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NSW Age Championships 2015

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


September 3-6
Anyone wishing to play in the Men’s PSA EVENT and Ladies WSA EVENT as a local entry please contact Coffs Squash Centre
on 66 536 523 as local entries for these 2 events close 30th June

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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.IMG_2989

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 HerringIMG_3085

  Upcoming Events

 The NSW Junior Age Championships will be  held at Thornleigh this year and Coffs Harbour players, Aden Smith, Jacob Ford, David Bergan and Brad Harrison are among those taking part.
At completion of the Championships the NSW State Junior Team will be announced and Jacob Ford will be a strong contender for the Under 15 Boys Team. Ford returns from Malaysia this week where he has been competing  and training in Penang.


Juniors have been consistent in Friday action with Ethan Sambrook leading on 53 points from Will Geddes and Josh Taylor. With two weeks before the end of term there is a narrow margin separating group two with Liamm Brookman 58 closely followed by Jimmy Dean 53 and Ethan Pursch.  Ethan Pursch has been showing great improvement with his games each week which is highlighted by winning his last six matches to be closing in on the leaders on 51 points.

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.


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

IMG_2868Keelan Birch Coffs Harbour has his eye on the ball in the U/19 final

IMG_2881Luke Bain Coffs Harbour control front court against Liam Bruno of Moree in final Boys U/17s

IMG_2911Reuben Carey Winner, Will Geddes R/up of Coffs Harbour U17/15 Division

IMG_2915 U/19 winner Keelan Birch and Brad Harrison R/up

IMG_2622Aden Smith Coffs Harbour sets to return a forehand in his round match

  Coffs Harbour Junior Classic

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 Junior Programs to the fore

 A great number of juniors took advantage of Coaching Clinics during the holiday period to sharpen their skills and prepare for upcoming events at the centre.
Players were treated to speed and agility routines and provided with on court tactical information to put into practice.
The programs have seen new members eager to advance their skills in Term 2 and the Little Squashies development squads have commenced this week.
Sessions have been extended due to the popularity and range of activities available this term.
There’s still vacancies and registrations are welcome.


 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.


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