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Squash

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We’d been training for months for the College Sport Wellington Squash Championships. Coach Pittams had to make some tough calls when deciding the line-up on the day but he eventually settled on what he thought were the 10 most gifted, finest squash players he’d even seen. Club Kelburn fell silent as Naenae College arrived. Despite being there for one purpose only, winning, the majority of us thought we’d put our skills to the test in the Rookie Grade. Caleb Poihipi thought he’d try his luck in the top grade but unfortunately a combination of the conditions, umpiring, racquet string problems and shoe-grip issues got the better of him as he found himself in the consolation round early on. Elsewhere, Head Girl Soe Sola and Fonofa Fale were putting on a display of fine form while the Boys Rookie grade was heating up. James Jessop and Mark Jack faced off in the semi-final in an entertaining match while Ryan Chau was putting in the hard work to fight off some big competition from our Taita College counterparts. Mark Savelio got better and better after a slow start to the day but was no match for Tyrell Packer who some incredible speed to help him finish in a semi-final place. Come the end of the day, Jessop and Chau were last ones standing from NNC, coming together in a winner takes all clash in the Boys Rookie Final. In a match filled with acrobatic winners and lengthy rallies, Jessop managed to overcome the resilient Chau taking the final 3 sets to 1 making it back to back titles. Massive thanks to Coach Pittams for taking us down to the Mitchell Park courts once a week for a hit and helping Naenae College dominate the squash scene yet again.