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Winter Interclub - Round 3 Women's Division 1

Last week the Division One ladies all convened at Burnside Squash Club for the nights games. 

Burnside 1 vs Football 1

A dominating performance was displayed by the home team Burnside 1, winning nine matches to nil, but the end score doesn't reflect the close matches that went on. Kate Fox lead the charge with a 3-0 win over Football's young Petra Curd-McCullough. With both players having a similar game plan, the rallies were very close. Sue Wasley played Sarah Blaire for the number 1 match. A slow start by Sarah proved her downfall, with Sue dominating the first set. Sarah pulled it back for the last two games but couldn't match Sue's attacking game tonight. Finally, the experienced Judy Smith played Football's Michelle Ditfort for the final match of the night. Michelle's strong retrieving kept her tight in the games with all three games going right to the wire. However, Judy's composure pushed her to secure the win for Burnside. Final match score: Burnside 9 - 0 

Burnside 2 vs Christchurch 1 

The number three players started the night off for the Burnside Christchurch matches. Burnside's Lee-Ann Blanken won a close 3 setter against Christchurch's Wendy Dunlop. Second to the court was one of the battles of the night, Burnside's Yi-Lin Yoong versus Christchurch's Diane McCoy. Di took the first set, but Yi-Lin didn't back down coming back to take the second and third set. However, Di wasn't backing down, and secured the win with two extremely close final sets (picture below - Colour co-ordination on point by Di!). With one match a piece for each club, the number one players stepped on for the decider. It was awesome to see the return of Christchurch's Kiriana Andrew's to women's interclub for the night! Kiriana sealed the win for Christchurch with a three-set win against Burnside's Chwee Yeo. Final match score: Christchurch 6 - 5 

Football 2 vs Christchurch 2 

Youth overcame experience this week in the matches between Football 2 and Christchurch 2. Football's Caitlin Millard versed Christchurch's Fiona Stewart in the number two seed play off. Still on form after competing at the NZ secondary school tournament the previous week, Caitlin secured her win in three. In the number 3 game, Football's Ella Knutson followed Caitlin's lead to secure her win in three against Christchurch's Joanna Ellwood. The number one play off between Football's Freda Walker and Christchurch's Katie Douglas proved to be another epic match of the night. Both players being well known in division one for winning upset matches it was anyone's guess as to who would take this match out. Freda started strong, taking the first two sets, however Katie dug her heels in and put in the hard yards to take the match winning the following three sets. Final match score: Football 8 - 3  

Hoon Hay 1 vs Linwood 1 

The number one ladies for the teams started the night off, with Kelsi Carrick coming up against Linwood's Alicia Rangi. Carrick showed held her form and composure to take the win in three. The number 3s were next to take the court, with Hoon Hay's Nadia Karati playing Linwood's Robyn Flynn. Nadia took the first set, only for Robyn to fight it back to win the second. Two more extremely close games followed, with Nadia coming out on top. Hoon Hay's Moriya Karati and Linwood's Jess Wilson had a marathon battle at the number two spot. Jess took the first game at 17-15, and this set the tone for the next four games, with 3 out of 2 of the sets coming down to 2 points. It was neck-and-neck right to the end, with Jess coming out on top. Final march score: Hoon Hay 8 - 4. 



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