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Gibson O'Connor North Shore Open 2017
24-28 May, Auckland, New Zealand, $5kx2

28-May, Finals
Landers-Murphy & Larkin take the titles in Auckland

Josh Larkin of Australia and Amanda Landers-Murphy of New Zealand haver claimed the Gibson OíConnor North Shore Open and PSA titles in the first of the NZ PSA events.



The Women's final match saw two Kiwi foes battle it out in a match they had seen many times before. Amanda Landers-Murphy took on Megan Craig in a repeat of the 2016 Senior Nationals final.

Landers-Murphy came out strong in the first two games using the lower tin to play her deadly shots and Craig wasnít able to match them with Landers Murphy winning 11-8, 12-10. It looked set to be all over in the third as Landers-Murphy had 3 match balls, but Craig dug deep into her arsenal and started to attack further with counter-drops of her own and Craig clinched the third 15-13.

Craig continued with her momentum into the fourth and started to use the lower tin to her advantage attacking and countering Landers-Murphyís shots, Craig claimed the fourth 11-8 and sent the match into itís fifth. Both players stuck at it in the fifth but it was Landers-Murphy who edged over the line claiming the fifth 11-9 and winning the title.

The Men's final saw Evan Williams of New Zealand take on Australian Josh Larkin. Williams and Larkin were looking to work each other hard in the match.

Both players had strong rallies but it was Larkin who was able to force the errors from Williams and claim the first game 11-7. The next game saw Williams take an early lead but Larkin remained composed and worked the rallies reducing his errors and putting the squeeze on Williams, Larkin claiming the second 11-5.

Larkin continued to take the front foot in the third and whilst Williams battled hard it was not enough and Larkin claimed the game 11-7 and the title.

Thanks to the North Shore squash club for a great event, players will look to continue their form at the June PSA events.
 

North Shore Open 2017
24-28 May, Auckland, New Zealand, $5k
Round One
26 May 
Quarters
27 May
Semis
27 May
Final
28 May
[1] Evan Williams (Nzl)
11/8, 11/1, 12/10
Sion Wiggin (Nzl)
[1] Evan Williams

12/10, 11/8, 12/10 (47m)

[6] Bradley Masters
[1] Evan Williams

11/5, 6/11, 11/4, 7/11, 11/5 (63m)

[4] Valentino Bong

[1] Evan Williams

 

11/7, 11/5, 11/7 (48m)

 

[2] Joshua Larkin

[6] Bradley Masters (Eng)
11/7, 11/6, 3/11, 11/4
Zac Millar (Nzl)
[5] Luke Jones (Nzl)
8/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/9
Jason van der Walt (Nzl)
[5] Luke Jones

11/4, 7/11, 13/11, 11/4 (40m)

[4] Valentino Bong
[4] Valentino Bong (Mas)
13/11, 11/2, 11/6
Robert Andrew Garcia (Phi)
[Q] Reymark Begornia (Phi)
11/4, 11/7, 11/8
[3] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
[3] Ben Grindrod

12/10, 11/8, 8/11, 11/9 (56m)

[Q] Chris van der Salm
[3] Ben Grindrod

9/11, 11/7, 11/3, 11/2 (50m)

[2] Joshua Larkin

[Q] Chris van der Salm (Nzl)
11/7, 12/10, 11/5
[8] Joel Luca (Aus)
[Q] Matthew Lucente (Nzl)
11/8, 11/8, 11/9
[7] Chang Wook Woo (Kor)
[7] Chang Wook Woo

11/5, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)

[2] Joshua Larkin
[Q] Scott Galloway (Nzl)
4/11, 11/5, 12/10, 11/1
[2] Joshua Larkin (Aus)
Qualifying:

Finals:
Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 3-0  [1] David Pelino (Phi)             11-6, 11-1, 11-6
[4] Reymark Begornia (Phi) 3-1 Chris Lloyd (Nzl)         11-3, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10
Matthew Lucente (Nzl) 3-1 [3] Sam Sayes (Nzl)         11-2, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7
[5] Scott Galloway (Nzl) 3-1 [2] Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor)  11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11

