World Masters Games/PSA/Open and beyond

World Masters Games/PSA/Open and beyond

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It has been a busy 2 months for the club and time now for us all to take a breather and enjoy our club. April 21-30 was World Masters Games. 430 competitors from 21 countries plus there supporters, partners and also all of those that came to watch the squash. North Shore had individual medal winners in their age group. Sue Kim and Mark Waldin won gold, Lisa Ashton won silver, Mandy Kennedy, Gary Duberly and Gwen McGeown taking out bronze in their age groups. Mark,Mandy, Gary and Lisa also played in the teams event also winning medals there. The club was constantly alive and  bustling with people. From the 35 year old competitors to the over 80 men the name of the game was squash and getting on the court and enjoying the game was the aim. But age did not mean that the competitive spirit did not also go on the court too. Many friendships were formed and old friendships rekindled. Now they are all planning for 4 years time and Japan. To view the photos taken and articles from SNZ

http://www.squashnz.co.nz/events/masters-events.cfm?section=worldmastersgames2017

Within the month and after a 10 year absence the club was to host a men’s and women’s PSA. The North Shore Open was also running. With 140 entries in the Open, the men having 2 qualifying rounds and the women one to get in to the main draw of the PSA another busy week was in store. Those that did not make it in to the main draw of the PSA were able to play in the open as spot had been left open for those that wanted to play. Our club members Sion Wiggin and Abbie Palmer were in the main draw scheduled to play on Friday night. All matches were live streamed giving those that could not make it to the courts the opportunity to watch it from the comfort of their couch. The North Shore Open played the finals before 12pm giving all players the opportunity to watch the PSA final. The women were on first with Amanda Landers Murphy against Megan Craig. Amanda was the winner. Next on court was Josh Larkin from Australia against Evan Williams from NZ. Josh was too strong for Evan on the day. All completed draws can be found on our website under draws

The following weekend was Cousins Shield and Mitchell cup with the North Shore entering teams again. The men had to qualify to get in to the main draw. There opponents were Eden Epsom first up. With 20 men’s teams entered Herne Bay had asked for the use of our courts for the overflow. The men’s first match was at Herne Bay and the men comfortably won through to the main draw and from then on in all their games were on home ground. Friday night saw them then have to take on Thorndon the 3rd seeds. Thorndon was always going to be a hard task to take on but the guys dug deep and left it all on the court. They were not victorious but had many a close game. 2 more games on the Saturday with a 8.30am start against Henderson. Sion was victorious against Reymark the PSA player but he was the only win of the morning. At midday it was off to watch the ladies have their first match up against Belmont Park. The ladies were down when it was back to the Shore for the men to take on Cambridge. By the 5th it was a 2/2 all draw. Matt was last on court so lots of pressure but he did not let it get to him winning in 4. Setting up a match up against the number 9th seeds Herne Bay B at 9am Sunday. The ladies had gone down 2/3 so it went back to count back in their pool with everyone winning 1. This time the countback was not to the ladies benefit and they also were at the North Shore at 9am Sunday. Sunday the men took on Herne Bay and once again it was down to Matt playing 5th to come up with the goods. Sunday was not to be his day going down 1/4. The ladies won against Royal Oak

Next on the calendar is the Baker Electrical North Shore Masters to be held – 15-17 June

 

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