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The HEAD Junior 900 Series Kicks Off

The 2018 HEAD Junior 900 Series has begun with an awesome event hosted by Putaruru Squash Club.  38 budding J-Grade juniors took part and a great day was had by all.  The HEAD 900 Series is for J-Grade players and is a perfect introduction to competitive squash.  The kids are able to learn about tournaments and play against other kids who are also starting out in the sport.  There were several kids who were playing their first ever tournament. Emphasis is given to good behavi...

May 16, 2018

Doubles Interclub

Doubles is a fast-growing format and many clubs are reporting plenty of activity.  Squash BOP has decided to run a short, sharp Doubles interclub during July to give players an opportunity to play the format against the other clubs in the region. Winter Doubles Interclub will start on 8 July and will run on 4 consecutive Sundays, scheduled to avoid local tournaments.  Play will start at 3pm, with each team playing twice each Sunday.   It is open to all players of any grade an...

May 15, 2018

Board Update May 2018

The latest from the Squash BOP Boardroom...Refereeing We have been working hard on a refereeing plan and things are starting to happen.  At the recent Te Puke Open Becky did assessments for potential District Referees.  At the BOP Open we will be running an advanced course, and doing assessments.  We will have district and national refs at the event to help officiate.  We have secured funding for referee development so we will be supporting the developing referees as well as ...

May 10, 2018

Homecoming for our Golden Girl

Bay of Plenty Golden Girl Amanda Landers-Murphy returned home last night to a raucous reception of adoring fans.  Geyser City Club hosted a welcome home function for the Gold medalist which was attended by fellow squashies, friends, family and aspiring youngsters.  It was an emotional occasion for Amanda, and an opportunity for her to thank some of the people close to her who have contributed to her success.  She was very grateful for the opportunity to share this with her closest...

April 19, 2018

Gold for Amanda at the Commonwealth Games!

Bay of Plenty's Amanda Landers-Murphy has claimed a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia!  Amanda teamed up with singles gold medalist and good friend Joelle King to win the Womens Doubles.  The pair have won the last two World Doubles titles and were favourites for the event.  The suffered a shock loss in the first round to a young Malaysian pair, but bounced back in spectacular fashion to storm through the rest of their matches to take the gold.Amanda is a proud mem...

April 16, 2018

Squash set to be prominent at Commonwealth Games

With NZ having it’s strongest Squash team at the Commonwealth Games in recent memory, the sport is keen to capitalize on the profile it will gain from the Games on the Gold Coast.  Come along and try it out, you will love it!!  That’s the message from Squash as clubs around the country open their doors to promote the sport.   And Bay of Plenty has a special reason to follow the games closely with Rotorua’s Amanda Landers-Murphy an integral part of the team. Amanda is th...

March 26, 2018

Junior Quadrangular Results

An excellent weekend of squash was held at the 2018 Junior Quad event in Whangarei over the weekend between BOP, Auckland ,Waikato and Northland. The majority of the team had a great team bonding session with the trip up taking 8 hours due to traffic congestion! Auckland took out the title again with a very strong line up of players.  Waikato finished second with BOP third, and Northland fourth.  The competition was very tight between 2nd-4th places, evidenced by a 10-all draw bet...

March 25, 2018

Road Trip 2018

Each year the Squash BOP crew jump in the team jalopy and cruise around the clubs for our annual Road Trip.  It is a valuable exercise that allows us to connect with each club.  We discuss how the clubs are going, outline the plans for the year, and work out how we can best support the clubs and players in the Bay.   This year's Road Trip was well received and everyone attending was positive and engaging.  The spirit around the Bay is great, and its awesome to see many c...

March 9, 2018

National Squash Open Day

Squash New Zealand is proud to promote the 2018 National Squash Open Day alongside our #LoveSquash campaign. The National Squash Open Day for 2018 will be Saturday 7th April (The First Saturday of the Commonwealth Games and Semi-Finals of Squash) from 11am to 1pm. What can you as a club do? Prior to the Day Sign up to the National Open Day herePromote in your local region prior to Saturday 7th April e.g.Send posters provided by SNZ to local businesses,Put a poster up at your work,Promote in...

