Squash Northland Update
2017 Awards 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:
Volunteer of the Year Gary Traill
Coach of the Year Luke Jones
Team of the Year Whangarei C Grade Ladies SuperChamps Team
Club of the Year Whangarei Squash Club
Special Achievement Awards Ruby Collins, Finn Trimble, Neil Rossin
ASB Secondary Schools Awards winners: Zoe Dykzeul and Riley-Jack Vette Blomquist
Combrio Northland Sports Award winners: Sacha Pou-Tito and Finn Trimble
Shelley Kitchen was inducted into the Northland Legends of Sports class at the 2017 Conbrio Northland Sports Awards. Kitchen dominated on the squash courts, claiming a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games https://squashnorthland.co.nz/news/shelley-kitchen-inducted-northland-legends-sport/
Luke Jones won the New Coach of the Year Award at the 2017 Squash New Zealand National Awards held on the 25th November. Luke also won the Northland Coach of the Year. https://squashnorthland.co.nz/news/new-coach-year-award-luke-jones/
National Champion of Champions
Ruby Collins won the Womens D grade National Champion of Champions title held at the Ohakune Squash Club in October. Ruby played Central’s Darnell Watling in the final, playing some great squash and coming out the winner after a tough 5 sets.
Players from Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Eastern, Central, Southland and Canterbury battled it out for titles with grades from F/J to A Grade all contested.
The Northland team who travelled down to this event were:
B Grade – Anna Moselen, Logan Miller
C Grade – Vicki Moselen, Cory Ferguson
D Grade – Ruby Collins, Ryan Morriss
E Grade – Brylee Chapman, Paddy Ferguson
F/J Grade – Caitlin Guest, Hayden Turner
Commonweath Games 2018
At the recent Squash NZ Forum it was agreed that there is a great marketing opportunity with the Commonweath Games happening in April 2018 on the Gold Coast. Squash is hoping for up to 5 medals, and as a minority sport this would be a great achievement. More information to come from Squash NZ on this campaign.
Northland Juniors in NZ Squads
Northland has 10 players in NZ squads for 2018:
Riley-Jack Vette Blomquist
Nicol Bekker is the Assistant Coach of the NZ Boys Development Squad.
Congratulations to Riley-Jack who has been selected into the NZ Trans-Tasman Test team to play Australia in January.
Junior Open Day 2018
Sunday 11 February at Whangarei Squash Club
Development Squad (all junior players under 17 invited) – 9am – 12 midday
Representative Squad (C2 and above) – 1pm – 4pm
Head Coach for the day is Paul Hornsby. Sessions will include a mix of fitness, education and match play.
Senior and Junior Series 2018
The Senior Series will have a few changes for next year – no entry fee, and more prizemoney so look out for details early next year. The Senior Player Series will kick off with the Whangarei Open on the 2 – 4 March.
The Junior Player Series will be sponsored by Harrow and this will start with the Manaia Juniors on April 6 – 8. This series is open to all junior players 1500 points or below.
Performance Clinic – Saturday 17 February
A day of presentations and workshops presented by Paul Hornsby and Stafford Murray, Performance Analysist.
A unique and unmissable opportunity for squash enthusiasts of all ages and abilities (players, parents and coaches) to come along and get an insight into what goes into creating World Champions, as well as simple ideas and training methods that can help to maximise performance and enjoyment of the game at any level.
Saturday 17 February 9am – 3pm $25 pp including lunch. At Whangarei Squash Club.
Bookings essential, for more information contact Paul Hornsby (027 4778274) or to book contact Squash Northland firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2017 AGM will be held on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7pm. This is being held at Sports House, Kensington, Whangarei. We would love to have a representative from each club.
If you have any items about any players, clubs, upcoming events you would like to share, please let us know.
The Squash Northland Management Committee wishes you all a Merry Christmas and happy and safe holidays