COVID 19 UPDATE
The Prime Minister has provided an update on the sequence of events that will enable Australia to ease COVID-19 pandemic control measures.
However, each state will decide when these steps are to begin and the pace of change.
Step 1 of the COVID-19 Response Plan
The first step will enable restaurants, cafes, shops, libraries, community centres, playgrounds and boot camps reopen and local and regional travel to resume. You will be allowed to have up to five visitors at home and to be in groups of 10 outdoors, which includes community sport.
Step 2 of the COVID-19 Response Plan
The second stage will see groups of 20 people allowed in places like gyms, beauty therapists, cinemas and galleries and the Squash Centre.
Some states may allow larger groups, based on their circumstances. At
this point some interstate travel is allowed but not to Qld and community sport will be able to return in groups of 20. Great news for participants to get back into hitting with dates to be advised once we know.
Step 3 of the COVID-19 Response Plan
The final step will see people return to work and gatherings of up to 100 people allowed and pubs to reopen. At this point, sport competition should be able to resume under the AIS framework, but the details are still being finalised. It is unclear when large scale events with thousands of participants will be able to resume.The National Cabinet will
review the progress of each step every three weeks, and progress to the next step will depend on the impact the changes have had on coronavirus infection numbers.This doesn’t give us a start date yet for NSW, or a precise timeline, but it does provide us with a road map!
There will be guidelines for members to follow, bookings, attendance, no socialising or showering after matches, must depart after matches and sign in on arrival.
enjoy when you all return.
Stay up to date with any announcements by following our face book page https://www.facebook.com/coffssquash/
In the mean time we have organised online
training Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and NOW with restrictions ease introducing our squash specific boot camps kicking off next Friday and Saturday and will run for 4 weeks
Places are strictly limited to 9 participants – to register your place call the centre ASAP to secure you spot and get the body ready for when we hit
the court again.
Each session will run for 1hr:
Saturday 9am seniors
Saturday 10am Juniors
time and we hope to see you all soon
Kobayashi and Unseeded Azman takes titles in Coffs Harbour for a place in World Championships(5) Ryoshei Kobayashi JPN bt (3) Addeen Idrakie MAL 3/1 11/8 12/10 4/11 11/5 (62m)
Aifa Azman MAL bt (1) Vanessa Chu HKG 3/0 11/4 11/7 11/4 (23m)Ryosei Kobayashi JPN has taken out the Roberts and Morrow North Coast Open in Coffs Harbour with a skilful performance against Addeen Idrakie MAL in four games. The win earns him a place in the World Championships later this year in Qatar.The opening game had both players prepared to be patient with length creating plenty of long rallies with the score equal for the majority of the game. However, Kobayashi found the corners better to take a 1- 0 lead. The second game saw Idrakie gain a break and looking to square the score at 1-1 but Ryosie showed some amazing court coverage to create chances to win the closing tie break and find himself two games to nil up. Idrakie appeared a little leg weary and no doubt was feeling the effects of tough competition leading into the final, and failing to close out the second game placed himself under a lot of pressure. In the third game his reply was textbook length and precision drops, changing the tempo to nullify attacking opportunities by Kobayashi to close out the game with the loss of four points and find himself back in the contest. The fourth game had both players lengthening the rallies with similar motives before Kobayashi gained the break he needed to place all the pressure on Idrakie who errored and Kobayashi claimed victory in 62 minutes for a place in the World Championship in November.It was an impressive match by both players with the gallery very appreciative of the agility and quality of play produced by both players. After the final Kobayashi stated” it feels absolutely amazing! I have never felt this happy in my career as a squash player. Thank you so much Coffs Harbour Squash and all the sponsors for this amazing event”Idrakie put in a sterling effort but wasn’t able to win today. He said, “ Not the result that I want. He played well, credit to him’.Azman from the outset had clear intension of attacking at every opportunity from the front court. As the game progressed she made some great placements which kept Chu on the defensive and was unable to match the pace Azman was creating. The second and third game proved similar with Chu needing to lift but again, Azman was showing amazing agility and changing direction to close out the game for a two nil lead and take the match in straight games to be crowned winner of the Roberts & Morrow North Coast Open 2019.After the match Azman said” I’m very happy to win the final match in 3 and qualify to the World Championships. I’ll be playing with Vanessa again next week in Melbourne. Hopefully I’ll do well for the next tournament.”Vanessa Chu reflected on her opportunity and said” Aifa was on fire today and I was not. I tried my hardest but I couldn’t get stuck into the match. Disappointed to lose 3-0 but I will learn from the next time”Presentations to the winners were made by Mr Gurmesh Singh MP, State Member for Coffs Harbour and Mr Matt McCulloch, representing principal sponsors Roberts and Morrow, of the PSA Challenger Tour 5 tournament, North Coast Open 2019.Coffs Coast Sponsorsed event www.coffscoastevents.com.au
