“Bloody ripper weekend!” That pretty much sums up the experience for the majority at the BOP Superchamps Eliminations that was played over the past few days. 46 teams from clubs from around the district fought it out to be crowned BOP champs, and get a ticket to the national finals in September. Widely regarded as ‘the best event in squash’, this teams event never fails to provide an amazing experience for all concerned. The squash is hard-fought, and the passion is clear, but the spirit off the court around the Bay is outstanding.
This year the ten champion teams were spread around seven clubs. Its awesome for so many clubs to have representatives in the big dance. The top seeds going in to the weekend took out 8 of the 10 titles. The only two teams to defy their seeding were the Mount B Men and the C Men from Taupo.
The Mount boys had to fend off a very strong team from Taupo in what came down to a straight shootout on Sunday morning in the B grades. The hosts had a large contingent of supporters at Taupo, but in the end Mount were too strong and head off to their first finals since 2013. Captain Adam Ellmers was full of praise for his team "the boys really stepped up across the weekend, big effort from the whole team on and off the court, we are stoked to be heading to nationals to represent the Mount and BOP"
The C men from Taupo went into the weekend as 5th seeds, and after dropping their first tie to the top seeds it looked like a tough road for the lads. But they fought back to make the playoffs by squeezing past Katikati in a tight affair. That’s when the lads stepped up, taking out the second seed in the semi final, before winning the final against Te Puke.
|B Women||Te Puke||Putaruru|
|B Men||Mount Maunganui||Taupo|
|C Women||Mount Maunganui||Devoy Squash & Fitness|
|C Men||Taupo||Te Puke|
|D Women||Katikati||Devoy Squash & Fitness|
|D Men||Geyser City||Taupo|
|E Women||Devoy Squash & Fitness||Geyser City|
|E Men||Putaruru||Geyser City|
|F Women||Te Puke||Geyser City|