North Shore Squash Club ladies win Mitchell Cup
The North Shore Squash Club ladies went to Burnside in Christchurch to compete against the top clubs from all around New Zealand for the Mitchell Cup. The Mitchell Cup is the premier club team event for women in New Zealand squash.
The North Shore team consisted of 16 year old Abbie Palmer (number one player), Lisa Cowlard (2), Sue Kim (3), Mandy Kennedy (4) and Michelle Heron (5). The two reserves were Sarah Agi and Devon Wright. The team was managed by Joyce Palmer, mother of Abbie.
The Mitchell Cup is competed for on an annual basis and is hotly contested. The competition was held over three days, starting on Friday May 30th and finishing on Sunday 1st June.
For the North Shore team it came right down to the final match when they were up against Eden Epsom the events number one seeds. With five players it was a winners take all and the Shore ladies were out to win. With everything tied up at two games each the final game was the decider. North Shore dug deep and came up triumphant wining the final and deciding game.
"The whole team played well right through the tournament with Michelle Heron playing a big part in winning that crucial fifth game in the final to secure the Mitchell Cup," said Manager Joyce Palmer. "Another highlight was Lisa Cowlard being the only player in the tournament to take a game off former world number one player Carol Owen. She did that in the final."