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Things are starting to get quite interesting in the Christchurch Men's Open Squash Interclub as we get closer to the end of the 10-round round-robin. With no finals to play, it will be the team with the most points after round 10 and this week we've seen the top of the top tighten up a great deal.
Next weekend, 24 of our juniors will be in Ashburton for the South Island Junior Age Groups Team Event. Eight teams compete (U11, U13, U15 & U17 Boy’s and Girl’s), against the other South Island Districts for the age group titles and the overall trophy. Last year Canterbury won 4 golds and the overall trophy. It’s a great experience for the juniors, along with gaining the experience of competition and representing Canterbury, it’s also a great opportunity to create and build friendships, in what can be a lonely sport at times.
We're nearing the end of the round, and things are heating up in division one as semi-finals were upon us. Matches last week were played mostly at Burnside, with the 6/7 playoff being moved to Christchurch, due to a faulty light bracket on Burnside's court 4.
As the Christchurch Winter Interclub comes to an end, have a look to see who has made the Women’s Finals….
Division 1 – The final will be played at Christchurch Football on Tuesday; Hoon Hay 1 v Burnside 1
Division 2 – The final will be played on Tuesday at Burnside; Football 3 v Hoon Hay 2
Division 3 – Have one more week of round robin. The finals will be played at Christchurch SC on the Tuesday 24th September. Currently Rangoria 1 are top of the table on 80 points, followed by Sumner on 71.
Last weekend, our Junior Team’s came together for a training camp in Blenheim. The camp went really well, and the kids all put in a fantastic effort!
The next time they will all come together is at the NZ Junior Inter-district Team Championships, which will take place at the beginning of next month in Auckland.
As the Christchurch Men’s Winter Interclub comes to an end, have a look to see who has made the finals….
New Zealand held their heads high once again after coming away with a win against our rivals the Aussies.
Our best Girls tournament yet, what a wondeful day we had, 26 girls entered our Junior Girls Touranment held at Christchurch Squash Club on Sunday 8th September. We had 4 Divisions ensuring all girls got competive matches, including a Division of Ungraded players, all these girls currently enjoying after school coaching programmes or having competed in previous girls compeitions.
Last week, the teams were split between Burnside and Linwood and tonight, they are looking forward to some heated semi-finals being played at Burnside Squash Club.
Well after week 7, the Christchurch Men's Open points table has got very interesting. With the Senior National Teams Event just finished a few of the team’s No.1's were standing down which allowed for some interesting results.
The next couple of weeks are going to provide some interesting results with the table tightening up thanks the Burnside 1 beating Football 1. Christchurch 1 is now 13 points away from Football 1 at the top of the table having already had both their byes. Additionally, these two teams will be playing each other this week and one would have to think that the winner would likely win the competition too. If you want to catch the action, then round 8 will be at Football Club.
Week 6 of the Christchurch Men's Open Interclub went back to Christchurch club and with no Football 1 it meant that all the teams had a chance to catch some points up on the table toppers.
This week we are going to Burnside for round 8 as Burnside 1 takes on Football 1 (hopefully we see Adam Odering v Scott Gardiner) and Christchurch 2 versus Football 2.
Last Tuesday the Women’s Division 1 all convened at Squash HQ. This week’s final round robin games will be played in two venues; Linwood and Burnside.
Congratulations and well done to our Men’s and Women’s teams who finished 3rd and 6th, at 2019 NZ Senior Inter-district Team Championship on Saturday.
The Championships took place on Friday and Saturday at Christchurch Squash Club. The event featured the cream of New Zealand squash playing for their province to secure bragging rights for top team for 2019.
Last week, the division 1 ladies revisited the new Christchurch club for the night’s matches.
This Friday/Saturday at the Christchurch Squash Club, 50 Colombo St, the club is holding the Senior National Inter-District Teams event. This event features the cream of New Zealand squash playing for their province to secure bragging rights for top team for 2019. The event this year has attracted 9 teams from 9 Provinces each featuring a Men's and Women's team with Canterbury selections as follows;
Week 5 of the Christchurch Men's Interclub was again at Football club and as the draw worked out the Football teams got to face it out again whilst Burnside 1 subbed in for Christchurch 2 this week. Tonight the teams will be playing at Christchurch Squash Club.
Our final two district tournaments of 2019, the Canterbury Masters and U23’, took place weekend of the 17th and 18th August at Sumner Tennis and Squash Club.
Thank you very much to Sumner Tennis and Squash Club, it’s committee and members for hosting this event on behalf of Squash Canterbury and for doing an awesome job; their first tournament in over 20 years!
