2018 Oceania Junior Championships and Trans-Tasman Test Series Team

Squash NZ Expression of Interest for the 2018 Oceania Junior Championships and Trans-Tasman Test Series Team.

The Squash New Zealand Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series Team will compete at the 2018 Oceania Junior Championships held 11th-14th January 2018, and the 2018 Trans-Tasman Test-Series Championships held 15th-16th January 2018 at Redcliffe, Brisbane, Queensland.
The Oceania Junior Championships will feature players from Australia, Malaysia, New Caledonia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Squash NZ Trans-Test Junior Test Series Team will play two test matches against Australia in the hopes of claiming the Trans-Tasman title for a fourth year in a row. All players will play both players in their age group from Australia.
The Oceania Junior Championships and Trans-Tasman Test Series event is the first Squash NZ international event of 2018. These two events are a stepping stone to representing NZ at junior and senior world championships events in the future.

Squash NZ is calling for Expressions of Interest from players to compete in the following age groups:
2 x U/13 Girls
2 x U/13 Boys
2 x U/15 Girls
2 x U/15 Boys
2 x U/17 Girls
2 x U/17 Boys
2 x U/19 Girls
4 x U/19 Boys (world championship year).

The age cut-off date is the 16th of January 2018 for the Trans-Tasman Test Series.

 *The higher number of boys is to provide preparation for the 2018 World Junior Men’s Championships Team to allow for increased international exposure and preparation.
Please see attached player nomination form and selection criteria and policy.

Players must lodge their interest in representing New Zealand at the 2018 Oceania Junior Championships and Trans-Tasman Test Series in writing to the High-Performance Manager Shelley Kitchen at shelley@squashnz.co.nz by 5pm on 2nd October 2017. 

2018 OJC and TT Nomination Form[2]2018 OJC and TT Selection Policy[1]

News bites

Congratulations to Rhiarne Taiapa, the 2017 SBS Bank Hawke’s Bay Secondary School Sports Awards squash player of the year.  She also won the coveted Jarrod Cunningham Youth Sports Trust Scholarship. Crutches wouldn’t keep Rhiarne away from the ceremony.


Junior New Zealand Squads

Congratulations to the following who have been named in the Junior Development squads:

Willz Donnelly
Winona-Jo Joyce
Rhiarne Taiapa
Jena Gregory
Ally Harding
Sam Harding
Ariata Kutia
Rakairoa Joyce


A note from Winona-Jo Joyce

A lovely note from Winona-Jo Joyce.  She is a true credit to Squash Eastern, to her family and her peers.  Thank you for just being you!

My first time being the club champ, defending my New Zealand B grade champion of champions title, and making A grade all within the last week of my season!!

I’d like to thank both the Havelock North Squash Club and Hastings Tennis and Squash Club for always supporting me with my squash in anyway possible. My sponsor Technifibre for all the awesome gear they provide for me and their support through my squash journey, without them I wouldn’t have my winning racket 😎😜.

A big thanks to my coach, Chook for always being their, teaching me and helping me improve into the player I am today!! I have learnt so much and am grateful for the time and effort you have put in to coaching me!!

A special thanks to my amazing and beautiful shoe sponsor, my nan, Jo Ihimaera on being the best number 1 supporter I could ever have! (Just remember don’t argue with the ref😉) But I love you so much and am super happy and grateful to have you there with me 💙

Thanks sooooo so much to my family…they are so amazing supporting me and encouraging me, pushing me and loving me 😋😂(I hope) I know as long as you guys are there I can make it 🏆💫. A humongous thank you to my parents, Rewi Joyce and Megan Joyce, there is no way, ever that I could have gotten where I am today without your help. You coach me, growl me, encourage me, laugh at me, and obviously love me 💁🏻😂 I love you so much and there is no one in all of existence who has better parents than me!! ❤️

This accomplishment is not just mine but all of ours and I’m very thankful for all the great people I have met and will meet on my journey! ☺️

Bring on 2017!!😜👊🏽

She forgot to mention that she was also:

  • U19 and U17 South Island Junior Champion
  • A member of the Hastings B Grade Women’s team who won Superchamps Nationals
  • A member of the Eastern Junior team who finished 3rd in the recent Junior Nationals

Age Group Rankings

Congratulations to the following juniors who have made the final rankings lists for 2017:

Under 13 boys
No 15 Mikarore Joyce

Under 15 Girls
No 2 Jena Gregory
No 11 Ariata Kutia
No 15 Rakairoa Joyce

Under 17 Boys
No 2 Willz Donnelly

Under 17 Girls
No 3 Winona-Jo Joyce
No 13 Ally Harding

Under 19 Girls
No 4 Rhiarne Taiapa
No 9 Rosemary Mair
No 16 Jess Dean


Eastern v Central Junior Challenge

This annual challenge has been won by our Eastern team for the last two years. Last year they led 12/8 at the half-way point but, expectedly, Central mounted a strong challenge in round 2, winning that 10/7.  But is was not enough with the final score being 19/18 to Eastern!  

Eastern v Central Junior Challenge Results 2016