NEW Zealand made their mark on the inaugural Trans-Tasman Squash Championships in Grafton this week after romping to victory in the open, doubles and overall categories.

State convenor Wayne Stacey was delighted with the events' success, praising the standard of competition.

"The standard of play was simply outstanding," he said.

"All the competitors gave it their best shot, with New Zealand just too strong for NSW and Queensland."

NSW managed to claim the Interstate Challenge, winning the open and junior boys, junior girls and overall categories.

"The Interstate Challenge runs in conjunction with the Trans-Tasman title, keeping alive the 20-year tradition," Stacey said.

Stacey reserved special thanks for the New Zealanders.

"We have to thank them for being so committed to squash and coming over for the championship," he said.

"We travel over to Palmerston North next year and we're all looking forward to it."

The state teams will be selected early next year and Stacey expects the competition for spots to be "very tough".

"This competition opens another competitive tier at secondary level for squash," he said.

"Students have never had the opportunity for international squash ... until now."



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