It has been a big day of matches at the 2017 New Zealand Masters being held at Kawaroa Park. All the finalists have been found with many having to battle their way through to the final.
The Men’s 35+ saw 2016 winner Sam Atkins make his way to the final with a win in 4 whilst second seed Aaron Kopittke lost out in 5 to third seed Neil Rossin. Atkins will be looking to retain his title whilst Rossin will be looking to claim his first title. In the Women’s 35+ Shaylee Pringle won her match in 4 whilst Korina Brown took her match in 3. Both players will be seeking their first Masters title.
Allan Crome the top seed and Corey Love the second seed in the Men’s 40+ made their way to the final with wins in 3 over their opponents to set up a World Masters Games final repeat. Crome will be looking for his first Masters title whilst Love will be looking for his second Masters title. The Women’s 40+ saw Suk Hee Kim make her way to the final with a win in 4 over Erin Ellery whilst Nadine Cull took her win over Trina Moore in 4 to earn her spot in the final. Kim will be looking for her second masters title whilst Cull seeks her second 40+ title and her fourth title overall.
In the Men’s 45+ both finalists made their way in different styles. Paul Bedford the top seed took his place with a win in 3 whilst Jason Oxenham had to fight to the end to get his win in 5. Bedford will be aiming to claim his 3rd Masters title while Oxenham hunts down his 1st. Lisa Cowlard and Juli Voykovic will battle it out in the Women’s 45+ after having taken their wins in 3 to make the final. Cowlard has 7 titles to her name whilst it will be Voykovic who will be seeking to claim her first.
The Men’s 50+ sees a repeat of the 2016 final with Grant Craig and Gary Duberly earning their spots in the final with wins in 3 over their opponents. Duberly will be aiming for a 9th Masters title and Craig his third. In the Women’s 50+ it will be a battle of the Bay with Kathryn Mckay and Vicki Beker both making their way to the final with wins over their lower seeded opponents. Mckay will be looking for her 11th Masters title and Beker her 4th with both players aiming to have their name on the 50+ trophy for the second time.
The Men’s 55+ saw top seed Michael White claim his semi-final in 4 whilst second seed Martin McKelvie had to clinch his win in 5. White will be looking for his second title and McKelvie his first so this is sure to be a good battle. The Women’s 55+ saw Karen Walton and Liz Hamilton both take their wins in 3. Walton seeks her 6th masters title and 4th 55+ title whilst Liz Hamilton will be seeking her first Masters National title.
In the Men’s 60+ top seed Mark Waldin will take on second seed Barrie Matthews with both players taking their wins in 3 in the semi-final. Waldin is aiming for his 7th Masters title and his first in the 60+ category with Matthews after his third with his last Masters title being in the 40+ age group. The Women’s 60+ saw Sandra Lelievre take her win and the match between her and Freda Walker tomorrow will determine the 2017 winner. Walker seeks her Masters title and Lelievre her 6th.
The Men’s 65+ sees Hongi Laing and Wayne Seebeck both having claimed 1 match each in their pool play with their match tomorrow to decide the 2017 winner. Seebeck has 5 titles to his name whilst Laing will be hunting his first title. The Women’s 65+ and 70+ combined to make a round robin but the matches between the 2 players in their respective age groups will be tomorrow with Kaye Jackson taking on Judy Cooper in the 70+ age group and Judy Smith and Diana Bennett playing for the 65+ title. Jackson has 12 Masters titles to her name and recently claimed the Australian 70+ title. Cooper has 4 titles to her name with Bennett and Smith both have 2 titles to their name.
Graeme Richardson has claimed the 70+ Mens title with a win over John Rowell in 3 on Friday and has his name on the title for the second time and his second ever Masters title. In the 75+ age group Richard Purser looks set to take out the title having not lost a match to date. Purser has a whopping 15 titles to his name and will be confident to make tomorrows one his 16th.
Full results can be found on iSquash here.