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Squash Canterbury Newsletter 2017 - No.10

This week’s update includes

  • Board Vacancy
  • Easter Opening Hours
  • Junior SDO – temporary position available
  • Christchurch Autumn Interclub - includes a couple of important notices
  • Events


What is coming up…….

6-8th April – Christchurch Squash Club Pre-Season Open

9th April – Closing date for Junior SDO

10th April – Christchurch Entries Close for Div 1 Men’s & Women’s

12th April – Rules & referee course 7pm @ Christchurch

14th April – Entries close for Hokitika Open

20th April - Rules & referee course 7pm @ Linwood

21st – 23rd April – Hokitika Squash Open

23rd April -Christchurch Autumn Interclub Entries CLOSE

29th April – Entries close for the Christchurch Football Open (CHCH Tri-series#1)

Board Vacancy

At the Squash Canterbury AGM, there was no nominations for the vacant board position. As such Squash Canterbury are looking for a passionate person to contribute to Squash in Canterbury.

There are several activities we are undertaking this year including;

  • Interclub
  • Coach Development
  • Club Development
  • Facilities
  • Programme delivery (for example Kiwi Sport)

If you would like to be part of the board to assist with any of these can you, please forward your name to Karen at

The board meet monthly for approximately 2-3 hours and additional time is required between meetings to assist in allocated activities.

It would be great to have a representative from the Nelson/ Malborough area.

Easter Opening Hours

Please find below the Squash Canterbury office opening hours over the Easter period. Normal hours will resume Monday 1st May

  • Friday 14th April: Closed (Easter Friday)
  • Monday 17th April: Closed (Easter Monday)
  • Tuesday 18th April: 10am – 2pm
  • Wednesday 19th April: 10am – 2pm
  • Thursday 20th April: Closed
  • Friday 21st April: Closed
  • Monday 24th April:  10am – 2pm
  • Tuesday 25th April: Closed (ANZAC Day)
  • Wednesday 26th April: 10am – 2pm 
  • Thursday 27th April: Closed
  • Friday 28th April: Closed

Junior SDO

Squash Canterbury are looking to appoint a temporary person to focus on junior activities, programs and events for the coming season.

The role would encompass, Junior D grades, Canterbury Secondary Schools, South Island Secondary School Championships, Canterbury Junior Champs, Intermediate schools and primary schools and assisting clubs who received funding from Squash Canterbury.

It is expected that the above will involve approx. 100-120 hours.

If you wish to express an interest in the role or find out more, please contact Karen at

Expressions of interest to submitted to by midnight Sunday 9th April.

Christchurch Autumn Interclub

Important notice - Women’s Div 1 & Men’s Div 1

At the recent interclub meeting, it was decided in the men’s and women’s Div 1 to field teams of 8 in each division with close off 23rd April. After further consideration, we now wish to make the close off Monday 10th April (just for this division).

The purpose of this exercise is to provide a strong and balanced competition and by letting us know early who is thinking of playing and by signalling any combined teams or gaps then we at Squash Canterbury can assist in adjustments.

It will be too late to adjust if we leave it till the 23rd April i.e. a huge imbalance of player standard between the top team and the eighth team which is what we don’t want. We want all players to receive hard fair games for all to enjoy and maintain the standard as Division 1 is our interclub showpiece and needs good exposure especially within the women’s ranks.

Ideally the top 8 women players will play in separate teams and clash regularly so there needs to be a spirit of ownership for this to succeed likewise the men. To lend a player to another club maybe a preferred choice for the benefit of the competition or considering reducing women’s team to 3 players another option not taken up at interclub forum meeting?

For any queries, please feel free to contact either Paul Monk ( or Lawrence Skurr (

Paul and Lawrence, will look at the men’s and women’s Division 1 team entries on Tuesday and will consider the best option.

Important notice – Rules & Referee Courses

PLEASE NOTE: At the Interclub committee meeting on 14th March, it was agreed that it is compulsory for anyone playing interclub to attend/take the Rules and Referee course.

Squash Canterbury have organised a couple of courses for interclub players to attend. Dates and venues below.

·         7pm Wednesday 12th April @ Christchurch Squash Club

·         7pm Thursday 20th April @ Linwood Squash Club (Linwood are offering FREE Pizza for anyone that attends)

Whilst there are written rules, the interclub committee agrees that you can’t learn how to referee from reading; as some judgement and experience is needed.

These courses will incorporate key challenges, such as how to deal with rules such a let’s, no let’s and strokes and the conduct arising from those decisions and some practical demonstrations or some videos which show common situations and how these should be refereed.

No need to book your place, you can just turn up on the night.

Interclub players can also complete the Squash NZ online course:


·         It is the responsibility of clubs to ensure all interclub players attend a rules session.  

·         A roll call will be taken at the Squash Canterbury evenings and then passed onto clubs

·         It is the club’s responsibility to arrange a similar session for interclub players who do not attend the above courses

Structure of Competition


Please note, further to the Interclub meeting. The Autumn programme is only 9 weeks, rather than the 10 and because of this, the structure will slightly differ from outlined in the interclub meeting. There will still be an 8 week round-robin draw, however it will be followed by two week of playoffs rather than a three week round-robin. Pennants will be awarded to the winners of the round-robins.

·         Reminder entries for Juniors, Men’s & Women’s Div 2 and below CLOSE Sunday 23rd April Please note: late entries will not be accepted.

·         Autumn Interclub will start w/c 1st May and run through to w/c 3rd July.

·         It will cost $80/Senior Team& $50/Junior Team

·         Click here to see a copy of the minutes from the interclub meeting on the 14th March.