38 teams are set to compete in the 2019 Auckland Doubles tournament at Howick Squash Club this week, with matches beginning on Thursday evening and running through until the Men's and Women's Open finals on Saturday at 6pm.
The Men's Open draw boasts an impressive lineup of 14 teams, led by the top pairing of Tauranga's Ben Grindrod teaming up with Herne Bay's Chris Lloyd, while NZ junior reps Leo Fatialofa (Henderson) and Glenn Templeton (Tauranga) will partner hoping to claim the title for themselves. Also in the draw is 2018 NZ Commonwealth Games team member Lance Beddoes who partners with Henderson teammate Jordan Tiplady.
The Women's Open will see four teams face off in a round robin battle, with the potential decider between the top two seeded teams sure to be a blockbuster which will pit 2018 National Doubles champions Abbie Palmer & Ellie Epke against the resurgent Lana Harrison and Jo Shanks pairing.
Palmer & Beddoes team up in the Mixed Open and will be tough to beat as the current National Doubles champs, but the Shanks/Grindrod and Harrison/Fatialofa pairs will be out to cause an upset and knock them from that mantle.
All matches will be played on the full-sized doubles courts.
Spectators are welcome to head along and take in some of the action.
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Ballerinas twist, turn and move so gracefully that they often seem other-worldly, but would you ever compare a ballerina to a bag?
In our Carried Away: Bags Unpacked exhibition, artist Isaac Katzoff’s glass bag got itself a nickname of just that: the ballerina. The nickname was given after the bag hinted at graceful movement while it was under the spotlight in the photography studio - it's inner performer was at the ready.
Although the Museum holds many objet d’art (art objects), the beautiful photography and images of the collection are themselves works of art, as this image of Katzoff's bag here is. Museum photographers work behind the scenes to create images of objects that act as both documentation and art.
As Artweek Auckland comes to a close this weekend, we wanted to showcase just one of many of the wonderful objet d'art from within our Applied Arts & Design collection.
Come and see 'the ballerina' for yourself, alongside many other wonderful works of art at Carried Away: Bags Unpacked, on now and free with Museum entry.