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More Success for Belmont Juniors

NZ Secondary Schools Squash Nationals

Westlake squash champs

The Westlake Boys squash team won the very prestigious National title as the NZ #1 school from the 32 schools competing in the boys division. Westlake Boys has 3 members from Belmont Park, namely Rafa Yam (team captain), Matthew Lucente and Gabe Yam.

The Westlake Boys Premiere 2 team  who were seeded 8th coming into the  tournament likewise exceeded expectations and confirms the strength of Westlake squash after finishing 7th overall. They upset 7th seeds Hamilton Boys High School for the playoffs for 7th-8th place. Premiere 2 team has a junior boy from Belmont Park Tom Taylor as its 5th seeded player and the parent team manager is Lynda Taylor who is also a member of Belmont Park. Both teams were coached by Belmont squash coach Manu Yam.

Read more here

TGS Squash

Takapuna Grammar School also competed in the tourney and finished 16th overall with 4 players from Belmont Park namely Harvey Malva, Chris Alvey, Michael Laws and Chris Pirie with the other 2 players coming from Devonport Club namely Logan Forbes and Ben Edwards. The team was managed by Belmont Club member Bruce Alvey. Another school Long Bay College which competed in the girls division also had Belmont's top junior girl Lauren Crowhurst as its top player and the school finished 10th overall. 

NZ Squash Nationals in October

Four Belmont juniors have also been selected in the Auckland Junior Team for the Nationals in October, namely Rafa Yam, Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam and Lauren Crowhurst (girls).

Trans-Tasman Series


Girls nationals

Rafa Yam (green blazer) was captain of the NZ Secondary Schools Squash Boys team that won the Trans Tasman Series, with another Belmont member Lauren Crowhurst (far right) a member of the NZ girls team

Read more here

North Island Junior Age Group Squash Tournament

Congratulations to club players who excelled at the Age Group Tournament:

North Is Age Group Champs

Pictured from left to right:
Gabe Yam - winner under 15
Rafa Yam - winner under 17
Matthew Lucente - 3rd place under 17

Read article on Squash NZ website >


School star has already come to the attention of top players and coaches.

Top squash player Rafa Yam, 16, from Westlake Boys High School, is the No 3 ranked Under-17 player in New Zealand.

Read story here


2014 has been a great year of squash at the club. The club was recognised twice at the recent Squash Auckland Awards. Michelle MacGibbon won “Volunteer of the Year” and Matthew Lucente won “Young Sportsman of the Year” – clearly justifiable awards for both Michelle and Matthew.

Matthew Lucente    Michelle MacGibbon

More photos of the awards evening on Facebook


The club is proud of Matthew Lucente, Gabe Yam and Rafa Yam flying high after an exceptional year. 

Read about their success in the Westlake Boys High School newsletter


Congratulations to the following players for representing the club exceptionally well at the NZ Junior Squash Nationals Age Group held at the Remuera Rackets Club:

Matthew Lucente - NZ Under 15 Champion

Gabe Yam - NZ Under 15 3rd place

Rafa Yam - NZ Under 17 4th place

 NZ Junior Squash Nationals


The Secondary Schools Nationals were held in Nelson recently and our Club was proud to be represented by seven boys... 

Secondary schools squash nationalsTrans Tasman NZ Seniors Team: Rafa Yam (Belmont) right-most player is the non-travelling reserve player

Trans Tasman NZ Juniors Team
Trans Tasman NZ Juniors Team: Left-most player Matthew Lucente (Belmont) is the highest-graded player in the team

Westlake Squash team
Westlake Boys High School squash team that finished 3rd overall in the boys event. From left to right: David Matthews (Remuera), Matthew Lucente (Belmont), Soo-Myong Jang (North Shore), Gabe Yam (Belmont), Jien Lim (North Shore), Rafa Yam (Belmont) team captain, Stuart Martin (North Shore)

TGS Squash Team
The Takapuna Grammar Squash Team also competed and was seeded 13th but ended up coming 9th which was a great result for them.  
From left to right:  Logan Forbes (Devonport), Chris Pirie (Belmont), Chris Alvey (Belmont), Harvey Malva (Belmont), and Michael Laws (Belmont).  

Read more about the competition here:


North Island Boys 

Belmont boys have done well at the prestigious North Island Age Groups Squash Tourney held in Hamilton on 18-20 July 2014.

The photo shows from left to right: Gabe Yam - under 15s 3rd place, Matthew Lucente - under 15s CHAMPION and Rafa Yam - under 17s runner-up.

Well done to the boys!  

Click on the links below to read more about the tournament:


At the Auckland Squash Excellence awards held on 13 November, Rafa Yam was awarded the prestigious 2013 Young Sportsman of the Year. This award is presented to a male squash player under the age of 21 who has achieved a high level of performance within the period of eligibility October 2012 through to September 2013.

