Flett and Kempton top squash hopefuls

17:00, Aug 01 2014

Emily Flett and Mitchell Kempton are the top seeds for the Southland junior squash tournament in Invercargill this weekend.

The under-19s tournament will be held at ILT Stadium Southland and Squash City, with the latter holding the finals tomorrow. The 88 entries include some from Otago.

Flett's main opponent in the women's section is Katie Fairweather, winner of the Southland women's open in June.

Kempton will get strong opposition in the men's division from Caleb Madden, Regan McNaught and Otago's Josh Askin, Squash City club captain Simon Flett says.

"Between them, it'll be a tough [men's] competition."

The Southland team for the national juniors' tournament in Auckland in October will be announced at tomorrow's prizegiving ceremony.

Some of the Southland juniors playing today helped the province win a South Island quadrangular teams' tournament in Dunedin last weekend. Seniors, masters and juniors took part.

Emily Flett's win over A grade Canterbury player Emma Sim was a big factor in Southland's success. Southland had nine wins to take the title from Canterbury (second), Otago (third) and Midlands (Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, fourth).

Meanwhile, Squash City officials have received statistics on the number of hits from livestreaming the main three days of the Southern PSA (Professional Squash Association) Open last month.

Internet watchers registered 9200 hits, including 1000 for the final.


The Southland Times