Round One:
[1] David Pelino (Phi) 3-0 Leo Fatialofa (Nzl)                     11-5, 11-5, 11-1
Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 3-0 Gabe Yam (Nzl)                     11-5, 11-8, 11-2
[4] Reymark Begornia (Phi) 3-2 Rafa Yam (Phi)  11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 11-3
Chris Lloyd (Nzl) 3-1 Corbin Faint (Nzl)                     4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-5
Matthew Lucente (Nzl) 3-0 Tom Taylor (Nzl)                     11-4, 11-6, 11-4
[3] Sam Sayes (Nzl) 3-0 Anthony Lepper (Nzl)                   11-6, 11-4, 11-6
[2] Nyeon-Ho Lee (Kor) 3-0 Akil Afghan (Nzl)                   12-10, 11-6, 11-9
[5] Scott Galloway (Nzl) 3-0 Tyler Ranger (Nzl)                 11-6, 11-7, 11-5
North Shore Open 2017
24-28 May, Auckland, New Zealand, $5k
Round One
26 May
Quarters
27 May
Semis
27 May
Final
28 May
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
11/2, 11/6, 11/2
[Q] Rhiarne Taiapa (Nzl)
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy

11/2, 11/6, 11/6 (24m)

[7] Emma Millar
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy

11/5, 11/3, 11/5 (22m)

[6] Jemyca Aribado

[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy

 

11/8, 12/10, 13/15, 8/11, 11/9 (67m)

 

[2] Megan Craig

[7] Emma Millar (Nzl)
11/8, 11/8, 11/3
Kaitlyn Watts (Nzl)
[6] Jemyca Aribado (Phi)
11/2, 11/7, 11/6
Lauren Clarke (Nzl)
[6] Jemyca Aribado

6/11, 11/5, 11/8, 11/7 (33m)

[4] Samantha Foyle
[4] Samantha Foyle (Aus)
11/7, 11/4, 12/10
[Q] Courtney Trail (Nzl)
[Q] Nadia Hubbard (Nzl)
11/6, 11/7, 11/4
[3] Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
[3] Jessica Turnbull

7/11, 11/8, 11/4, 11/8 (28m)

Abbie Palmer
[3] Jessica Turnbull

11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (24m)

[2] Megan Craig

Abbie Palmer (Nzl)
11/8, 11/6, 11/8
[8] Moana Gray (Aus)
Lisa Aitken (Sco)
7/11, 8/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/3
[5] Christine Nunn (Aus)
[5] Christine Nunn

14/11, 11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (40m)

[2] Megan Craig
[Q] Anika Jackson (Nzl)
11/2, 11/2, 11/3
[2] Megan Craig (Nzl)
Qualifying:

[1] Anika Jackson (Nzl) 3-0 Amara Afghan (Nzl)             11-9, 11-6, 11-9
[3] Nadia Hubbard (Nzl) w/o Annaleise Faint (Nzl)             w/o
Courtney Trail (Nzl) 3-0 Camden Te Kani-McQueen (Nzl) 11-7, 11-9, 11-8
Rhiarne Taiapa (Nzl) 3-0 [2] Zoe Dykzeul (Nzl)             11-3, 12-10, 11-7
27-May, Semis
Top seeds through to finals in Auckland

The finalists of the Gibson OíConnor North Shore Open and PSA have been decided after some hard-fought semi-finals.

The first Women's semi-final match saw Kiwi Amanda Landers-Murphy take on Jemyca Aribado of the Philippines. Landers-Murphy came out determined to make the final and bought only her best. Aribado wasn't able to match Landers-Murphy as she claimed the match in three.

The first Men's semi-final saw an exceptional battle between Evan Williams of New Zealand and Valentino Bong of Malaysia. Williams was able to edge Bong 11-5 in the first, but Bong countered claiming the second 11-6.

Williams got back into the lead as he claimed the third 11-4 but Bong made sure to keep himself in the match and levelled the score winning the fourth 11-7. Both players threw everything into the final game and it was Williams drops and accuracy that got him across the line winning the fifth 11-5.

The last women's semi-final saw the first Trans-Tasman battle between Jess Turnbull of Australia and Megan Craig of New Zealand. Craig retrieved some excellent shots and both players were sure to put everything on the line. It was Craig's day on court though as she took her win in three .

The last men's semi-final saw Australian Josh Larkin take on New Zealandís Ben Grindrod.

