We are very pleased to announce that Squash NZ athletes have been nominated in two categories for the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards.
We are very pleased to announce that Squash NZ athletes have been nominated in two categories for the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards.
Paul Coll’s run at the Black Ball Cairo Open PSA tournament has came to an end over the weekend with a defeat in the semifinals to the second seed Ali Farag of Egypt.
All of the professional photos from the National Awards night have been posted on the Squash New Zealand Facebook page. Click on the link to view the album:https://bit.ly/2G2TK8T
The 2017 World Junior Championships held in Tauranga last year was announced as a finalist in two categories of the New Zealand Events Association Event Awards.
North Shore Squash Club is looking for a new Club Manager to start early January 2019.
For more information, click on the job description: Vacancy Club Manager (214K)
Applications close on 12th December.
Squash NZ National Awards 2018
Aileen was awarded a Squash New Zealand Life Membership at the National Awards on Saturday, 1st December 2018. The comprehensive nomination was put forward by Tanya Laurence and voted on at the Squash NZ AGM.
2018 National Squash Awards
Well done to all of the nominees for the Squash New Zealand Awards. Below are a list of our category finalists, we look forward to announcing the winners at our awards ceremony.
We are delighted to announce a renewed partnership with BLK. BLK is Squash NZ's official apparel partner and offers cutting edge design which reflects a genuine understanding and respect of Squash New Zealand's heritage and goals.
Christchurch Squash Club are seeking applications for the new role of Club Manager at their new eight court facility to be opened in Cashmere in April 2019.
A career-best win for Kiwi squash professional and current Commonwealth Games champ, Joelle King.
Well-earned places in the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Squash Open Platinum event for both Paul Coll and Joelle King, but it gets very difficult from here if they are to progress further in the tournament.
Good wins for Kiwi squash professionals Paul Coll and Joelle King overnight at the Hong Kong Squash Open Platinum event. Although they both dropped a game, the results were still solid and prepared them for their tough third round matches and potentially clashes with high seeds in the quarter-finals.
We are very pleased to announce that Shelley Kitchen will be inducted into the NZ Squash Hall of Fame at the National Squash Awards on 1st December 2018.
Squash New Zealand will appoint national team and squad coaches to provide leadership and support to create an environment and culture for our players to achieve on the international stage in 2019.
Squash New Zealand is very pleased to announce the appointment of a new Events Manager Deanna Forsyth who will start on 5th November. Deanna is from a squash playing family, plays herself and importantly has a solid background in event planning and management in the sports sector, both in New Zealand and in the UK. We’re looking forward to seeing some of her exciting new ideas being implemented in the event space to enhance delivery in this area, particularly in our premier events.
A top win for in-form Kiwi squash player, Paul Coll this morning in England at the PSA Channel VAS Gold tournament in the Weybridge.
A great start, but the result proved too difficult for Kiwi squash pro, Paul Coll in the US Open semifinals in Philadelphia
New Zealand world No.8 Paul Coll became the first male Kiwi since the 1990s to reach the semi-finals of a major PSA Tour event after he claimed a huge 3-2 win over world No.3 Tarek Momen at the U.S. Open Squash Championships, PSA Platinum event.
The final placings in the NZ junior inter-district teams event at the North Shore Squash Club have been confirmed for 2018 with the strong Auckland and Waikato teams winning the boy’s and girl’s competitions.
We’re pleased to bring you an update on the Christchurch Squash Club funding story from 8th August. Funding support has been secured and ground was officially broken on Friday 5th October for the Don Preston Squash Centre.
Squash Waikato is looking to hire a General Manager.
The core focus of this role is to maximise the use of Squash Waikato's squash infrastructure, increase revenue streams and maintain relationships with funders, increase the participation and performance of people playing squash within the Waikato, and meet the needs of Squash Waikato's squash community through providing excellent support to member clubs.
There was some top squash as the national junior individual titles were decided at the North Shore Squash Club on Sunday with plenty of talent on display.
Today is finals day at the NZ Junior Age Group Nationals at North Shore Squash Club. Finals from 11am. Come and watch our aspiring future Paul Coll's and Joelle King's battle it out for the prestigious national titles and plate winners.
Our two selected showcase players Matthew Lucente and Kaitlyn Watts and their mentor and ambassador, Ben Grindrod are travelling to Buenos Aires this week for the Youth Olympics squash showcase between 7th and 12th October.
