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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 – July 2017

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


Under 13 Girls
No 3 Rakairoa Joyce
Under 15 Girls –
No 2 Jena Gregory
No 12 Ariata Kutia
Under 17 Girls
No 3 Winona-Jo Joyce
No 4 Rhiarne Taiapa
No 14 Ally Harding
No 16 Sam Harding
Under 17 Boys
No 4 Willz Donnelly
Under 19 Girls
No 14 Rosemary Mair


Men –
No 12 Cameron Jamieson


35+ Women – 
No 7 Tania Tatana-Walker
No 13 Puti Ferguson
40+ Men – 
No 14 Phil Kupenga
40+ Women – 
No 14 Mel Goodchild


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 
Superchamps Nationals 
Junior Nationals 

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