Kempton and Flett south's top juniors

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014
Mitchell Kempton and Emily Flett
YOUNG CHAMPS: Mitchell Kempton and Emily Flett after winning the finals at the Southland Junior Squash Championships.

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Mitchell Kempton and Emily Flett are the south's best junior squash players.

They won titles at the Southland Junior Squash Championship in Invercargill at the weekend. Squash City and ILT Stadium Southland hosted the event, which attracted 84 competitors.

Thirty-six attended from throughout Otago, including six Oamaru players. Everyone was guaranteed three games.

Kempton (Southland Boys' High School) beat James Baker (John McGlashan College) in the boys' final, winning 15-10 15-9 15-9.

"He [Baker] played really well ... it see-sawed a bit," Kempton said.

"In the second and third sets I thought I might win."

Regan McNaught (Southland Boys' High School) was third in the boys' section.

Emily Flett (James Hargest College) said she had to work to win the girls' final from archrival Katie Fairweather (Southland Girls' High School).

"I started off well and then she came back at me," said Flett, who was taken to four sets, 15-10 15-4 13-15 15-10.

It was an important win for Flett because she lost to Fairweather in the Southland Women's Open in June.

Jasmine Demchy (James Hargest College) finished third in Sunday's girls' final.

Squash Southland development officer Bruce Thirkell said the championship went off without a hitch.

"It was fantastic, very impressive," he said yesterday.

The Southland squad for the New Zealand Junior Championship in Auckland in October is - Girls: Emily Flett, Katie Fairweather, Jasmine Demchy, Alex Thurlow, Hayley Flett. Boys: Mitchell Kempton, Regan McNaught, Jack Demchy, Terry Thurlow, Caleb Madden.

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