The 2019 Premier and Major tournament dates have been confirmed and can now be found on our website and facebook pages.
From Kaitaia to Bluff, Gisborne to Hokitika and everywhere in between, there are 200 clubs, over 1500 coaches and many more volunteers spread across the country who make up the New Zealand squash family. These passionate, dedicated and talented squash communities and people go above and beyond, constantly upskilling themselves and putting everyone else’s squash before their own. It is time for us to say THANK YOU!
Squash New Zealand and the wider squash community are mourning the death of Anne Murphy, a long-time supporter of squash and wife of former Chief Executive and life member Bill Murphy.
Anne provided over 20 years of invaluable support to squash through office administration when Bill led Squash New Zealand between 1979-86 and 1990-94. They were a formidable team who worked so well together. Anne was always extremely helpful and obliging and a pleasure to work with.
Our condolences go out to Bill and his family at this very sad time.
Remember to get your entries into New Zealand Premier Junior event the NZ Junior Nationals. Entries are via iSquash and close on Sunday 16th September.
Last match of pool play for the NZ team was against 10th seeds Japan to decide who would make the quarterfinals.
The New Zealand women’s squash team lost to second seeds England for the anticipated top position in Pool B overnight at the world championships in Dalian, China.
Abbie was first up in her debut match for the NZ team. A good 3-0 win where she dominated for the majority of the match and showed no signs of any nerves storming through the 3rd 11-1.
The women’s world teams squash championships get underway tonight in Dalian, China at the Xigang Gymnasium in the Liaoning Province with New Zealand in with a good chance of making the top eight nations..
New Zealand's Paul Coll has fallen short in the final of the gold status China Squash Open in Shanghai.
New Zealand’s squash pro Paul Coll has won his semifinal battle at the China Open defeating Germany’s Simon Rösner in a brutal 90-minute contest and will now compete in his biggest PSA Tour final since he lifted the Channel VAS Championships trophy in December 2016.
New Zealand’s world No.10 Paul Coll came back from a set down for a win in the quarter-finals of US$120,500 China Open in Shanghai overnight and has set himself up a clash with the top seed.
A win and a loss for New Zealand squash players at the China Open in Shanghai.
New Zealand squash players are in action around the world for the start of the new international season.
After a busy day one the Senior Inter Districts head into finals day which promises some great squash action. The Women’s competition has moved into a round robin format with the top three teams from day one Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Northland battling it out the K A Mackwell Cup. Defending Champions Bay of Plenty are spearheaded by Commonwealth Games gold medallist Amanda Landers-Murphy and will be looking to back up last year’s victory. They won’t have it easy with Auckland been led by NZ team member Abbie Palmer. Northland are led by Shelley Kitchen with a great mix of experience and youth rounding out their team.
New Zealand Commonwealth Games team member, Evan Williams has made it through to the semifinals of the US$5,000 Shepparton International in Australia after a couple of easy contests.
Nine Districts will battle it out in both the Men’s and Women’s draws to try and claim the prestigious Inter-District Teams title being hosted by the Panmure Squash Club from the 31st August – 1st September.
New Zealand Commonwealth Games team member, Evan Williams from Wellington has fallen short in his 250th match on the PSA squash tour. Williams the top seed a the Squash Melbourne Open has been beaten in the final of the tournament by Frenchman Christophe Andrew 11-4, 12-10, 11-1 in 33 minutes in what was his 250th PSA match.
A couple of losses to higher ranked opponents for the Kiwi players at the $11,0000 Tarra Kia Bega Open, PSA Challenger Tour in Bega, New South Wales.
Mixed results for the three Kiwis at the $11,000 Tarra Kia Bega Open, PSA Challenger Tour in Bega, New South Wales overnight.
Christchurch Squash Club has an amazing opportunity to build a world class, state-of-the-art 8 court squash club facility to open in March 2019. A facility of this calibre does not currently exist in the South Island and it would greatly benefit players locally, as well as the sport as a whole, by presenting many exciting new opportunities for the game. This building will replace the Christchurch Squash Club building which was damaged in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
The World Masters Squash Championships were completed on weekend at the Boar's Head Club in Charlottesville, Virginia in America.
New Zealand squash legend, Dame Susan Devoy is put forward for voting for the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T)) on the PSA website, but there’s only one day left to vote.
