The future of squash at Westlake Girls is exciting after beating Wairarapa College 4 – 1 to finish 3rd at the NZSS Championship.
After the cancellation of many national tournaments, 16 schools competed for the NZSS Squash title at the Devoy Squash Centre in Tauranga from 7 – 9 August 2020. With three Year 9 students in the team, WGHS began the tournament strongly with a 5 – 0 win over Papamoa College. St Matthews felt the efficient and business-like form of the Lakers next, losing to them 4 -1. However, it was the semi-final match against Havelock North High School that pushed Westlake to the limit.
Westlake’s number 5 seed, Hawon Ryu set the stage with a handy 3 – 1 win before WGHS captain, Da Eun Baek, suffered a very close loss to their #2 seed. With the pressure building, the heart wrenching match between the third seeds, featuring Westlake’s Aishah Lotfy, had supporters on the edge of their seats. The Year 9 student’s tenacity pushed her Hawke’s Bay opponent to exhaustion in a very emotional 5-set match, before Lotfy eventually lost 3 -2. Lucy Cadness-Aspinall won quickly in straight sets while Myriam Lotfy’s top seed match up was too tough. Westlake lost the semi-final 3 matches to 2 and Havelock North went on meet Whangarei Girls High School in the final where they lost to the Northlanders.
Congratulations flowed as Westlake’s Year 9 students, Lucy Cadness-Aspinall and Aishah Lotfy were named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Junior Girls Squash team for the Trans-Tasman Exchange against New South Wales and Queensland. Both Cadness-Aspinall and Lotfy are current members of the NZ Junior Development Squad.
The Westlake Girls Premier Squash team will now look forward to defending their Auckland Secondary Schools Championship title on 1-2 September at North Shore Squash Centre.
Pictured above from left are: Da Eun Baek (Capt), Hawon Ryu, Aishah Lotfy, Anna Jowsey, Lucy Cadness-Aspinall and Myriam Lotfy.