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