Devoy won four Word Open titles and eight British Open titles and is a former world No.1. Her name sits alongside other candidates such as Heather McKay (Australia), Nicol David (Malaysia) and Sarah Fitz-Gerald (Australia)
The voting is on the PSA website https://psaworldtour.com/news/view/5712/g-o-a-t-women-the-final-shortlist.
The progress of New Zealand players continues at the Australian Open PSA squash tournament in Melbourne with two players through to the quarter-finals.
A good first day for Kiwi players at the Australian Open PSA squash tournament in Melbourne.
A team of four has been confirmed by Squash New Zealand to compete in the 2018 FISU World University Squash Championships in Birmingham, England in September.
Abbie Palmer has found the going too tough in the semifinals of the US$10,000 PSA Tasmanian Open in Devonport.
Palmer, 20 the sixth seed lost to the top seed and former world No.1 Rachael Grinham from Australia in straight games 3-11, 6-11, 7-11 in 19 minutes in her last four match.
Ranked 84 in the world Palmer will now play in the Australian Open this week in Melbourne as part of her build up to the world championships in China in September where she is a member of the New Zealand team.
After a challenging two weeks in hot and humid conditions in Chennai, India the world junior championships are finally over with the New Zealand men’s team finishing equal to its seeding.
A good win overnight for Kiwi squash professional Abbie Palmer at the US$10,000 PSA tournament in Devonport, Tasmania.
A big win for the New Zealand men at the world junior squash team championships in Chennai, India.
New Zealand has maintained squash dominance over Australia with a hard fought victory in the men’s world junior teams championships in Chennai, India.
The New Zealand men’s junior squash team has lost its top 16 knockout clash against the United States overnight at the world championships in Chennai, India.
New Zealand is into the knockout rounds of the men’s world junior squash teams event in Chennai, India after an easy 3-0 victory over Qatar overnight in their final pool game.
New Zealand has caused an upset in the first game of round robin pool play at the world junior men’s squash teams event in Chennai, India.
After the completion of the individual events the New Zealand junior men’s team has been drawn in Pool G of the squash world teams championships in Chennai, India alongside seventh seeds Colombia and 22nd seeds Qatar.
Leo Fatialofa survived a thrilling five set match to earn one last match of the tournament. Leo fought back from 2-0 down to win the third 13-11 and then clinched the match with a nail biting 17-15 win in the fifth set. Anthony Lepper lost in four sets to Darosham Khan (Canada).
Georgia Robcke had a gruelling match against Helena Coetzee (South Africa). She played extremely well and had two match balls in the fourth. Unfortunately, she could not convert these losing the set 15-13 and then going down in the fifth 11-7. Kaitlyn Watts and Diya Joukani lost 3-0 and 3-1 respectively.
Temwa Chileshe fought back valiantly after being 2-0 down against Tristen Worth (South Africa). Temwa finished off his comeback with a 11-1 victory in the fifth set.
A close day, but not close enough for the two New Zealand males remaining in the world junior squash championships.
Two New Zealand players have reached the third round of the world men’s junior squash championships in Chennai, India.
Victories for three out of six of the Kiwi players in action in the first round at the world men’s junior squash championships in Chennai, India this evening
New Zealand players are all set to try and make an impact at the WSF World Junior Individual Squash Championships starting with the opening ceremony tonight and first round matches tomorrow (Wednesday) evening in Chennai, India.
The New Zealand team for the WSF Women’s World Squash Championships in Dalian, China has been confirmed and features a couple of experienced team members as well as two new players.
The future of squash has arrived at Howick Squash Club with a new interactive system, called InteractiveSquash to be put on display and checking out the new technology tonight will be members of the New Zealand Junior Squash Team who are on their way to the world championships in Chennai, India a day later.
A win for third seeded Englishman Angus Gillams at the PSA pro squash event in Auckland as he continues his journey around the world in a bid to improve his world ranking.
A finals spot was a step too far for Kiwi squash professional Evan Williams at the US$10,000 PSA Squash XL Open in Auckland.
New Zealand squash pro, Evan Williams has scored one of the best wins of his career by knocking out the top seed and world No.61, Rex Hedrick of Australia in the quarter-finals at the PSA Squash XL Open in Auckland.
Squash New Zealand is calling for expressions of interest for the role of World Women’s Team Coach.
It was tough going in the opening round of the PSA US$10,000 Squash XL Open in Auckland with seeded players being pushed all the way by their opponents.
