Ford set to tackle the best juniors
Jacob Ford is taking part in the Australian Age Squash Championships in Cairns starting today. Jacob’s preparations have been solid in recent weeks with his build up including tournament match play and training at the Coffs Squash Centre. The Australian Age Titles are particularly important for Coffs Harbour squash players as we have two representatives taking part this year, as Jacob will be joined by Keelan Birch in the Under 19 Age Group.
With the AJC being the pinnacle event on the Australian Junior Squash Circuit Jacob has enjoyed a good lead up to this year’s event. He has toured New Zealand and Malaysia to gain experience against Oceania and Asian opponents and met with mixed success. This has helped his preparations as he is aware of what extra work is needed to reach the top and he has been dedicated at his training with five to six sessions each week. Earlier this year in June he suffered a setback with chest injuries but has quickly recovered to resume his campaign for the championships. Since August he has gathered strength is every department and is now ready for his biggest challenge this year.
The Championships in Cairns have attracted over 200 entries and Jacob will be contesting the Under 15 Boys Championship where he is seeded No1. He is hoping to make a top two finish and it would be nice to win this one, but he is not worried about the pressure as any number of players can win on the day. Conditions should be ideal in far north Qld with the warmer conditions which are to Jacob’s liking.
He is prepared to put his best performances on court in each match and the results will take care of themselves. This week he has been fine tuning his game skills at the centre and is in tip top shape and can’t wait for the action to start.
Keelan has recently taken up studies at Macquarie University and has been taking part in the Sydney Pennant competition which has helped his game. He is a regular here in Coffs Harbour at every opportunity when home and he is looking forward to his first state representative opportunity.
The club wish both boys every success at the championships.
After the Individual Championships the Australian Age Teams Titles will take place and NSW will be looking to finish in the top two. Qld are favourites but will be strongly challenged by NSW and WA for top spot.
For Full Wrap up and result from the NORTH COAST OPEN 2015
LATEST RESULT AND WRAP UP
Thursday line up provided a tough struggle in Divisions Two with Paul Hozjan emerging as the group leader with a clean sweep against Jeff Iddles. He is closely followed by Anthony Eden who recorded an impressive win against Connor Herring four games to one. In Division Three, Dean Thompson is the leader and has shown his promotion to this group is justified as he remains undefeated. His win against Adam Payne this week keeps him at the top of the group on 15 points.
Tuesday roll out was close to full numbers with arrival of several new players. Division One welcomed David Wigley from Sydney into action with a tough opening Round against Brad Harrison. David was pleased to get the win in five games and no doubt once settled will add depth to our top division. With several players still nursing
injuries the return of Aden Smith and Jacob Ford in coming weeks will make a welcome addition to the strong line up. Jake Orford also joins the competition and recorded a solid first win against Gerry Becker.
One of the best matches this round was between Rob Pursch and Barry Ford. Both players called on their experience to work each other to the corners with well-placed lobs and attacking boasts with Rob taking the points 4/53 to Barry’s 1/44 but the score was no reflection on the closeness of the match. Both players have moved up the ladder and hold second and third spots after this week’s round.
Daniel Searle and Daniel Ralph are joint leader’s in Group Three after this week’s round. Daniel Ralph worked hard to overcome the challenge of Ken Brookman in five games and Daniel Searle was also tested over the full distance by Ross Gentle to take a close points decision 3/44 to 2/40.
Preparations to Play
Junior Players were put through a series of activities aimed at preparing before playing this week in the Little Squashie Program. It’s never too young to commence movement and stretching activities and as part of their knowledge and skills learning program they were tested in a range of activities by coach Jemma Wratten.
The sessions are conducted on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 4.00pm and new players are welcome.
Club Practice Sundays
Players can now take advantage of club practice on Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm-5.00pm. Players can utilise the courts at special rates during the afternoon. New players and family members can come along and enjoy a social hit including provision of equipment for those starting out. It’s a great way to get in some regular exercise with family and friends and assistance will be provided to first timer’s eager to have a go. Bookings are essential for any of these activities.
The State Championships conducted at the weekend in Thornleigh saw a number of Coffs Harbour players produce some great efforts to figure among the best in the state.
