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ILT Community Trust NZ Southern Open 2016
21-26 Jun, Invercargill, New Zealand, $15k

26-Jun, Final:
Coll claims another title

The 2016 ILT&CTOS NZ Southern Open PSA final today saw nhome favourite Paul Coll succeed in his mission to win three in a row with win against Tsz Fung Yip of Hong Kong.

Despite Tsz Fung starting strong and taking an early lead in the first game, Coll was determined to earn points and began a focused battle to catch and pass Tsz Fung’s early lead with a straight run of points from 3-6 to take the game 11-6.

Coll maintained his momemntum in the second and put in a very strong performance, dominating and not allowing Tsz Fung’s efforts to get back into the game.

The third saw Coll take a quick lead and even match-ball before Tsz Fung decided to push even harder and a very tight battle of wills commenced with both players desperately searching for the set win, and plenty of lets called, Tsz Fung eventually sneaking the game 15-13.

Both players returned to the court clearly tiring but focused and seeking to push each other to the limits. This game saw great energy, athleticism and agility from both Coll and Tsz Fung, along with some great shots as they looked to earn every point. Eventually after a grueling 54 minutes Coll managed to close out the match 11-8.

The win takes Coll to 11 career PSA titles, completing a June hat-trick of home wins following victories in the NZ Classic and Christchurch International.

NZ Southern Open 2016
21-26 Jun, Invercargill, New Zealand, $15k
Round One
23 Jun 
24 Jun
25 Jun
26 Jun
[1] Paul Coll (Nzl)
11/1, 11/4, 11/3 (23m)
Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
[1] Paul Coll

11/5, 11/8, 11/1 (31m)

[6] Josh Masters
[1] Paul Coll

11/4, 9/11, 11/4, 11/4 (60m)

[3] Rex Hedrick

11 PSA titles for Paul

[1] Paul Coll


11/6, 11/3, 13/15, 11/8 (54m)


[2] Tsz Fung Yip

[6] Josh Masters (Eng)
9/11, 11/13, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (62m)
[Q] Rhys Dowling (Aus)
[5] Peter Creed (Wal)
11/8, 11/6, 11/4 (28m)
[wc] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
[5] Peter Creed

11/7, 11/2, 11/8 (36m)

[3] Rex Hedrick
[3] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
5/11, 11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (60m)
[Q] Ashley Davies (Eng)
[Q] Sion Wiggin (Nzl)
11/4, 11/2, 11/6 (21m)
[4] Angus Gillams (Eng)
[4] Angus Gillams

11/3, 11/5, 10/12, 11/3 (46m)

[8] James Huang
[4] Angus Gillams

11/9, 11/6, 9/11, 11/2 (34n)

[2] Tsz Fung Yip

[Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)
11/7, 11/9, 11/7 (35m)
[8] James Huang (Tpe)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11/1, 11/4, 11/4 (21m)
[7] Joshua Larkin (Aus)
[7] Joshua Larkin

11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (36m)

[2] Tsz Fung Yip
Evan Williams (Nzl)
11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (29m)
[2] Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)

22-Jun, Finals:

Ashley Davies (Eng) 3-0 Mitchell Kempton (Nzl)                 11/6, 11/8, 11/9 (18m)
Rhys Dowling (Aus) 3-1 Luke Jones (Nzl)                 10/12, 11/7, 11/5, 11/5 (38m)
Sion Wiggin (Nzl) 3-1 Elliot Selby (Eng)                    11/9, 11/6, 6/11, 11/9 (38m)
Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 3-1 Scott Galloway (Nzl)  12/10, 11/8, 7/11, 12/10 (39m)

21-Jun, Round One:

Mitchell Kempton (Nzl) 3-0 Regan McNaught (Nzl)    14/12, 11/7, 11/8 (30m)
Luke Jones (Nzl) 3-0 Adrian Mennell (Nzl)               12/10, 11/6, 11/6 (28m)
Sion Wiggin (Nzl) 3-0 Shane Hatwell (Nzl)               11/9, 11/8, 11/1 (16m)
Scott Galloway (Nzl) 3-1 Brendan Frew (Nzl)           11/8, 11/9, 3/11, 11/6
25-Jun, Semis:
Top seeds through to final

The ILT & CTOS NZ Southern Open semi-finals went according to plan tonight in Invercargill, with both top seeds securing their spots in the final tomorrow.

