Kyra - the Junior who is going places
Congratulations to our own Kyra Wyeth who has been selected for the 2020 NZ Squash Junior Development Squad. Training begins November 2019 in Auckland and continues over the next 12 months so please remember to buy your raffle tickets weekly at Thursday club nights to help finance Ky’s travels.
Kyra was an integral part of the D-grade women’s team who travelled to Nationals in Whangarei late September to represent Wellington Districts. By winning 3 out of 5 matches played, she earnt enough points to take her up to C2.
An amazing achievement at just 12 years of age. Onward and upward...definitely a Red Star Open champion of the future. Look out Mum...she’s nipping at your heels!
Super Champs Finals 2019 - D grade Women played in National Finals at Whangarei 25-29 September. A great week with tough competition, the Red Star team placed 6th overall (losing their final match to North Shore). Eventual winners were host club Whangarei (No. 8 seeds) who won vs top seeds Taneatua 3-2 after a default due to injury sustained during final tie when scores were even at 2 matches apiece. Surprise wins, poor reffing, good sportsmanship and camaraderie all featured during tournament week. A highlight of the trip was Glow in the Dark squash played under neon lights - hilarious and slightly dangerous with neon balls, racquets and clothing a necessity!
Island Bay men’s team also placed 6th representing Wellington Districts.
Glow in the Dark squash was fun and a little bit dangerous...a ploy by the host club to damage their opponents on the eve of finals day, perhaps?!!
What a handsome bunch - rocking those sponsor shirts.
Celebrating Ella’s 17th birthday with decadent chocolate mud cake.
No complaints about the view from our balcony. Stunning Northland vista.
Even on holiday in the far North, you just can’t escape that Presidential vibe. Haunted by McLeod wherever we go!
Red Star Women heading to Nationals
L to R (Back): Greg Cottle (Manager/Coach), Stacey Morris, Diane Meenken, Caitlin-Amy Woolford, Aysel Greenlees, Gavin Graham (Coach). Front (L to R): Shelley Wilson, Ella Southey, Kyra Wyeth.
Red Star Women’s D-Grade were winners in the 4-team round robin contested at Masterton squash club this weekend, taking out the title despite being seeded only 3rd in the line-up.
Red Star defeated Mana 4-1, Thorndon 4-1 and top seeds Masterton 3-2 to take out the Wellington District Super Champs event and entitle them to play in the National Super Champs finals in Whangarei end of September.
Mana women were runners-up with Masterton taking third place and Thorndon fourth.
The men’s D-grade also saw some tightly contested matches with the three Wairarapa clubs in the 6-team round robin being dominated by Island Bay (seeded 2nd) who won all five of their ties to comfortably take out the title.
Final placings saw Masterton runners-up with Red Star taking third place and Martinborough fifth.
In B-Grade Super Champs played at Kapiti the Masterton men’s team won the event and are off to nationals in Whakatane.
Red Star C-Grade women playing at Mana were unlucky to place second to tournament winners Tawa after leading 2-1 then having to default the tie when their player, leading in the fourth match, snapped her Achilles' heel.
This year’s win for Red Star Women at D-Grade level continues the form which saw them placed 3rd at Nationals in Taupo in 2017.
Start training for next year, lads! L to R: Tim Wilson, Greg Barber, John Elcock (Manager), Rhys Hooper, Dan Grace, Greig McLeod, Brendon Seville, Niheta (Nuts) Veale, Peter Veale (Mascot).
It has been a busy few months down at the club; we have had the AGM, the election of offices and soon
after this we sat down for our first committee meeting. Firstly a thank you to all those who have volunteered
their services to the club – without volunteers our club would not be as successful as it is.
The season is fast approaching so it’s all hands on deck organising the Business House, starting to plan
for our Open, chasing sponsorship and reviewing the facilities and any potential repairs and upgrades
required.Recently we have repaired one of chillers – we can’t have “warm drink”; the extraction fans in the shower blocks have been refreshed and the replacement of the roof over the courts is (fingers crossed) programmed to start the week after Easter.
With our open coming up in May – we will again be asking for members assistance in the making of a meal or snacks for the 2 days. We will be in touch closer to the time.
Make sure you get your name down if you are keen to play as we are looking at capping the amount of players in it this year.
If you have a business or know of a business looking to advertise; we have spots open on our wall at court 3 – you can rent a space for $250 annually. If you want to know more please ask myself or Peter Retemeyer. You will also be advertised on our Facebook page.
If you have any thoughts on how to improve our club please sidle over for a chat – we are always happy to listen to ideas.
Fact: when Prince Charles was born, his father Prince Phillip was playing squash – now that man's dedicated to his sport!
Cheers, The Pres