HOURS upon hours of hard work by Horsham Squash club members have it well prepared to host more than 100 players for the Victorian Masters Squash Association tournament over the weekend.
The tournament has attracted entrants from across Victoria, Tasmania and from as far as Western Australia.
Club president Chris Warrick said the tournament would be a great opportunity for club members to see play of a higher standard.
“Typically we’ve hosted some regional events but this is the first time, certainly that I’m aware of, that we’ve hosted a state event like this,” he said.
“Seeing as it’s an open tournament people from around here will be playing as well and that is a great opportunity for them.
“To be able to get amongst it all is an opportunity in itself for our members to improve their own games.”
The tournament is the first of six Victorian Masters Squash Association tournaments of the year and is open to all players over the age of 35.
The team event will be followed by tournaments in April, May, July, September and November.
The other aspect that had really excited Warrick was how the club has rallied together to prepare for the high profile tournament.
“The club members have put in a huge amount of the work over the past weeks and months to make sure everything is ready,” he said.
“It’s been a really positive community atmospheres and supportive environment down there lately.
“That’s not something I’d really considered at the start, but throughout the planning I’ve seen how strong the club really is and how good our people are.
“It’s good to see our facilities being utilised and keen members down there running the club.”
Countless hours had been put in doing a variety of maintenance at the club in that time.
“People have been coming down to clean, to fit new light and fans, do electrical work and to paint,” Warrick said.
“Other people have been organising store rooms and the room to cater for more people as well as all the food and drink.
“It’s been a huge amount of work but it hasn’t just been a few people doing a heap of work, it’s everyone doing a bit each.”
The tournament will run from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon with anyone interested invited to attend.
“It will just be a great chance to see some good quality squash first-hand,” Warrick said.