Christchurch raider cleans up on court

Nathan Bartlett digs one out of the corner during his match with Armand van der Eik at the weekend’s Ashburton Squash Open.

Christchurch’s Simon Slade has added another Mid Canterbury squash title to his name, after winning the Ashburton Squash Open at the weekend.

Slade defeated Cromwell’s Caleb Madden in the men’s open grade final at the Ashburton Squash Club’s annual tournament, with Nathan Coll from Christchurch finishing third.

In the women’s open section, Katrina Palmer was the hot favourite and she didn’t disappoint on her home turf, taking out the title over Andrea Naylor, with Ashburton’s Aleisha Stoddart third.

The second women’s grade contested, the women’s A grade, was won by Chris Lima, with Kacee Flannery the runner-up and Donna Brown third, while the women’s B grade was won by Emily Vanderweg, ahead of Tamzin Smith, with Beth Giles third.

In the men’s A grade Logan Ahlfield came out on top, with Agustin Maunier the runner-up and Carl Johnson third, while the men’s B grade was won by Mitch Sim, with Jake Bremner second and Brad Going third.

Bryan Ford won the men’s C grade title with Justin Lobb the runner-up and Mark Kennedy third, while Isaac Bazley won the men’s D grade with Justin Quaid second and Nick Swift third.

The men’s E grade title went home with Phil Pavletich, with Ivan Brown runner-up, and Matt Parsons finishing third, while the men’s F grade was won by Grant Brookland, with Lachie Jemmett the runner-up and Michael Vanderweg finishing third.

Players were now preparing to head back to their usual winter league matches this week, while another local squash club, the Collegiate Squash Club, was set to host its annual tournament over the weekend of August 3 and 4.