The PSA pro squash tour around New Zealand comes to a conclusion in Auckland this week with the US$10,000 men’s Squash XL Open in Auckland which features a wide variety of players including a couple of rising stars
Malaysian squash player Ivan Yuen scored his eighth career PSA title with victory over Australian Rex Hedrick in US$10,000 Southern Squash Open at Invercargill’s Squash City today.
All eight seeds have progressed with relative ease in to the quarter-finals of the US$10,000 2018 Invercargill Licensing Trust and Community Trust NZ Southern Squash Open tournament held at Squash City, Invercargill
International squash continues its tour of New Zealand with the latest PSA tournament being held in Invercargill this week.
It was business as usual as the top seeds continued their recent domination of the New Zealand squash national titles with straight games victories to Commonwealth Games heroes, Joelle King and Paul Coll in their respective finals at Henderson Squash Club.
It’s a Commonwealth Games special in the finals of the New Zealand squash champs with the top seeds in the draws to decide the titles
The top four seeds in the women’s draw reached their predicted places in the semifinals at the New Zealand Squash Nationals in Henderson.
You can watch the action at the Eye New Zealand Senior Nationals at the following links;
The big names progressed to the quarter-finals of the New Zealand National Squash Champs in Henderson with relative ease after the first day of play.
It’s a rare opportunity seeing New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games athletes competing against each other in their own nation. However starting tomorrow at the national squash championships in Auckland six of the seven players from the Kiwi team which won four medals on the Gold Coast two months ago will be in action.
Commonwealth champion Joelle King tells Rod Gilmour about how a switch to Hadrian Stiff’s Elite Squash stable in Bristol has revitalised her career.
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It’s a big week for squash with the nation’s two top 10 ranked players returning to New Zealand for the first time since prior to the Commonwealth Games two months ago.
Reminder that registrations for Squash at the AIMS Games closes this week.
Head over to the event website HERE for further information.
A couple of firsts provided close fought matches in the finals of the PSA professional squash tournaments in Palmerston North
A couple of upsets in the women’s semis, but the status quo in the men’s semis at the PSA pro squash tournaments at SquashGym Palmerston North
The top four seeds progressed to the semifinals of the men’s US$10,000 PSA pro tournament at SquashGym Palmerston North while the women’s US$5,000 tournament came close to doing the same with their seedings.
New Zealand squash pro, Joelle King has lost her final pool match at the top-eight player World Series finals in Dubai this morning.
The opening rounds of the men’s and women’s PSA pro tournaments at SquashGym Palmerston North provided plenty of tough opposition for New Zealand players.
SquashGym International Squash Classic Kicks Off Tonight:
A good second day for Kiwi world No.4 Joelle King at the PSA World Series Finals in Dubai.
A large contingent of New Zealand’s rising squash players have been confirmed for the men’s and women’s world junior individual champs followed by the biennial men’s world junior team championships next month in Chennai, India.
The Squash New Zealand team will be moving to its new offices this Thursday 24 May. There will be some disruption to our landline phone connections from Thursday 24th May untill this is reconnected. If you need to contact us please either email us or call our mobile numbers.
A first title wasn’t to be for Kiwi junior squash player, Kaitlyn Watts as she was defeated by top seed and world No.53 Christine Nunn of Australia in the final of the US$5,000 Court Tech Wormen’s PSA Classic in Auckland.
The top seed and the top Kiwi junior will meet in the final of the US$5,000 Court Tech PSA Women’s Classic at Squash XL Club in Avondale, Auckland.
World No.10 Paul Coll has been beaten in the semifinals of the US$50,000 Sporta Guatemala XI Torneo Internacional PSA tournament by British Open champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Colombia).
New Zealand squash pro Paul Coll has made a good start to the US$50,000 Sporta Guatemala XI Torneo Internacional PSA tournament in Santa Catarina Pinula.
A New Zealand player is guaranteed a place in the final of the US$5,000 Court Tech PSA Women’s Classic at Squash XL Club in Avondale, Auckland this weekend
A solid first round for local players at the the US$5,000 Court Tech PSA Women’s Classic at Squash XL Club in Avondale, Auckland.
Waikato junior, Anika Jackson scored the upset of the round with a win over sixth seed Liu Kwai Chi from Macau in straight game to set up a clash with top seed and world No.53 Christine Nunn from Australia.
