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2017 Growthpoint Boosts SA Aquash with a Triple Title Sponsorship


- Monday, July 10, 2017

The leading South African business and international property company Growthpoint Properties has launched its association with national and championship squash in the country by sponsoring Squash South Africa with a thrilling three-event package.

 

The trio of title sponsorships from Growthpoint is a big boost for the sport and gives rise to even more reason for the sport’s federation to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

 

Squash SA President, Steve Doëg, comments: “We are thrilled that Growthpoint is backing these tournaments. They are fantastic events and excellent showcases of this exciting sport and the worthy talents of our players. Growthpoint’s association with squash is a most welcome addition which enables us to do even more with our sport.”

 

The sponsored events include the prestigious Growthpoint SA National Squash Championships, the Growthpoint Jarvis Kaplan Cup and the Growthpoint SA Open.

 

Nadine Kuzmanich, Head of Marketing at Growthpoint, says: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with sport in South Africa. This title sponsorship of the three tournaments empowers Squash SA to present bigger and better events and, at the same time, raise the profile of both squash as a sport and Growthpoint as a brand.”

 

She reveals that Growthpoint identified squash as a good fit for its high-impact sports sponsorship programme. “It connects our brand with a sought-after demographic through a sport that is relatively uncluttered by other sponsorships. This gives Growthpoint prominent brand exposure while also making a welcome and meaningful contribution to squash. It also furthers our commitment to creating positive impacts in our communities.”

 

Kuzmanich explains that by securing the naming rights for the three major Gauteng-based events, Growthpoint is gaining valuable national exposure to [thousands of members of] the squash community right across the country.

 

 

Squash SA is the administrative umbrella body for squash in South Africa. Squash players complete across all nine local provinces, which comprise 18 different regions. Its associate members include the SANDF, SA Schools, SA Universities, SA Masters, SAPS and Correctional Services. Squash SA is internationally affiliated to the World Squash Federation and the Squash Federation Africa.

 

Doëg adds: “Attracting a sponsor like Growthpoint, which is already involved in other successful sports such as rugby and tennis, shows squash’s value as a sport in South Africa. We intend to growth this even more thanks to this sponsorship.”

 

South Africa has a proud track record of performance in squash and top-ranked South African players who compete among the best on the world stage. Local player Steve Coppinger is ranked 20 in the world, and Alexandra Fuller, Milnay Louw, Elani Landman and Cheyna Tucker are all ranked in the world top 100. Also, the country is a respected venue for top-level competition events. In 2016, Squash SA hosted the Word Masters Championships, which attracted more than 900 entries.

 

The Growthpoint Jarvis Kaplan Cup is currently underway in Tshwane (10 to 14 July) at various club venues in the city, including Pretoria Country Club, Harlequins and Pretoria High Old Boys.

 

The fiercely-contested Growthpoint SA Open will take place at the Wanderers Squash Club in Johannesburg later this month, from 17 to 21 July.

 

The Growthpoint SA National Squash Championships were held at the end of June at the Wanderers Squash Club.  Continuing its proud history of competition since 1910, Western Province players, Gary Wheadon and Milnay Louw, were victorious as the new SA squash champions.

 

Growthpoint is a JSE-listed REIT (real estate investment trust) and a leading international property company. It owns and manages a  diversified portfolio of 533 properties, including 473 properties in South Africa, 59 properties in Australia through its investment in Australian Stock Exchange-listed Growthpoint Properties Australia and a 50% interest in the properties of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town. It also owns a 26.9% stake in the €1bn property portfolio of London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market-listed Globalworth Real Estate Investment, the largest owner of office space in Romania.