Also, a massive thankyou to Di Brewer the Tournament Organiser, and all the Sumner and Linwood club members who volunteered their time to ensure the event ran smoothly and providing a welcoming environment.
Well last week was an interesting one, as week 4 of the Christchurch Interclub Men's Open took place at Football club where Interclub lost its meaning as Christchurch 1 played Christchurch 2, and Football 1 played Football 2. As a result, teams were eager to prove they were the better club team and whilst match scores may have seemed one sided, the sets were very well contested and often decided by the tie-break.
It was another exciting week of squash and no doubt this week will be the same. If you want to catch the action live and maybe want to see that this write up is somewhat factual then go to Football club tomorrow night at 7pm.
Last week we saw the division split between two venues, with half of the teams playing at Linwood, and the other half playing at Burnside. Next week we will all be back together, playing again at the Christchurch Club!
The Canterbury Teams for the South Island Junior Age Groups Teams Event were announced on Sunday 11th August by David Hawes, Squash Canterbury Board Chair, at the Canterbury Junior Open Prize Giving.
The South Island Junior Age Groups Teams Event, a team event between Canterbury, Midlands, Otago and Southland, will take place in Ashburton from the 20th – 22nd September.
In 2018, Canterbury won the event, and, this year will look to retain the trophy.
On behalf of the Squash Canterbury board, the selectors and community we wish all the players well in their performance and all the best in securing the trophies for the district.
What a great weekend for our wonderful Juniors to be playing Squash, with a weather forecast which included snow, wind and rain it was the perfect weekend to be indoors playing and watching some fantastic Squash from both our experienced players and our developing players.
With 52 entries the touranement offered 6 x 8 draws and 1 x 4 draw, ensuring all games were well matched.
Twenty five setter games were enjoyed by players and specators over the weekend with 4 of these games ending 15/13 in the 5th, another two ended 16/14, 1 more ended 17/15 and two pused it out to 18/16 in the 5th. Fantastic.
Week 3 of the Christchurch Men's Winter Interclub Squash Open division took place last week and it was the first week of Men's Open to go to the new Christchurch Squash Club facility. It was a great chance for Christchurch's best to test out the new courts. Though the match times weren't that long, it’s just proof that not everyone has become use to the new court with no 5 setters this week but the good news is that no one will be too sore after the night's play.
Last week the Division One ladies all convened at Burnside Squash Club for the nights games.
Welcome back everyone to the Christchurch Men’s Open Squash Interclub - Winter Edition. Now that we’re past June, I’m sure everyone would agree that they’re enjoying seeing the days getting longer which also means that the big events on the calendar are coming up for our top players too. Hence this round of interclub will be quite important for many players as they try find form going into these big events.
The NBS West Coast Squash team hosted the 43rd Annual Heaphy Shield Tournament in Hokitika over the weekend. The top squash players from Nelson and Marlborough travelled down to compete against the Coast.
13th & 14th July 2019 in Christchurch
It was a fantastic showing of Juniors from both the North and South Island with some stunning matches displayed throughout the tournament. It was also the first tournament hosted by Christchurch Squash Club in their brand-new facility featuring 8 courts.
After a couple of weeks off, it was great to see all the Division One ladies all at the central venue of Christchurch Football last night. Some new faces to the division will hopefully add the great mix of matches that we'll see on court over the next few weeks!
The Convenor of Selectors Craig Hibbert announced the following teams to compete in this year’s event, which is being held 30th and 31st August at the NEW Christchurch Club 8 court complex, Colombo Street.
We are a very proud province in the Master’s ranks with the announcement that 4 Canterbury players make up 25% of this year’s NZ Test series team recently announced to compete in October against Australia in 3 tests in Timaru.
Last week was the finals week of Heller’s Autumn Men’s Open Squash Interclub and the winners are in and the wooden spoon has been decided. The night kicked off with a number of keen individuals taking to the court pre-7pm at warm up with some three quarter court, a first for the Open but maybe not a last. As the matches kicked into gear it would be fair to say that everyone was in a good mood and there were a number of supporters down (mainly supporting Squashways) to add to the atmosphere. Here’s a look at how the finals all played out.
Well team, its end of an era as this week the last interclub games are to be played at Squashways and the Christchurch club; Squashways closes down the end of July and Christchurch move into their new facilities at the Cashmere Club, both buildings are set for demolition. So I know it’s going to be a tough time for those of you playing at those clubs but hold back the tears as there is still some squash to be played. There are 7 finals going on tomorrow and plenty of people who will be playing there for last time for the Cashmere and Squashways club as many will likely become members of Christchurch SC.