Grindrod worked well in the first game taking the win 11-9. Larkin found his momentum in the second though pushing hard to claim the game 11-7.

Larkin asserted his dominance in the third game and Grindrod couldn't match the intensity with Larkin claiming the game 11-3. Larkin maintained his composure claiming the fourth 11-2 and his place in the final.
 

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27-May, Quarters
Quarters complete in Auckland

The semi-finalists of the main draw of the Gibson OíConnor North Shore Open and PSA have been decided after some tight matches along the way.

The first match of the Women's Quarter Finals was between New Zealanders Emma Millar and Amanda Landers-Murphy. Landers-Murphy was out to claim the win after going down to Millar at the Waikato Open.
Landers-Murphy kept her calm and came out firing and Millar wasn't able to answer. Landers-Murphy claiming the win in 3 (11-2, 11-6, 11-6).

The first match of the Men's Quarter Finals saw New Zealandís Luke Jones take on Malaysiaís Valentino Bong. Bong took the first game 11-4 but Jones worked hard in the second claiming the win 11-7 and leveling the score.

The third was tight but it fell Bongs way him claiming the game 13-11. Bong never looked back after this point claiming the fourth 11-4.

The next Women's match saw Jemyca Aribado of the Philippines take on Sam Foyle of Australia. Foyle looked powerful in her first game claiming the first game 11-6. Aribado turned it round in the second and whilst Foyle fought hard it was not enough as Aribado claimed the next 3 games (11-5, 11-8, 11-7).

Next up in the Men's was Evan Williams of New Zealand and Brad Masters of England. It was another physical match for Masters and whilst both players had high intensity rallies it was Williams that took the game in 3 (12-10, 11-8, 12-10).

Local club player Abbie Palmer was looking to make an upset after beating Moana Gray the previous night. Palmer started off well against Australia's Jess Turnbull playing strong shots and claiming the first game 11-7. Turnbull found her shots and movement in the second and never looked back claiming the next 3 games (11-8, 11-4, 11-8).

Chris van der Salm and Ben Grindrod of New Zealand have battled numerous times before and both players were sure to put everything on the court to win. Grindrod started off well claiming the first 2 games (12-10, 11-8). Van Der Salm showed some great form in the third to claim the game 11-8 but it wasn't enough as Grindrod claimed the fourth 11-9 and made his way into the semi-final.

The last women's match saw a Trans-Tasman battle between New Zealandís Megan Craig and Australia's Christine Nunn. Nunn started off in strong form claiming the first game 11-4.

Craig found her stride in the second claiming the game 11-6. Nunn wasn't able to find her stride again with Craig claiming the next 2 games (11-5, 11-8) and taking her spot in the semi-final.

The final men's match saw Josh Larkin of Australia take on Chang Wook Woo of Korea. Larkin showed good strength in his match and his great shot play saw him take his spot in the semi-final in 3 (11-5, 11-7, 11-8).
 

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26-May, Round One
Quarters set in Auckland

The first round of the main draw of the Gibson OíConnor North Shore Open and PSA has finished up with some tense matchups and upsets along the way!

The first round of the Men's main draw saw ex club mates Luke Jones and Jason Van Der Walt facing a battle they had both faced many times before. Whilst Van Der Walt was able to claim the first game 11-8 Jones got back into the match and took the next 3 games 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 to claim his spot in the quarter finals.

The first game of the Women's main draw saw Kiwis Amanda Landers-Murphy and qualifier Rhiarne Taiapa taking to the court for their place in the quarter finals. Landers-Murphy proved to be too strong for her fresh-faced opponent winning in 3 (11-2, 11-6, 11-2).

The second men's match saw Robert Garcia of the Philippines take on Valentino Bong of Malaysia. Both players moved exceptionally well around the court and played stunning shots but it was Bong who took the first game 13-11 and then never looked back claiming the next 2 games 11-2 11-6.

The second women's match saw another Kiwi match-up between Emma Millar and Kaitlyn Watts. Watts had claimed the win from Millar a few weeks earlier at the Bay of Plenty Open but Millar was out for revenge. Millar came out in style and whilst both players had high intensity rallies it was Millar who came out on top winning in 3 (11-8, 11-8, 11-3).

