The Christchurch Football Squash Club is hosting the prestigious NZ Squash Championships 21-23rd followed by the inter-district event 24-25th. It is the first time the event has been held in Christchurch for nine years and received an entry of 140 players which along with co-hosts Christchurch Squash Club have provided eight courts in total. The hosts are very thankful to their major sponsors ASB, The Christchurch Casino and Alsco.
The event has attracted all the top NZ squash players headed by Campbell Grayson and Joelle King as top seeds currently ranked 49th and 57th respectively in world rankings. Apart from individual honours the men will be competing for a spot in the World Teams event to be held in Kuwait in December for the top four men.
The top seedings are as follows followed by their current world rankings:
1/ Campbell Grayson 49
2/Paul Coll 56
3/Martin Knight 64
4/Lance Beddoes 90
5/ Evan Williams 104
6/Chris Van der Salm 158
7/Ben Grindrod 160
8/ Christopher Lloyd
1/Joelle King 57
2/Amanda Landers-Murphy 41
3/Megan Craig 43
4/Shelley Kitchen Highest rank was 6th in world
5/Ellie Epke 141
7/Danielle Fourie 136
Our top local Cantabrians include Paul Coll, recent winner of the Australian Open, also previously winning the French Open, Australia Day Challenge and NT Open in 2015. Also Megan Craig current NZ Champion has won the Perth PSA, Burnside PSA beating world no 31 Siyoli Waters in the final, plus the Australia Day Challenge and “Womens player of the month” by WPSA. Chris Van der Salm is the winner of the Auckland and Canterbury Open titles plus a member of the successful Squashways team winning the famous Cousin Shield 2014/5.
The event begins Friday from midday with all Championship games at Football, semi finals Saturday Men 5.40pm, Women 7pm. Finals Sunday Women 2.30pm, Men 3.30pm
The provincial inter-district teams event will be played Monday beginning 9am 2 games and final Tuesday
Nelson Bays Tournament Winner Updates!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NELSON BAYS HEAD J GRADE SERIES WINNERS!
J Grade Series Winner
1. Hamish Knowles
2. Rafe Charles
3. India Charles
4th Equal. Megan O'Cain, Emily Rutherford, Kayla Harvey
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NELSON BAYS HEAD D AND BELOW SERIES WINNERS!
D and Below Series Winner
1. Luke Creighton
2. Antonie Generau
3. Josh Childs
4. Luke Crichton
Ruby Turnbull and Alex Oakley have won the Canterbury 23 titles this weekend at the Burnside Squash Club. Ruby Turnbull seeded 2nd over came top seed Ruby Beresford 15/13 in the 5th game. Alex Oakley kept his top seeding by beating 2nd seed Sam McCarroll in 4 games.
The Squash Canterbury Junior Age Group Championships were played over the weekend at Squash HQ. Winners as follows:
Boys U-11 Tom Marshall (Marlborough SRC)
Boys U-13 Nathan Briggs (Burnside)
Boys U-15 Caelum Betteridge (Hoon Hay)
Boys U-17 Aaron Briggs (Burnside)
Boys U-19 Jayden Millard (Football)
Girls U-11 Caitlin Millard (Football)
Girls U-13 Leonie Marshall (Marlborough SRC)
Girls U-15 Grace Allen (Football)
Girls U-17 Kimberley Higgs (Rangiora)
Girls U-19 Hema Govind (Linwood)
Sixteen Canterbury squash players returned from Oamaru on Sunday night after playing off against Southland, Otago and Midlands in the annual South Island Quadrangular Tournament. Canterbury proved victorious after a hard weekend, defeating Southland on Sunday who came a very close second place; 34-30 matches.
Each team consisted of 8 men and 8 women broken down to 6 juniors (Charlie Barker, Caelum Betteridge, William Quin, Shalee Harris, Hema Govind, Kimberley Higgs), 6 seniors (Scott Gardiner, Jackson Beresford, Joe Williams, Maria Smith, Ruby Turnbull, Kelsi Carrick) and 4 master players (Chris Jarrett, Nigel Lloyd, Sue Wasley, Trish Jordaan). Canterbury also claimed the titles for Senior Men, Master Men and Master Women, the men not losing a single match throughout the tournament.
The results of the Canterbury matches follow (1 point per age group victory):
Canterbury bt. Midlands 6-0
Canterbury bt. Otago 4-2
Canterbury bt. Southland 4-2
Toughest match boys/girls:
Ruby Turnbull against Katie Fairweather – lost in five after a fast paced and great battle to the end.
Scott Gardener against Eb Swann – having to win every rally six times before getting a point.
Charlie Barker breaking his trend and not going to 5 in any of his matches, and winning them all.
Congratulations Megan! Check out the full story here:
Check out where our Cantabrians feature:
Squash Canterbury will be holding several sessions to present coaching modules in Christchurch. A different module will be presented by the District Coach towards the end of May, June, July and August. Anyone is welcome to attend these sessions. Please read this for a detailed explanation on the modules and when they will be presented. Coaching modules will also be presented in Blenheim and Nelson. Your clubs have details about these.
The Canterbury Squash foundation is holding another event this year (in addition to the annual golf day) and even better it's free! See the attached poster.
This event is all about comparing what our current (and young) legends of squash are doing for skills and fitness with what our old legends of squash did in their day , and to see how things have changed and of course have a bit of fun with it.
The Youngies are Paul Coll, Megan Craig and Chris van der Salm currently ranked 55, 39 and 166 in the world respectively. Paul and Megan are both ranked 2 in New Zealand and Chris is ranked 8th.
The Oldies are Stu Davenport (ranked 3rd in the world in 1987!), Sarah Cook (finalist in World Junior champs in 1993 and nationally ranked), and Rod Hayes (nationally ranked ).
So the evening will start with Paul Megs and Chris doing some skills and fitness with our up and coming Canty Juniors . We'll be looking for volunteers to do a few training routines (that Paul, Meg and Chris are used to doing as a part of their fitness regime on the court), followed by some skills sessions for as many as we can fit on the court!
Then we'll have a Q & A session with the Youngies and Oldies hosted by Joseph Romanos (world renowned sports journalist and author of the book Long or Short The Story of New Zealand Squash) where we'll hear a few stories and no doubt have a few laughs.
And we'll wrap it up with a short presentation from Pat Barwick on what support (financial and other) is available for those of you who want to excel in squash and go all the way.
WHEN August 19th 5.30pm - 7.30pm (the Wednesday before the National Champs)
WHERE Christchurch Football Squash club
Nibbles and finger food available at the conclusion and the bar will be open. Please RSVP to me or let any of the Foundation trustees know if you’re coming so we can sort catering needs. (Lawrence Skurr, Murray Withers, Doug Lawrie, Stu Camp, David Hawes).