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Warkworth Squash Club - 3rd Court has lift off

Pictured: a structural beam being lifted into place at the Warkworth Squash Club.

Squash Auckland wins Award 14/11/2012
Squash Auckland has won the New Zealand Secondary Schools Innovation Award - the prestigious award for innovation in delivering squash to schools in the Auckland region. Our inflatable courts have enabled us to deliver squash in a fun and innovative way to schools. The award was presented to Philip Vodanovich GM Squash Auckland by Garry Carnachan Executive Director of the NZ Secondary Schools Council.

AGM and Squash Excellence Awards
The 49th Squash Auckland AGM was held on Wednesday 14th November. The existing board remains in place with Tim Marshall as Chairman. Follow this link to our FACEBOOK page for Squash Excellence Awards photos and detail LINK

North Shore 50th Celebrations
What a wonderful couple of days of celebration were held at the North Shore Club. Members and friends gathered from far and wide to share in the celebrations at the club. Both the Friday night Cocktail evening and the formal dinner on the Saturday saw the club packed to capacity. Many of the personalities that have made squash the wonderful game it is were gathered in celebration of a very memorable 50 years that have provided so much to the squash community on the shore and across the Auckland region. Well done to Bob Campton and the team.

Auckland Teams - 10th Oct update
Another outstanding effort from the Auckland Girls Junior team has seen them beat Wellington 3-1 and once again Ellie Epke has beaten Rebecca Barnett in 4 - awesome effort girls :)
Ellie Epke, Abbie Palmer, Hayley Hughes, Anna Hughes, Jueee Bhide

The boys team have finished above their seeding - finishing 4th in a tight tussle where they were beaten on count back in the playoff for 3rd/4th.
Auckland Juniors Dominate at Nationals
Under 19 Girls this particluar match was an awesome result for Ellie who is still elligible for the Under 15 age group.
Ellie Epke (Auckland) defeated Rebecca Barnett 8/11, 13/11, 11/8, 11/9
Under 17 Girls - All Auckland Final
Hayley Hughes defeated Juee Bhide 15/12, 15/11, 15/5
Under 15 Girls - All Auckland Final
Abbie Palmer (Auckland)defeated Anna Hughes 15/4, 15/3, 15/8
Under 13s Boys - All Auckland Final
Anthony Lepper (Auckland) defeated Matthew Galen Lucente 15/13, 15/13, 15/13

Auckland Masters Champions Shine
At the recently completed NZ Masters Nationals, Auckland players once again put their best foot (feet) forward.
Congratulations to our latest National Champions:
Lisa Cowlard
Kaye Jackson
Gary Duberly
Mark Waldin
Ian Gunthorp
The Auckland team finished a competitive 3rd place and it could so easliy have been 1st or 2nd.
The team was once again fortunate to have the management of Ian Gunthorp ensuring that they participated in all events both on and off the court
Also the prestigious Rob Roche Award for Meritorious Service to Masters Squash went to Trevor Colyer a long time sevant to the game and the wider squash community

Squash Auckland Club Referees hits 120+
Earlier this year Squash NZ launched the club referee certification process. The Club Referee qualifiaction is the first step for players to gain a clear understanding of the rules of squash. The process reafirms what many know but also confirms rules and standards of play for beginners to experienced players.
To date 120 players have gained certification as a club referee - well done!

Auckland Junior Team named:
The following players have been selected to represent Auckland at the Junior Nationals to be held in
Palmerston North Oct 4-10
Boys:Sion Wiggins, Harry Tapsell, Paul Blanchard, Miguel Yam, Oliver French
Girls:Eleanor Epke, Abbie Palmer, Hayley Hughes, Anna Hughes, Juee Bhide
Manager/Coach: Mark Waldin.

Auckland Masters Team named
The following players have been selected to represent Auckland at the Masters Nationals to be held in Napier
(Sept 21 - 25). Richard Thompson, Troy Dunn, Gary Duberly,Mark Waldin, Kevin Smuts,  Michelle Heron,Lisa Cowlard,
Heather Saies, Christine Graham, Margy Sanders. The team is managed by Ian Gunthorp 

Henderson "Final - Down to the Wire"
New Zealand's Evan Williams has come agonisingly close to his first title on the PSA men's world squash tour.

Williams has been beaten in five games by top seed Jan Koukal in the final of the Henderson PSA event in Auckland.  The 22-year-old Kiwi started brilliantly, winning the opening two games and appeared to be on track to avenge his two defeats to Koukal earlier this year on tour.

However, the 29-year-old Czech refused to lie down, gradually clawing his way back into the match and eventually wrapping up a 10-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 victory in 72 minutes.

Secondary Schools Champions
The Epsom Gilrls Grammar team has once again won the National Secondary Schools title and with such a young team this dominance looks set to continue for a few more years.
Congratulations to the team:
Hayley Hughes (captain)
Anna Hughes
Eleanor Epke
Luka Unger
Shenee Geaney- Jones
The EGGS Premier Squash Team also won the Auckland Secondary School Championships in June
Squash Nationals - Breaking News

Auckland Women's Team crowned National Champions
The Auckland Women's team have won the national title, it was a great team effort.
Team members Rachel McLeod (Captain), Elle Epke, Abbie Palmer, Georgina Shelton-Agar and Michelle Heron.

