Te Puke wins Su­perChamps

Te Puke Times - - SPORT - By JENNY WOTTEN

The Te Puke D Grade men trav­elled to Oa­maru last week to rep­re­sent the Bay of Plenty and con­test the D Grade Men’s Su­perChamps squash com­pe­ti­tion.

This fol­lowed their win in the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion in early Au­gust where they were seeded last in the draw and took out top seeds Devoy to earn their spot at na­tion­als.

The Te Puke Squash Club held a fundrais­ing Quiz Night to help the D Grade men with their travel and play­ing ex­penses and raised over $2000.

In Oa­maru, the lads did some sight­see­ing the first day be­fore en­coun­ter­ing Ti­maru and win­ning that tie 5-nil.

The next morn­ing they took on top seeds Taieri (from Otago) at 8am and were boosted by some heart­en­ing mes­sages of sup­port posted on Face­book from their fam­ily and fol­low­ers back home. The lads were on fire, beat­ing play­ers seeded well above them. Kody Betham took a racket to the face but still beat his op­po­nent in three and the team took that tie four matches to one.

Next up was the lo­cal Oa­maru team (bot­tom seeds) who they van­quished con­vinc­ingly five matches to nil. This put the Te Puke men through to the semi­fi­nals at 10am on Thurs­day — play­ing order 5, 4, 1, 2, 3 (Kody Betham, Zac Reynolds, Glenn Kelly, Hay­den Col­lier and Matthew Ward).

Up first against 3rd seeds Mana Club from Welling­ton, the lads pulled off four nail bit­ing matches out of five and a spot in the fi­nals at 2pm on Satur­day against 2nd seeded Auck­land North Shore.

Friends and fam­ily gath­ered at the club to watch the livestream­ing of the fi­nal — play­ing order 3, 5, 1, 2, 4 (Matt, Kody, Glenn, Hay­den, Zac) with Vishad sit­ting out this tie. Matt won his match 3-nil fol­lowed by Kody also win­ning his match. Next up Glenn couldn’t quite get there but played some awe­some squash. Hay­den took to the court look­ing to seal his place in C2 but couldn’t quite pull off a vic­tory. It was then all up to Zac Reynolds to win the tro­phy for the Te Puke Club.

With the B Grade Te Puke Ladies watch­ing from their tour­na­ment venue at Kawaroa Park in New Ply­mouth and with dozens of mes­sages of sup­port from Te Puke friends and fam­ily, with great com­po­sure Zac beat his op­po­nent con­vinc­ingly to seal the deal for Te Puke.

The team would like to ac­knowl­edge their spon­sors East­pack, H2 Or­chard Con­tract­ing and YourLo­cal — Tau­ranga with­out which, much of this might not have been pos­si­ble. It takes a lot of time, money and co-or­di­na­tion to get a team to the South Is­land to par­tic­i­pate in an event such as this.

Ma­jor thanks also to coach Chris Brewer and man­ager Barry Ward. And con­grat­u­la­tions to the full team squad Glenn Kelly, Vishad Chathury, Hay­den Col­lier, Matthew Ward, Zac Reynolds and Kody Betham.

In Kawaroa Park, the Te Puke B Grade Ladies team im­proved their seed­ing from sixth spot to fourth spot, be­ing de­feated in the semis by fel­low BOP team Geyser (in­clud­ing Te Puke lo­cal ju­nior Ash­ley Tay­lor).

In other club news, San­dra Lelievre, a Masters age group mem­ber, has re­cently won her sixth Na­tional Masters Ti­tle. San­dra and other Te Puke mem­bers were part of the Bay of Plenty Masters Team that played in the New Zealand Masters Tour­na­ment held at the Devoy Squash Club on Septem­ber 15 and 16. San­dra won her age group 60+. She has pre­vi­ously won five other ti­tles since 2004.

Club mem­ber Vicki Herd­man also did well to come third in her 55+ Age Group as did Graeme Ran­dolph who also came third also in his 60+ Age Group. The Bay of Plenty team were seeded 3rd and fin­ished third.

The club is do­ing well with its mem­ber­ship this year, re­cently hit­ting a high of 193 mem­bers, not seen since about 2006.

Age Group Club Champs and Masters Club Champs will be played from Oc­to­ber 7 to 13 fol­lowed by prize­giv­ing on the evening of Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13. A new ini­tia­tive for the club is Dou­bles Club Champs for both men and women.

Street 2 Surf Cloth­ing are spon­sor­ing Busi­ness House Squash which starts on Oc­to­ber 26 and will run un­til No­vem­ber 23. The com­pe­ti­tion has proved pop­u­lar again this year with over 15 team en­tries al­ready re­ceived.

Any­one who wants to en­ter a team is en­cour­aged to get en­tries in early by con­tact­ing Fiona on 022 573 4090.

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The Te Puke D Grade Men have taken out the Su­perChamps Squash Com­pe­ti­tion in Oa­maru.

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