Best performer was Luke Bain in the Under 17 Boys event who finished runner up. Luke’s consistency allowed him to control his early round match for a comfortable win against his ACT opponent before stepping up to upset the number two seed in the semi-final from Sydney in 4 games. Luke moved into his first final and after a slow start managed to get back into the game with some long rallies which was more to his liking but countering the pressure, he was unable to convert the vital points going down in straight games 11/8 11/5 11/8.
Jakob Dillon also contested the Under 17 Age Group finishing in fifth position. Jakob’s saved his best until play on the final day against his ACT opponent to record his best result for the tournament with a strong 4 game win 11/5 11/5 7/11 11/7
In the Under 19 Age Group Brad Harrison and Keelan Birch both finished in the top four. The boys played off for 3-4 positions with Brad winning a marathon match in five close games.
Aden Smith and David Bergan performed well and finished the competition on a high on Sunday recording their best performances for the tournament to finish 7th and 9th respectively.
At completion of the championship presentations the State Junior Team was announced with Keelan Birch named in the 20 player strong NSW Bluetongue Team.
The team will travel to Cairns in September to contest the Australian Age Championships.
Next week Friday Junior competition returns with play starting from 4.00pm. New players are welcome to come and join in games and fun activities throughout the afternoon.
On court tips will be available to all new players taking part throughout the term.
NSW AGE CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS 2015
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North Coast CHS Champions
Congratulations to the North Coast Regional Squash Team on taking out the State Teams Championship last week at Cardiff.
The talented North Coast Team consisted of players from Coffs Harbour with Brad Harrison, Aden Smith, Andrew Ritchie CHEC Senior College and Jakob Dillon, Woolgoolga High School making a very formidable team with strength in all positions.
The boys players Hunter Region in the finals and showed their class with a 4-0 win. Brad Harrison produced one of his best performances to upset
Hunter Region No 1 player Todd Riches in five tough games. The win sealed victory for the team with Jakob Dillon, Aden Smith and Andrew Ritchie laying the foundation
all winning in straight games.
In the Individual Titles it came down to the same players with Brad Harrison making it through to his first final of CHS competition against Todd Riches of Forster.
Backing up from the Teams triumph Brad didn’t get into any rhythm and down two games he made a spirited comeback falling just short in the third game 11/7 to finish runner up.
Jakob Dillon made it through to the quarter finals before losing to Brad Harrison and Aden Smith also reached the quarter finals being edged out by his Western Region opponent in four tight games.
CHS State Selections
At the conclusion of the CHS Titles the NSW State Team was announced with three Coffs Harbour players included in the State squad of five. Congratulations to Brad Harrison, Jakob Dillon and Aden Smith on making the team which will take on Qld and New Zealand Combined High Schools on 24-28 August at Thornleigh.
Photo: NSW State CHS Team L to R
Brad Harrison Jakob Dillon Coffs Harbour, Dan Lane Western, Todd Riches Hunter Region Aden Smith Coffs Harbour
Senior College Too Strong
The Tenth Anniversary of the Secondary Schools Squash Challenge proved an outstanding success with near record numbers 60 players taking part in the program on Tuesday.
The mix of talent from state and national ranked players to those enjoying the competition for the first time proved very rewarding and a great experience for many as they witnessed some brilliant and close contests during the day.
The Open Division proved very strong with the top juniors turning on some brilliant displays of skill and fitness during the day .
The round between Woolgoolga High and Bishop Druitt College Two provided one of the closest contests of the day with Woolgoolga High, the defending champions getting a real shake-up from Bishop Druitt College Two to sneak an early win 2/4 94 to Woolgoolga High 2/4/92. However Woolgoolga High came home strongly during the remaining rounds to finish second and move into the play-off stages.
In the semi-finals, Senior College One defeated Woolgoolga High and Senior College Two defeated Bishop Druitt College One to set up a gripping final between the Senior College Teams. In a close tie Senior College Two, took out the Secondary Schools Challenge with a 2/5/121 to 1/4/115 win against Senior College One.
