Putaruru hosts its first squash nationals
The best of the best New Zealand squash players will face off in Putaruru this month for the National Champion of Champions competition.
The November 4 to 6 competition, which will see players from eight of New Zealand’s 11 squash districts competing, will be the first national competition ever hosted by the Putaruru club which has been running since 1975.
Secretary treasurer Janelle Hotham, who is a keen squash player herself, said the aim was to find the best male and female players from A to F level.
‘‘Each district has a Champion of Champions tournament and the winners of those then go through to nationals which is what we are hosting this year,’’ she said.
‘‘It has been going for three years now and still needs a lot of support from the districts to get players here but we are very excited to be hosting it and it will be the first time we have ever hosted a national event. It is awesome.’’
Hotham said entries are high for the event with several local players also participating including Putaruru B grade player Maree Savage, C grade player Amber Brown, D grade players Kim Saunders, Alan Creery, and Brad Karl, and E grade player Grant Mckinnon. Tokoroa A grade player Aleisha Watene will also be taking part.
‘‘We have got 83 entries which is huge for us as usually at our normal tournaments we have around 40 maybe so it is over double,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re definitely looking forward to it but there is a lot of organising to be done. We have to do up all the draws and then there are some people who want to change game times and all that sort of thing.’’
‘‘We also have to ensure we have enough court control and that people are in the bar and kitchen so there is decent food.’’
‘‘It’s all being run by volunteers so it’s really good though,’’ she said.
She said while the club is hosting the overall competition, the Tokoroa Squash Club will be hosting some of the Friday night games to ensure they finish at a reasonable time.
‘‘There will be 130 matches over the three days starting at 5pm on the Friday and finishing at 3pm on the Sunday after the finals,’’ she said.
From left Putaruru National Champion of Champions squash competitors Grant Mckinnon, Alan Creery, Maree Savage, Brad Karl, and Amber Brown.