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Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers NZ Classic 2016
07-12 Jun, Palmerston North, $15k

12-Jun, Final:

[1] Paul Coll
(Nzl) 3-0 [2] Rex Hedrick (Aus) 11/5, 11/7, 11/1 (47m)

Coll Conquers NZ Classic

New Zealander Paul Coll took out the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand International Squash Classic at SquashGym this afternoon in emphatic style, claiming his 9th career PSA title.

Coll entered the match as slight favourite but he had never beaten Rex Hedrick in any of their previous meetings. Coll’s Squash has come a long way in the past twelve months though which started with him taking out the Australian Open last August.

The match started at a frantic pace and both players were looking to get in and cut the ball off where they could. Coll’s Squash was tighter than Hedrick’s though and he ground out a handy lead which Hedrick could not get back. At 10 – 4 they played an epic rally that had the large crowd at SquashGym in awe, Hedrick eventually won it but that was only delaying the inevitable with Coll taking the next point and an 11 – 5 first game win.

The second game was more of the same, fast paced and intense rallies. It was Squash of the highest quality but towards the end of the game Coll started to pull away again. Hedrick had forced Coll to pull out his trade mark slides and dives which at 10 – 7 to Coll required him to leave the court to repair some blood on his knee. He left the court for around six minutes and both players would have appreciated the break.

Coll came back on and won the next The third was a one sided affair. Hedrick tried hard but his spirit appeared to be broken as Coll made no mistakes and dominated the ‘T’. Coll raced out to a 10 – 0 lead before Hedrick finally got his first point. Coll won the next and he was the New Zealand International Squash Classic Champion for 2016.

"It was a fast paced game and my lungs were really feeling it. I was able to recover in between points and I was glad to come out on top in three games,” Coll said after the match. “It was my first win over Rex and I have played him a fair bit, he used to dominate when I played the Aussie circuit."

Coll and the circuit move onto Christchurch next week where he will be looking to win another title in front of his home fans.

The women’s final was played as the curtain raiser to the men’s final which saw Wellington’s Emma Millar taking on local teenage prodigy Kaitlyn Watts.

The women’s event was a closed satellite PSA but the tournament became wide open when top seed and world number 39 Belgium Nele Gilis had to pull out due to sickness. This allowed Watts a free pass to the final where Millar had beaten local Danielle Fourie in the semi-final.

A close battle was had after Watts got off to a nervous start and lost the first game easily. She then got into her stride and won the next two to take a 2-1 lead. Millar showed her experience and levelled it at 2 all after working Watts around the court at the front and the back. In the fifth Millar continued the momentum and took the final game 11-7.

Watts really impressed with her ability to get around the court and the SquashGym crowd have surely seen the beginnings of what should be a top Squash career for the 15 year old.

Match Replays

Women's Results

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NZ Classic 2016
07-12 Jun, Palmerston North, $15k
Round One
09 Jun
10 Jun
11 Jun
12 Jun
[1] Paul Coll (Nzl)
11/8, 11/6, 11/3
[Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)
[1] Paul Coll

11/0, 11/8, 4/4 rtd

[8] James Huang
[1] Paul Coll

9/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 11/9 (80m)

[3] Ivan Yuen

9th PSA title for Paul

[1] Paul Coll


11/5, 11/7, 11/1 (47m)


[2] Rex Hedrick

[8] James Huang (Tpe)
11/9, 7/11, 4/11, 14/12, 11/7
[LL] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
[5] Peter Creed (Wal)
11/4, 11/3, 11/6
[wc] Luke Jones (Nzl)
[5] Peter Creed

12/10, 11/3, 12/10

[3] Ivan Yuen
[3] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
11/7, 11/5, 11/4
[Q] Ashley Davies (Eng)
Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
7/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/7
[4] Angus Gillams (Eng)
[4] Angus Gillams

11/7, 11/8, 11/9

[6] Josh Masters
[6] Josh Masters

11/13, 14/12, 11/5, 4/11, 14/12 (78m)

[2] Rex Hedrick

[Q] Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11/7, 11/1, 11/8
[6] Josh Masters (Eng)
[Q] Eain Yow Ng (Mas)
8/11, 11/6, 11/8, 9/11, 12/10
[7] Joshua Larkin (Aus)
[Q] Eain Yow Ng

11/8, 11/7, 11/9

[2] Rex Hedrick
Evan Williams (Nzl)
11/9, 11/5, 11/1
[2] Rex Hedrick (Aus)

08-Jun, Finals:

Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 3-0 Addeen Idrakie (Mas)             11/5, 12/10, 11/7
Eain Yow Ng (Mas) 3-0 Ben Grindrod (Nzl)                          11/5, 11/7, 13/11
Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-2 Kashif Shuja (Nzl)       11/8, 15/13, 10/12, 9/11, 11/5
Matias Tuomi (Fin) 3-0 David Clegg (Aus)                           11/6, 14/12, 11/8

07-Jun, Round One: 

Addeen Idrakie (Mas) 3-1 Jason van der Walt (Nzl)     10/12, 11/4, 11/1, 11/9
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 3-2 Sion Wiggin (Nzl)                  11/2, 11/7, 14/12
Eain Yow Ng (Mas) 3-0 Zac Millar (Nzl)                               11/9, 11/8, 11/8
Ben Grindrod (Nzl) 3-0 Scott Galloway (Nzl)                         11/7, 11/7, 11/9
Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-0 Chang Wook Koo (Kor)                    11/8, 11/7, 11/9
Kashif Shuja (Nzl) 3-0 Elliot Selby (Eng)                             12/10, 11/7, 11/7
David Clegg (Aus) 3-1 Corbin Faint (Nzl)                      11/4, 8/11, 11/3, 11/4
Matias Tuomi (Fin) 3-0 Stephen Bennett (Nzl)                      11/8, 11/4, 11/9
11-Jun, Semis:
Top seeds through in five

The finalists have been decided at the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand International Squash Classic at SquashGym tonight. Both matches were played in front of a full house and the spectators were not disappointed.

The first semi featured top seed Paul Coll of New Zealand taking on Ivan Yuen from Malaysia. The two had met recently at a tournament in Hong Kong were Coll had come out on top 3–2. Tonight’s match went down that same track.

The first game was a tight battle with long extended rallies with both players wanting to play down the backhand side. The players went point for point and it took a number of quality shots from Yuen to take the first 11–9. Coll was at his athletic best and there is hardly a ball that he cannot lay a racket on. The final point of the first game typified this
with a full length dive which on this occasion was to no avail.

In the second game Coll started to get on top and dominate the ‘T’. He forced Yuen into a couple of loose shots and he put them away with class. Coll took the game 11–5.

Coll continued that momentum into the third racing out to an early lead. Yuen fought back though with some exquisite shots, combined with some errors from Coll, Yuen took a 2–1 lead winning the game 11–7.

The fourth was a battle of attrition and Coll’s mobility and conditioning came to the fore and Yuen started to noticeably tire. Coll levelled the match 2 all winning 11 –5.

Starting the fifth, the SquashGym crowd would have expected Coll to power away but the 90 second break did Yuen wonders and the fifth was a tight affair. It went back and forward and got to 9 all. Once again Yuen started to fatigue and Coll took his chances taking the fifth 11–9 after an hour and twenty minutes.

“It was a tough win in five and I am glad to come through it. I knew it would be tough and I am really looking forward to the final,” Coll said after the match.

The second semi of the night featured second seed Australian Rex Hedrick and Englishman Joshua Masters. Masters was seeded sixth and upset his countryman Angus Gillams in the quarter finals.

It was a clash of two styles with Hedrick a gritty runner who prominently plays the back of the court and Masters a hard hitter who loves to play attacking Squash.

The first two games seemed to take an age, with Masters taking the first 13–11 and Hedrick the second 14–12.

These two games took it out of the players and the next two were split once again with Masters winning the third 11–5 and Hedrick the fourth 11-4.

A cracking final game was set up and it did not disappoint with long intense rallies, some superb winners from Masters, controversial referring calls and the lights even went out at 11 all. The second seed Hedrick was able to hold on through all of this and win a gritty fifth game 14–12.

Hedrick joked after the match that he and Coll should play a ‘best of one’ tomorrow after the exhausting semi-finals.

“Joshua played some amazing shots tonight and he really hit his targets at the front of the court. My game is more of a longer one so I just concentrated on hitting my targets at the back of the court,” Hedrick said.

The two top seeds will face of tomorrow when a big crowd should be in for a long, close match to decide the New Zealand Classic Champion.

Match Replays

10-Jun, Quarters:
Top seeds power on in Palmerston

The quarter finals went to seeding in all bar one match at the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand International Squash Classic at SquashGym tonight.

First on court was New Zealander and top seed Paul Coll who met James Huang from Taiwan. Coll has been in great form of late and is a big favourite this week.

