Cost: $20 per session
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited!!
Registrations close: Saturday 7th July
Venue: Hoon Hay SC, 8 Takaro Ave, Sockburn
13 sessions available at 3 venues located around the city: Burnside, Linwood, & Cashmere
A great introduction to Squash where kids will learn Squash skills from our coaches. Sessions will be full of fun and perfect for kids that have never played squash before or beginners.
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.
Courts start from $10's for a 30 minute booking per court. Squash HQ is situated at 8 Takaro Avenue, Sockburn, the venue has 4 squash courts, changing rooms and parking. Rackets and balls are available on request. Click on the book now button above or register now at www.pay2play.co.nz, down load the app and get playing. For further information contact Vaughan Utteridge on 0275 521281
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
Check out the Player Eligibility Rules. Changes have been made. 3 weeks to go for 12th June deadline for player transfers.
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.