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Sandgate Open 2016
17-19 Jun, Sandgate, Australia
, $5k

19-Jun, Final:
It's Saxby at Sandgate

The Sandgate Open final was a full house and nothing short of entertaining as second seed Lisa Camilleri came up against Tamika Saxby.

The last time Camilleri and Saxby versed each other was in the semi-finals of the City of Perth Squash Challenge only a few weeks ago which resulted in Saxby winning three games to love.

Saxby's last PSA final saw her defeat first seed Sarah Cardwell, which she again replicated in the quarter finals of the Sandgate Open.

The final saw Saxby take the first two games 11/8, 11/5 which Camilleri responded with by winning the third game 4/11. After a tough 3 games, Saxby dominated the final game winning 11/1.

Saxby was excited with her performance:

"It is great to get a second win at home. I had a strong first two games, however lost my way in the third game. I managed to piece it together for a strong fourth game,"
said a delighted champion.

The tournament promoter Nathan Turnbull was pleased with the overall event. "I am very happy with the crowd support that attended the finals and I am excited to run the event again in 2017," Turnbull said.
Sandgate Open 2016
17-19 Jun, Sandgate, Australia
, $5k
Round One
17 Jun
18 Jun
18 Jun
19 Jun
[1] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
[1] Sarah Cardwell

9/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/5 (41m)

Tamika Saxby
Tamika Saxby

 11/6, 11/5, 11/4 (18m)

Samantha Foyle

Tamika Saxby


11/8, 11/5, 4/11, 11/1


[2] Lisa Camilleri

[5] Selena Shaikh (Aus)
11/0, 11/8, 11/3 (18m)
Tamika Saxby (Aus)
[8] Samantha Calvert (Aus)
11/9, 11/2, 11/6 (16m)
Samantha Foyle (Aus)
Samantha Foyle

6/11, 12/10, 12/10, 13/11 (42m)

[4] Lakeesha Rarere
[4] Lakeesha Rarere (Aus)
[3] Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
[3] Jessica Turnbull

11/3, 11/3, 9/11, 5/11, 11/3 (33m)

Emma Millar
[3] Jessica Turnbull

11/9, 11/5, 6/11, 12/10 (37m)

[2] Lisa Camilleri

Emma Millar (Nzl)
11/7, 11/3, 11/13, 11/5 (30m)
[7] Danielle Fourie (Nzl)
Taylor Jones (Aus)
 11/1, 11/4, 11/4 (14m)
[6] Stephanie Wigton (Aus)
[8] Stephanie Wigton

11/7, 9/11, 12/10, 11/9 (40m)

[2] Lisa Camilleri
[2] Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
18-Jun, Quarters/Semis:
Down to the final at Sandgate
Nathan Turnbull reports

We were expecting a cracking day of matches on Saturday including the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals and the round of Quarters didn’t let us down. With a good crowd turning up filling the grandstand at Sandgate everyone was treated to a spectacle of Squash.


Tamika Saxby v Sarah Cardwell was a rematch of the City of Perth Final and a grudge match that goes back to Under 12 Squash and it started off just as we expected.

Saxby got out to an early lead in the first game but it was Cardwell who came back strong with an impressive array of shots and hitting the better length of the two ladies, taking the first game 11/9. Saxby came out firing in the second game completely controlling the middle of the court and showing some explosive movement to the front corners, finishing off the match 3 games to 1.

The second quarter final of the day was between 4th seed Lakeesha Rarere and Samantha Foyle another rematch from the City of Perth tournament. This match was always going to be a close one, with these two girls being very competitive. The first game was taken by Lakeesha 11-6 with her controlling the middle of the court and her movement trumping Sam’s. The next three games were all extremely difficult for both players as all games were long, the scores being 12-10, 12-10, 13-11.

Samantha worked extremely hard to move Lakeesha around the court and playing to her strengths taking the ball short at the most opportune moments. Foyle said after her match that she was “very happy with my game, it was a tight match point for point, Keesh upped her game from last time and I knew I had to play well to get the win. So I was happy to stay steady and win the important points.” The 4 set match going for 42 minutes.

