What's in our newsletter this week ... 

* Tennis: Inaugural Geoff Godden Memorial tournament Queen's Birthday weekend

* Tennis juniors: School strike-day tennis clinic Weds 29/5

* Squash: Winter Masters interclub, club nights and Superchamps

* Gym: Upper back mobility tip - thoracic extension 

* Pilates on the Court: book online

* Moretti Zero joins other low- and zero-alcohol options at the bar

* Introducing new and renewing members


Geoff Godden Memorial Open

This Queen's Birthday weekend the club is proud to be running the inaugural Geoff Godden Memorial Open mixed doubles tournament. A 32-draw round-robin event in memory of long-time club member and keen doubles enthusiast Geoff, who passed away last year, we hope this event will become a popular fixture on the tennis calendar.

The one-day tournament is currently scheduled to run on Saturday, June 1, with a rain date of Monday, June 3. Sponsors Ponsonby Physiotherapy have donated a generous prize package that will be augmented by a cash pool, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Mercy Hospice.

More details to follow soon but if you would like to register your interest (either with partner or partner required) please email Simon at Spaces are limited and will fill fast. Entry fee payable to club on registration.

Senior club night Thursday and Sunday club day 

Club night returns this Thursday 6.30-8pm, new members welcome. Club day runs Sunday from 1pm.

Junior club night Friday, and junior programmes

Junior club night runs Friday 4-6pm, all juniors welcome for coach-led matchplay. For info on junior after-school programmes and coaching contact club professional David Mustard on 021 476 606.

School strike-day junior tennis clinic Weds 29/5

Club professional David Mustard will be running junior tennis clinics from 9am-12pm and 9am-3pm on Wednesday 29 May. Spaces are filling fast so if you would like to secure a place for your child contact David now on 021 476 606.

Fiji Open HBPRC contingent

A bold group of tennis regulars will make the trip this week to represent the HBPRC at the Fiji Open. A few weeks in preparation over club night, the group have organised the trip with some pooled accommodation and entries across various age-group events. Good luck and best wishes to those attending and we look forward to a tournament report and a some pics from pool- and courtside on your return.


Winter Masters Interclub entries open

Matches begin on Wednesday 12th June. The format will be the same as Autumn – 6 team divisions that will play a double round-robin over 10 weeks. Please email the Squash VP if you would like to enter:

Senior club night

Senior club night starts at 6.30pm on Thursdays. Come along and meet fellow club members.

Junior club night 

Join Jarrod and his team on Friday nights from 4pm to 6pm for coaching, fun games and just a little bit of competition.

Auckland District Superchamps

Entries for Auckland District Superchamps will open on Monday 17 June and close 5pm Wednesday 3 July.  Venues will be allocated once entries have closed. Now is a good time to start thinking about teams.

The 2019 National Finals will be held from 25-28 September at the following venues;

B Grade – Whakatane Squash Club

C Grade – SquashCity Invercargill

D Grade – Whangarei Squash Club

E Grade – Tawa Squash Club (Wellington)

F/J Grade – Cambridge Rackets Club

For more information visit

Online Club Referee Exam

This is a great starting point for both new and experienced players to ensure you can be confident of the rules.  

All players competing in competitive play such as interclub and tournaments are expected to have completed and passed the exam.

The exam consists of 50 multi-choice questions and can be fully completed online through the Squash NZ website.  The Club Referee qualification is valid for two years from the time of completion.  Both players and non-players are able to complete the exam.  

Link to online Club Referee Exam - Click here

List of current qualified Club Referees - Click here

A great video library to help you with your refereeingClick here

Gym exercises to improve racket sports performance

HBPRC Personal Trainer Siggy Brookland continues his series of exercise tips and information for improving racket sports performance

Upper back mobility tip: thoracic extension

The foam roller thoracic extensions

Are you struggling with a kyphotic (rounded shoulders) posture, back, shoulder pain, chest collapsing forward in your squats, or are you wanting to gain more rotational power in your racket shots? Implementing the thoracic extension stretch with a foam roller can help to relieve stress placed on the spine and vertebrae, decrease stiffness, increase mobility (movement), and reset the myofascial system's integrity. But too often as a trainer I see people thinking a foam roller is used for eliminating lower back pain by directly rolling the lower back (lumbar spine), and, secondly, when actually attempting this mobility stretch people naturally attempt to hyperextend the lumbar spine and position their pelvis (hips) into an anterior tilt position to achieve the end range of the stretch. What this does is place the spine in an unfavourable position that creates unnatural curvature and stress on the lower back, increasing the risk of injuries.

So to get the most out of this stretch and protect your spine we want to focus on positioning the pelvis into a posterior tilt locking in your lumbar spine, feeling the pressure in your mid back. Inhale on extension, exhale on flexion (towards legs).





Two more of my favourite thoracic mobilisation exercises to add into your routine are the Banded Cat-Cow pose and Seated Dowel T-spine rotations. Check them out in the video below and follow along for proper technique. Catch you next week

Pilates on the Court

You can now book your Pilates sessions online! 
Book either classes or private one-on-one sessions!

Pilates classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9.30am and Saturdays at 10am.

Need to speak with Pia? Call her on 029 6277 437

5 classes for $50 - Introductory Offer.  

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”  Joseph Pilates

Moretti Zero joins other low- and zero-alcohol options at the bar

A zero-alcohol beer that actually tastes good? It's here and you can try it soon when imported Italian Moretti Zero joins the increasing range of low- and zero-alcohol options at one of the best-stocked rackets club bars in the country. Along with Moretti, we have Heineken Zero, Steinlager Pure Light, Heineken, and Stella Artois low-alcohol beers in stock. Try a week or two on these and watch the court speed improve!

Member introductions

A big hello and welcome to this week's new additions to the HBPRC family

New members

  • Declan Ryan (squash)

  • Mona Nourozi (gym)

Renewing members

  • Christine Wilson

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