The next women's match saw Jemyca Aribado of the Philippines take on Lauren Clarke of New Zealand and whilst Clarke did well to find composure during the match it was not enough with Aribado claiming the match in 3 (11-2, 11-7, 11-6).

The men's match between Zac Millar of New Zealand and Brad Masters of England was a physical affair and with lots of powerful hitting from both players it kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Masters took the first two games 11-7, 11-6 before Millar found his wind and took a strong third game 11-3, this wasn't enough to swing the match Millarís way as Masters claimed the fourth 11-4 and his spot in the semi-final.

Courtney Trail of New Zealand took on Australian Sam Foyle in their first-round match and whilst Trail showed some great form against the more experienced player she wasn't able to convert going down in 3 (11-7, 11-4, 12-10).

The men's match between Australian Joel Luca and New Zealandís Chris van der Salm saw Van Der Salm use his experience from his time on the PSA to attack the ball putting Luca under pressure. Luca looked set to come back at points but it wasn't enough with Van der Salm claiming the match in 3 (11-7, 12-10, 11-5).

It was another win for the Australians as Jess Turnbull bet Nadia Hubbard of New Zealand with controlled rallies and great movement that Hubbard wasn't able to match. Turnbull took the win in 3 (11-6, 11-7, 11-4).

Ben Grindrod of New Zealand took on Reymark Bergornia of the Philippines. Grindrod showed great length with shots tight to the wall that lead Grindrod to claim the match in 3 (11-4 11-7 11-8).
Next up were two local club players in the men's and women's. In the men's Sion Wiggin took on fellow Kiwi Evan Williams. Williams the top seed came out looking to make his way into the final in convincing style, but Wiggin used his home court knowledge and athleticism to keep Williams honest. Unfortunately it wasn't enough for Wiggin and Williams claimed the match in 3 (11-8 11-1 12-10).

Abbie Palmer was the other local player to take to the court and she used her knowledge of the club to play some great shots and worked Australian Moana Gray hard. Gray matched Palmer at points but this wasn't enough and Palmer made her way into the quarters winning in 3 (11-8 11-6 11-8).

Chang Wook Woo of Korea played New Zealand qualifier Matthew Lucente. Lucente was looking to cause an upset and with some great movement and shot selection he put Woo under pressure, however it wasn't enough for the young player as Woo claimed the match in 3 (11-8 11-9 11-9).

Christine Nunn of Australia and Lisa Aitken of Scotland had one of the matches of round 1 with both players digging deep and playing exceptional rallies. Aitken took the first two games 11-7, 11-8 but then Nunn turned the tables and levelled the game score winning 11-6, 11-3 before managing to close the match out in 5 Nunn, winning the fifth 11-3.

The last match of the Women's Round 1 saw Kiwi players Anika Jackson and Megan Craig take to the court. The more experienced Craig showed she was to strong today taking her win in 3 (11-2, 11-2, 11-3).

The final match of the Menís Round 1 saw a Trans-Tasman battle between Kiwi Scott Galloway and Australian Josh Larkin. Whilst Galloway looked set to upset the match taking the first game 11-4 with some strong shot selection, it wasnít enough as Larkin found another gear and took the next 3 games 11-5, 12-10, 11-1.
 


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25-May, Qualifying Finals
Qualifying complete in Auckland

The main draw of the Gibson OíConnor North Shore Open and PSA has been decided after some close matches in the final round of qualifying.

The first Men's qualifying match saw New Zealandís Chris Van Der Salm take on David Pelino of the Philippines. Van Der Salm showed great volleying making Pelino work hard on the court. Pelino wasn't able to keep up with the intensity losing the first game to Van Der Salm 11-6. Van Der Salm used his win from the first to propel him in the second with Pelino not able to keep up and the errors creeping into his game Van Der Salm took the second game 11-1.

Pelino started to gain momentum again in the third but it wasn't enough with Van Der Salm using his reach to win the third game 11-6 claiming the match in 3.

The first game of the Womenís qualifying saw local north shore player Amara Afghan take on New Zealand player Anika Jackson. Jackson and Afghan had some strong rallies with great power and accuracy in their play but it was Jackson who was able to claim the first game 11-9. The next game saw Jackson get off to a strong start with Afghan making some errors in her game. Jackson maintained her lead and whilst Afghan reduced her errors it was not enough as Jackson claimed the second game 11-6.