Nunn made the third round of singles at the Commonwealth Games and is coached by former world champ Sarah Fitz Gerald but had an initial battle in her first round match against Kiwi qualifier Ellie Epke.
Epke, 20 had a game point at 10-8 in the first set but eventually lost 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 in 28 minutes.
Other Kiwis to win included seventh seed Emma Millar over her Korean opponent in straight games while third seed Abbie Palmer from Northland won in four games against Singaporean qualifier Sneha Sivakumar.
Top ranked New Zealand junior Kaitlyn Watts won her first two games in straightforward fashion, but in the third it was her opponent Gigi Yeung who fought back from 7-10 down to equalise before the hometown player won 13-11.
Watts will now play second seed Vanessa Chu from Hong Kong who accounted for Kiwi wildcard Casey Owen in straight games.
Fridays action starts at 6 pm at Squash XL and is free to view. If your not in Auckland the event will be streamed on NZSquash.TV facebook page and https://livestream.com/NZSportTV/events/8206157
First round results:
(1) Christine Nunn (Australia) bt (Q) Ellie Epke (New Zealand) 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (28 mins),
Anika Jackson (New Zealand) bt (6) Liu Kwai Chi (Macau) 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (17 mins),
(7) Emma Millar (New Zealand) bt You Jiyoung (South Korea) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (15 mins),
(4) Jemyca Aribado (Philippines) bt (Q) Alexandra Haydon (Australia) 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (18 mins),
(3) Abbie Palmer (New Zealand) bt (Q) Sneha Sivakumar (Singapore) 11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10,
(8) Au Yeong Yhann (Singapore) bt Min Gyeong (South Korea) 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (28 mins),
(5) Kaitlyn Watts (New Zealand) bt (Q) Gigi Yeung (Macau) 11-5, 11-6, 13-11,
(2) Vanessa Chu (Hong Kong) bt (WC) Casey Owen (New Zealand) 11-4, 11-0 11-1.
The best juniors in the country are set to compete alongside the professionals of the PSA tour as the Auckland Junior Open and CourtTech Women's PSA Classic take to the court this weekend at SquashXL. The Auckland Junior Open will offer a final chance for the Junior Boys and Girls national squad members to shine in front of selectors as they battle for a spot in the NZ World Junior Boys team and World Individual Championships to compete in India later this year.
New Zealand’s world No.10 Paul Coll secured a quarter-final berth for the first time in his career at the British Squash Open after defeating Egypt’s former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in a tight contest this morning.
Squash New Zealand is tapping in to current knowledge to help enhance New Zealand’s young talent and develop new players for the future of the sport.
A win and a loss for New Zealand players in the qualifying draws of the prestigious British Open squash tournament in Hull, England.
The Court Tech Women’s Classic is the first in a series of PSA tournaments In New Zealand. The event offers a USD5K purse and features players from 8 different countries. The top seed is current Australian champion Christine Nunn. Christine has won 6 PSA titles and has a highest world ranking of 36.
New Zealander Joelle King is Squash Player’s Women’s Player of the Month for topping the individual medals table at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
It is with great pleasure Squash NZ invite student players to participate in the 2018 FISU World University Squash Championships in Birmingham, England.
Our final draw for the #LoveSquash competition has taken place alongside our clubs draw as well, the lucky winners are...
Squash NZ ambassadors for the Youth Olympics were announced following the NZ Junior Open played at Squash City Invercargill over the weekend.
While Squash relished its sixth appearance in the Commonwealth Games since making its debut in Malaysia in 1998, hosts Australia together with New Zealand and England shared the gold medals in the five events at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast - with New Zealand topping the medals table for the first time since 2002.
It was the 16th match for Kiwi squash player Joelle King who has played every day of the Commonwealth Games, but every match has been worth it as the 29-yearold from Cambridge finished with two gold medals and one bronze.
Another medal for the New Zealand squash team as the mixed combination of Joelle King and Paul Coll won bronze in emphatic fashion at Oxenford Studios.
A strong united delegation of senior officials of the World Squash Federation (WSF), joined by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), are in Gold Coast this week to attend the XXI Commonwealth Games, as the sport celebrates the 20th anniversary of its inclusion in the event.
Gold and silver at the squash singles finals for New Zealand as Joelle King played an epic match to win her final but Paul Coll found himself beaten by an in-form Englishman in his final.