 

Released by:

Growthpoint Properties Limited

Nadine Kuzmanich

Head, Marketing and Communication

Tel: 011 944 6251

NKuzmanich@Growthpoint.co.za

 

2017 S.A. National Champion Squash Titles

- Monday, July 03, 2017
Gary Wheadon (KZN) and Milnay Louw (WP), lifted the prestigious GrowthPoint S A National Squash Titles when the finals were played on the all glass court at the Wanderers Squash Club in Johannesburg at the weekend.
Louw, who successfully defended the title she won in 2016, was in dominant form throughout the week and did not drop a game on her way to the final. Ranked 64 in the world, top seeded Alexandra Fuller , also of Cape Town, similarly coasted through to the finals, not dropping game but then had no answers to Louw’s attacking play. Louw ran out a fairly easy 11-9 11-7 11-1 winner.
In the absence of the World’s number 20 player and 8 time winner of the title, Steve Coppinger, the men’s field was an open, unpredictable field.
Top seed, Clinton Leeuw, now based in the USA needed 5 games to defeat 5/8 seed Christo Potgieter in the quarterfinals but then fell victim to Wheadon in a tight 4 games in the semi-final. In the bottom half second seed, Thoboki Mohohlo, a student at Trinity College in the USA, accounted for Central Gautenger, Devon Hendrikse in 4 games o set up the semi-final clash with Durbach, winner of the World Masters 40-44 section in 2016.
Durbach showed scant respect for his younger opponent, racing through the first 2 games 11-4 11-1. Mohohlo, who had been selected for the National Men’s team to play in the 2015 World Men’s Team championship which was eventually cancelled, found some form to pocket the third game 11-4 but thereafter Durbach dominated play winning the fourth game 11-5 and take a place in his seventh final.
Winner in 1999, 2003 and 2009 and victor over Wheadon in the recent Western Province Open final, Durbach was favourite to win his 4th title.
But it was a determined Wheadon who applied the pressure against a tiring Durbach and emerged 11-7 11-9 11-8 winner – only the second player who represents Kwazulu Natal at Jarvis, the annual interprovincial championships to appear in the finals –the other being Adrian Hansen.

   
 

2017 KZN Squash League

- Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Based on clubs league entries received we have accommodated clubs requests wherever possible as below:(unless any changes)
 
1st Division:         Start 25th April 2017      – Finish +- Mid September 2017     …………..9 teams
2nd/3rd Division: Start 18th April 2017      – Finish 1st Week October 2017      ………….12/12 teams respectively
4th Division:        Start 2nd May 2017        – Finish 1st Week September 2017  …………...9 teams
5th Division:        Start 3rd May 2017         – Finish 1st Week September 2017  …………...9 teams
6th/7th Division: Start 19th April 2017       – Finish +- End September 2017      …………..11/10 teams respectively
8th Division:        Start 20th April 2017      – Finish 2nd Week October 2017     …………..12 teams
9th Division:        Start 4th May 2017         – Finish +- Mid September 2017      ……………8 teams
1st Division Ladies: Start 24th April 2017 – Finish 1st Week October 2017        …..….......10 teams

 Only 1st and 9th Divisions will not play during the week of the KZN Sanctioned tournaments which are:
KZN CLOSED : 10 – 14 May 2017
WCC OPEN: 7 – 11 June 2017
CHILTERN OPEN: 2 – 6 August 2017
 
With starting and finishing dates being staggered we trust the clubs will adhere to the rules by not allowing a player to play in different leagues in any week, penalty points will apply.
Lastly we have honored the request to finish league earlier in the year and trust the above meets with your approval. 

2017-01 Newsletter

- Tuesday, January 24, 2017
JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

On behalf of KZN Squash Union we wish all KZN squash players a healthy and prosperous 2017.
The new squash season 2017 is nearly upon us a KZN committee meeting will be held early February 2017
in order to draw up the 2017 league fixtures. All clubs 2017 league entries must reach us by end
January 2017. 

It is very disappointing to see the same club representatives attending the AGM year after year with many
clubs still not represented at the AGM at all. In future KZN Squash Union are considering enforcing that at 
least 1 member from each club attends the AGM.

Please find below a summary of events and correspondence: 

LEAGUE 2017
Many clubs and players felt that league went on too long hence options were discussed at the AGM and 
agreed that only 1st division will stop league during the week of KZN sanctioned tournaments. There were
also split feelings amongst clubs about stopping league for other divisions during these tournaments.

KZN committee will look at options for the other league divisions once all league entries have been received
as this will have an input on the duration of these leagues. 
 
