News from the Club ...
September's new start ...
A new Season commences in September for our Teams and our Juniors.
The North Wales League matches start on Monday, 7 September (see the Teams Page) when our Thirds visit Hope Sports Centre and, on that same evening, our Junior Coaching programme will start up again from 4.45 (see the Juniors Page).
Accolade for Mark
Congratulations to Mark Davies on being awarded "2015 Senior Volunteer for Services to Squash in Wrexham and Powys" by Wales Squash & Racketball (the sport's Governing Body in Wales) at their Annual Presentation Evening in Cardiff on 8 August.
The Award acknowledges the coaching work put in by Mark over several years, not only in the Wrexham Brymbo Club but also at Llanfyllin and Newtown.
WSRB 2015 Senior Volunteer - Mark Davies
Simon takes the Plate !
The Plate Final of the 2015 Club Championships took place on 14 August and was contested between Simon Koscinski and Kevin Lloyd.
It was a fast and furious match but Simon got into the pace much better to take it in three games: 9-3, 9-6, 9-4. Congratulations to both players for getting to the Final.
2015 Club Championships - Plate Finalists
NEW - Summer Racketball League
Following the recent successful Racketball Evening, we have started a new summer Racketball League. It will run from 1st July until 31st September and we have automatically included those who attended on 28th May.
The new League will work with two groups and the idea is simply that you try to play everyone in your group, at least once, by the end of the period !
Click on the box (right) for details of who is involved as well as some basic rules.
If anyone else is interested, please contact Jim Tunley.
August Internal Leagues
The internal leagues for August are now posted on the website, accessible either by using the link (right) or via the on-line booking system. Please note, matches are to be played by Saturday, 5 September 2015.
Please post all results on the Monthly League sheet that is pinned to the noticeboard.
Players who do not play any matches over a two month period will be removed from the leagues. If, however, any member wishes to join (or re-join) the leagues, please contact Jim Tunley.
Recycling at the Club
Help us recycle your old drinks bottles and cans by using the containers that are now provided at the Club, thank you.
Champion retains the title
Last year's winner came through to take the 2015 Club Championship, winning a hard fought Final match by 3-1 on 20 June.
Congratulations to Jonathan Davies on retaining the title, beating John Ashton in a match lasting 55 minutes.
Over the weekend, through the Semis and Final (including a third / fourth play-off, which went all the way), all four players showed superb levels of fitness and a high quality of squash - congratulations to them all.
Jonathan Davies beat John Ashton - 9-10, 9-1, 9-5, 9-1.
3/4 match: Darren Lee beat Rob Evans - 9-3, 9-1, 8-10, 6-9, 10-8.
2015 Club Champion and Runner-up
2015 Championship Finalists with Ball Sponsor
N.B. The Plate Competition has still to reach the Final stage - this needs to be achieved as soon as possible.
June - the start of a new Club Year
This year's AGM agreed to hold Subscription rates (from 1 June) for another year and this includes the cost of light cards.
Rates for the 2015-16 year are as follows:-
Seniors - £70
Juniors / Students - £35
[2 juniors in one family - £55]
Family - £100.
Please make cheques payable to - "Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club".
Light cards remain at £3-00 for each 45 minute session.
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OBE for Nick Matthew
Congratulations to Nick Matthew for being awarded an OBE in last week's Queen's Birthday Honours List - this is a very positive recognition of his personal achievements and for the game of squash as a whole.
Farewell to Matt ...
On the week ending 14 June, we said farewell to Matt L'Estrange who has gone off to work with the National Trust in Cornwall.
Matt had been working as a Ranger at Erddig and only joined the Club towards the end of last year; since then he played in our North Wales Third Team, as well as the monthly leagues.
Matt is moving on a promotion to Lanhydrock, Nr Bodmin (a similar National Trust property) and we send him our very best wishes.
Racketball - a big hit !
Ten members took part in an excellent evening of racketball at the Club on 28 May and it's something that we will definately do again.
Our thanks to Darren Lee (for his orgaisation and belief) and to Mike Povey (who kindly sponsored the balls). The evening pitched all standards, old and young, against each other to make it a real fun event.
Such was the interest from the evening that, over the Summer, we may now try raise a team for a friendly match against Liverpool Cricket Club !
Racketball Evening - the players
Light work ...
A rather belated thank you to those members who recently gave up their morning to help brighten up the courts, helping to fit new fluorescent tubes
- thanks to Brian Wynn, Lee Harrison, Andy Offless, Mark Davies and Jim Tunley.
A.G.M. considered a Third Court
This year's Annual General Meeting of the Squash Club was held on 11 May, in the Sports Club.
The big issue was around whether we could sustain a Third Court - this was important opportunity to get members' input into the future direction of the Club.
Note from 2015 AGM
2015 AGM Agenda
2015 Club Championships
The schedule and draw for the 2015 Club Championships is now available below and on the Club's noticeboard.