Rafa’s results are many, but to name a few include:

  • 2012 Belmont Club Senior Men’s Champion
  • 2012 Westlake Junior School Squash Champion
  • A member of the Auckland team who won the Triangular competition against BOP, Waikato and Whangarei.
  • A member of the NZ Secondary Schools Junior squash team that played in the Trans Tasman series against Australian teams. NZ won the series and Rafa won eight out of nine matches played. 

Winners of the award previously are of the highest calibre including Lance Beddoes and Alex Grayson, and Rafa is no exception.

Congratulations, Rafa! 

Rafa Yam  Rafa Yam Young Sportsman of the Year


Two Belmont boys made the Auckland Junior Team for the Nationals 2013. The team finished 4th in NZ overall. Congratulations!

Nationals 2013

Henry Pyc is standing in the middle and Rafa Yam is second from the right, being the youngest member of the team at 15 years old.  
All the other boys in the team are 18 years old.


The club’s Junior Squash Champs, sponsored by Taylor Made Insurance Solutions, were played from 19-22 September. There were 43 entries in 7 divisions – an absolutely fantastic turnout. Congratulations to everyone who took part, and especially to those who made finals.

The majority of finals were played on Sunday afternoon, and resulted in some sensational squash, watched by a great crowd. The results were as follows:

  • Under 11 Girls – Won by Emma Patterson; Runner Up Mayzie Mortimer
  • Under 11 Boys – Won by Brodie Harrison; Runner Up David Landen
  • Under 13 Girls – Won by Sienna Norman; Runner Up Nellie Farmiloe
  • Under 13 Boys – Won by Harrison Hinds; Runner Up Patrick Calver
  • Under 15 Boys – Won by Harvey Malva; Runner Up Chris Alvey
  • Open Girls – Won by Anneke Simmonds (for the 5th consecutive year); Runner Up Clare Pyc
  • Open Boys – Won by Henry Pyc (for the 6th consecutive year); Runner Up Rafa Yam


Belmont member Rafa Yam has experienced success at the recent Secondary School Nationals held in Hamilton in mid August 2013. He was part of the Westlake Boys High School team that finished second overall.  This was an amazing achievement for the boys as they finished above their seeding of 3rd.

Westlake Boys Squash Nationals Team
(Rafa Yam is second from right)

Rafa Yam was also selected to be part of the NZ junior representative team (years 9-10)  to play in the Trans-Tasman tri series in Palmerston North.  
Read more here 

NZ Nationals junior rep team


Congratulations to our two Jet League winners for Term 1:


Chris Alvey, winner of the E league title


Michael Laws, winner of the F Graduates league title

We had some other good results as well in the first term:

Boys league – Belmont Blazers, captained by Chris Laws, finished 3rd overall

Girls league  Belmont girls finished joint 3rd overall, captained by Sienna Norman

F graduates league – Belmont boys Chris Diggle finished 2nd and Chris Pirie finished 3rd overall.


Three outstanding players from Belmont have made it into the latest NZ age group rankings:

Matthew Lucente - 1st in under 13
Harvey Malva - 7th in under 13
Rafa Yam - 3rd in under 15 ( though the top 2 in the list will turn 15 in April therefore will no longer be eligible in the under 15 division in a few days which makes Rafa unofficially ranked 1st thereafter)

The boys and their families would like to thank the club for all the support.

Click here for current junior rankings


Congratulations to two players from Belmont who have been selected to play for Auckland in the prestigious Quadrangular competition in Taupo, 19-21 April:

Rafa Yam – under 15s (6th selection)
Matthew Lucente – under 13s (2nd selection)

A great effort by these boys!


On Sunday, 10 February 2013 the Belmont Blazers Jets boys team won the Regional Finals for Term 4 2012 at the National Squash Centre.  The Blazers team beat the team from Henderson Squash Club and swept the 2012 Regionals by winning all four terms for the year.  An incredible achievement for the boys!

Blazers Team
Blazers: (L-R) Chris Laws, Harrison Hinds (Team Captain), William Michie and Christopher Pirie – who is the only
Belmont player to be part of all 4 junior teams which won the cup 4 times in 2012.

Blazers award
Jets organiser Paul Cornish awarding the cup to the Blazers' captain, Harrison Hinds


This is the fourth straight term that Belmont won the boys cup and swept it this year, 2012. The Blazers team beat another Belmont team – Ballers team captained by Patrick Calver for the cup finals. A great year indeed for the Belmont junior boys.

Belmont BlazersBelmont Blazers:  Chris Laws, Harrison Hinds (team captain with cup), William Michie and Chris Pirie

In the E league cup, another Belmont junior Christopher Alvey finished runner up.


The Belmont Blazers team, winners of the Northern Jets term 3 boys competition beat the Franklin Black Pearls, winners of the Southern Jets 4-0. An impressive and convincing win and this is the 3rd straight term that Belmont won the regionals Jets finals.

