There is always something happening around the club or in the squash community in general. Here are some of the options…
Winter Interclub. Normally April – August
This is the main club competition for the season where clubs in the Otago area compete at all levels towards the main trophy of Top Club. Squash Otago is the main organiser of this with each club having a representative on the Games Committee to help improve interclub. Club Players are put into teams of 6 – 7 according to their grade, Divisions 1 – 5 (grades A – D1) normally play Wednesday night and Division 6 and below, (grades D2 down) play Tuesday night. Four players play on the night and players are all given equal game time. Games are rotated throughout the 7 clubs (Palmerston, University, Otago, Pirates, Sunnyvale, Taieri and Clutha) and normally start at 6.00pm or 7.00pm if travelling out of town. Each team competes for points to win their Division which then goes towards points for the Top Club.
Cableways Challenge. Normally May / June
Run by Squash Otago where clubs in the Dunedin area put together a team of their top players in each of the grades A, B, C, D, E2/F to compete against each other. This is mixed but there be at least 2 females in the team. This is a sponsored competition with a trophy at stake. The winner of the Dunedin Otago district then plays the winner of the Central Otago district.
Triangular and Quadrangular Tournaments
Our top B grade Male and female players throughout all the Otago clubs are chosen to represent the Otago district and play against other regions, (Central Otago, Midlands. Otago Metro) and (Otago. Southland, Mid Canterbury and Canterbury) for top provincial stakes. The team is made up of Masters (over 35), Open and Junior (U19) players.
Super Champ nationals
This is a graded Squash NZ competition that is held annually around August / September.
Clubs from all districts submit their best B to F grade male and female teams to play against similar graded teams from clubs in their district. The club that wins the District play offs then represents their province at Superchamp Nationals.
Summer League. Oct to December then again Feb – March run over 12 weeks
An in-house social competition run by our club for members and intending members. This is held on Wednesday night between 6 – 8.30pm. Players are put into teams of 7 / 8 ranging from A – F grade with 5 players from each team playing on the night. These games are timed at 30 minutes each including warm up and half time. This is a great way for all our members to interact in a fun environment.
Thirsty Thursday. Runs during the Winter period for a set period of time
An in-house competition aimed at social and ‘non’ members, i.e. those who just want to play for a short period and not commit to joining in the first instance. Similar format to Summer League.
Business League – Run during the Summer on Thursdays for a set period of time
Open to any business that wants to use this as a bit of team building or for players who want to get their work mates involved in the sport.
We all like winning more than we like losing and there is no better way to improve the ratio than to get some good coaching. This can be arranged at very reasonable rates. Please enquire.
Junior Development Programme
This is for beginner students aged 9 – 19 years of age with exceptions for 7 – 8 year olds who are coming with an older sibling. Free for students who are OSC financial members or whose parents are financial members and a nominal cost for non-members.
Junior Squad Training
Those juniors who aspire to become elite junior players are nominated/selected to attend squad training. Squash Otago provides coaches for the various age groups and abilities with the focus on attending Junior Age Level competitions for both Individual and Teams events. There is a cost to attend this.