For the third quarter final of the day we had local girl Jessica Turnbull playing returing NZ professional Emma Millar. The first two games were won with large margins by Turnbull. However Emma came out fighting and got in front of Turnbull and played an excellent short game to get the third and fourth games. The fifth game was a high pressure situation and Turnbull came out on top, playing to her strengths and controlled the middle of the court, and used her depth to force the opening and move Millar around the court.

Turnbull said: “I’m extremely happy to come away with the win, I’m getting used to not letting my emotions get the better of me in big matches and it paid off for me today. Emma is a very good player and has an amazing short game, I had never played her before so I was excited to play someone different. It’s always awesome to play in front of a home crowd as well. I has a lot of support which helps immensely.”

The last quarter final of the day was between 2nd seed Lisa Camilleri and 6th seed Stephanie Wighton. This was a very tiring match for both involved, each match being close and all points being long and hard. Camilleri came away with the first game by using her strengths and volleying Stephanie off the court.

Stephanie then came out and combated those volley’s with high good length lobs, all points still being very long and both players were working extremely hard for every point. Wighton got the second game 11-9. The next two games were very similar but Camilleri’s experience shined and overcame Stephanie’s hard running and fearless attacking strategies. Getting the next two games 12-10, 11-9.


Samantha Foyle started well in her Semi Final but Tamika Saxby began extending the rallies and got Foyle scrambling. This seemed to exacerbate some bruised ribs from a collision with Rarere in her earlier match. By the end of the first game it became very noticeable that Foyle was in some serious pain. To her credit Foyle fought through the pain the whole way but that 5% slower movement took its toll and Saxby finished the match comfortably in the end 3 games to 0.

The final match of the day saw local hope Jessica Turnbull taking on number 2 seed Lisa Camilleri for the 3rd tournament in a row. The first game was neck and neck all the way with Camilleri eventually taking it 11/9. The more experienced Aussie took an early lead and stayed in front to win that game 11/5 moving in to strong position at 2 games to 0 up.

Turnbull’s relentless retrieving finally started to pay off in the 3rd game as she got a game on the board 11/6. It looked like the experience of Camilleri was going to prove too much for the local hope at she lead went out to an 8/2 lead, but Turnbull had other ideas.

The younger Aussie fought back very strong winning 8 points in a row but in the end experience won through, as Camilleri fought her way through to another final winning a thrilling 4th game 12/10.

17-Jun, Round One:
Day of Upsets at Sandgate
Nathan Turnbull reports

While the top four seeds are all through to the quarter-finals of the Sandgate Open courtesy of byes, three of the lower seeds fell in the first day's play.

First match of the day was between 5th seed Selena Shaikh against last month’s City of Perth winner Tamika Saxby.

Saxby came out firing and didn’t let any rallies go past 7 shots in the first game blitzing Shaikh 11/0. The 5th seed put up more of a fight in the next two games which was helped by a few mistakes from the Saxby racquet but it wasn’t enough with Saxby finishing off the match 11/8, 11/3.

The battle of the Samanthas - Foyle and 8th seed Calvert - was up next and Foyle got off to a great start with a 5/0 lead but Calvert fought her way back to narrowly lose 11/9 in the first. Foyle blasted her way through game two taking it 11/2, smashing some brilliant outright winners on the way. Foyle continued hitting unplayable length in the third game finishing off the match 11/6.
It was then time for the battle of the New Zealanders, and the crowd was treated to a shot making exhibition from both girls. The lower ranked Kiwi Emma Millar took control early with the better length and forced errors out of her compatriot Danielle Fourie to take a two game lead.

In the third game Millar went out to a 7/4 lead before Fourie started to find her length and put some real pressure back on Millar, narrowly winning in a tie break 13/11. Millar was just too consistent overpowering the younger Kiwi 11/5 in the fourth.

The final match of the day between Stephanie Wighton and Taylor Jones was a quick match to finish off our opening night. Wighton was just too experienced and powerful, completely dominating the T taking the match 11/1, 11/4, 11/4 in only 14 minutes.

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