Members are asked to keep to the schedule and, in the event of any difficulties with this, please speak to either Mark or Jim.
2015 Club Championship Draw
Representing Wales ...
Two players from the Club recently represented Wales in the 2015 Home Internationals that took place in Dublin; Jonathan Davies was part of the Welsh Over 40s Team, playing at No 1, while Mark Davies also played at 1 in the Over 55s Team
Congratulations to both players on their selection - and a superb weekend was had by all !
Home Internationals - Wales O40s Team
Home Internationals - Wales O55s Mark Davies
Racketball Evening - Cancelled
It is with some disappointment that we have had to cancel the proposed evening of Racketball, due to have been hosted by Wales Squash & Racketball, on 6 March.
This is due to a lack of response to the invitation issued to members.
British National Championships 2015
The 2015 British National Champions held in Manchester are - Sarah-Jane Perry who beat Number 1 seed Laura Massaro by 3-2 in 80 minutes and
the Mens Number 1 seed Nick Matthew who beat the 3/4 seeded Daryl Selby in 45 minutes.
Also competing, in the Mens Over 40 event was Club member Jonathan Davies (who lost to the eventual winner).
Jon at the British National Championships
Old guys rule !
Over the weekend 7-8 February, four of our "senior" players were at Newport Squash Club taking part in the 2015 Welsh Masters Tournament with the huge incentive in that those who did well have the opportunity to represent Wales later in the year at the 4 Nations Tournament in Dublin.
In the Over 40s event were Jonathan Davies (seeded 2) and John Ashton; in the Over 45 group we had Neil Rawlings; and in the Over 55s there was Mark Davies.
UPDATE: Congratulations to all four and to Jonathan in particular on some impressive results:-
Jonathan Davies won the Mens Over 40 event, beating Matthew Crowley 3-0 in the Final.
Mark Davies lost his Mens Over 55 Final by 3-1 to Mike Workman.
Both John Ashton and Neil Rawlings made it through to the Semi Final stages -
a good weekend was had by all !
Welsh Masters .... & Hannah !
Improving student participation !
On 5 February the Club hosted over 20 First Year Sports Science students from Glyndwr University who were playing squash as one of a series of practical taster sessions in a range of different sports.
The students were given tips on the game by Mark Davies and their Senior Lecturer, Duncan Mascarenhas, with help from Club player and Glyndwr student, Jack Hayes
Come on Wales !
With the Six Nations Rugby Tournament underway, Hannah Davies has been spotted in Cardiff giving some encouragement to Welsh star, Jamie Roberts.
Supporting Welsh Rugby !
All topped up !
On 21 January, CourtCare returned to the Club to complete a further top-up of the sand / aggregates behing the front walls of both courts - we trust there will be little doubt now about whether that ball was good !
A Happy New Year
After the festive break, get fit again in 2015 by playing more squash !
Let's hope that in this new year we will be able to progress our ambitions for a third court ....
Geraint's epic victory in Fast & Furious
Despite a disappointing response, together with a number of forced withdrawals from this year's Fast & Furious Tournament, we witnessed some outstanding squash played over the weekend 12 / 13 December.
Two stand-out matches were in the Finals of the Group A and B events. In the Group B Final between Gareth Williams and John Williams; over the best of three, games were 1-1 and in the final game, John led at 8-7 only to be pegged back by Gareth who went on to win it 11-8 - some really excellent squash from both.
The climax of the weekend came with the Group A Final and again some superb squash from both finalists - Geraint Jones in particular played out of his skin to beat the number one seed, Darren Lee in straight games.
In a tight first game that went to 8-9, Darren lost the service to Geraint who held his nerve to take it 11-8. In the second game, Geraint was quickly out of the blocks to take a 6-2 lead; he regained the service and went 9-3 up then continued the pressure to win it 11-5.
This was an epic victory from the Siver Fox and there is now an unconfirmed suggestion that he may soon be sponsored by Purple Moose, without whose help this famous win may not have been possible !
F&F Group A Winners
F&F Group B Winners
F&F Group C Winners
Child Safety & Equity
The Squash Club fully supports and welcomes the work of its National Governing Body, Wales Squash & Racketball in the area of child safety and, as such, members and parents may be interested to see the WSRB Safeguarding Policy & Procedures in Squash document.
"Child Safety - Our Priority"
The Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club Committee is keen to ensure all matters within the Club are treated with respect and fairness and, as such, have now formally acknowledged and adopted the Wales Squash & Racketball Model Equity Policy.
To view the Equity Policy, click on the link -
Calling all potential coaches . . .
Do you have what it takes to become a qualified squash coach - if so, your Club needs you!
If any Club member has an interest in committing to become a qualified coach, the Squash Club may be able to assist with necessary fees and mentoring.
Please contact either Mark Davies or Jim Tunley to chat it through.
and finally ... all Members to note
To all members - at anytime, if you are the last to leave the Club, please ensure that the showers and all of the lights are turned off.
Please be vigilant in this and report any problems that may arise - thank you.