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ILT-Community Trust NZ Southern Open 2017
14-18 Jun, Invercargill, New Zealand, $15k

18-Jun, Final:
Another title for Lobban

Scotland's Greg Lobban claimed his 9th and biggest PSA title as he beat top seed Ivan Yuen in straight game in the final in Invercargill.

Lobban continued with the form he had shown throughout the tournament, placing the ball with precision and applying pressure to Yuen.

Lobban accumulated a substantial lead in the first game before Yuen began to come back, but Lobban held his nerve and took the game 11-7. The second game began point for point and this time it was Yuen who took the early lead but Lobban staged a massive come back to win seven points in a row to take a 2-0 set lead. Yuen returned in the third with much more focus, using a cracking pace on the ball to get it past Lobban and was able to take this set quickly 11-3.

The fourth game saw both players giving their all. Yuen again streaked to a quick lead and it looked for a while like the match would move into a fifth, however Lobban again gave a massive push to take the lead again and keep his hopes of winning alive.

With the scores tied at 9-9 it was anyone’s game for the taking and an incredible rally which saw Lobban get himself out a scrambling defensive situation and back into position to attack then had to be replayed with a let called. In the replay of the point Lobban was able to place a drop that was irretrievable, giving him match-ball.

From there he maintained his control of the match, placing his last ball out of Yuen’s reach to claim the NZ Southern Open title, his first $15k tournament win.


NZ Southern Open 2017
14-18 Jun, Invercargill, New Zealand, $15k
Round One
15 Jun
16 Jun
17 Jun
18 Jun
[1] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/5, 11/13, 11/5, 11/5 (43m)
[Q] Joe Green (Eng)
[1] Ivan Yuen

14/12, 11/6, 6/11, 9/11, 11/9 (87m)

[6] Mahesh Mangaonkar
[1] Ivan Yuen

11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 13/11 (62m)

[3] Peter Creed


[1] Ivan Yuen


11/7, 11/6, 3/11, 11/9 (56m)


[5] Greg Lobban

9th PSA title fro Greg

[6] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
11/7, 11/2, 11/6 (38m)
[Q] Chris van der Salm (Nzl)
[7] Evan Williams (Nzl)
11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/5 (48m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)
[7] Evan Williams

11/2, 11/9, 11/13, 5/11, 11/8 (95m)

[3] Peter Creed
[3] Peter Creed (Wal)
6/11, 8/11, 11/3, 11/9, 11/4 (64m)
[Q] Sean Conroy (Irl)
Eain Yow Ng (Mas)
11/4, 9/11, 11/4, 11/3 (30m)
[4] Angus Gillams (Eng)
Eain Yow Ng

11/6, 11/8, 11/4 (32m)

[5] Greg Lobban
[5] Greg Lobban

11/6, 11/5, 11/6 (36m)

[2] Rex Hedrick

Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
11/8, 11/5, 11/4 (28m)
[5] Greg Lobban (Sco)
[wc] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
11/3, 11/9, 11/5 (36m)
[8] Joshua Larkin (Aus)
[8] Joshua Larkin

11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (48m)

[2] Rex Hedrick
[Q] Daniel Mekbib (Cze)
11/5, 11/8, 9/11, 11/3 (51m)
[2] Rex Hedrick (Aus)

Finals, 14-Jun:
Joe Green (Eng) 3-0 Luke Jones (Nzl)                               11/7, 11/9, 11/5 (39m)
Daniel Mekbib (Cze) 3-1 Bradley Masters (Eng)          11/5, 8/11, 11/2, 11/5 (46m)
Sean Conroy (Irl) 3-0 Scott Galloway (Nzl)                      13/11, 11/3, 11/8 (36m)
Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 3-0 Matias Tuomi (Fin)                11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (35m)

Round One:
Luke Jones (Nzl) 3-0 Adrian Mennell (Nzl)                         11/5, 11/4, 11/8 (19m)
Bradley Masters (Eng) 3-0 Matthew Broad (Nzl)                11/1, 11/5, 11/5 (17m)
Daniel Mekbib (Cze) w/o Mitchell Kempton (Nzl)                      w/o
Sean Conroy (Irl) 3-0 Josh Parkhill (Nzl)                            11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (19m)
Scott Galloway (Nzl) 3-2 Sanjay Singh (Mas)   11/8, 11/13, 5/11, 11/7, 11/9 (45m)
Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 3-0 Sion Wiggin (Nzl)                    11/4, 11/9, 11/6 (23m)

15-Jun, Round One:
Ng joins seven seeds in Invercargill quarters

There were some tense moments for the top seeds at the ILT/CTOS NZ Southern Open PSA tonight with the qualifying players pushing hard in their efforts to get through to the second round.

The 5.30 matches saw top seed Ivan Yuen of Malaysia up against qualifier Joe Green of England, and 6th seed Mahesh Mangaokar from India against another qualifier, New Zealand’s Chris van der Salm.
Yuen looked in control during the first set, but Green came out hard in the second streaking to a 10-4 lead before a massive comeback effort from Yuen saw the scores tied at 10 all and then game-ball to Yuen. Green kept pushing and managed to take the second set 13-11. Another tight set followed with both players looking for the edge, with Yuen managing to get there 11-8. The fourth set saw Yuen much more in control and he was able to close out the match 11-5.

