The Bay of Plenty Women’s Squash Team have been crowned National Champions for the first time since 1981.
The title, which was last won when Dame Susan Devoy led it, saw the team compete against teams from around the country and was an emotional victory for the team who have seen only a series of near-wins in the last 36 years.
This year the team was led by professional Rotorua player, Amanda Landers-Murphy alongside other Rotorua players Camden Te Kani-McQueen and Nadia Hubbard and Joanna Shanks from Tauranga.
Amanda, who is the current BOP Player of the Year and has just come off an exceptional World Doubles Champs where she defended her Women’s World Title with Joelle King.
Her ability on the Doubles court is described as "phenomenal" by the team manager.
She has also obtained recent notable titles in domestic PSA events in the singles arena.
Cheryl Te Kani-McQueen, who was in the 1981 team that last won the title for the Bay, says she was excited to be part of the supporters at the club.
“We are so proud of our girls. It means a lot to the Bay, especially those of us who have been involved and represented the Bay in the past.”
In the Men’s competition, the boys were seeded 3rd, and were led by current professional Ben Grindrod. Evergreen Bay stalwart Paul Bedford, and Auckland-based players Aaron Kopittke and Matiu Te Kani-McQueen completed the Bay team.
A 1-3 loss saw the men’s team complete the event in 4th place.
NZ Senior Inter-District Teams Event - Bay of Plenty Results:
First Round: BOP vs Eastern
Camden Te Kani-McQueen v Puti Ferguson Bay of Plenty 11/5, 11/6, 11/6
Nadia Hubbard v Kate Graham Bay of Plenty 11/4, 11/4, 11/6
Amanda Landers-Murphy v Rhiarne Taiapa Bay of Plenty 12/10, 11/2, 11/3
Joanna Shanks v Winona-Jo Joyce Bay of Plenty 11/7, 3/11, 11/8, 11/3
Semi Final: BOP vs Wellington
Camden Te Kani-McQueen v Gemma Gee Bay of Plenty 11/4, 11/9, 11/6
Joanna Shanks v Debbie Dunbar Bay of Plenty 9/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/7
Amanda Landers-Murphy v Rebecca Barnett Bay of Plenty 11/7, 12/10, 11/3
Nadia Hubbard v Charlotte Galloway Bay of Plenty 11/4, 11/7, 11/6
Final: BOP vs Auckland
Camden Te Kani-McQueen v Juee Bhide Bay of Plenty 11/9, 2/11, 4/11, 11/7, 11/1
Joanna Shanks v Abbie Palmer Auckland 11/5, 11/9, 11/8
Amanda Landers-Murphy v Ellie Epke Bay of Plenty 11/5, 11/4, 11/3
Nadia Hubbard v Priscilla Wildsmith Bay of Plenty 4/11, 12/14, 11/9, 11/8, 11/6
First Round: BOP vs Eastern
Matiu Te Kani-McQueen v Bryce Redman Eastern 2/11, 11/8, 10/12, 11/8, 11/9
Aaron Kopittke v Will Hirst Bay of Plenty 11/9, 8/11, 11/6, 11/7
Ben Grindrod v Cameron Jamieson Bay of Plenty 11/4, 11/5, 8/11, 11/7
Paul Bedford v Joseph Watts Bay of Plenty 14/12, 11/8, 11/3
Semi Final: BOP vs Auckland
Matiu Te Kani-McQueen v Sam Sayes Bay of Plenty 11/9, 11/6, 11/4
Paul Bedford v Gabe Yam Auckland 12/10, 11/4, 11/7
Ben Grindrod v Matthew Lucente Bay of Plenty 11/9, 11/7, 6/11, 11/8
Aaron Kopittke v Brad Robinson Auckland 11/5, 11/8, 11/5
3rd/4th Playoff: BOP vs Canterbury
Matiu Te Kani-McQueen v Quinn Udy Canterbury 5/11, 3/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/9
Paul Bedford v Joe Willliams Canterbury 11/2, 12/14, 13/11, 11/7
Ben Grindrod v Jayden Millard Bay of Plenty 11/4, 11/6, 11/4
Aaron Kopittke v Adam Odering Canterbury 11/6, 3/11, 11/1, 11/7