Boys' High leading champ contenders
Traditional squash school want title
Palmerston North Boys' High School are looking for a title at the New Zealand secondary schools teams championships in Tauranga this weekend.
Boys' High are one of the country's few traditional squash schools, having played in the event since inception in the early 1980s and will turn out again at the event at the new Dame Susan Devoy Squash Centre.
They are seeded fourth with 32 teams taking part and have been a strong performer in recent years, coming second in 2009, third in 2010 and 2011 so they will be hoping to go a couple better this year.
Boys' High's first team have Pukekohe High School in the first round while their second team have St Peter's School (Cambridge).
A New Zealand Secondary Schools side is named at the end of the tournament to compete in Brisbane at the end of the month against Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales state junior sides.
Two Boys' High players, Luke Jones (also a full New Zealand junior squad member) and Sam Nash are chances to make the national schools side.
If selected they will follow in the footsteps of recent New Zealand schools representatives from Boys' High, including Joseph Watts, Tom Nash, Dylan Tasker and Regan Smith - all who have made the cut in recent years.
No Manawatu girls' sides entered this year but Palmerston North Girls High School won in 2009, and will certainly be in the mix next year when up-and-coming youngsters Emily Nash, Kaitlyn Watts and Courtney Trail start high school.
SquashGym Palmerston North administrator Grant Smith is the team's manager.
Palmerston North Boys' High School 1: Luke Jones, Sam Nash, Blake Koolen, James MacDougall, Brandon Keenan, Alex Wells.
Palmerston North Boys' High School 2: Eli Jamieson, Tim Petterson, Liam Gunning, Josh Claridge, Allan Bailey, Josh Whitta.
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