The final game saw both Jackson and Afghan see saw back and forth. Both players turned each other and moved the ball, but it was Jackson that managed to get the game 11-9 and claim the match in 3.

The second match of the men's qualifying saw New Zealandís Chris Lloyd who took on Reymark Bergornia of the Philippines. Bergornia got off to a strong start as Lloyd wasn't able to find his shots and Bergornia put the ball away to claim the first game 11-3. Lloyd got his way back into the second game building the rallies and matching the pickups of Bergornia, Bergornia was able to keep the edge though and he claimed the second game 11-8.

Lloyd started to find his rhythm in the third as Bergornia waned and was not able to get Lloyds shots. Lloyd kept the pressure on Bergornia and took the third game 11-8. Lloyd and Bergornia continued with massive rallies of pace and accuracy in the fourth and whilst Lloyd had his chance to level the game score Bergornia kept his calm and fought back to then claim the game 12-10 and took the match in 4.

The second women's draw was unable to be played with Annaleise Faints flight being cancelled due to fog seeing Nadia Hubbard move directly into the main draw.

The third match of the Womenís draw saw another New Zealand matchup between Camden Te Kani McQueen and Courtney Trail. Trail and Te Kani McQueen showed some powerful hitting in their first game and their accuracy was second to none, but Trail managed to work it away from Te Kani McQueen and claimed the first game 11-7.

The second game was similar to the first with both players showing great power and accuracy but Trail kept the ball away from Te Kani McQueen and claimed the second game 11-9. The last game saw Trail keep her cool and whilst there was some great work from Te Kani McQueen it was not enough and Trail claimed the third 11-8 and the match in 3.

The third men's qualifying saw local Belmont Park members Sam Sayes and Matthew Lucente battling for a spot in the main draw. Lucente played great tight shots throughout the first game and Sayes wasnít able to compete seeing Lucente claiming the first game 11-2. Sayes managed to turn it around in the second game tightening his shots and Lucente went on to the back foot.

Sayes leveled the game score claiming the second 11-6. Lucente went back to taking the ball early in the third and Sayes was not able to get the ball back and Lucente reclaimed his lead taking the third 11-3. Lucente got out to an early lead in the fourth but Sayes managed to level the game before Lucente found his second wind and he managed to take the fourth 11-7 and his spot on the main draw.

The final women's qualifying match was between Kiwi juniors Rhiarne Taiapa and Zoe Dykzeul. Taiapa was lethal in the first game with her powerful shots and deadly accuracy left Dykzeul unable to answer and Taiapa took the first game 11-3. Dykzeul found her rhythm in the second as Taiapa started to see errors in her game but some composure and resetting from Taiapa saw her manage to fight to the end and clinch the game in an enthralling 12-10.

Taiapa took a convincing lead in the third game with Dykzeul not being able to find the shots to match her. Once Taiapa got out to a lead she never looked back claiming the third 11-7 and her place in the main draw.

The last men's qualifying match saw New Zealandís Scott Galloway take on Nyeon Ho Lee of Korea. Galloway and Lee played a quick paced game in the first but it was Galloway that managed to play some great shots and claimed the first 11-6. The second game saw the players continue in much the same fashion and it was Galloway who was able to get some extraordinary shots away and take his lead in the match claiming the second game 11-8. Lee managed to turn the tables in his favor in the third and made Galloway feel the pressure and even a fight back wasnít enough from Galloway as he went down in the third 11-9.

Galloway and Lee knew it was all on the line in the fourth and the players retrieved some exceptional shots and used great deception but it was Galloway who took the win 13-11 and claimed his spot in the main draw.

The main draw of menís and womenís kicks off at 3pm Friday
 


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24-May, Qualifying Round One
Qualifying under way in Auckland

The first round of qualifying of the Gibson OíConnor North Shore Open and PSA has seen some close matches as players vie for their place in the main draw.

The first match of the qualifying saw Leo Fatialofa of New Zealand take on David Pelino of the Philippines. Pelino got off to a comfortable lead in the first but Fatialofa managed to find some strong shots part way through the first, but it was not enough with Pelino claiming the first game 11-5. The second game saw much the same of the first, with Pelino taking a convincing lead and then Fatialofa managing to claw points back, but it was the same result with Pelino winning 11-5. Pelino was too strong for the young Kiwi in the third game with Pelino winning 11-1 and claiming the match in 3.

