THE invitation only Green Shield Region against Region annual squash tournament attracted top junior players from across NSW and the ACT.
Hosted by Coffs Harbour Squash Club, the event focuses on team effort with players selected from the local circuit to play for their region.
The tournament allows less experienced squash players to observe and compete with some of the best young talent in the country.
The Green Shield event is now in its 44th year with teams from Sydney, North Coast, Hunter, Western and the ACT.
Teams are made up of the top three or four players from each sex, in under 11s, 13s, 15s and 17s age groups.
This is the fourth year Gloucester players have been selected and invited to compete since the local courts were re-opened in 2011.
The wider squash community is now recognising local talent as worthy competitors with some strong competitors in the respective age groups.
The Hunter region finished second overall with only one match separating them from the winners Sydney.
The under 11s boys, including Gloucester’s Ethan Bird, won their division bringing home a shield.
The under 11s girls, including local players Tanai O’Brien, Elyssa Keen and reserve Elle Bird, also took first place.
As a result, the Hunter under 11s took out the overall winners shield.
A fourth shield was proudly brought home by the under 15s girls team with Gloucester’s Tia Dougherty and Steph Maurer joining Forster’s Tash Woolnough in winning their division.
The combined efforts of the under 15s girls and boys saw Hunter finish second overall in their age group.
Local players Jacob Bird won two of his four matches, while Cody O’Brien also had two wins from his four games to help the Hunter team finish third in the under 15s boys.
Dylan Woodbine recorded four straight wins in the under 13s boys to help Hunter finish second while Jasmine Keen gave it her best shot in a strong under 13s girls field, placing fourth.
Special thanks to the parents who supported the players.