December Newsletter

Posted: 22/12/16

Awards Night Winners

Squash Northland Awards Night – Congratulations to all the winners on the night and to all those who were nominated by their clubs for awards.

Awards and trophies were given to the interclub winners, Residential winners, Northland Junior, Master and Open champions and the National Champion of Champion winners.

The special award winners were:

Supporter of the Year              Reanna Watson and JJ Stewart

Volunteer of the Year               Vicki Ferguson

Coach of the Year                     Nicol Bekker

Team of the Year                       Whangarei Girls High School Squash Team

Club of the Year                         Manaia Squash Club

Special Achievement Awards Freddie Jameson, Finn Trimble, Keri Rhodes, Ocean Shadbolt, Casper Tyson

ASB Secondary Schools Awards winners:

Zoe Dykzeul and Finn Trimble

Kinoca Minolta Northland Sports Award winners:

Sacha Pou-Tito and Finn Trimble

Par 11

At the recent  Squash New Zealand Forum it was agreed that all junior events would be played to PAR11 for 2017 as a trial with a review at the end of 2017 which would look to include seniors and masters for following years.

The Squash Northland Management Committee and coaching team has agreed that ALL Northland events in 2017 – the Northland Open, Northland Masters, Northland Juniors and Northland Champion of Champions, Interclub and Superchamps Eliminations will be played to PAR11 for all juniors, seniors and masters.

Clubs are encouraged to make their tournaments PAR11.


Thank to you all those who completed our recent survey.  We got some great feedback which will help us with our planning.  Jenny Finalyson was the lucky winner of the Long or Short? – the story of NZ Squash book.

One of the survey questions was in regards to interclub due to our concern about the declining number of clubs/teams in recent years.

We had some great responses and ideas and are now looking at putting together an Interclub Working Group to make some changes to the way we run our interclub before the start of the interclub season – which usually starts towards the end of March.

If anyone from your club would like to be part of this group please let me know – correspondence will be via email.

Canadian/US Juniors

Zoe Dykzeul, Sian Duggan and Freddie Jameson have recently competed in the Canadian Junior Open and the USA Junior Open where they all performed well.  A special mention  to Freddie who placed 3rd in the US Junior Under 11 Boys event – an outstanding effort!!

 Sponsor for 2017 Senior Player Series

As you are aware, Angus McDonald has sponsored this senior player series for 3 years and 2016 was his last year of sponsorship.  We greatly appreciate Angus’s generous sponsorship over these 3 years, this series has had a positive effect on tournament entries and has been a great boost for squash in Northland.

Looking forward, we are in the process of looking for another sponsor for a 2017 Player Series and beyond. If you know anyone who may be interested in sponsoring this series – any amount of sponsorship is appreciated, either cash or goods – please contact Squash Northland.

Junior Open Days 2017

The 2017 Junior Open Days will be as follows:

Representative Squad (C2 and above) – Sunday 12th February at Whangarei Squash Club (times to be confirmed).

Development Squad (all junior players under 17 invited) – Sunday 19th February at Whangarei Squash Club (times to be confirmed but approximately 3 hours)

Both of these open days will include a mix of fitness, education and match play.

AGM Date

The 2016 AGM will be held on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 7.30pm.  This is being held at Sports House, Kensington, Whangarei.  We would love to have a representative from each club.

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The Squash Northland Management Committee wishes you all a Merry Christmas and happy and safe holidays