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The Nation's Best Squash Players - On Show @ HBPRC - Queen's Birthday Weekend! 

Herne Bay Ponsonby Rackets Club will be hosting the premium National Squash men’s and women’s teams event this weekend from Friday 2nd June 1pm – Sunday 4th June, with the trophy finals at 1pm on Sunday. 

This is the cream of the crop of our nation’s squash players along with a bunch of players ranked in the World Top 100. A highly coveted event to win, players are travelling from all over the country to participate with a record 26 teams taking each other on to win a trophy. 

And our own Herne Bay Men’s A team are seeded second with WR #63 Peter Creed playing at No.1! It’s been 5 years since we last won it, but with a strong track record and loads of local support we can win it again. 

If you’re around over Queen’s Birthday weekend, pop on down to the club to see some amazing squash and cheer on our boys. Both the Herne Bay Mens teams are scheduled to play Friday 5pm and again on Saturday at 8.30am.

And don’t forget the events: Saturday night we have the Lions opening tour match on TV plus live music entertainment – Racket Abuse are reforming for a one-off gig from 8:30pm! And Sunday night the biggest party of the year -Our ‘Best Of British’ theme party ties in with the Lions tour and of course it’s Queen’s Birthday weekend.

See you there!

Scott Kittelty

Tournament Director

Tennis News

Court repairs

Courts 1 and 4 are scheduled for patching this Friday, June 2. We will also attempt a small repair to the baseline seam on court 3 at the same time. Hopefully disruption will be minimal, check with Jacqui if you are wanting to book a court Friday. Rain day is next Weds, June 7.

Wimbledon Whites, Saturday, July 1 

Entries are now open for the annual Wimbledon Whites free club event on Saturday July 1, 1pm to 4pm. Make sure you come on down to this afternoon of semi-competitive fun tennis and attend an event that has become one of the social tennis highlights of the calendar. Prizes for the best Wimbledon-themed outfit. Spaces are limited, so enter now by emailing Jacqui at service@hernebayrackets.co.nz. The French event last weekend was a great success, so don't miss out on Wimbledon. 

Next DNA event Sunday, June 18

Competitive DNA returns Sunday, June 18th, 3-5pm. Contact David for details on 021476606. 

Interclub update 

Both mixed teams went down on the weekend, but games were close. Team members should keep an eye out for notice of opportunities for organized team practices coming up in the near future.

Stay sharp over winter 

Winter drill sessions are running most days during the week and are great way to stay sharp during the off season. Groups are tiered based on ability and work basic skills, fitness, and game patterns. Contact David for details. 

Other stuff ... 

Thanks for your patience with the light repairs on court 3. The light is now fixed!

And, don't forget the Pro Shop is your easiest first stop for any accessories or re-strings; contact David for any advice on specific equipment requirements. 

Junior Tennis Club Champs

Congratulations - Oliver Farag, winner of the Junior Boys Club Champs.  This was a closely contested match against Hugo Bouchier 9/8.

Monday Night Team Doubles

Congratulations to the winner of this 5 week competition: James Graham, Hayden MacFarlane & Deb Carter.

Junior Squash

No Junior Club Night 

No Junior Squash Club Night this Friday 2nd of June due to the Cousins Shield and Mitchell Cup being hosted by the Club.  

Junior Squash Tournaments 

The following tournaments are coming up for Juniors. Please enter via iSquash. If you have not played in a junior tournament before, they are a great way to start getting points building up your grading.  Just register on iSquash and contact Emma our Squash VP to enter your starting grade (hbprcsquash@gmail.com).

4th June Warkworth Junior One Day

11th June Red Beach Junior One Day

15th-18th June Auckland Junior Open at Remuera Rackets Club

30th June-2nd July Henderson B and below

Outstanding Invoices

Invoices have been generated and emailed for the current period of Squash & Tennis Winter Interclub Fees. Thank you to those who have paid prompty.  There are still a number of invoices that remain unpaid. Reminder invoices have been sent and Jacqui will be calling to chase up these payments.

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