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Kiwis Grab Small Lead on Day 1 of Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series

The Executive Travel Junior Trans-Tasman Test Series Team finished Day 1 with a slight lead 10-8 heading into Day 2.

 

TTS Teams 2018

 

The inaugural Trans-Tasman Test occurred in 2014 with a win to the Australian team with the New Zealand team winning the next three years. This Test Series sees two boys and two girls in each of four age groups (U/13, U/15, U/17, U/19) from each country (Australia and New Zealand) compete over two intense days immediately following the OJC every year. This year there are an additional 2 boys competing in the under 19’s to give them extra practice in a team environment ahead of the boys World Junior Teams titles due to be held in Chennai, India later in the year.

 

The Kiwis got off to a great start in their bid to win a fourth consecutive Test series, winning all four matches in the under 13’s for the loss of just one game which came from a spirited fight from Brisbane’s Benjamin Murray.

 

Team Australia launched their comeback with the under 15 girls Ella Burge and Katie Davies who both managed to upset the form guide and overturn losses from a couple of days ago beating newly crowned under 15 OJC champion Natalie Sayes (3-1) and Jena Gregory (3-2) respectively.

 

The under 15 boys split results with Western Australian boys Gregory Chan winning in five games against Tarin Love and Oscar Curtis going down in four games to New Zealand’s Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist.

 

In a repeat of the OJC under 17 girls final Winona-Jo Joyce beat local Redcliffe representative Mackenzie Sleep in the same game score line of 3-1, while South Australia’s Alex Haydon was dominant needing only 15 minutes to beat Georgia Robcke in three games. New Zealand’s under 17 boys Elijah Thomas and Glenn Templeton both won in straight games over Abel Jin and Sam Sergo respectively.

 

The Under 19 Boys saw Temwa Chileshe and Keidah Bungard go down in 3 toAustralia’s Eugene Heng and Joel Arscott, whilst New Zealand’s Sean Dykes picked up his win in 3 over Remi Young.

 

The highlight was the last match of the day, a mouth-watering clash between New Zealand’s new OJC champion Lwamba Chileshe and the current Australian Junior Champion Nicholas Calvert. The match didn’t disappoint with a 17 minute 11/9 opening game in favour of the Aussie, which set the tone for what turned out to be an enthralling war of attrition and will power. Chileshe fought back to take the next two games and with it a 2-1 lead. The fourth game was a real back and forth affair that kept the vocal crowd roaring from the edge of their seats. Calvert had the first game ball at 10/9 and a few more in between the Kiwi’s multiple match balls but it was the Aussie who held strong to take it 18/16 in 19 minutes. Calvert had the slight edge in the fifth and finished it off 11/8 in a marathon 83 minute match that will not soon be forgotten by anyone who saw it.

 

This meant the day ended with New Zealand holding a small lead of 10 rubbers to 8 at the half way mark of the 2018 edition of the Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series.

 

All matches can be viewed at www.SquashAustralia.tv with live streaming on both courts.

 

Test One: New Zealand 10 Australia 8

GU13

Sophie Hodges

beat

Courtney Scholtz

11-4, 11-6, 11-6

GU13

Ella Lash

beat

Madison Lyon

11-5, 11-9, 11-7

BU13

Noah Thomas

beat

Benjamin Murray

11-5,11-5,9-11,11-5

BU13

Tom Marshall

beat

Andre Lynn

11-6, 11-4, 11-5

GU15

Natalie Sayes

lost to

Ella Burge

6-11, 10-12, 11-3, 9-11

GU15

Jena Gregory

lost to

Katie Davies

11-6,3-11,11-13,11-7,4-11

BU15

Riley-Jack Vette-Blomquist

beat

Oscar Curtis

11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9

BU15

Tarin Love

lost to

Gregory Chan

9-11,11-5,11-8,7-11,2-11

GU17

Winona-Jo Joyce

beat

Mackenzie Sleep

11-4,17-15,8-11,11-6

GU17

Georgia Robcke

lost to

Alex Haydon

4-11, 4-11, 6-11

BU17

Glenn Templeton

beat

Sam Sergo

11-2, 11-5, 11-5

BU17

Elijah Thomas

beat

Abel Jin

11-6, 11-2, 13-11

GU19

Nadia Hubbard

beat

Grace Pattison

11-9, 11-5, 11-7

GU19

Courtney Trail

lost to

Shehana Vithana

6-11,3-11,12-10,7-11

BU19

Lwamba Chileshe

lost to

Nicholas Calvert

9-11,11-5,15-13,17-19,8-11

BU19

Temwa Chileshe

lost to

Eugene Heng

6-11,7-11,11-13

BU19

Sean dykes

beat

Remi Young

11-7, 11-9, 11-4

BU19

Keidah Bungard

lost to

Joel Arscott

2-11, 2-11, 0-11

 

 

 


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