Good Luck to all the Cantabrians taking part in the Barfoot and Thompson NZ Nationals this weekend. Most of New Zealand’s best will be converging in Auckland this weekend and whilst there are some notable Cantab’s missing from this years draw, our impact will still be felt by those going.
19th– 23rd June, Burnside Squash Club
The Canterbury Open was hosted by Burnside Squash club this year and was a great affair, with nearly all of Canterbury’s top players converging on the scene. Five days of scintillating squash were wrapped up by some high intensity play-offs finishing Sunday last week. Whilst the majority of the games were played at Burnside, the sheer number of entries at 160 people (122 men, 30 women, and 8 juniors) meant that Hoon Hay and Squashways got the tap on the shoulder to help with the overflow.
Sunday 23rd June 2019, hosted by Hoon Hay Squash Club
Our 3rd Junior Tournament in the 2100 series was a wonderful success, both on court and off. It is wonderful to see a day filled with evenly matched games on court, and junior players from all over Canterbury mixing and enjoying each other’s company off court.
A newly introduced “Ungraded Division” catered for children who have participated in either a Squash for Schools programme, attended a squash after school programme, or who regularly attend junior club coaching to “Have a go” at a competitive game alongside our Junior Players. First round nerves were obvious with some of these players, however as the morning progressed, both confidence and the enjoyment of the experience grew. I am sure we will see some of these players again!
A massive thank you to Marliesje & the team at Hoon Hay Squash Club who helped out on the day, to ensure the tournament ran smoothly. With a record number of entries don’t miss out on the next date in the Series Sunday 28th of July at Burnside, entries are open now register through i-squash.
South Island Quadrangular - Dunedin, June 2019
Last weekend Canterbury fielded both strong men’s and women’s teams consisting of 2 masters, 3 seniors and 3 juniors.
Its semi-finals time and it was certainly good to see a few ghosts coming out of the closets this week to give their team more of a chance. That being the impact of the ghosts didn’t change much as everything went according to plan. The strong teams dominated and the weak teams suffered but amongst it all were some grudge matches to be settled. Read below to find out if the scores were settled.
This year’s Canterbury Open is going quite the spectacle with nearly all the top players from around Canterbury and further afield will be converging at Burnside Squash Club this weekend. Entries are up on last year’s Canterbury Open with over 160 people entered, making for over 10 draws with even a junior draw in the mix. The way the draws have panned out means there won’t be too many one sided affairs this weekend and whether you’re new to squash or a 40 year veteran, there will be great games for everyone to come down and watch.
Di and Ella are local champions creating opportunities for young people in schools through squash.
"It's always so rewarding to see children laughing and enjoying the sessions."
If your reading this then you have your priorities right, that or you’re sick of turning on the TV and finding cricket live, replays or highlights. None the less Week 7 of Heller’s Autumn Interclub Men’s Open was much more interesting than any game at the Cricket World Cup. With the last round of round robin at Squashways the low roof and warm conditions proved ideal for fast paced, attacking squash that would’ve made anyone sweat. Here’s a summary of what happened.
Greymouth attracted credible entries for the 2019 Canterbury Junior Age Groups Tournament, no doubt helped by their excellent track record of event organisation and hospitality. Of 33 players, 10 were West Coast origin, 3 from Marlborough and the balance from Christchurch. There was a notable turnout of six CBHS boys.
Squash Canterbury would like to say a massive thank you to Brendan Giles, the Tournament Director and the Greymouth Squash Club and committee members for doing an amazing job in hosting the tournament. We would also like to thank Tim Preston for the awesome write up and Jo Clark and Paul Growcott for their help behind the scenes.
Their were upsets this week as some weak teams did well and some strong teams struggled. It was most likely the last ever Men’s Open Interclub matches at the Chester St. East Christchurch club which obviously gave a lift to the two home teams as they took full points each from the round.
Week 5 of the Hellers Autumn Men’s Open Squash Interclub was taken to Burnside. Whilst it may have been Burnside’s hunting ground, Football club was in hot form this week as both their teams came away with wins and Burnside was left icing two losses.
The 2019 Canterbury Open will take place at Burnside Squash Club 20th (Thurs) – 23rd (Sun) June 2019. Entries close Friday 14th June.
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent Canterbury at the 2019 South Island Quadrangular Tournament. The Quadrangular Tournament is an event between Canterbury, Midlands, Otago and Southland and will take place in Dunedin on the 15th & 16th June.
