles and make New Zealand teams in the future,” Gregory said.

“Squash is my No 1 sport but I still play as a midcourter for my Havelock North High School’s 9A netball team.”

A shot player who ranked the cross court nick as her favourite weapon, Gregory, trains three times a week with her coach and at least six times on her own.

“I will stick to that routine because it works well. After my success in Whangarei I know I’m going to be among the hunted at the Christchurch nationals so I have to be ready,” Gregory added. 

Rosemary Mair of the Hawke’s Bay club finished fourth in the under-19 girls section of the North Island champs and Joyce’s sister and clubmate Rakairoa Joyce finished second in the under-13 division in Oamaru and third in Whangarei.

Gregory and Joyce will resume their regular training routines today and will play in the Hawke’s Bay club’s open tournament in Napier this weekend.


National Rankings – 16th May 2017

Congratulations to the following who have achieved top rankings on 16th May 2017:


Under 13 Girls
No 5 Rakairoa Joyce
Under 15 Girls –
No 2 Jena Gregory
No 3 Allie Harding
No 5 Sam Harding
No 11 Ariata Kutia
Under 17 Girls
No 3 Rhiarne Taiapa
No 4 Winona-Jo Joyce
Under 17 Boys
No 6 Willz Donnelly
Under 19 Girls
No 16 Rosemary Mair


Men –
No 13 Cameron Jamieson


35+ Women – 
No 9 Tania Tatana-Walker
No 13 Puti Ferguson
No 15 Mel Goodchild
40+ Men – 
No 14 Phil Kupenga
40+ Women – 
No 10 Avon Moleta
45+ Women –
No 10 Audine Grave-Kutia
55+ Men –
No 10 Trevor Walker



Squash New Zealand is pleased to announce the team of 4 Junior Women to represent New Zealand at the World Junior Championships Individuals and Teams event in Tauranga in July, as well as the 2 Junior Women and 6 Junior Men who will compete in the World Junior Championships Individuals.

The New Zealand Junior Women’s Team is Kaitlyn Watts, Anna Hughes, Anika Jackson and Camden Te Kani-McQueen. The reserve for the team is Nadia Hubbard, who will also compete in the Individual event, along with Rhiarne Taiapa who is sixth player for the World Junior Women’s Individual event. The Junior Men competing in the Individual event are Finn Trimble, Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam, Lwamba Chileshe, Mitchell Kempton and Quinn Udy.

Kaitlyn Watts has claimed numerous titles throughout her squash career and in 2017 she has already claimed the Under 19 Oceania Junior Championships title as well as the Aon New Zealand Junior Open title. Watts competed in the World Junior Championships Individual event in Eindhoven in 2015 where she made her way to the quarter finals of the Special Plate. Watts will look to improve on her performance in 2017.

Anna Hughes has recently moved to Drexel University where she is on a squash scholarship. Hughes has been a representative in Trans-Tasman teams for several years as well as claiming a number of age group titles. Hughes will return during the University break to put in her final preparation leading up to the event.

Anika Jackson is another team member with numerous age group titles to her name. Jackson has strong squash blood with her Aunt Leilani Rorani being well known to many for her squash achievements including Runner Up in the 2000 and 2001 World Open and claiming the 1999 and 2000 British Opens. Jackson will be set to show her strength in the team and the individuals event in Tauranga.

Camden Te Kani-McQueen rounds out the Junior Women’s Team. Te Kani-McQueen, who hails from Rotorua, has previously represented New Zealand and she will be looking to follow in her father’s, Danny McQueen, footsteps.

Nadia Hubbard will be the Junior Women’s team reserve with Hubbard having represented New Zealand multiple times in Trans-Tasman test series events as well as being a team member of the 2015 World Junior Women’s team. Hubbard will compete in the World Junior Women’s Individual event.

Rhiarne Taiapa will compete in the World Junior Women’s Individual event and having won the 2017 Under 17 Oceania Junior Championships title, will relish the opportunity of further international experience. Taiapa hailing from the Hawke’s Bay will be looking to take advantage of this event so close to home.

Finn Trimble will compete in the Junior Men’s Individuals event and after having had a strong start to 2017 having won the Under 19 Oceania Junior Championships title and the Aon New Zealand Junior Open title. Trimble was also part of the 2016 World Junior Men’s team where he was knocked out of the Individuals event in Round 3 of the Special Plate. Trimble will look to improve on this result in 2017.

Matthew Lucente will be making his first appearance at the World Junior Championships and with Lucente being eligible for the 2018 World Junior Championships in Chennai he will look to gain valuable experience in 2017. Lucente was the recent winner of the Oceania Junior Championships Under 17 title and has been a regular representative for the New Zealand Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series Team.

Gabe Yam the recent runner up in the Aon New Zealand Junior Open is another young face looking to gain experience from this event to help gain a place in the 2018 World Junior Team Championships. Yam has also been a previous New Zealand representative in Trans-Tasman Teams events as well as claiming several Age Group Titles.

Lwamba Chileshe has performed well in the 2017 season with some notable performances that have earned him a place in the Individuals event. Chileshe will be making his debut performance on the world stage and representing New Zealand for the first time in this event.

Mitchell Kempton made his debut in a New Zealand team this year competing for the Trans-Tasman Junior Test series team. Kempton has made strong improvements in his match play and will be looking to make a mark on the world stage in Tauranga.

Quinn Udy is the final New Zealand Junior Men’s representative. He was runner up in the 2017 Oceania Junior Championships Under 19 event and then 4th in the Aon New Zealand Junior Open and will be making every effort to step up to this international level of competition. 

We wish all the players the best of luck in their preparation for the event. The Junior Women’s team will be coached by Joanne Williams with Kylie Lindsay as the assistant coach whilst the Junior Men will be coached by Glen Wilson.

A reminder that any players involved in National teams events each year much sit and pass their
Club Referee Exam, click on the following link:

If you do not pass this exam, which is valid for 2 years, your results will not be counted for your team.  
The events affected are:

Senior Nationals – 18-19 August 2017
Superchamps Nationals – 27-30 September 2017
Junior Nationals – 9-11 October 2017

Advice – whether or not you will playing for a team, why not take the exam anyway.  A great help with your marking and refereeing skills for interclub and tournaments in general.

Our Clubs

Gisborne High School Old Boys Squash Club
Hastings Tennis & Squash Club
Havelock North Squash Club
Hawke’s Bay Lawn Tennis & Squash Club
Hawke’s Bay Squash Rackets Club
Surf City Squash Club, Gisborne
Waipukurau Lawn Tennis & Squash Club

Become a member

Click a Club link above or contact the Squash Eastern Administrator, Jacquie Sutherland:
021 802 883


Interesting facts

Which sports provide the best exercise to long life revealed –

Regularly playing squash could help stave off death the longest, a new study suggests.

Scientists have narrowed down the sports and types of exercise that are linked to significantly lower odds of dying before those who do not do those activities.

Racket sports, swimming, aerobics and cycling seem to be the best for prolonging life, the research concluded.

Meanwhile, those who partake in swimming, aerobics and racket sports such as squash, badminton and tennis, also have a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases such as strokes.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, examined information on more than 80,000 adults across England and Scotland who took part in national health surveys between 1994 and 2008.

For the full article, click here


Book a court online

Club members and visitors can book a courts online using Pay2Play, an online booking, payment and access system where you can book a court for a game at your convenience. Simple instructions are given on the site. 

This facility is available at Havelock North Squash Club and Hawke’s Bay Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.

Visit www.pay2play.co.nz