A new squash committee was formed in March 2020 right at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have a full committee of 9 active members and are planning to strengthen the club which is currently suffering from poor facilities, low membership and consequently depleted finances.
Improved finances will come from increased membership and the committee is also prioritising other ways of raising the funds required for maintenance and the improvement of facilities.
The club has some high-achieving juniors in the form of Ashlee Pepper and Anne Leakey who have continued their successes this year. Ashlee is currently ranked 4th in U17 nationally and 2nd in Auckland and Anne was the No 1 seed for the NZSS Junior Trans-Tasman team. Sadly the junior participation is down from a few years ago and this is something that the committee would like to address. We are looking for a parent to drive this important aspect of the club.
We have a mixture of graded members and social members with a few men and women B-graders, some C graders and below. Ashlee Pepper is our only A-graded member.
We have regularly entered teams into interclub (both Senior Open and Masters divisions) and some of our members have joined Silverdale teams to play interclub. A lack of changing facilities and limited post-match bar facilities is a source of embarrassment for our teams and something we need to address urgently.
Following their 2018 escapade, Red Beach sent a team to compete in the 2019 AD Long competition held in New Plymouth and they performed well, winning the B-division of the split tournament in a final vs Silverdale.
A well supported Monday social night continues to attract players and our Thursday club nights are also supported. Going forward we will continue the Monday social night and introduce a Juniors and Ladies evening, as well as a fast-paced but social club night on Thursdays.
The club ran two tournaments attracting a good cross-section of competitors. Numbers were enough to ensure that full days were required from Thursday to Sunday but did not require the extensive use of Silverdale. Having all games at Red Beach created a good atmosphere. In 2020 we hope to run a few profitable competitions to contribute to the club finances.
Our club champs were held in 2019 and Grant Wilson won the men’s division and Ashlee Pepper the women’s. Congratulations to you and thanks to all those who competed.
In 2019/20 the squash court ceilings were refurbished which has made a huge improvement to the appearance of the courts. We will be continuing the maintenance and upgrading of the courts and our facilities as funds become available. Two important issues that we will be addressing with the management committee are the lack of proper changing and social facilities for squash.
2020 has brought with it some challenges. With the efforts of a dedicated and enthusiastic committee we hope to be able to work together with the main club committee to address the issues and end 2020 with a stronger and more active squash section.