Day 1 of the individual events started this morning in fresh conditions – even the locals had their woollies on this morning!!
Players from the New Caledonia, Samoa and Norfolk Island Teams were joined by 12 local players and 2 additional visiting players to contest the Individual events. With the Commonwealth Youth Games being held in Samoa in 2015 these Championships have given the local junior players the opportunity to gain valuable experience and match play in their quest to represent Norfolk island at the Games.
In the Mens Event defending champion from the 2011 Pacific Games and Oceania Championships, Laurent Guepy from New Caledonia, is keen to regain his title, but compatriot Nicolas Massenet (seeded 2) is expected to push him to the limit and definitely won’t make it an easy road to victory for Laurent.
In the Womens Event the New Caledonian players are expected to take out the medal positions including defending Champion, Christine Deneufbourgh.
Students from the local school visited the courts today and enjoyed some exciting and hard fought matches throughout the day. A welcome boost for the local Norfolk players.
Play will continue tomorrow with the Finals held on Friday evening followed by a Presentation Function.
After play today the Norfolk Island Squash hosted a BBQ at the penal settlement ruins at Emily Bay where the visitors were treated to a spread of local cuisine. Another wonderful evening of friendship and terrific hospitality in a unique setting by our hosts.
Results from today:
Mens – Round 1
Michael Kapisi (SAM) def Aidan Rowston (NI) 11-9, 11-6, 11-6
Alex Collenot (NC) def Curtis Buffett (NI) 11/4, 11/5, 11/2
Stephane De Gaillande (NC) def Craig Marriott (NC) 11/3, 11/4, 11/9
Mitchell Graham (NI) def Lance Miller (NI) 9/11, 11/4, 11/3, 11/6
Bart Murray (NI) def Steve Nobbs (NI) 11/8, 11/1, 11/6
Duncan Gray (NI) def Eric Nosmas (NC) 11/4, 11/8, 11/4
Mal Rundell (NI) def Craig Buffett (NI) 8/11, 11/7, 11/7, 7/11, 11/4
Jobenz Manoa (SAM) def Beau Magri (NI) 11/2, 11/5, 11/3
Mens – Round 2
 Laurent Guepy (NC) def Michael Kapisi (SAM) 11/4, 11/3, 11/7
 Jordan Chewlitt (SAM) def Alex Collenot (NC) 6/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/5
 Peter Christian-Bailey (NI) def Stephane De Gaillande (NC) 11/8, 6/11, 11/8, 11/9
 Semo Old (SAM) def Bart Murray (NI) 11/9, 11/6, 11/6
Duncan Gray (NI) def  Chad Rankin (SAM) 11/6, 5/11, 11/5, 11/6
 Ivan Chewlit (SAM) def Mal Rundell (NI) 11/2 11/8, 11/6
 Nicolas Massenet (NC) def Jobenz Manoa (SAM) 11/3, 11/5, 11/2
Womens – Round 1
Renee Webster (NI) def Jo Snell (NI) 11/6, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9
Debby Adams (NI) def Debbie Johnston (NI) 11/2, 11/5, 11/4
Becky Nobbs (NI) def Kym Adams (NI) 11/4, 11/2, 11/3
Heidi Hughes (NI) def George Douran (NI) 11/9, 11/7, 11/6