News from the Club ...
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
A big week for Hannah ...
Over the weekend 25/26 October, Hannah Davies represented Cardiff Metropolitan University in their Regional BUCS (British Universities Sports) Team matches against Bristol, Birmingham and Kings College, London in Birmingham.
Playing at number 1 for the Cardiff team, Hannah remained unbeaten all weekend to help the University progress into the next stage of the Championships, in late November.
To cap off the week, Hannah, along with fellow Club member, John Evans, had their Graduation Day at Glyndwr University on 28 October - congratulations to them both.
November Internal Leagues
The internal leagues for November 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, 29 November 2014.
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.
Welsh Colleges compete at Club
On 13 October, the Club hosted FE students from across Wales who were competing for the right to represent Welsh Colleges in the 2015 British Colleges Championships in Bath next March.
The strength of the Llandrillo College students was evident as Emyr Evans won the Men's Event, with Elin Harlow taking the Ladies Event.
Good luck to them both in the National Finals.
2014 Welsh Colleges - Regional Competitors
A new season has started ...
September sees the start of a new season, for our Teams and our Junior Coaching programme .
The season started on the w/c 8 September and this year we will field three teams in the North Wales Leagues (Tuesday evenings) and two again in the North West Counties Squash Leagues (Thursdays).
Teams will be posted each week on the Teams Page.
Our Junior Coaching programme started each Monday (from 1 September) with three groupings (beginners; intermediate and advanced), at the usual times from 4.45 pm.
For further information, please contact one of the Coaching Team.
A huge thank you on behalf of the Club to our match ball sponsors this season, Mr Malcolm Williams (Big Mal) of Redwither Ltd - a generous donation that is much appreciated.
Better late than never !
The Plate Competition Final of the 2014 Club Championships was completed on 2 September, between Mike Povey and Ricky Williams.
Mike stormed into the lead, winning the first game comfortably 9-1, but Ricky came back and gained in confidence to take the next three games and the match 9-3, 9-4, 9-3.
Congratulations to both finalists on a good contest.
2014 Plate Winner
2014 Plate Finalists
New front wall for Court 2
Work commenced on Monday, 28 July to upgrade the front wall on Court 2 to bring it up to a good standard.
Specialist contactors, CourtCare Ltd were employed to supply and instal a CourtTech front wall renovation system - as we've done previously on Court 1.
Work was completed within three days and the "new" court available for use from 1 August.
Work commences on Court 1
New front wall now installed
Lesotho Squash prepare for Glasgow
One young man, Engles Lechesa (age 17) comprises the Lesotho Squash Team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games at the end of July.
Engles and his Coach, General Sentle, are part of the Lesotho Team that were in Wrexham's Glyndwr University training ahead of their move on to Glasgow.
They were part of a squad of 32 athletes and support staff that stayed at the University and, during their time in Wrexham, the Squash Club in partnership with the University made courts available to the Team, with a number of our Club players and coaches keen also to provide Engles with some quality matches and training.
We wish them well in Glasgow.
Lesotho Team prepare
Presentation to Lesotho Squash Team
Jonathan Davies - 2014 Club Champion
Congratulations to Jonathan Davies on an emphatic victory in the 2014 Club Championship
Matches were played over the weekend 27 - 28 June and went according to seeding, as follows:
The 3/4 Play-off match was contested between Darren Lee and Rob Evans with Darren winning 9-5, 6-9, 9-5,9-1.
The eagerely awaited Championship Final then followed between the two top seeds, Jonathan Davies and John Ashton.
We were treated to a superb game of exhilarating squash but with Jonathan in determined mood to come through 9-0, 9-6, 9-1. Congratulations to both players on a cracking Final.
Jonathan Davies - 2014 Club Champion
Club Championships - top four
Sports enthusiast moving on !
At the end of this academic year, Terry (Tex) Walker, Head at Marchwiel Deiniol Primary School , takes the opportunity for retirement.
