Top level men’s squash coming to Devonport

Top flight men’s squash will return to the city next weekend when Devonport hosts the $11,000 (US) 2019 City of Devonport Tasmanian Open.

The tournament is being conducted by the Devonport Squash Club in partnership with the Devonport City Council at the Devonport Squash Courts in Forbes Street.

Beginning with a qualifying tournament on Thursday 11 July, the event will feature players from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Egypt Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, France and England.

Local teenager Jamie Pattison has also been included in the main draw and will face Queenslander Thomas Calvert, ranked inside the world top 200, in the first round.

Jamie said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing a quality opponent.

“I saw him play as a junior when he won the Queensland title and I think he won an Australian junior title as well,” Jamie said.

Jamie said it would be a great experience to see how the world’s elite prepare for their matches.

“It will be good to see how they warm up and what they do as part of their preparation.”

Jamie said he hoped his local knowledge of the courts will give him some advantage.

The highest ranked player to be coming to Devonport is world number 68 Rex Hedrick. Hedrick is one of four players ranked inside the top 100 who have entered. Frenchman Victor Crouin and Malaysian pair Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie are the others.

The tournament follows last year’s successful women’s event which featured former World Champion and four-times British Open winner Rachael Grinham.

Tournament organiser and Devonport Squash Club president Leon Barnett said squash fans would be treated to some quality play throughout the tournament.

“With 13 players inside the world top 200 this is a classy field and I am delighted with the calibre of player that has entered.”

Mr Barnett said the tournament would not be possible without the support of the Council.

“The Council’s support has been critical in helping us to secure such a high calibre field,’’ he said.

Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff said Council was pleased to have been able to help attract a quality range of national and international players to the city.

“The Council is always seeking to support a range of different events, and therefore attracting visitors to Devonport and this is just one example,’’ he said.

Matches will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday 11 July, from 5 p.m. the following day and from midday on Saturday 13 July with the final beginning at 1 p.m. on the Sunday.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

CAPTION: Devonport Squash Club president Leon Barnett (left) with Mayor Cr Annette Rockliff and local player Jamie Pattison at the tournament announcement.

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Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

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Mayor’s Message – 02 July 2019

The Devonport City Council is seeking to facilitate partnerships within the community in order to build a week-long calendar of events for seniors that is inclusive of all walks of life.

The theme for Seniors Week 2019 is “Connections”.

Council is encouraging service providers and community groups to get involved by hosting an event for Seniors week which will encourage seniors to get out and about and enjoy socialising with friends and like-minded people.

You could have a picnic, a morning tea, a session on how to operate a smart phone or a history tour.

To be eligible for inclusion in the calendar, Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 16 August 2019.

For further information contact Council on 03 6424 0511 or email marketingandpromotions@devonport.tas.gov.au

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The Devonport City Council and Youth, Family & Community Connections are joining forces to bring you some fantastic July school holiday programs for those aged 12-25.

You can find out more by visiting Youth Family and Community Connections

Bookings are essential and you can call Bec on 6424 7353 or email bec@yfcc.com.au to secure your spot.

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The 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival is nearly here!

To be held from 25-28 July, this year’s Festival will be headlined by the great multi-instrumentalist James Morrison and is brimming with acts from Tasmania and the mainland, which will please both jazz lovers and the general public.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through participating venues or the paranaple arts centre. Or for the full festival experience you can purchase a festival pass for just $199 which gives access to more than 20 events.

Full event details can be found at www.devonportjazz.com.au

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Devonport City Council’s Financial Assistance Scheme supports local community organisations through Major/Minor Grants and Rate Remissions.

Applications are now open, check Council’s website for guidelines and to see if your organisation is eligible.

Cr Annette Rockliff

MAYOR 

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