Squash Northland Newsletter

Posted: 05/04/18

Squash Northland Newsletter

April 2018

Management Committee 2018

The Squash Northland AGM was held at the end of February and we are pleased to welcome a number of new members to the Management Committee for 2018.

The Management Committee is:

Karen Dykzeul – President and Treasurer

Darryn Gibbons – Vice President

Tina Holst

Ange Vette

Vicki Ferguson

Gary Traill

Wayne Brown

Nick Bishop

Gaye Trimble – Administrator

Commonwealth Games

Squash action gets underway today at Movieworld at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  Squash will be played on all 11 days of the Games with the singles finals and medal playoffs scheduled for Monday 9 April followed by the doubles.

For up to date information on what’s happening go to  http://www.nzsquash.co.nz/

Wellsford, Manaia and Kamo Clubs are all taking part in the National Open Squash Day which is a promotion by Squash NZ for the Commonwealth Games and is happening this Saturday 7 April.  A great opportunity to introduce family and friends to the game of squash!

Senior Tournament Series 2018

There are a couple of changes with the series this year:

  • Everyone who enters any one of the 9 series tournaments will be automatically entered for FREE (including all junior players)
  • There are no spot prizes
  • At all series tournaments you get points for entering and also points for tournament results (as in previous years)
  • Your best 6 tournament points add to give your FINAL points (no change)
  • Cash Prize pool of $1400

There have been 2 tournaments so far this year – the Whangarei Open and the Manaia Open with a total of 93 players automatically in the series.  3 of our juniors are on top of the leaderboard at this early stage with RJ Vette-Blomquist in top place, followed closely by Cory Ferguson and Cam Griffin.

For the results table  https://squashnorthland.co.nz/news/senior-tournament-series/

The remaining 2018 Senior Tournament Series are:

  • Wellsford Open 27 – 29 April (10 entry points)
  • Mangakahia Open 4 – 6 May (5 entry points)
  • Mid-Western B 18 – 20 May (5 entry points)
  • Kamo Open 29 June – 1 July (5 entry points)
  • Northland Open @ Whangarei 27 – 29 July (5 entry points)
  • Northland Champ of Champs @ Manaia 24 – 26 August (10 entry points) Series Final and Prizegiving

Please note Maungaturoto are not running their Senior Tournament this year, which was to be held on 15 – 17 June.  Their junior tournament will still go ahead on the same date (15 – 17 June).


This year there will be 2 rounds of Interclub:

Round 1 – Division 1 and 2 will start on Tuesday 1 May

Round 2 – Open Interclub with Division 2  will start on Tuesday 24 July

  • Men and Ladies play on the same night (every 2nd Tuesday)
  • Teams play at the same venue (where possible)
  • 4 men in a team
  • 3 ladies in a team

For more information on interclub contact your club or Squash Northland.


It’s time to start thinking about putting together a Superchamps team.

The District SuperChamps event is played to identify the strongest club in the district for each grade.  Eliminations will be played in July.  The District grade champion is then eligible to travel to the National SuperChamps finals to play for the national title representing their club and district.

National Finals are 26 – 29 September.

2018 host clubs are:

B Grade – Kawaroa Park Squash Club

C Grade – Hawkes Bay Squash Rackets Club

D Grade – Oamaru Squash and Badminton Club

E Grade – Burnside Squash Club

F/J Grade – Otago Squash Club


Juniors in NZ Squads

9 Northland juniors have been selected for NZ Squads this season.  Congratulations to these players:

Zoe Dykzeul – Young NZ Squad

Annmarie Holst – Elite Junior Girls Squad

RJ Vette-Blomquist – Emerging Boys Squad

Devlin Gurr – Emerging Boys Squad

Freddie Jameson – AON Junior Development Squad

Flynn Venmore – AON Junior Development Squad

Cam Griffin – AON Junior Development Squad

Shea Ferguson – AON Junior Development Squad

Chelsea Traill – AON Junior Development Squad

Quadrangular Tournament

The Junior Quadrangular tournament was held at Whangarei Squash Club over the weekend.   The Northland team played some great squash with upsets along the way and very close ties throughout the weekend, some of which could have gone either way.

Auckland claimed the trophy for the 9th consecutive year finishing with 41 points over the three fixtures. The other three placings were extremely tight, with Waikato coming second on 28, BOP third on 26, and Northland fourth on 25.

It will be Waikato’s turn to host the event next year as the tournament is hosted on a rotation basis throughout the four regions.

Northland Quadrangular Team 2018:

U11 Boys Tane Traill & Josh Laing

U11 Girls Hayley Rhodes & Montana Vette-Blomquist

U13 Boys Freddie Jameson & Cam Griffin

U13 Girls Chelsea Traill  & Olivia Rhodes

U15 Boys Maz Saunders & Flynn Venmore

U15 Girls Shea Ferguson & Amy Brown

U17 Boys Riley-Jack Vette Blomquist and Devlin Gurr

U17 Girls Anna Moselen  & Pippa Saunders, Ruby Collins , Tamara Marshall

U19 Boys  Cory Ferguson

U19 Girls Annmarie Holst

Harrow Junior Player Series

The Junior Player Series is being sponsored by Nicol Bekker and Harrow and “Hit the Nick” coaching with Nicol.  All junior players 1500 points and below are able to play the Junior Series tournaments.

Manaia have postponed their April junior tournament and will hopefully reschedule for later in the year.  The next Harrow Junior Player Series tournament will be the Kamo Juniors on May 11 – 13 followed by the Whangarei 1 Day on Sunday 27th May.

Players are automatically entered into the series when entering a tournament, and it’s free.  For more details  click here

Regional Meeting and Forum

Tuesday 29th May 2018, 7.30pm at Sports House

The Forum will be a short presentation on Funding Applications

All invited!!

More information can be found on our website www.squashnorthland.co.nz.  Also make sure you Like and follow our Facebook page :   Click here

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