 The number of teams in each division for men’s and ladies will be kept to 12 maximum excluding men’s 
1st division however there is a possibility we will reduce it to 10 teams dependent on league entries and
will try and accommodate clubs requests wherever possible.

PENALTY POINTS
It is apparent that many teams submit their score cards very late (weeks) after their matches have been
played and penalty points will now be imposed on them. It is also important that all captains fill in their
scorecard correctly with their player’s full name and surname.

Nola will contact each captain at the beginning of the season and inform them of the rules, this will be the
only warning given and penalties will apply to teams that don’t comply.

REGISTRATION
It was discussed and agreed at the 2016 AGM once all club league entries and a list of their club players
has been received KZN will add R120 per player to their invoice and Nola will facilitate the registering
of every player, this must be completed by 31st March 2017. KZN has correlated a form which is to
 be completed and feel this would also be a great help for clubs and the union.

In accordance with Squash SA the website has been amended to include registered members ID
numbers, race and gender. 
 
League fees will not be increased this year and KZN will still be offering the 10% discount for 
payment before end of March 2017. 

Our Facebook page is up and running on our web and we invite all registered members to join.

It is envisaged league will commence as follows: (dependent on number of teams entering per division and
will be subject to change with either 12/10 teams per division)

LADIES: Start: Monday 3rd April 2017
MEN: 1-4 Div Start: Tuesday 4th April 2017
MEN: 5-7 Div Start: Wednesday 5th April 2017
MEN: 8-10 Div Start: Thursday 6th April 2017

KZN SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS 2017
DATE   TOURNAMENT     VENUE
15th – 19th March 2017 - ‘LANCE SIBBALD’ OPEN @ WESTVILEE CC
5th – 9th April 2017 - BEREA ROVER OPEN @ BEREA ROVERS
10th – 14th May 2017 - KZN CLOSED @ WESTVILLE CC
7th – 11th June 2017 - WESTVILLE CC OPEN @ WESTVILLE CC
10th – 14th July 2017 - 56th JARVIS/KAPLAN @  EASTERNS
2nd - 6th August 2017 - CHILTERN PARK OPEN @ CHILTERN PARK
8th – 11th November 2017 - MASTERS DOUBLES IPT @ DURBAN

Please note that all members are invited to participate in the above KZN tournaments irrespective of which
league division you play in.

Finally will all clubs please submit your league teams to Nola by 31st January 2017 at the latest.

Yours sincerely,
DAVE STEVENS
Chairman
KZN Squash Union 

2016 - Racketball Becomes 'Squash 57' In Global Rebranding

- Wednesday, August 31, 2016

30 August 2016
Racketball, a form of squash sport played on a squash court which has grown significantly in popularity in England and has begun to take hold elsewhere, will be rebranded as Squash 57 in an initiative spearheaded by the World Squash Federation.
It was earlier this year that the WSF, in partnership with England Squash, signposted a change of name for the game, which is played with a larger ball and a shorter racket. The new name focuses on the key difference to squash - the larger ball, which has a maximum diameter of 57mm (compared with 40mm for a squash ball).
The game is a popular introduction to squash and can keep generations of players fit and active, and playing on court well into later years.
Following consultation including a questionnaire to more than 20,000 England Squash members, focus groups, and consultation with other stakeholders including international federations and equipment manufacturers, the new name has been selected.
The rebrand will ensure that the game is seen as part of the squash family, whilst also eliminating any confusion with 'racquetball', a primarily North American game played on much larger courts with no tin and a different type of ball.
WSF Chief Executive Andrew Shelley said: "There is no doubt that the game, already popular in England with 12,000 weekly participants, will grow to complement squash in many other countries.
"Whilst current players will doubtlessly still call Squash 57 by its old name, the change has formally been made. As it grows, Squash 57 will be seen more clearly as a discipline of squash, and may even give us greater chance of adding it to major events such as the Commonwealth and other major Games in future."
England Squash CEO Keir Worth added: "We support the WSF's position and hope that an increased synergy between squash and Squash 57 will broaden appeal and create a stronger playing community. We are excited to be working in partnership with the WSF and will drive Squash 57 to the widest possible audience."
The game will become Squash 57 from 1st October and the Squash 57 registered logo, which is available for product and general use.
Issued by Howard Harding, World Squash Federation World Media Director
Howard@hhpr.co.uk | 44 7773-325130
WSQ 7847 30 August 2016