Terry has been passionate about sport and has taken every opportunity to encourage his charges into a whole range of sports.
In particular, he has been a great friend of the Squash Club and key to the Club's successes in taking forward the Wrexham Schools Squash Programme, this through outreach Mini Squash visits into a number of Wrexham Schools, as well as schools visiting us at the Club.
A number of pupils from Marchwiel have since continued with their squash development through the Club's Junior Coaching Programmes.
It is through this involvement that the Club successfully nominated Marchwiel Deniol as " Wrexham Primary School of the Year" in February 2012.
On behalf of the Squash Club, we wish Tex all good wishes for a long and happy retirement.
Tex Walker with pupils in 2012
It was a poor turn-out for the 2014 Teams Meeting held on 1 July - go to the Teams Page for a note from the meeting.
Subscriptions now due
Member subscriptions for 2014-15 became due for renewal from 1 June.
Following agreement at this years AGM these have been slightly increased, as follows:
Seniors - £70
Juniors / Students - £35
Family - £100.
To ensure we have your correct contact details, please complete a renewal form (available at the Membership Page) and return to the Club Secretary.
Recent work (2 June) has greatly improved access to the Squash Club / Cricket Pavillion on the drive down to the Club and on part of the car park.
It was a disappointing turn-out for this years Annual General Meeting held at the Sports & Social Complex on 12 May.
Click on the link below for a note of the meeting.
Note from 2014 AGM
European Team Championships for Hannah
Over the week 28 April - 3 May, Hannah Davies travelled as part of the Welsh Ladies Team to compete in the European Team Championships 2014 in Riccione, Italy.
These were for the top two European Divisions (with the Welsh Ladies in Division 1).
Also representing Wales, from North Wales was Tesni Evans (Saints Club, Prestatyn) as well as Deon Saffray and Jenny Haley (both South Wales).
The Team Wales Men's Team was Peter Creed, Joel Makin, David Evans, Scott Fitzgerald, David Haley and Owain Taylor (they will compete in the European Division 2).
LATEST: The Welsh Ladies Team secured their place in the elite European top Division - see link below for full details
European Team Championships 2014
Welsh Team members at Europeans
Masters weekend for Mark
Congratulations to our Chairman, Mark Davies, who competed for Wales over the weekend 25-26 April in the Masters Home International Series at the Cardiff Squash Club and Sport Wales National Centre.
Mark played for the Wales Over 55 Team against England, Scotland and Ireland, winning one of his three matches.
End of Season for our Teams
See how the Teams got on in 2013-14 season - visit the Teams Page for full details.
Teachers training ...
On 7 April, the Club hosted a PESS (Physical Education & School Sport) Leaders Award course for teachers as part of the Maelor Cluster of primary schools.
Each will now receive equipment for the teachers to run Mini Squash in their schools; this will lead to them taking part in a Schools Squash Festival at the Club in June.
Champions for a second year !
Congratulations to our First Team on winning the North West Counties League Division 2 West for a second successive year and with a match to spare.
LATEST: In their play-off match against Crewe Vagrants 1 on 10 April, our Team lost 4-1.
Two British World Champions ...
Nick Matthew is the current Mens World Champion following his win in Manchester (November 2013).
He is now joined by Laura Massaro who won the 2014 Womens World Championship in Penang, Malaysia on 23 March - congratulations to both.
This is a great boost for British squash and, with both players due to play at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year, we hope it will be the opportunity to showcase the sport and improve the prospects for squash to be included at a future Olympic Games !
World Champion - Laura
Wales announce team for Glasgow
As part of the 2014 Team Wales Commonwealth Games Squad, Wales Squash & Racketball have announced a seven member team to represent Wales at this summer's games in Glasgow.
There is disappointment for Hannah Davies as only two ladies have been selected, the Welsh numbers 1 and 2 players, Tesni Evans and Deon Saffrey.
