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Squash Canterbury Weekly Update 2017 - No.4

 This week’s update includes:

 1.    Squash Canterbury AGM – 29th March

2.    Rules and Referee Courses in March & April

3.    Board update - Clarification of “Squash Canterbury’s Expressions of Interest process”

4.    Squash NZ Roadshow

5.    Squash Canterbury Calendar – updated copy. Also includes an update from Kaikoura

6.    Host venue’s required

7.    Kaikoura Squash Club Update

8.    Christchurch Summer Interclub

9.    What coming up in March

10.                Events


1.    Squash Canterbury AGM

The Annual General Meeting for Squash Canterbury will take place on Wednesday 29th March 7pm at Christchurch Football Squash Club, 250 Westminster St, St Albans. 

One board positions will be vacant this year. If you would like to help plan the future direction of Squash in Canterbury, or would like to nominate somebody else for one of this position, please use the attached the Board Nomination Form.

Nominations close Friday 10 March, 2017. 

Email completed forms directly to or post to: Squash Canterbury, PO Box 2606, Christchurch. 8140

Squash Canterbury also encourages you to submit remits and items for the AGM agenda up until Friday 10 March, 2017.  These can also be emailed direct to or posted to: Squash Canterbury, PO Box 2606, Christchurch. 8140

2.    Rules and Refereeing Courses

Ian Gardiner is going to be holding a series of Rules and Referee sessions in March and April to allow new and existing interclub players to update and improve on marking and refereeing squash games. In addition, Ian is willing to run a session at your club. To take advantage of this offer, contact Karen or Ian to arrange a suitable time and date.

There will be no cost to participants.

The dates are below. The sessions will start promptly at 7pm, last for 1.5 to 2 hours and will be held at Squash Canterbury Headquarters, 8 Takaro Ave.

March: Thursday 9th &Wednesday 22nd

April: Wednesday 5th &Thursday 13th

This is a golden opportunity to raise the standard of marking and refereeing of your club members.

Karen may be contacted:


Tel: 028-2556-2091 Mobile: 027-5337-348

Ian may be contacted:


Tel: 03 942 9847 evenings

3.    Board Update

Clarification of “Squash Canterbury’s Expressions of Interest process”

In essence the Squash Canterbury board’s role is to ensure that the Canterbury Squash Organisation is well managed whilst being responsible for:

  • the achievement of strategic outcomes;
  • the financial security of the organisation; and
  • the expression of a moral and social responsibility.

Each time we apply for grant funding and are successfully allocated funds for strategic initiatives and operational activities, the board will call for expressions of interest.

In order to meet our above obligations as well as the requirements of our funding agencies with regard to accountability and transparency we have created the below process.

 Expressions of Interest Process

  • Opportunities will be communicated through the Canterbury Squash website and newsletters
  • Requirements of the initiative/activity
  • Desired outcomes and timeframes
  • Dates of when the applications will close.
  • Reporting requirements of funding usage and results.

This process will be implemented for all volunteer and paid opportunities.

In advance, we thank all potential applicants for their continued interest and support.

4.    Squash NZ are coming to Canterbury

They will be running two workshops on 'getting the ball moving'. The first will take place on Wednesday 8th March 2017 7.30pm at Christchurch Football Squash Club and the second on Thursday 9th March 6.30pm at Nelson Squash Club.  For further information, go to our website

5.    Squash Canterbury District Tournament Calendar 2017

Please find contact for a pdf of the 2017 calendar. A larger copy will be distributed to each club this week at the presidents meeting. Please note, a couple of changes have been made to the one that was distributed last week.

6.    Host venues required

Anyone keen to host the following events:

  • Christchurch Summer Interclub Awards Night - April 28th
  • Squash Canterbury Awards Evening – 27th October

If your club is interested, please contact

7.    Kaikoura Squash Club Update

Thankfully the Kaikoura Squash club suffered minor damages from the quake and the club are still able to use the courts. 

The club would like everyone to know that they are still in one piece and welcome everybody to their district.

The Kaikoura Open will take place 5th -7th May.

8.    Christchurch Summer Interclub

Men’s interclub update:

Divisions 1, 22 & 23

We are into the last round of the three week round robin. March 6 we will be running a one-night format which will be sent to the captains.

There will be relegation of the bottom teams from division 22 & 23 respectively to division 3. Please note: The points from round 1 for divisions 22 & 23 will not count and be removed from the table as that was a “grading game”. The format for the last five weeks will formalised this week just awaiting a few more replies from the captains.

Divisions 3 – 9

We are entering the last two weeks of the round robin before we have the promotion / relegation followed by another five round robin.

Women’s interclub update:

Divisions 1 – 4

Ladies welcome to the second three week round robin, you have been promoted / relegated as determined by the format described prior to the competition commencing. You have this three week round robin followed another round of promotions / relegations after which there will be a further three week round robin followed by a finals week where 1 v 2, 3 v 4 (as per points table) in each division will playoff.

Summer Combined Competition

This competition has been thumping along nicely, a big thanks to the ladies from the various clubs who have made up the “Super league” teams. You have two more weeks to complete the first five round robin. Jess Wilson, Trish Roughan-Smith and myself will be meeting Tuesday at the Christchurch club to formulate the competition for the second five week round robin or whatever it may be.

Junior Interclub update:

Firstly, I would like to thank Adam Odering, Chris van der Salm, Deb Salisbury & Diane McCoy for their input into the Summer Junior interclub.

Importantly the BLUE DOT ball is the junior ball for interclub so keep putting it on the court.

Now we are into week three of the first five-week rotation but it is time to look forward and plan the next five-week rotation. We are limited in what we can do but it is always good to get suggestions and look at ways of improving the squash for budding up and coming Paul Coll’s and Joelle King’s.

I am looking at setting up a meeting with big four above over the next week or two to assess the first five weeks and sort out rotation two.

To you all a big thanks for participating in the Summer Interclub it remains strong & competitive. We do encourage feedback believe it or not so if you wish to tell what’s good bad or ugly please do, but do be aware that there are limited options available which are both workable and manageable with the interclub set up as it is.


Greg Atkins on behalf of the Men’s & Women’s volunteer convenors 

9.    What’s coming up – March

2ndSquash Canterbury Presidents Meeting 7.30pm @ Christchurch Squash Club

3rd & 4thNelson Open

8thSquash NZ Roadshow ‘getting the ball moving workshop’ 7.30pm @ Football

9th - Squash NZ Roadshow ‘getting the ball moving workshop’ 7.30pm @ Nelson SC

9th - Rules & Refereeing Course 7pm @ Squash HQ

9thEntries close for Squashways Open

16th – 18th Squashways Open

22ndRules & Refereeing Course 7pm @ Squash HQ

27thEntries close for Malborough Open

29thSquash Canterbury AGM 7.30pm @ Football

31st – 2nd April – Malborough Open

Have a great week

Karen Boag | Administration Manager for Squash Canterbury

Based at Sport Canterbury, 1 Brynley Street, Hornby, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand

Postal address; PO Box 2606, Christchurch. 8140
Email: | Tel: 028-2556-2091 | Mobile: 027-5337-348

 Follow us on Facebook-  for the lastest news, tournaments, inter-club notices, photo’s and much more  @SquashCanterburyNews

My role is part time and my hours vary from week to week, the best time to contact me is on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 10am – 2pm, these are my standard working hours. On a Tuesday and Friday, I work at the Sport Canterbury Offices in Hornby and on a Wednesday I work off site.


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