He dominated Huang early but in the third game there was an accidental collision that required Huang to take time off the court. Huang returned but unfortunately had to retire hurt.

"You never like that to happen to your opponent and he showed great sportsmanship to come back on and try to carry on," Coll said. Coll has had light work load so far this week and will be fresh for the semi-finals.

"It's great to be playing at home in NZ. Great to have the psa circuit in New Zealand for us. I've been overseas in Europe training with a few top players and it's done me a lot of good. I look forward to a good southern hemisphere season with the NZ events this month and the Australian events in July"

Coll will play Malaysian Ivan Yuen who beat Peter Creed from Wales in three straight games. Yuen was too precise and accurate for the gritty Welshman who showed great athleticism and fight against the classy Yuen.

Creed pushed two games to 12/10 but was unable to get across the line in either in his straight games defeat. Yuen will be looking for revenge against Coll who recently beat him 3-2 in the semi-finals in Hong Kong. It sets up to be a fantastic match on SquashGym’s main court tomorrow afternoon.

The only minor upset in the quarter finals came in the all English clash between fourth seed Angus Gillams and sixth seed Joshua Masters.

The English duo clearly knew each other’s game well and a tight three game match was played out with the lower seeded Masters taking it out 11/7, 11/ 8, 11/9.

The final match of the night pitted second seed Rex Hedrick of Australia against Malaysian qualifier Eain Yow Ng.

Ng has had a big week with two rounds of qualifying before last night’s first round where he upset seeded player Joshua Larkin. Hedrick loves to play long and structured rallies and that proved too much for Ng playing his fourth big match in the same number of nights.

Hedrick will now play Joshua Masters in the other semi-final tomorrow afternoon.

Draw & Results

Match Replays

09-Jun, Round One:
Kiwis fail to fly in first round

The opening night of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers International Squash Classic was been a great one for the Kiwis.

The top seed Paul Coll will be the only one flying the flag for the home country for the rest of the tournament after his fellow countrymen were all
bundled out in the first round at SquashGym.

Coll was dominant first up beating Mohd Syafig Kamal from Malaysia in three straight games. "

"I got off to a slow start but settled into my work well and was pleased to get off the court in three games," Coll reflected after the match. "I have had a heavy schedule of late and after this New Zealand series of tournaments I will definitely be taking a break."

Home town player Kashif Shuja played a five set thriller for the second night in a row and for consecutive nights the result did not go his way. Shuja went down in qualifying but received a second chance by being drawn as the ‘lucky loser’ to enter the main draw.

Shuja played well again but could not put his younger opponent James Huang away in the fourth which he lost 14–12 after being up two games to one. Huang out lasted Shuja in the fifth 11–7.

Wildcard local player Luke Jones played world number 80 Peter Creed of Wales and Jones was up against it from the start. The young Jones constructed some good rallies but was unable to finish and the experience of Creed shone through.

"He has a good solid game that probably lacks a little bit of a touch at this stage," Creed said of his opponent Jones after the match.

Wellington’smultiple PSA tournament winner this year Evan Williams was expected to challenge second seed Rex Hedrick from Australia in what was tipped to be the match of the night. It didn’t live up to expectation with Williams making too many errors for the consistent Hedrick. Hedrick flourished in the warm, bouncing conditions and retrieved everything Williams threw at him. Hedrick won in a comfortable three games.

The match of the night was the last to be played, and the only one in which the seeded player was beaten.

A marathon battle between Joshua Larkin and Eain Yo Ng. Ng came through two rounds of qualifying and he came out strong against Larkin taking a two games to one advantage. Larkin pulled back the fourth and set up a grandstand finish in front of a good crowd at SquashGym. In an enthralling final game Ng came out the victor 12–10.

Draw & Results

Match Replays

08-Jun, Qualifying Finals:
Qualifying complete in Palmerston North

Qualifying was wrapped up for the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand International Squash Classic at SquashGym tonight. Some exciting Squash was played but undoubtedly the match of the night was played between Englishman Ashley Davies and local Kashif Shuja in a five set thriller.

Shuja, playing in front of his home crowd, was fired up to make the main draw but got off to a sluggish start with the hard hitting Englishman taking the first 11/8. The second was a classic back and forth battle. Shuja was pulling out all of his tricks and deception skills which made Davies use the back glass a number of times just to stay in rallies. Davies dug deep though and took a 2–0 advantage 15/13.

Shuja looked down and out but some outstanding shot making over the next two games made it two-all. Shuja made a very sluggish start to the fifth and Davies pounced and didn’t let his chance slip to take the match 11/5 in the decider. Davies will play Malaysian Ivan Yeun in the first round of the main draw.

