Marshall bags squash double

Tom Marshall with the spoils of victory in Christchurch. Photo: Supplied.

Marlborough squash player Tom Marshall has got the country covered.

In Christchurch at the weekend, the youngster added the South Island under-15 boys title to the North Island Junior Age Group crown he picked up the previous week.

Marshall relished playing at the new Christchurch courts and underlined his burgeoning talent by backing up from his efforts in the North Island. He took out the final 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9 against national No 3 Ryan Ko.

At the Havelock North and Hastings clubs, from July 6-8, Marshall’s sister Leonie made it a family affair by taking out the NI under-17 girls crown.

At the weekend she went close to making it a sibling ‘double-double’ in Christchurch, losing in five in the U17 girls final to Martha Toghill of Otago. Marlborough’s Paulie Moran was runner-up in the under-17 boys’ section, losing in four to NI runner-up Jack Conder from Auckland.

Tom went through the North Island tournament without dropping a set, winning his final 11-7, 11-5, 11-7. Leonie also managed a straight sets win in her final, 11-5, 13-11, 11-7, but found the going tougher previously, having to battle through a five-setter in her semifinal.

The third member of the Marlborough crew in Hawke’s Bay was Chris Hebberd, who picked up a bronze medal, also in the under-15 boys section.

Next up for the Marlborough contingent is the Greymouth Open at the end of the week.

That is followed by the nationals in October, while Tom is preparing for a tour of Canada and the US with a NZ junior team in December.

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