The next match was between Gabe Yam of New Zealand and Chris Van der Salm of New Zealand. Van Der Salm showed his strength and experience over yam claiming the first game 11-5. The next game saw Yam start to make good inroads with some great holds and pickups, but Van der Salm showed he could match the excellent shot choice and pickups and it was enough for Van der Salm to claim second 11-8. Van der Salm proved too much for Yam in the third with his shot selection being on point and Van der Salm claimed the game 11-2 and the match in 3.

Next it was a matchup between Rafa Yam and Reymark Bergornia of the Philippines. Yam and Bergornia showed stunning placement of the ball and great control throughout the first. Whilst it looked like Yam would claim the first game Bergornia stayed composed and dug deep and claimed the first game 11-9. It was similar in the second game with both players showing exceptional stamina but it was Bergornia that took the game 11-8 and the lead in the match.

Yam came out and managed to work Bergornia hard in the third and it appeared that Bergornia was starting to wane. Yam capitalized on this drop from Bergornia claiming the game 11-6. Yam kept the momentum going his way in the fourth and there were less errors in his game and he worked well through moving the ball around the court claiming the fourth game 11-7 and sending the match to the fifth. It seemed that Bergornia found a new lease of life in the fifth and Yam saw several errors creep into his game. Yam eventually went down in 5 losing the fifth 11-3 to Bergornia.

The next qualifying match was between Kiwis Chris Lloyd and Corbin Faint. Faint showed good placement in the first game with Lloyd seeming unable to find an answer for his shots seeing Faint claim the first game 11-4. The tables quickly turned in the second as it was Lloyd who found his stride as Faint was put on the back foot. Lloyd took the momentum and claimed the second game 11-4 evening the game score up. Both Faint and Lloyd were looking strong in the third game with both players showing their placement of drops, ensuring the game was full of excitement.

Lloyd's experience shone through though and he claimed the third 11-8 and edged the lead. There was plenty of strong play in the fourth but Lloyd stayed in front of Faint as Faints stamina started to fall by the side. It was Lloyd who claimed the fourth 11-5 sending him through to the final round of qualifying.

Local North Shore player Tom Taylor took on Matthew Lucente of New Zealand in the next qualifying match. Lucente worked Taylor around the court forcing the errors from him with Lucente sustaining control in the rallies and securing the first game 11-4. Whilst Taylor seemed to settle more into the second game Lucente made sure he kept his calm and the edge on the match claiming the second game 11-6. Lucente never looked out of place in the third as he continued to work Taylor and Lucente went on to win the game 11-4 claiming the match in 3.

Next on was Kiwis Sam Sayes and Anthony Lepper. Both players had high intensity rallies with great length and accuracy but Sayes took the first game 11-6 with his great consistency. It was a similar outcome in the second game with both players continuing in a similar fashion to the first and Sayes came out victorious again winning 11-4. Whilst Lepper dug deep in the third it was unfortunately not enough and Sayes claimed the game 11-6 and the match 3-0.

It was another North Shore local Akil Afghan on next to try and take out Nyeon-Ho Lee of Korea. Whilst Afghan found some great rhythm and shot selection in the first game and he looked to upset Lee with game ball in the first, some poor shot selection saw Lee fight back and claim the game 12-10. Lee used the momentum from winning the first to continue to propel him into the second and Afghan was not able to keep up going down in the second 11-6.

Lee took an early lead in the third and whilst Afghan managed to make good gains it was not enough to secure him the win with Lee claiming the third game 11-9 and Lee making it through to the final of qualifying.

The final match of the night was an all Kiwi derby between Scott Galloway and Tyler Ranger. Ranger and Galloway were both here to play with some outrageous racket skills sending the ball in numerous directions, however it was Gallloway that managed to keep up the accuracy and he claimed the first game 11-6. Both players carried on in similar fashion in the second and whilst Ranger managed to find some strong shots Galloway again proved too strong as he took the second 11-7.

Galloway looked set to wrap the match up leaving Ranger with very few options in the third as Galloway secured his spot in the final round of qualifying winning the game 11-5 and claiming the match in 3.

The final round of menís and womenís qualifying kicks off at 6pm Thursday.
 


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