Top seed Paul Coll started off very strongly against third seeded Australian Rex Hedrick, taking the first game convincingly 11-4. Hedrick came back in the second set a bit stronger, using some better shot-play, and forcing the errors from Coll, just sneaking in to take the game 11-9.

Coll refocused during the break and came back harder and more determined, flying around the court retrieving balls and using great decisions to take the third and fourth games 11-4.

Seconded seed Tsz Fung Yip took a quick lead in the first game before fourth seed Angus Gillams began to edge back into the game with increased accuracy and fewer errors, Tsz Fung just taking it 11-9.

The second game saw Tsz Fung play with much more precision and decisiveness in his shots, keeping Gillams off balance and out of position much of the game.

Gillams started to turn the tables in the third game, edging to a slight lead and then maintaining patience to close out the game 11-9. It wasn’t quite enough however and Tsz Fung came back focused and with even more shot accuracy to take the fourth convincingly 11-2.

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24-Jun, Quarters:
Seeds through to semis

The top four seeds have survived the quarter finals of The ILT&CTOS NZ Southern Open played tonight at Squashcity Invercargill with a crowd of spectators eager to view some intense squash, and the line-up of matches was sure to provide some excellent game-play.

First to take the court was top seed Paul Coll against England’s Joshua Masters. The first set saw Coll forcing errors from Masters as he worked him around the court well with long hard rallies.

Masters had a good start in the second set, pushing Coll to work harder as he kept the score even through to 6-6, and then Coll started to apply more pressure again forcing the errors from Masters. The third set was Coll’s for the taking with a very strong start that he maintained and built on to take the final set 11-1.

With both players having similar game styles, the match between Peter Creed and Rex Hedrick lived up to expectation with plenty of long, hard, fast paced rallies, with both players seeking to get the ball past their opponent and put them off balance. The first set went for a grueling 25 minutes with neither player showing any signs of slowing down in their race around the court, and some great sportsmanship displayed by Hedrick when a backswing let was denied to Creed and Hedrick said he felt a let should be played.

Hedrick managed to take the set 11-7. An increase in unforced errors by Creed saw a much shorter second set, although no less fast paced, with Hedrick sealing the game at 11-2. The fast pace continued into the third set, with both players retrieving seemingly impossible balls, fighting hard to earn points, and Creed giving himself a pep-talk halfway through the set. Hedrick was able to hang on and took the set and the match 11-8.

Fourth seed Angus Gillams looked to have his match against eighth seed James Huang completely under control, dominating the court and working Huang into making errors throughout the first two sets. Gillams was attacking any loose balls, volleying to maintain the pressure on Huang. The third set started much tighter with Huang pushing Gillams to his backhand and errors began to creep into Gillams’ game as Huang controlled his own shots much better, managing to sneak the set in 12-10. Gillams came back much more focused in the fourth set and played with much more purpose and control again to take the match 11-3.

The final match of the evening saw second seed Tsz Fung Yip taking on Australian seventh seed Joshua Larkin in what was an exciting and entertaining match.

Tsz Fung was able to pick up some great shots, with Larkin working hard all around the court and using his seemingly elastic arms to retrieve some balls well past, but Tsz Fung was able to close out more points and take the first two sets with relative ease.

Larkin entered the third set clearly prepared to leave nothing out there and went after every ball with intense energy, speed, and agility, at times diving throughout the rally to retrieve balls and even playing a shot while on the ground, which saw a brief blood break when Larkin wounded his arm. On his return to the court he returned the serve of Tsz Fung with a crosscourt nick drop, however then served out and Tsz Fung closed out the match 11-8. The final rally was hard fought with neither player willing to stop trying.

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