2017 Aims Games
The Anchor Aims Games is the largest international sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere with nearly 9,500 competitors covering 21 sports and representing 275 schools. The Squash code is open to all graded players from A-J grade. (Previously, over half the players have been J-grade so don’t be shy in entering). Entries close Wednesday 14 June and must be made through the school (not iSquash). Don’t miss out – this is a fantastic week of sport.
Congratulations to Rhiarne Taiapa, the U17 Oceania Junior Age Group Champion. Also to Jena Gregory, Classic Plate winner in the U15 Girls – the first placed NZ girl in her age group – and Willz Donnelly, winner of the Special Plate in the U17 Boys. You are a credit to Eastern Squash.
Junior New Zealand Squads
Congratulations to the following:
AON Junior Development Squad: Rakaiora Joyce & Sam Harding
Elite Junior Boys – Willz Donnelly
Elite Junior Girls – Rhiarne Taiapa, Winona-Jo 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 who have achieved top rankings in their age groups 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
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!