Auckland Men finish 4th.
The Auckland men played ot their seeding finishing a  creditable 4th against strong opposition.

Campbell Grayson National Champion -  a great effort by Campbell to defeat Martin Knight in the final
Men's Final
2. Campbell Grayson (Auckland) def 1. Martin Knight (Auckland) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
1. Joelle King (Waikato) def 2. Jaclyn Hawkes (Auckland) 11-3, 9-11, 16-14, 11-5
Third place playoff
3. Kylie Lindsay (Waikato) def Megan Craig (Canterbury) 11-1, 11-7, 11-3

Full Details link:

World Masters - breaking news
Kaye Jackson has been beaten in (4) the Semi Finals by Englands' Bett Dryhurst.
Gary Duberly beaten in tough quarter final by unseeded Frenchman Jean-Jaques Pineau 11/7, 6/11, 9/11, 7/11

for more info go to:

Superchamps Winners
Congratulations to the following teams on there success in the Auckland Graded Club Teams Championships.
A total of 62 teams participated in the district event and the winners now go on to represent
Auckland at the Nationals in September.
Grade                   Men                           Women
B                         Remuera                    Eden Epsom
C                         Herne Bay                  Herne Bay
D                         Remuera                    Henderson
E                         North Shore               Henderson
F                         Eden Epsom               Papakura

Campbell Grayson - wins North Island Championships
Campbelll Grayson completed the North, South double with his win at the North Island Championships
held in Cambridge over the weekend - the world number 53 and number 1 seed,  held off a late fight back from
second seed Evan Williams, to win 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-8.  Grayson had earlier accounted for unseeded
Aucklander Lance Beddoes 11/3 9/11 11/8 11/7 in the semis while Williams earned his place in the title
decider with an 11-9, 11-6, 11-1 victory over third seed Paul Coll.

Eden Epsom Junior wins Scholarship
The inaugural Harcourts Junior Sports Scholarship awarded - Anthony Lepper has won the Harcourts
Junior Sports Scholarship, awarded once a year to a deserving junior tennis or squash player.
Anthony has been NZ Under 11 champion, is climbing up the grades, and will receive ten advanced lessons from former World Squash Champion Carol Owens, made possible with support from Harcourts.

2012 Auckland Juniors Champions
Sion Wiggins - Auckland defeated Theo Zbjowski Canterbury in the boys final whilst in the girls
Jacinta Matson from Northland defeated Auckland's Anna Hughes. The weekend was a great success for
squash with the beginner J grade being the largest draw suggesting that squash has an ever growing ground
swell of junior players coming through the ranks.

Herne Bay and North Shore retain National Club Team Titles

Cousins Shield (men)
1)Herne Bay def 2)Henderson 3-0
Chris Lloyd def Phil Buscke 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 Matiu Te Kani-McQueen def
Cameron Jamieson 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 4-11, 11-6 Cambell Grayson def Paul Coll 11-7, 11-3, 11-9

Mitchell Cup (women)
1)North Shore def 2)Mitchell Park 3-1
Lisa Cowlard def Liz Day 11-6, 11-7, 12-10 Sum Kim lost to Mickayla Kerr 7-11, 6-11, 11-13 Michelle Heron def Renee Walkinshaw 4-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-4 Mandy Kennedy def Nicky Durling 11-8, 6-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6

KiwiSport delivers for Squash clubs in Auckland
Harbour Sports monthly newslettee highlights the strong relationships developing between clubs and schools - driven by Squash Aucklands committment to KiwiSport - more detail

Congratulations to the Henderson Open Team
For the second consecutive year Henderson have won the Auckland Open Interclub teams competition defeating North Shore in the final.

Squash hits the Radio waves 
Paramount Services are supporting squash with a national radio advertsiing campaign on RadioLive Sport -read more
The 3 adverts are a call to action and provide a compelling theme in line with "KEEP FIT - HAVE FUN - PLAY SQUASH"
The May/June ads will run nationwide on Solid Gold FM, Radio Live and LiveSport

Become a Club Referee
Your club needs you - if your interested in becoming a club referee then folllow this link:

Inflated Ideas - Turn to Reallity
Squash Auckland have had inflated ideas or so we've been told - and we are pleased to introduce our
latest one :) Squash Auckland have added 3 inflatable courts to stable of microcourts providing us
with the capabilty to delivering squash to the Auckland community - special thanks to ASB Community Trust.

Auckland Open - North Shore
What a fantastic event with over 160 participants competing  over the 4 days. In the Women's final Amanda Landers-Murphy from BOP defeated Rachel McLeod in straight sets. The Men's final between defending champion Mike Corren (Aus) and Martin Knight (North Shore) was a very tight tussle with Martin coming back from a two set deficit to win in 5.

Auckland Graded Winners 2012
Grade                    Men                             Women
B                     Mark Waldin                     Gemma Gee
C                    Paul Matthews                   Rebecca Ellmeus
D                    Carl Smith                         Nichol Manchester
E                    Gabe Yam                         Amy Jamieson
F                     not contested                  Natasha Findlay








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