Squash Northland Newsletter
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
Gaye Trimble – Administrator
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
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
If you have any items about any players, club information or upcoming events you would like to share, please let us know.