New trophy for clash of old rivals

Last updated 12:00 01/08/2014

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Central host Wellington in their one-day representative clash at SquashGym Palmerston North on Sunday.

Central are missing a few players, but are strong at the top with experienced professional Kashif Shuja, as well as Luke Jones, Becky Barnett and Danielle Fourie, who have all worn the silver fern in recent years.

Jones is keen to play before he heads to Namibia to the world junior squash championships, he's leaving straight after his match for the airport.

This is the 49th year Central have played Wellington since their first fixture in 1965, and Central board members Grant Smith and Kent Darlington have donated a new trophy for the annual fixture, called the Wairarapa Cup named after the original home province.

Wellington is led by former Commonwealth Games player Tamsyn Leevey and former New Zealand masters title-holder Shane Johnson.

Wellington are missing key players - Zac Millar and Scott Galloway, New Zealand's top junior - as well as a few A-grade women. They do have Vanessa Larsen, daughter of former New Zealand cricketer Gavin Larsen.

Play starts at 10.15am.

Central: Men: 1 Kashif Shuja (SquashGym Palmerston North) A1, 2 Luke Jones (PN) A2, 3 Rod Bannister (Wanganui) A2, 4 Ben Calvert (PN) A2, 5 Stephen Bennett (Hawera) B1, 6 Jason van der Walt (PN) B1. Reserve: Corbin Faint (PN) B1. Women: 1 Becky Barnett (PN) A1, 2 Danielle Fourie (PN) A2, 3 Jackie Tapp (PN) A2, 4 Emily Nash (PN) B1, 5 Kaitlyn Watts (PN) B1, 6 Rebecca Clifford (PN) B1. Reserve: Loni Martin (Taihape) B1.

Wellington: Men: Shane Johnston, James Smith, Malcolm Wyeth, Tohe Wanoa, Ben Allan, Andrew Smith. Women: Tamsyn Leevey, Mickayla Kerr, Vanessa Larsen, Jeanne Yells, Jannah Goodall, Jessie Rose Ward-Thomas.

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- Manawatu Standard

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