The 2015 season is indeed shaping up to be a very exciting and promising one for Westlake Squash.
New Zealand Squash recently named Rafa Yam, Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam for the New Zealand junior team which will take on Australia in this year’s Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series. This highly competitive series will involve play offs between New Zealand and Australian top two boys and two girls in the under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 19 age groups.
After being part of the squads, Premier Squash team captain and Auckland’s highest graded junior player, Rafa Yam will now represent New Zealand in the U17 division whilst New Zealand U15 champion Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam will team up in the New Zealand U15s.
The selection reflects the boys’ strong performance last season and continued hard work throughout the holidays. Aside from off court fitness workouts and regular training sessions at their home club Belmont Park, the boys along with fellow premier team members Stuart Martin and David Matthews also attended a summer training camp run by world ranked and Commonwealth Games player Lance Beddoes. Matthew and Rafa also received the opportunity to join several training sessions with the New Zealand mens team at the National Squash Centre. The experience allowed them to gain valuable lessons as they played alongside professional international squash players and received mentoring from the NZ team high performance coach.
The Trans-Tasman Test series will take place in Invercargill from 14-15 April and form part of a mini-circuit that includes:
- Australia Junior Open, Sydney, 3-6 April • New Zealand Junior Open, Timaru, 10-12 April • Trans-Tasman Junior Test Series, Invercargill, 14-15 April • Oceania Junior Age Group Championships, Invercargill, 17-19 April.