Katriona Allen SCO bt Colette Sultana MAL 3/2 4/11 11/4 11/13 11/5 11/6 (39m)Chloe Mesic FRA v Maria Rose Kalafatis AUS 3/0 11/2 11/6 11/3 (15m)
Men’s 1st Round 22.8.2019
Rhys Dowling AUS d Jacob Ford AUS 2/11 2/11 11/8 11/6 11/4 (43m)
Atticus Kelly USA d Mansoor Zaman AUS 11/7 13/15 9/11 11/3 11/7 (57m)
Moustafa El Sirty EGY d Damon McMillan AUS 11/6 11/4 11/6 (17m)
Rohan Toole AUS d Shahzad Khan AUS 11/4 11/6 11/1 (16m)
Bryan Lim MAL d Jason Turner AUS 11/4 11/7 11/7 (27m)
Ben Ratcliffe AUS L Zac Millar NZL 11/7 3/11 5/11 9/11 (30m)
David Turner AUS l Joel Arscott NZL 3/11 4/11 11/6 0/11 (30m)
Chang-Wook Woo KOR d Courtney West 11/6 11/5 11/7 2(27m)
A great start for the Roberts & Morrow North Coast Open World Qualification Event with the opening match between Rhys Dowling AUS and Jacob Ford AUS (WC)
Ford opened with a blistering pace moving his more experience opponent to the corners with wide shots and attacking boasts to take the first and second games to find himself two games up and looking to cause an upset. Dowling had to call on his experience to claim the third game with better length to get back into the match. The fourth and fifth games saw Ford tighten up allowing Dowling to dominate the front court to emerge a relieved winner to advance to the second round.
Asked his thoughts after the match Rhys commented “ Always good to come down to Coffs and play this tournament. Played Jacob tonight and hats off to him, he played very solid.
Good to get the first round nerves out the way and take some momentum into the second round”
Spectators were treated to another tight contest between Atticus Kelly USA and Mansoor Zaman AUS with Atticus needing nearly an hour to wear down Mansoor who went for his shots throughout keeping Kelly unsettled to take a two games to one lead. Kelly showed plenty of courage and patience in the fourth to draw level and in the deciding game commenced strongly to establish a break and clinch the match. He advances to the second round where he meets Thomas Calvert Australia.
Atticus commented after the match.” Happy to get through the first round. Don’t feel I played my best squash as the match got a bit physical, but I stayed strong and am looking forward to the next round now. I played Tom a couple of weeks back and we had a tough 5 setter so should be another good match”!
Bryan Lim MAL proved to be in good touch recording a straight games win against Jason Turner AUS. Bryan attacked through the centre and was clinical with his short volleys forcing Jason to retrieve many shots from the front.
Bryan stated after the match “ I played well, Jason is a good player and I tried to step up the tempo and not give him too much opportunity to go for any shots. Looking forward to playing Lwamba, he is improving really fast and see how I go against him. Just want to play good squash.”
North Coast Open Attracts Top International Players.
International squash players are set to converge on Coffs Harbour in the coming week in preparation for the World Qualification Tournament 22-25 August. This year’s line-up Is one of the strongest ever with anyone of a number of players a potential winner. The tournament is one of seven such events around the world with the winner guaranteed a spot in the World Championships later this year. For the women it’s Cairo Egypt in October and for the Men it’s a place in the World top 64 in Doha Qatar in November.
This places tremendous importance on doing well here in Coffs Harbour and the event is supported by Coffs Harbour Council, Coffs Coast Events and Roberts and Morrow. There will be some high quality matches with representatives from Malaysia, Scotland, USA, Japan set to figure in the tough end of the tournament but the top seeds, Evan Williams NZL and Vanessa Chu Hong Kong will be among the favourites. There are some very exciting emerging talents among the stars rising on the PSA World Rankings who will be taking part. Among them Aifa Azman Malaysia who finished 3-4 in the World U/19 Championships and Moustafa Elsirty Egypt who was runner up in the Men’s U/19 World Junior Championships.
The public are invited to visit the Squash Centre and watch the international class players in action and the centre has a great program scheduled over four days for anyone wanting to see squash as an elite level and cheer the competitors on. There is a supporting graded program of events starting with a junior clinic on Thursday 22nd followed by graded events at the weekend.
Visitors to Coffs Harbour and the Coffs Regional community can check out the best times for action below.
Tournament Match Schedule
Thursday 22.08.2019 –
4.00pm – 5.30pm – Junior Coaching Clinic
Men’s PSA 1st Round 6.00pm (8 matches)
(D Knight Mayor – Official Welcome 5.45pm)
Men’s 2nd Round 6.30pm & 7.15pm
Women’s PSA Quarter Finals – 8.00pm – 8.45pm
Men’s Quarter Finals 10.00am – 1.00pm
Women’s Semi Finals 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Men’s Semi Finals 4.15pm – 5.00pm
FINALS Women’s Open 1.00pm
Men’s Open 2.00pm
Roberts & Morrow North Coast Open 2019
Entries now open – https://www.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/Roberts-Morrow-North-Coast-Open-2019