North Shore Squash Club: 50th Anniversary Celebrations, November 1st – 3rd, 2012
North Shore Squash Club Celebrating 50 Years of Court Action in November
One of the North Shore’s most prominent, though among the youngest, sporting clubs will celebrate a significant milestone in early November.
The North Shore squash club, adjacent to the North Shore Hospital near Lake Pupuke, will mark its 50th anniversary over November 1-3, with exhibition matches, an open day, cocktail function and formal dinner.
The club counts among its former members some of the North Shore’s, and even New Zealand’s, most illustrious citizens. David Beattie, later Sir David, a Supreme Court judge and the country’s Governor General in 1981-86, was on the foundation committee. And Gibby Abercrombie, a noted doctor, former Scotland rugby international and father and grandfather to several outstanding North Harbour sportsmen, was another.
A New Zealand Davis Cup tennis player, Brian Woolf, was an early member, as were a number of former All Blacks, Keith Davis, Des Connor, Don McKay and Ray Moreton.
After its foundation in 1962, the club used the courts at the Devonport Naval Base until its own courts and complex were built at the end of Shea Terrace, near the old Smales quarry. The courts and building were officially opened in April, 1963. The free-hold property had a government valuation in 1962 of 1850 pounds, which now must be prime real estate worth seven figures.
At first the club had only two courts, which were soon extended to four, followed in 1974 by the first glass-back court in New Zealand. Two further glass-back, viewing courts were added in the mid 1990's, one named after Sir David Beattie and the other after the playing legend Susan Devoy, who often played at the Shore club if never becoming a member.
The club’s original membership was 40 and, though the numbers have fluctuated in subsequent years, especially with the advent of seven-day shopping, today there are more than 500.
North Shore hosted a number of New Zealand Opens in the 1970s and several of the world’s best players, including Australia’s Geoff Hutt and the Pakistanis Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan competed in tournaments. The club also staged national championships in 1977, 1981, 1987, 1997 and 2005. It helped Henderson host the 1983 world championships and was the venue for the world masters championships in 1991.
Two leading New Zealand players of the 1970s and 80s, Craig and Robyn Blackwood, started with the club as New Zealand juniors and as home-grown products rate as North Shore’s best players. But others have also won national honours while club members, including Don Burmeister, Stephen Hughes, Jenny Webster, Leilani Marsh and current stars Martin Knight and Catherine McLeod.
In 2007 Shore won the Cousins Shield, the country’s top teams competition, while the women have had an even better record in the female equivalent of the Cousins Shield, the Mitchell Cup. Shore has won this in 1983-84, again in 2008 and in the past three years has achieved a three-peat.
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