The Canterbury Masters and Under 23's tournament, held in conjunction with each other, was run from the 22nd to the 24th of June at the Burnside Squash club. There were 65 participants across all categories, and some amazing squash on display.
The Men's Masters had the most entries and made for a lot of closely contended matches. Peter Bond won Division 3, Alistair Smith took out Division 2, and Wayne Seebeck was the winner of Division 1, in an epic 5 set encounter where he came from 2 sets down to win. The Open Division was won by Scott Gardiner, beating Grant Craig 3 sets to 0. The match of the tournament came in this division with Grant Craig beating Tim Preston 3-2 in the semi-final, after being 4 match points down in the deciding set.
The Women's Masters also put on some great squash. Astrid Heine took out Division 1, and the Open Division winner was Erin Ellery, beating Shayle Pringle in 3 tightly fought sets.
The Under 23's event was a real showcase of all the young talent coming through from Canterbury. It was great to see Juniors coming down from as far as Nelson and Blenheim to play in the tournament. The girls under 23 winner was Emma Cormack, who beat Petra Curd-McCullough. The boys under 23 winner was Charlie Barker in what was another of the tournaments best matches. He beat a determined Max McDonald in a long 5 set encounter.
All in all, the tournament was a great success, running smoothly and on schedule. There was many fantastic matches and they were all played in a good-natured spirit. It was wonderful to see so many people coming from out of town, from Kaikoura, to the West Coast, and the Marlborough region. It's good to see such promising young players coming through, and to know that the Masters have still got it!
We would like to thank Ben Wilkinson and Burnside Squash Club, it’s committee and members for hosting this event on behalf of Squash Canterbury and for doing a great job.