 

SafeSquash Software

- Friday, April 25, 2014

The SafeSquash Squash Management Software is now updated and should speed up the capture of Scorecards substantially. A lot of time and effort has gone into developing this product for the Squash Community and feedback will be appreciated. Without further ado, click HERE or the "Read more..." at the bottom of the announcement where the Software and Instructions are available. It should be noted that due to Microsoft .NET Framework changes and enhancements, the older version of the software may not work as expected.

 

THE SOFTWARE IS NOW SELF-INSTALLING AND WILL UPDATE ITSELF WITH EACH NEW VERSION AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. 


Those of you wanting to capture Scorecards will be able to do so this immediately as the updated version is available. Any other problems found should be reported to the Webmaster.

If your version is out of date it will again automatically update your installed version and refresh the required data. Constructive criticisms are welcomed and some of you have been very constructive so thank you. Please note that the software takes about 90-120 seconds to run the first time as it has to refresh the offline data from the website.

If you have a problem you cannot resolve, and cannot run the program, do the following.

  1. Select Start / Control Panel on your Task Bar
  2. Select Programs and Features on Windows 7+ or
    1. Add/Remove Programs on XP
    2. Programs on Vista
  3. Click on SafeSquash and select Remove
  4. Once the Program is uninstalled
    1. Select Install / Capture from this link
    2. Use Microsoft Internet Explorer for best results
  5. Login and Ensure the following:
    1. Select Region: KZNSquash
    2. Username: (Your KZN Username)
    3. Password: (Your KZN password)
    4. Select Remember me if you are using your own personal computer
  6. Ensure that those of you using Coporate Firewalls have Port 14330 open in order to connect to the SafeSquash database.

There are several reasons why the Logon can fail...

  • You are using the incorrect logon credentials
  • Passwords are case-sensitive
  • You are behind a firewall and port 14330 is blocked
  • You do not have a valid internet connection
  • The site may be temporarily down (very rare)
  • You have not chosen the correct Portal (eg: KZN Squash)

TIP: Click the Remember Me checkbox so that you do not have to type in the information every time,
NOTE: Do not check this option on public computers!

 

Lotto Communication

- Tuesday, February 25, 2014

During July 2013 the NLDTF engaged in discussions with KZN Squash, which eventually culminated in our application being approved during September 2013. All expenditure incurred has to be in alignment with the actual application and is subject to regular audit by NLDTF.
The purpose of this communication is to advise you of our current and proposed initiatives.

Click Read more... for further information

 read more ...

National Rankings

- Friday, August 24, 2012
The S.A. National Rankings are now included on the site and can be viewed by clicking Read More... or this link... National Rankings
 read more ...

Welcome to the KZN Squash Site

- Monday, January 09, 2012

Our website has also been improved, updated and is now user friendly. Please be patient while we implement further changes and visit this site often. You will have received an email informing you of your login Name and Password. If you have not recieved this information yet, please be patient while we update our database.  When you receive your login information please ensure that your Profile information is up to date and accurate. Once you login, you will have access to areas of the site such as Fixtures, Player Information and Scorecards in addition to League Tables, Statistics and Ratings. 

Fixtures: To download the fixtures hover over the Members tab, select download and click on the KZN League Fixtures file that will give you both the mens and ladies fixtures for all divisions.

Scorecards: To download a printable Scorecard, do exactly the same as for Fixtures and click on the download link next to the Scorecard item.

It should be noted that KZN Squash Union do send out a limited amount of communique's to ensure that all Members are up to date with information pertaining to the growth and activities within the region. Whilst every effort is made to limit the amount of information sent to all members, it is incumbent upon all Members to receive these updates.

Wishing all our players an enjoyable League Season!!!

 

 

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