March 7, 2018

HEAD supports Squash BOP

Squash Bay of Plenty is delighted to announce the signing of HEAD Squash as our preferred racquet supplier.  HEAD is a very strong international brand boasting an extensive range of top quality racquets, shoes, strings, bags and accessories. HEAD is the long-term sponsor of NZ's Joelle King who is currently enjoying a return to the top rankings since her nasty injury a couple of years ago.  Joelle recently finished an impressive second in the lucrative Windy City Open in Chicago, where...

March 2, 2018

Amanda Seals Commonwealth Games Spot

BOP's two-time world champion Amanda Landers-Murphy has been selected in a very strong NZ Squash team to compete at the Commonwealth Games.  Along with the singles event, she will team up with Joelle King in the Womens event, and Zac Millar in the Mixed doubles.  She will be looking forward to pushing for medals in a team that is touted as our strongest ever by many experts.   Amanda was recently interviewed on TVNZ's Breakfast show and is enjoying the profile our sport is ge...

February 9, 2018

Board Update February 2018

The Squash BOP Board is keen to keep communication lines open between the board, clubs and players.  So below is the first update from the Board for 2018.Board Update February 2018 ScoringSquash NZ are currently gathering opinions on a new proposal to change all scoring to PAR11.  The board is keen to see the outcome of the survey, but in the meantime it is status quo in the Bay.  Interclub will be PAR15, Premier League and regional Junior events (HEAD Junior 900 Series & BOP Juni...

February 7, 2018

Junior Quadrangular Team Named

The Bay of Plenty Junior Quadrangular Team to face Northland, Waikato & Auckland has been announced.  The selectors are pleased with the team that includes a few new faces that join many returning BOP reps.   The event will be staged at Whangarei Squash Club on 23-25 March.  Two players from each age group (U11, U13, U15, U17, U19) for both boys and girls play their counterparts from the other regions.  The winner of each tie is determined by the total matches won. ...

February 1, 2018

2018 Squash BOP Board

The 2018 season is upon us, and we head into it on the back of a massive 2017.  After such a busy and successful year we are keen to carry on the momentum into the new season.   To achieve this a new Squash BOP Board was elected at the AGM in November.  The 2017 Board is keen to thank Ross McCurran for all his services over the past couple of years as Ross steps down.   The gender balance has swung with the appointment of two new women to the ranks for this year.&nb...

January 15, 2018

Landers-Murphy Wins London Open

The Bay's Amanda Landers-Murphy has claimed the $15K London Open Squash Championships title over the weekend.In Round 1 Landers-Murphy took on Nicole Bunyan of Canada claiming her win 11/8, 9/11, 11/2, 11/9 in 45mins.In the Quarter Finals Landers-Murphy was pushed by qualifier Lucy Turmel from England taking the win in an epic five setter 11/6, 11/6, 5/11, 6/11, 11/6 in 50mins.Landers-Murphy continued to go from strength to strength in the Semi Finals taking out the sixth seed Julianne Courtice ...

December 4, 2017

Squash BOP Awards 2017

A glitzy affair was had at the Geyser City Squash Club on 17 November to celebrate what has been a sensational year for Bay of Plenty Squash. The Squash BOP Ball was held at the club to recognise all the region's success in 2017, and it was an opportunity to get together as a region in a social setting. Nearly 100 people gathered to see the plethora of stars from the Bay receive recognition for their achievements in 2017. Team Recognition: Amanda Landers-Murphy & Kylie LindsayBOP Doubles Champio...

November 23, 2017

Two Champions for the Bay

Two BOP clubs have taken out the honours at the Superchamps finals!  BOP had an impressive 15 teams travel all around the country to compete in the national superchamps finals over the weekend.  The finals are a culmination of months of training as well as plenty of fundraising for the teams, with the elusive goal of becoming a national champions as the ultimate goal.This year two teams won their event to be crowned national champions.  Katikati has had a long proud hist...

