Waikato Takes Leevey Shield

Three players debut for the Seniors at the Leevey Shield one dayer against Waikato.

Abbie Holmes, Deanna Dockery in the women’s and Lachlan Greensill for the men.

The morning started well, with our 5 and 6s up and winning the first few matches; Lachlan, Rory and Deanne making it 3-1 to Central, unfortunately Emma Rowe went down in 3.

# 3 and 4s were next, needing to play well to secure wins. Abbie fought hard, winning against a higher seeded opponent. Fiona lost her first in 4 and Allan Bailey stepped up for a win and Matt Ratcliffe had a big game but lost making it 5-3 to us.

Next the big guns at 1 and 2. This is where Waikato had the advantage. Centrals #1 woman Ngakuira Osborne played a talented Waikato junior player Georgia Robcke. Georgia got a good lead, up 2 nil, then Ngakuira come back to win the next 3 games to take the match. Fantastic result Nga!
Central was captained by Matt Nation, who had a tough couple of opponents to deal with, with Waikato having NZ Commonwealth games player Zac Miller leading the way followed by a very talented Finn Trimble at #2. Unfortunately, Matt, Loni Martin and Stephen Bennett all had losses, but all played well against tough opponents. 

Going into lunch, scores were locked at 6 matches each!! Deanne had to pull out due to injury, but we were lucky to have be able to call on Ohakune's Lauren Wikohika, unfortunately she had a loss, and Emma Rowe had a fantastic win along with Rory Mortleman, 
Fiona Gifford-Moore came back strong after the morning's loss, upsetting her higher seeded opponent in 4. Abbie was to have a tough match up against Waikato A grader Jaimee Hunt but came away with the win, throwing in the odd reverse boast, winning against her first A Grader in 4. Well done Abbie.

The rest of the afternoon saw some good games, but we were unable to get another win, and Waikato winning the Leevey Shield 14 matches to 10.

A big thank you Taumarunui squash club for hosting this event and to Bruce Morgan for your organisation in getting this Challenge sorted. A great effort by Central fighting hard but it wasn’t to be. Congratulations to Waikato and we will be back next year ready for another tough challenge.

Lastly, thanks to both Waikato and Central players for your commitment and fair play on court and for the off-court celebrations together into the evening. 

Good luck for the remainder of the season. 
Melville Holmes - Leevey Challenge Central Senior Rep