In the Under 15 Division Bishop Druitt Three defeated Bishop Druitt Four in a clean sweep 4/12/183 to 0/0/95. The team of Demsey Sodeau, Will Geddes, Lachlan Alexander and Jakson Greenaway proved too strong for all their opposition. In the play-off for third place, Woolgoolga High defeated Orara High 2/5/103 to 1/3/93. The Woolgoolga girls team of Lani Goodman, Rhianna Birch, Grace King and Aqulia Hardman improved throughout the day and kept all their opposition on their toes as they recorded some great results.
I was impressed with the sportsmanship and comradery shown by all the students throughout the day and highlights the strength of squash in the Coffs Coast Region.
PHOTOS -Jakob Dillon Woolgoolga High School put in a super effort in the Schools Challenge on Tuesday
Jakob Dillon Woolgoolga High showed his hand and had Bailey White covering plenty of court in their match on Tuesday.
Senior College players, Adam Cloughton and Renzill Pippin had a great match at the Secondary Schools Challenge on Tuesday.
Under 15 Winners Bishop Druitt College Three Jakson Greenaway, Lachlan Alexander, Dempsey Sodeau, Will Geddes
Open Winners, Senior College Two Team Brad Harrison, Renzill Pippin and Connor Herring
Coffs Juniors Stand Tall
The Coffs Harbour Junior Classic Tournament held at the weekend provided opportunities for some of our highest ranked juniors to excel and introduce many newer members the experience of competing in their first tournament.
Players from many parts of NSW travelled to Coffs to take part in the Silver Ranked event and the standard of competition left no doubt that the Coffs regional players are among the best in the state. Our younger members who were making their first tournament appearance have some tough acts to follow as the format of competition during the weekend gave all players plenty of matches.
Congratulations must go to Keelan Birch Coffs Harbour who dominated the Under 19/17 age division with his outstanding consistency throughout the two day event but he was made to work very hard against Brad Harrison Coffs Harbour in the final before claiming Under 19 victory. At one game each, Brad put is a sterling effort to come from behind in the third game and force a tie break but Keelan only required one opportunity to put away the forehand winner to go 2/1 up. In the fourth game down 5/9 Brad again rattled off several winners to draw within a point before Keelan raised the pace and rattled off two forehand drives to take the match and championship. Keelan’s sportsmanship and underlying determination and focus throughout was a great lesson for many of the juniors present.
Luke Bain Coffs Harbour, proved to be the outstanding player in the Boys Under 17 category in a very strong field with players from Sydney, Crookwell, Tenterfield and Moree. Luke dropped only one game in the U/17 group on his way to the final where he proved too strong for Liam Bruno of Moree. Luke dominated the centre court to keep his opponent under pressure throughout. It was a welcome return to form for Luke who saved his best for the occasion.
In the Under 17/15 division there were many new players taking part with Reuben Carey Coffs Harbour taking the event against Will Geddes also of Coffs Harbour in straight games. Reuben showed good composure throughout and strong court coverage to stem the attack by Will in the final. Others to perform well included Jonothan Koster who reached the semi -finals and showed his hard training is paying off and Caleb Twidle had an outstanding number of matches to earn the Outstanding Effort award for the tournament with all his matches going the full five games.
In the younger age groups our visitors showed their skills in the Under 15 Age Division with Ethan Bird Gloucester defeating Jake Lacy of Willoughby in four games. Laura Moloney of Coutts Crossing took out the girls final against Claire Flannery-Livingstone of Tomaree.
The Under 13 Final was an all Sydney affair with Tom Lacy of Willoughby defeating Mitchell Black of Thornleigh, Jaden Herring of Coffs Harbour was our best placed player reaching the semi-finals going down to the eventual winner.
In the Under 11 Age Group players from Coffs Harbour featured in both finals with Connor Brookman defeating Ethan Pursch in a tight three games and Adele Adebahr-Armstrong narrowly outstaying Micaylah Tidey who was playing her first tournament.
The tournament which forms part of the NSW State Junior circuit attracted players from five regions. It was pleasing to see the local involvement of players and parents who had a great time during the event A special thank you to our sponsors who without their support, events such as the Junior Classic sporting fixtures would not see the continued growth and development in the Coffs Region.
