Nightcaps Squash revives men’s tournament

Junior members Bella Adams (front left) and Grace Stirling join Kim Zwagerman (top left), Cindy Adams (top right), Stacey Jordan, and Nic Jordan at the Nightcaps Squash Club.

For the first time in more than a decade, Nightcaps' squash club is bringing back a men's social-grade tournament.

This week the club will be hosting a Grade E and F men's tournament, which Nightcaps Squash Club president Nic Jordan said might have been the first one to be held by the club in around 15 years. 

Mr Jordan said for the rural farming community, squash was a great way to get people off the farm and to socialise. 

The E and F grades represented players who enjoyed the sport for more social reasons.

"They're down just to play squash and have a good time. That's [why] I really wanted to have an E and F grade tournament is because that's really what Nightcaps squash is all about. It's more social than serious."

This weekend's tournament would have all the homemade touches for its players, including food made by club members as well as a free Saturday night roast with every entry.

Mr Jordan said they wanted to time the tournament right before farmers started taking off for winter holidays and the calving season began. As of last week the tournament had a good turnout of 22 players registered.

The tournament would raise funds to reclad the exterior of the club's squash facilities, he said.

This is Mr Jordan's first year serving as Nightcaps Squash Club president. Currently the club has more than 30 adult members, most of whom are women.

Mr Jordan said his longer-term goals was to get more men to join, as well as continue generating interest in the next generation of squash players.

The Grade E and F men's squash tournament in Nightcaps will take place this weekend on May 11 and 12. 

For more information about the tournament and the club, contact Nic Jordan at 021-251-7744.


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