Malaysian Mohd Syafig Kamal upset his higher ranked countryman Addeen Idrakie in three straight games to kick off the night's qualifying. Kamal got on top early and never let it slip. He now plays top seed Paul Coll in tomorrow night’s first round.

Another Malaysian Eain Yow Ng extinguished New Zealander Ben Grinrod’s hopes of qualifying in three games. Grinrod made too many errors which allowed Ng a comfortable win. Ng received a good first round match up against seventh seed Joshua Larkin from Australia.

The final match of the night saw Finland’s Matias Tuomi beat Australian David Clegg in a relatively straight forward three game match. Tuomi now plays England’s Joshua Masters in the first round.

The tournament lost third seed Mahesh Mangaonkar who withdrew due to visa issues which meant a lucky loser was required to fill the spot left in the draw after the reshuffle. Tournament official Troy Ramsay drew a name from the hat and local Kashif Shuja was the one to receive another life.

Shuja must have had ‘karma’ on his side after playing an entertaining and quality match and losing in five. His luck continued when he was drawn to play eight seed James Huang in what he will see as an excellent opportunity to progress further.

07-Jun, Qualifying Round One:
Malaysian trio advance in NZ

Qualifying for the 2016 edition of the NZ Classic got under way at Palmerston North with Malaysians Addeen Idrakie, Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Eain Yow Ng all winning through to tomorrow's finals.

Home interest was maintained with wins for Ben Grindrod and Kashif Shuja.

Idrakie and Kamal play each other in the finals while Ng meets Grindrod. Shuja will be up against England's Ashley Davies while Finland's Matias Tuomi faces Australian David Clegg.

Draw & Results

Coll Favourite for Squash Classic

This week InspireNet SquashGym in Palmerston North hosts the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand International Squash Classic. This is the fifth year the event has included a PSA section and the Women’s Classic will also be a Closed Satellite professional event.

The tournament has 21,660 NZD prize money for the men’s main draw which has attracted an international field.

Tournament Director Ed Burston says an incredible international flavour will be seen at SquashGym. “Players in the men’s and women’s draws have come from 8 different countries including England, Belgium, India, Malaysia, Australia as well as New Zealand.”

Last year's champion Nafizwan Adnan from Malaysia will not be back to defend his 2015 title which makes New Zealand’s Paul Coll the favourite. Coll has risen to 34 in the World and recently finished runner up at the Hong Kong International.

The 24 year old from Greymouth has made rapid progress in the last two years which includes a victory over Australian number 1 and world number 14 Cameron Pilley in last year’s Australian Open final. Coll has been a regular visitor to Palmerston North and will feel comfortable on the SquashGym courts.

Coll’s main competition should come from second seed Rex Hendrick of Australia. Hendrick is ranked 62 in the world but he faces a very tricky first round opponent in New Zealand’s Evan Williams. Williams has been in red hot form this year taking out two PSA titles in recent times in Tauranga and Hamilton which has moved his ranking inside the top 100 for the first time.

Indian visitor Mahesh Mangaonkar has travelled a long way to compete in the New Zealand International Classic and will also be looking to contend for the title. He starts as third seed and is ranked 59.

Palmerston North’s Luke Jones who was the New Zealand Junior Champion in 2014 has been given a wildcard into the first round where he will meet Peter Creed from Wales. Jones will have his work cut out against the experience of the Welshman who has been inside the top 70 in recent years.

Qualifying for the final four spots in the Men’s draw begins Tuesday and finishes Wednesday with the main draw underway Thursday evening. Players looking to qualify for the main draws have come from far and wide with a number of New Zealand hopefuls looking to upstage international opponents. The men’s final is set for 2.00pm on Sunday.

The women’s draw sees Belgium visitor and world 39 Nele Gilis as the one to beat.

Her main competition will come from New Zealand players Emma Millar and Danielle Fourie in what is a great opportunity for these two locals to test themselves against a world class player. Palmerston North’s Kaitlyn Watts will be looking to continue her march up the New Zealand Squash rankings with another strong tournament.

This event is the first of three PSA tournaments to be held in New Zealand with Christchurch and Invercargill to follow. These tournaments are using the 17 inch lower tin which will make for some exciting Squash and favour the attacking players.

The wider tournament this week has attracted 110 players throughout the grades which will make for a busy weekend at the SquashGym Club. Entry to the tournament for spectators is free.


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