COFFS HARBOUR JUNIOR CLASSIC 2015 – Results
Under 19 Boys 1st Keelan Birch Coffs Harbour d Bradley Harrison Coffs Harbour 11/9 4/11 13/11 11/8
Under 19 Girls 1st Tiana Saxby Crookwell d Shehana Vithana Next Generation 11/7 11/5 11/8
Under 17 Boys 1st Luke Bain Coffs Harbour d Liam Bruno Moree 11/1 11/7 11/9
Under 17 Girls 1st Elle Lane Dunedoo W/O
Under 17/15 B Division 1st Reuben Carey Coffs Harbour d Will Geddes Coffs Harbour 11/3 11/8 11/9
Under 15 Boys 1st Ethan Bird Gloucester d Jake Lacy Willoughby 6/11 11/8 11/9 11/9
Under 15 Girls 1st Laura Moloney Coutts Crossing d Claire Flannery-Livingstone Tomaree 11/2 11/6 11/5
Under 13 Boys 1st Tom Lacy Willoughby d Mitchell Black Thornleigh 11/9 11/6 13/11
Under 13 Girls 1st Georgie Lane Dunedoo d Tanai O’Brien Gloucester 11/3 11/0 11/7
Under 11 Boys Connor Brookman Coffs Harbour d Ethan Pursch Coffs Harbour 11/5 11/7 12/10
Under 11 Girls 1st Adele Adebahr-Armstrong Coffs Harbour d Micaylah Tidey Coffs Harbour 11/9 11/7 11/3
Awards : Player of the Tournament – Ethan Bird Gloucester Outstanding Effort – Caleb Twidle Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour Junior Classic
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Ford Shines at Australian Junior Open
The Australian Junior Open Championships conducted over Easter showcased some of the best talent in Australia and Asia over 4 days of high class competition with more than 250 players taking to the courts at Willoughby in Sydney.
Congratulations to Jacob Ford on reaching his first Australian Final in the Boys Under 15 Age Group where he came up against Muhammad Harris Ramlee of Malaysia who had been the outstanding player during the rounds. In the earlier rounds Jacob featured in one of the best quarter final matches of the tournament with a nail biting 5 game win against Saad Khatri of South Australia. Jacob showed real character facing match ball , down 6-10 in the fourth game he hit a clean winner to regain the service and take the next five points to level at two games all. In the decider, Jacob opened a good lead withstanding a late challenge from Saad at 8-5 to run out winner 9-11 8-11 11-3 12-10 11-9 and move through to the semi-final.
In the final Jacob started nervously allowing his opponent to open up a big lead 7-0 before he found his rhythm and clawed his way back into the opening game. With some clever holding of shots he kept his opponent guessing from the front court to narrow the gap to 7-9 before Muhammad upped his pace to close out the opening game. In the second game Jacob realised he was well in the match and this game proved to be more demanding as players exchanged some lengthy rallies and traded points to 7-8. Ramlee countered with a couple of forehand drives that Jacob failed to return giving his opponent the second game to move 2 games up.
In the third game Jacob struggled with his rhythm as Ramlee used his experience taking the ball early forcing Jacob on the defence to run out winner in straight games 11-7 11-8 11-1.
Brad Harrison returned to his best form to reach the final 8 players in the Boys U17. Brad recorded strong wins against his Qld and New Zealand opponents to reach the top 16 where he defeated J Pattison (9/16) to reach the quarter finals. Brad was pitted against the No 1 seed and eventual U17 Champion W Curtis WA and wasn’t overawed by the occasion taking his higher ranked player to 4 tight games 11/6 11/8 9/11 11/6. In the 5/8 playoffs Brad finished 8th after a tight struggle with Qld opponent Corey Sergeant going down 11/5 11/7 11/6.
Keelan Birch played in the Under 19 Age Group which attracted some outstanding talent from a number of countries.
Keelan’s draw was a tough assignment with New Zealand (9/16) Jayden Millard, first up and in the second round a likely meeting with Singapore 5/8 opponent.
Keelan rallied in his opening match but couldn’t close out the vital points to seal a game and extend the play, going down in three games however he went on to win all his other matches to finish top of the 17/32 group with a fighting final performance on Sunday night in five games 9/11 12/10 13/15 11/6 11/5 to seal 17th position.
It was an impressive outing by the boys showing great composure and producing some quality play during their matches which they can build on for the future.