Over on the other court van der Salm was giving his all against Mangaonkar, but despite his efforts, Mangaonkar was in total control throughout the match and took the win in 3.

The next round saw some equally tight matches, and almost the upset of the tournament.

Young Irish player Sean Conroy took a quick lead in his first set against 3rd seed Peter Creed from Wales, and kept pushing to take the first set 11-6. Conroy continued working hard in the second, moving Creed all around the court and anticipating Creed’s shots and cutting them off, taking the set 11-8. The third set saw a much more focused Creed on the court and he made short work of the set 11-3. A massive battle in the fourth set saw both players really pushing themselves, with Creed able to take it 11-9. Creed’s experience and composure served him well in the fifth, closing out the match 11-4.

Meanwhile, New Zealand player Evan Williams (7th seed) had to battle to get through a tough match with Mohd Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia. Williams got the first set by working hard, but the tables turned in the second with Kamal edging in 11-9. Williams was able to regain his focus during the break and came back to take the next two sets and the match.

Current Junior World Champion Eain Yow Ng looked very sharp tonight and made short work of his first set against 4th seed Angus Gillams from England. Gillams came back in the second and worked hard for a 11-9 win, but the third and fourth sets were completely Yow’s as he played with great accuracy and precision, forcing errors from Gillams to make his move through to the second round.

Scotland’s Greg Lobban proved too strong for New Zealand’s Lance Beddoes, showing superb shot placement and taking a quick 3-0 win.

Likewise Joshua Larkin from Australia was able to seal a 3-0 win over New Zealand’s Ben Grindrod.

The final match of the evening saw second seed Rex Hedrick  of Australia up against Daniel Mekbib from Czech Republic. Hedrick was in control of the match in the first set, however the second set was very intense as Mekbib fought to get back into the match and Hedrick had to work hard to take a 2-0 lead.

Mekbib returned to the court more determined and took an early lead in the third, continuing to apply pressure on Hedrick to force the errors, managing to take the set 11-9. Hedrick was able to pull back in the fourth and close out the match 11-3.

Main Draw

13-Jun, Qualifying Round One:

The first round of Qualifying at the 2017 ILT Community Trust of Southland NZ Southern Open started off with two convincing wins by England’s Bradley Masters and New Zealand’s Luke Jones against local Southland players Matty Broad and Adrian Mennell.

Masters made quick work of his first set to take it 11-1. Broad fought back in the second and third sets but it was not enough and Masters was able to close out both sets 11-5.

In a revisit of last years qualifying, Jones and Mennell were back facing each other, with Jones again taking the win in 3. There were some long rallies with Mennell chasing down the ball and keeping himself in the hunt, however Jones was able to dominate the tee and keep moving Mennell around the court, closing out the match in just 19 minutes, 11-5, 11-4, 11-8.

The second round of games saw another local player, Josh Parkhill, against Ireland’s Sean Conroy. While Parkhill was giving his all out on the court, Conroy was too strong and showed superb reading of the play to be waiting for Parkhill’s shots and put them away. Conroy slotted several nicks, played with precision, and took the match 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 in 19 minutes.

Daniel Mekbib of the Czech Republic got a free pass through to the second round due to local junior player Mitchell Kempton having to default due to injury.

The final round of games for tonight saw New Zealanders Chris van der Salm and Sion Wiggin on court 3, and fellow New Zealander Scott Galloway against Malaysia’s Sanjay Singh.

Van der Salm looked very much in control during the first set, taking it 11-4. Wiggin came back harder in the second, taking an early lead but van der Salm retained his composure and came back to take the set 11-9. The third set started point for point before van der Salm again took control, closing out the match 11-6 in the third.

The final match proved to be the match of the night with young Scott Galloway from Wellington managing to sneak his way through to the second round, with a massive 5 set win over Sanjay Singh. Galloway took the first set 11-8 and looked set to extend his lead in the second being up 10-7 before Singh managed to claw his way back in and take it 13-11.

Singh followed this up with a dominant third set. Galloway came back fighting in the fourth, managing to get an early lead then kept working hard to take the set 11-7. The fifth set saw both players give it their all with score seesawing back and forth as they jostled for the lead, with Galloway coming out on top 11-9.

STREAMING: Qualifying

Main Draw

All set in Invercargill

The NZ Southern Invercargill Open sees World Ranked 42 Ivan Yuen of Malaysia taking the top seeding and he will be due to face a qualifier in the first round.

Rex Hedrick world ranked 57 who was knocked out in the semi-finals of the event in 2016, will be looking to claim the title this weekend with his first-round match also being against a qualifier.

Peter Creed
of Wales is third seed in the event and faces a qualifier in the first round whilst fourth seed Angus Gillams of England is sure to be put through his paces as he faces the 2016 World Junior Champion Eain Yow Ng of Malaysia in the first round.

Livestreaming of the matches start Tuesday night with qualification rounds.

STREAMING: Qualifying

Main Draw

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