Picture above 2016 Boys Under 13 Oceania Junior Championships Top 3 - Centre Joe Smythe Winner
Over 200 players from all over the world will descend on the Henderson Squash Club, Auckland, New Zealand this coming Good Friday to compete in the 2017 Southern Cross Travel Insurance Oceania Junior Championships.
With 61 participants from Australia, 7 from New Caledonia, 5 from China, 2 from Hong Kong, 1 from French Polynesia, 1 from Singapore and the rest of the players from New Zealand it is truly an international affair.
The event is sure to bring several exciting match ups throughout the long weekend. In the Boys Under 19 New Zealander Finn Trimble takes the top seeding, Trimble a New Zealand representative for the World Junior Boys Team in 2016 will be looking to add this title to his mantelpiece. Australian Caleb Johnson who came 4th in the 2017 Australian Junior Open Under 19 Boys draw takes the second seeding and will look to make his way to the final to battle it out with Trimble.
In the Girls Under 19 New Zealander Kaitlyn Watts will be looking to take the top spot after coming Runner Up in the 2017 Australian Junior Open Under 19 Girls draw. Alex Haydon of Australia takes second seeding and after her 4th place finish in the Australian Junior Open 2017 Under 19 Girls draw she will be looking to better her final placing in this event.
The Boys Under 17 sees New Zealand’s Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam seeded first and second respectively. Lucente claimed the New Zealand Under 17 Junior Age Group title in 2016 and will be looking to repeat this should the seedings go to plan. In the Girls Under 17 Rhiarne Taiapa of Hastings, New Zealand will be looking to claim another title after her New Zealand Under 17 Age Group title in 2016, whilst second seed Amara Afghan will be sure to put her mark on the weekend and will try to make her way to the finals.
The Boys Under 15 sees local Henderson club member Leo Fatialofa and 2017 Australian Junior Open Under 15 Boy’s champion set to add another title to his name. Australia’s Remi Young who came 3rd in the Under 15 Boy’s draw of the Australian Junior Open will be looking to make his way to the final and try to claim this title. In the Girls Under 15 top seeded New Zealand player Georgia Fyfe will be set to make her mark on the event hoping to claim an international title, whilst Australia’s Hayley Hankinson takes second seeding after winning the 2017 Australian Junior Open Under 15 Girl’s event.
The Boys Under 13 sees Edward Thng of Singapore taking the top seeding after strong performances in the 2016 American Junior Open. It will be another local player Mason Smales who will take second seed in the event. In the Girls Under 13 top seeding goes to Sophie Hodges of Hamilton, New Zealand whilst Erin Classen the 2017 Australian Junior Open Under 13 Girl’s Champion will take the second seeding.
The youngest players of the event the Under 11’s sees Oliver Dunbar of New Zealand take the top boys spot whilst another local Henderson player Maia Smales takes the top girls spot. Zane Wolpers of Australia takes second seeding in the boys draw whilst Anabel Romero Gemmell takes second seeding in the girls draw.
Games will start at midday on Friday and run through to Monday afternoon. Full draws can be seen on the Henderson Squash Club website here. Sunday and Monday’s matches will be livestreamed and the links to watch them can be found below or here and here.
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