Auckland have taken a clean sweep in the Junior Inter-District Teams event having claimed the Boys, Girls and Gifford Cup on the final day of the teams event.
In the Boys Pool A top seeds Auckland claimed top of their pool by not dropping a tie all round. The 5th seeds Northland upset 4th seeds Waikato on the first day and proceeded to take out Eastern and Bay of Plenty claiming 3 wins and second in their pool. Waikato claimed 2 wins over Eastern and Bay of Plenty. The Bay of Plenty claimed a win over Eastern taking fourth in the pool whilst Eastern came fifth.
The Boys Pool B saw 2nd seeds Canterbury take 3 wins in their pool and claimed the top spot to face Auckland in the final. 3rd seeds Wellington took 2 wins in their pool to take second in the pool and set up a 3/4 playoff against Northland. Central took 3rd spot in their pool to set up a battle against Waikato whilst Southland would face Bay of Plenty for 7/8 place.
In the Girls Pool A top seeds Auckland continued their dominance taking 3 wins. 5th seeds Eastern managed to topple the 4th seeds Canterbury in their Pool play match and took 2nd spot in their pool. Canterbury took a win over Wellington to take 3rd in the pool and Wellington took 4th in the pool.
In the Girls Pool B 2nd seeds Central showed a good performance to take 3 wins and set up a final between Auckland. Northland took 2nd in their pool to see a 3/4 matchup between them and Eastern. Waikato had 1 win in their pool play giving them 3rd in their pool and seeing a 5/6 matchup against Canterbury and the 7/8 matchup between Bay of Plenty and Wellington.
In the playoff rounds in the 7/8 the Bay of Plenty girls were too strong for their Wellington opponents claiming their win in 4. The boys 7/8 saw Bay of Plenty claimed the win over Southland 3-1.
In the 5/6 playoff Canterbury managed to knockout the hometown favourites Waikato 3-1 to claim 5th place. In the boys 5/6 playoff the local favourites Waikato took a win 4-0 against their Central counterparts.
In the 3/4 playoff the boys draw saw a close battle between Wellington and Northland with it coming back to points but it was Wellington who prevailed winning 114 to 112 points. In the 3/4 girls playoff it was a close battle between the Northland and Eastern teams with some tense matches but it was Eastern who prevailed to take out 3rd spot.
In the Girls final Auckland continued their dominance of the competition taking out Central 3-1, but the match of this pool was between Kaitlyn Watts and Ellie Epke seeing Watts take the win in 5 with a great rematch of the final. In the Boys final Auckland continued their reign over the competition taking out Canterbury to claim the title.
Thank you to all who competed, coaches, managers and support teams. It has been a great week of squash and an excellent way to finish the season.
Thanks to the Hamilton Squash and Tennis Club for their hosting of the event throughout the week.
A special mention to Abbie Palmer and Ellie Epke who have competed in their final Junior event. Palmer and Epke will be well known on the scene and have represented their region and country a number of times and they will be missed on the Junior scene. We wish them well with their Senior careers and are sure to see them at the courts again soon.