Some fantastic squash played at Squashways on Tuesday in round 4 of Heller's Interclub Men's Open division; every moment of the night there was a quality match being played
Burnside went head to head. The Midland boys showed their strength and wins for Christchurch 1 and Football 1.
26 – 28 July
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The Hellers Autumn Interclub Men’s Open Division was back at Christchurch Football Squash Club this week where the courts were nice and warm for a great standard of play. This week’s round of interclub saw some very clinical squash as players started to find their grove as quite notably no five-setters were witnessed.
On Sunday the 5th of May our second Junior Girls tournament was held at Burnside club. There was a good turn out with 15 juniors entered, and a good representation of clubs, including one girl travelling down from Marlborough!
Has it just expired? Is it about to expire?
This table shows the number of *graded players per club who have a current club referee qualification.
Christchurch Football just holds onto 1st place in our Club Referee and awesome work by Marlborough Old Boys who jumped from the bottom of the table to top.
This weeks men’s open interclub round was held at Christchurch club. Some dominant team performances were displayed as well as some closer battles
My squash started at Christchurch Boys’ High School where I went from playing their social squash program when I first started to being the Captain of Squash in my final year. Before squash, I was always a keen cricket player but it was the warmth I received from the squash community that made me addicted to the sport.
It was a great first week of autumn interclub in the Men’s Open division with all 8 teams meeting at Christchurch Football Squash Club. There was great energy about the club with all players keen to start the year off well. All teams were competitive and some close matches were witnessed meaning the difference between a win or a loss for a team.
To compete in the Christchurch Interclub program and Squash NZ events – such as Champion of Champions & Nationals, all players must have completed the online club referee exam within the last two years
The excitement all starts on Monday when the Men’s and Junior Interclub competitions start, followed by Women’s and the Men’s Division Open starting on Tuesday.
For information on each of the competitions, click on the links below:
Congratulations to Tom Marshall and Nic Dann, from Marlborough, who were part of the winning NZ Team.
Sunday 7th April, Christchurch Squash Club
Our 1st junior 2100 tournament for the year was a wonderful success. The tournament was well supported with a record number of entries for the first in the series, with 40 junior players competing in 5 Divisions. The Tournament was hosted by Christchurch Squash Club.
The 2019 Canterbury Sports Awards took place on Friday 29th March at the Wigram Air Force Museum.
The Awards are the region's iconic celebration of sporting achievement, recognising coaches, officials, athletes and administrators. Squash had a great representation with six nominees;
This week’s newsletter includes:
23-24 March, Waimea Squash Club
Congratulations to all those that took part in the Nelson Bays Junior Age Groups tournament at the weekend.
This week’s newsletter includes:
Sport Canterbury is running an awesome series of 'Grow Your Club' capability development workshops. Perfect for supporting volunteers and paid sports administrators to lead quality, effective and sustainable clubs.
Their first workshop is a Finding Funding Workshop on Tuesday 19th March. This will provide you and your club with essential information for sourcing and applying for funding within the community sport sector across Canterbury. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and discuss current problems and issues with our team and other local clubs.
For further info go to https://www.sporty.co.nz/sportcanterbury/Events/Calendar
I am delighted to be continuing in the role of Squash Canterbury’s Junior Development Officer again for 2019. I am very fortunate as both a Squash Player myself, and as a parent of a junior player I feel I understand well what is needed to both support our existing players, and grow our number of players in this wonderful sport. We are very fortunate to have great clubs in Canterbury and within our Squash region keen to develop their junior programmes. I look forward to seeing you at the courts soon!
2019 – What a very exciting year ahead!!
A massive congratulations to Barry Gardiner who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 New Year’s honors for services to Sport, particular squash.
Congratulations and well done to all our juniors who took part in the NZ Junior Individual Championships.
A massive congratulations to Paul Moran who won the U15 Boy's Championships. This is an outstanding result we are all very proud of you.
After many months of work and fund-raising activities by the committee at the Christchurch Squash Club, work has begun on the construction of their new facilities to accommodate 8 courts at Cashmere to be known as the Don Preston Squash Centre.
With no rest for the wicked, the Canterbury Junior teams headed straight into teams’ event only a few hours after completion of individuals. Both Canterbury teams headed into the event as 4th seeds.
We are happy to the announce the work has been completed and our website is not only looking good it is also now friendly on all types of devices.
Paul Coll v Diego Elias
The 2018 Annual Awards Evening will take place Friday 9th November at The Rydges Latimer Hotel, 30 Latimer Square, Christchurch.
Come join us for this exciting evening of recognition & celebration.