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Local derby goes to wire in schools squash champs

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Auckland champs… Westlake Girls squash players (from left) Anna Jowsey, Tayla Harre, Lucy Cadness-Aspinall, Aishah Lotfy and Myriam Lotfy

The final game of the Auckland Secondary Schools Squash Championship had spectators on the edge of their seats as the defending champions, Westlake Girls, met Takapuna Grammar in a cliff-hanger championship decider with the score level at two-all with one match to play.

TGS won the first two sets of the best-of-three match, and were looking set for an early finish. However, Lucy Cadness-Aspinall, the WGHS captain, surprised all when she produced some miraculous game play and took three sets in a row.

The final score was 13-15, 8 -11, 11-7, 11-6 and 11-3.

The Westlakle team of Cadness-Aspinall, Aishah Lotfy, Myriam Lotfy, Anna Jowsey and Tayla Harre will now prepare for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship in Tauranga from 6-8 August, and can no doubt expect more challenging encounters.

In Division 2, the Senior A Westlake Girls team worked hard to finish third.

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