Junior Elite Hub

We are pleased to announce that Squash New Zealand have awarded us a grant of $1,500 towards and Elite Hub Squad in preparation for the Junior Nationals in October.

The Squads are divided into Boys (coached by Joel Le Comte) and Girls (coached by Murray Sutherland).  Both will have the help of development coaches who are not a part of the Junior Academy and these will be announced once confirmed.

Squash Eastern 2019 Junior HP Strategy

Junior New Zealand Squads

Congratulations to the following who have been named in the Squash New Zealand Junior Squads:

Elite Squad – Girls
Rhiarne Taiapa
Winona-Jo Joyce
Jena Gregory

Elite Squad – Boys
Willz Donnelly

Junior Development Squad – Boys
Isaac Pilcher
Ryan Miller

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 were ranked in the top 16 as of the May 2018 grading list:

Under 11 Girls
No 2 Francesca Pilcher
No 4 Lucy Kinnear

Under 13 Girls
No 16 Belle Kinnear

Under 15 Girls
No 11 Rakairoa Joyce

Under 17 Girls
No 3 Jena Gregory

Under 19 Girls
No 3 Winona-Jo Joyce (also No 13 in Women’s rankings

Under 19 Boys
No 3 Willz Donnelly (also No 10 in Men’s rankings)
No 9 Kahn Grayson

Eastern v Central Junior Challenge

Eastern Juniors make it 4 in a row

When it comes to Squash, our talented Eastern Juniors are leading the way, and have now made it four in a row against their Central neighbours.  Again, it was an extremely close battle with Eastern sneaking home 20-18.

Willz Donnelly, Eastern’s top Junior Boy, ensured that the overall victory was clear-cut rather than requiring a countback, by winning 3-2 in the final match on court.

In summing up the day, Eastern Team Manager, Murray Sutherland, stressed how impressed he was with the skill and determination shown by our ever-developing squad. Pub Charity’s support of our Junior Academy continues to reap impressive benefits and it was particularly pleasing to see a new B grader following her two victories – well done, Rakairoa Joyce.

The other team members who came away from the day with a 100% record were Willz Donnelly, Kahn Grayson, Jena Gregory and our 2 U11 girls, Belle & Lucy Kinnear.

So, the day ended with smiles galore and the kids returning home with dreams of a big future.