October 2, 2017

BOP Women Crowned National Champions!

For the first time since Dame Susan Devoy led the team in 1981, the Bay of Plenty Women’s Squash Team are national champions!  After years of heartbreak the Bay has finally taken the elusive title.  Bridesmaids on countless occasions has shown the consistent strength of the region in women's squash, but the big prize has always been just out of reach.  Not this year.   The team was led by professional player Amanda Landers-Murphy (Rotorua).  The current BOP Player of t...

September 20, 2017

2017 Regional Superchamps Results

The first step is complete.  Around the Bay last weekend, teams from many BOP clubs battled it out on the court for the right to represent the region at the Superchamps nationals in September.  Now those who have emerged from the pack will start the real hard work as they build up to nationals around the country.In what is widely regarded as the best event in squash, teams of 5-7 players from each club fought it out to be the regions champion in each grade from B-F/J.  As always i...

August 14, 2017

BOP Masters Team 2017

Bay of Plenty is sending a solid team to this year's NZ Masters competition in New Plymouth 15-20 September.  The event kicks off with the individual competition which is open to players of all grades 35 years and over.  Players are divided into age groups where they compete for national titles.  The Bay had had a very strong history in the event with several champions in recent years.  The draws are all divided into age groups (as at 15 Sep):     &nb...

August 7, 2017

BOP Junior Team 2017

The team to represent the Bay of Plenty at the Junior Nationals has been announced.  The selectors are pleased with the team that has been picked and they feel optimistic about their chances to do well at the event.  This year the team will travel to Christchurch's Burnside Squash Club.  The Nationals begin with the individual competition from 5-8 October, followed by the teams event 9-11 October.  BOP Junior Team 2017 Glenn Templeton KatikatiManaia Murphy-FellWhakataneM...

August 1, 2017

BOP Senior Team 2017

The team to represent the Bay of Plenty at the Senior Nationals has been announced.  Both the mens and womens teams will be confident of improving on their performances from last year.    This year the team will travel to the Hawkes bay where the Nationals team event will be run as a stand alone event from 18-20 August. BOP Senior Team 2017: Paul BedfordGeyserAaron KopittkeMountMatiu Te Kani-McQueenGeyser Ben GrindrodDevoy Sean Dykes Devoy  Jo ShanksD...

July 31, 2017

Cousin's Shield Victory for the Bay

A fantastic result for the Bay with Devoy Squash winning the coveted Cousins Shield for the first time.  The Bay has not lifted the shield that decides the strongest club in men's squash in NZ since 1988.  The Cousin's Shield (men's) and Mitchell Cup (women's) are the pinnacle teams events for NZs top players, and they are highly sought-after titles.  Each club gathers together their best talent, and event rules allow for one imported player for each team, which the serous contend...

June 7, 2017

BOP Secondary Schools Individuals Results

The Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Individual Champs was played on May 16 with students from around the Bay competing for the Girls & Boys titles.   The Girls was hosted by Te Puke Squash Club, where 30 girls were divided into graded draws to compete for the spoils.  Te Puke High School had a strong day taking out three of the five divisions. The Boys event was hosted by Geyser City Squash Club in Rotorua.  Taupo-nui-a-Tia led the way, taking home two divisions out of four. Hu...

May 18, 2017

BOP Open Results

What an outstanding weekend of squash! The 2017 BOP Open was hosted by Geyser with the assistance of Lakes High for extra court space. There was an outstanding amount of work put in by a number of people to make it all run smoothly, with a big thanks to Dahna & Jason (club captains).  Thanks to the sponsors, Zoaties and Coke.  There were plenty of tough matches in all grades with the Open Men's won by Evan Williams after a close 5 setter with Zac Millar, and the Woman's Open taken out...

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