Entries are light for the 2016 Super Champ Eliminations and without the support of Central Otago and the Otago University Clubs, there wouldn’t be an event at Otago District level. This is disappointing especially as these events are usually the highlight of any squash players career. The Otago University Men’s ‘B’; Alexandra Women’s ‘C’ and Wanaka Men’s ‘D’ Teams will all automatically progress through to the National Competition if they choose to do so. There will be a 3 way play-off between Wanaka, Cromwell and Otago University hosted by the Cromwell Club in Men’s ‘C’ Grade. The Otago University will host the ‘E’ Grade where Otago University will play Alexandra in the women’s event and Otago University will host Cromwell in the Men’s. There were no entries in Women’s ‘B’; Women’s ‘D’ and both Men’s and Women’s ‘F’ Grade. A big thank you to those clubs that supported this very important event.
The 2016 Otago District Squash Championship final was an all Otago University affair with Sophie O’Connell defending her 2015 title by winning in four games over Laura Rogers and Tamati Brooks (Otago University President) winning in three over team mate Matt Ditchburn. Both Laura and Matt played above themselves to get to the final but the experience and shot play of Sophie and Tamati was too strong on the day.
Ninety-four players competed over the weekend at the Otago Squash Club with 12 year old junior Martha Toghill (seeded eighth) from Wanaka having a particularly good tournament winning the Women’s ‘A’ Grade.
Although going into the final round with only one point the difference, Otago University proved too strong for Taieri winning 8 matches to 2. Third place-getter was Otago over Pirates (4th) with Sunnyvale (5th). Otago University will play Central Otago’s Top Club – Wanaka for the Cable way’s Shid later in the season.
The 2016 Otago District Master’s Tournament was hosted by the Taieri Squash Club over the weekend with the 2016 champions decided – Shaun Madden (Cromwell) and Ange Button (Otago). Defending women’s champion Deb Shirley from Invercargill had to pull out due to injury leaving top seed Ange Button to battle it out and take the title in four from club mate, third seed Lyndal Askin. Shaun Madden won in straight sets over Taieri and 2015 champion Mark Fairweather.
The theme for the tournament was ‘Nursery versus Nursing Home’ so when a few residents from a local rest home popped in for a look and a bit of socialising, it made for some very interesting and competitive banter……….
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Thank goodness John Harraway is going to continue with his interest in squash and the Otago University Squash Club pondering activities to prevent boredom as he reduces his hours in teaching at the Otago University.
Click on the links below to read of John’s interesting career to date:
World Masters Games 2017 celebrates one of the most important milestone in the lead up to the Games – ‘One Year to Go’! Today the countdown clock as dipped under 365 days until the Opening Ceremony at Eden Park officially launches 10 days of sporting excitement and camaraderie.
There is diversity amongst the athletes who’ve already signed up to the Games, with competitors from more than 50 countries already confirming their registrations, and ages ranging from 25-95 years.