Junior team cup presentation

Junior Team Cup presentation

Belmont Blazers

Blazers are composed of Chris Pirie (team captain), Michael Laws, Harrison Hinds and Frank Talbot.

Belmont Winners

Harvey Malva

Harvey Malva of Belmont also won the E grade league final beating Ruben Van Der Merwe 3-0. Harvey also won the E grade Northern boys cup.

Well done to the Belmont boys team.  Congratulations!  (More photos here)



Belmont Junior Matthew Lucente finished runner-up ( 2nd Place ) in the prestigious Nz Junior Nationals under 13 boys division.
He was seeded 3rd and upset the 2nd seeded player from Bay of Plenty to reach the finals, losing to Anthony Lepper from Auckland, the top seed.

Congratulations Matthew!


Harvey Malva

E Grade league winner – Harvey Malva

Belmont Blazers

Boys League winners – Blazers team
(L-R: Frank Talbot, Harrison Hinds, Chris Pirie (captain), & Michael Laws)

In the boys league the top 3 places out of 14 teams went to Belmont Park club. This is the 3rd straight term that Belmont captured the boys cup.

Runner up  Bombers team captained by Henry Watts

Third place  Breakers team captained by Ryan Harrison

F Grade league  Chris Alvey finished runner up (2nd place)


Girls Juniors Champion – Anneke Simmonds

Boys Juniors Champion – Henry Pyc

Boys Intermediate 1 Champion – Markus Sommerville

Boys Intermediate 2 Champion – Christopher Laws

Small Nix Kids Division Champion  Rosa Gonzales

Squash boys win at inter-regionals


Boys Cup

  • Won by Belmont Blazers captained by Michael Laws with Chris Pirie, Oliver Sclater, Chris Laws and Henry Watts
  • Cup is retained by Belmont once again.
  • Belmont Breakers captained by Ryan Harrison finished joint 2nd overall
  • Belmont Bombers captained by Jono Kemp finished joint 3rd overall
  • Belmont finished 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall

Girls Cup

  • Won by the Belmont Girls team captained by Epernay Norman with Mikara Hendry, Danielle Ashton, Jessica Pausch, Sienna Norman and Jazz Ru
  • Cup goes back to Belmont after two terms of finishing 2nd overall
  • Devonport finished 2nd and Northshore 3rd overall

F Grade Graduates League

  • Belmont's James Mount finished 2nd overall with Belmont's Blair Morrissey finishing 3rd overall
  • Cup was won by Travis Rangi from Browns Bay.
  • Total of 12 players competed this term 2. Well done !!!

Pictures to follow as teams were not complete during prize giving. Manu will schedule a suitable time for everyone to be present for a group picture.

Well done to all the Belmont Jets teams this Term 2. Keep up the good work and all the hard work is now paying off. Thank you to all the team captains for organising the teams, to all the parents who gave up the Sunday mornings to be with the kids , to the Belmont club for their continued support and encouragement and more importantly to all the kids for their hardwork and 100% effort. We are proud of you guys.


The Belmont Bombers team (which won the Northern Jets last term... see below) have taken out the Auckland Regional Championships winning against Eden Epson 9-4 in the finals.  A great achievement for the boys and the club for being the best Jets Boys team in Auckland.  Congratulations!

Belmont Bombers victorious again!
Martin Greshoff, Chris Pirie, Henry Watts, Michael Laws (captain), Chris Laws and Harrison Hinds.


Ladies 1 Team (Capt - Tracey Hartley) First place Womens 04
Ladies 3 Team (Capt - Karen Pickles) First Place Womens 08
Mens 3 Team (Capt - Bruce Alvey) Tied First Place Mens 11
Mens 2 Team (Capt - Peter Pyc) Second Place Mens 06
Mens 5 Team (Capt - Chris Alvey) Second Place Mens 16
Ladies 4 Team (Capt - Mary Shelley) Third Place Womens 10


Boys division - Bombers team (captained by Michael Laws) won the overall title. The cup goes back to Belmont and Belmont has won it a record 10 times. The Bombers team dominated the whole term and in spite of injuries to some of them and other commitments from most of the boys.

Belmont Bombers
Martin Greshoff, Chris Laws, Jono Kemp, Michael Laws (team captain), Chris Pirie and Henry Watts. Not in photo is Harrison Hinds.

Belmont Bombers
E Grade league - Matthew Lucente won the overall title without losing a match. A fitting farewell now that he has graduated to the D grade and played his last Jets match.

Girls division - Belmont girls finished a very close second to NorthShore losing the cup by only 1 point ( 31 to 30 overall points ). Team captain was Epernay Norman.

Contact Manu on 021 886 583 to find out which of his programmes are suitable for you - or take a look at his website There are a wide range of players at Belmont who are willing to have a friendly hit with you just to get you started.  Contact Michelle MacGibbon for details.