Click on the link below for details of the full squad.
Team Wales for Glasgow
Rules of Squash updated
From 1 January 2014 the Rules of Squash have been restructured and the number of rules reduced from 20 to 15 - having said that, they contain only a few minor changes compared to the previous Rules.
The Interference Rule (Rule 8) has been restructured to help players, referees and others understand the central concept of interference better and reach the correct decision more easily.
Also, in the case of an injury or bleeding caused solely by the opponent, a distinction is now made between an injury or bleeding caused by a deliberate act by a player and an injury caused by an accidental act, where the opponent is unable to continue play immediately. Under the previous Rules, the penalty for an injury to the opponent caused accidentally was loss of match, under the 2014 Rules, however, the penalty is less severe (see Rule 14.3.3 & 14.4.2/3).
The same principle applies to a deliberate distraction and an accidental distraction (Rule 12.2).
2014 Rules of Squash
Elite company for Hannah at BUCS
Over the weekend 21-23 February, Hannah Davies represented Glyndwr University at the 2014 British Universities & Colleges Individual Championships taking place in Nottingham University and Nottingham Squash Rackets Club.
The Championships attracted over 300 entries with the Mens A event headed by the Elshorbagy brothers (Mohamed & Marwan) - ranked numbers 3 and 24 in the world.
Hannah did very well to get through to the Semi Finals of the Ladies A event but lost to the French player Chloe Mesic (ranked 91 in the world). Hannah finished the weekend by winning third place in a play-off.
An excellent weekend, well done to Hannah.
Success at the BUCS
With sadness we report the death of Viv Lambert following a short illness.
Viv was a past member of the Squash Club and a stalwart of our Ladies Teams, playing up until the time when they were no longer viable in the North West Counties Squash Leagues.
A funeral service was held at St Giles Parish Church on 18 February - our thoughts are with husband Peter and the family.
No rest for Darren !
Following his appearance the previous weekend at the Welsh Masters in Swansea, Darren Lee played a first round match in the 2014 National Squash Championships (10 - 16 February) at the National Squash Centre in Sports City, Manchester on 12 February.
LATEST: Darren won his first match (against Mark Webster, a seeded player) in four games; in his next match on the Thursday evening, however, Darren lost 3-0 to a 5/8 seeded player.
The 2014 British Champions are:
Nick Matthew who beat James Willstrop 3-1 and
Alison Waters who beat Madeline Perry 3-0.
Masters weekend in Swansea
Three of our players travelled to Swansea last weekend (7-9 February) to compete in the Bourse Welsh Masters Closed 2014.
All three took part in the tough Men's Over 40 Event - here's how they got on:
Darren Lee - lost to the eventual winner (Matthew Crowley) in the Quarter Finals;
John Ashton - lost to the Runner-up at the Semi Final stage; and
Neil Rawlings - lost in the Semi Final of the Plate Competition
... but no doubt a good weekend was had by all !
A weekend in Swansea !
New Juniors League has started
Members may be interested to know that our older junior players have been invited to take part in a new Juniors League.
This initiative has now started and it follows discussions with some of the parents about how we encourage play other than at the weekly coaching sessions.
The new League is very similar to the Club's Monthly Leagues but, in this case, it will be website based (via the Juniors Page) with all match results posted to Jim.
Importantly, it also means that those juniors who are not already members of the Club, will be required to join.
Practical session for students
The first of two groups of First Year Sports Science and Sports Coaching students at Glyndwr University were at the Club on 30 January for a practical squash taster session as a part of their course.
The session was taken by Mark Davies and Senior Lecturer, Duncan Mascarhenas and great fun was had by all. A second group are due at the Club next week.
First Year students
Outstanding performance at the Nationals
Five Club members were in Cardiff at the weekend (24 - 26 January) to compete in the Welsh Closed Squash Championships 2014.
It's a tough shift but all our players performed well over the weekend with, possibly, the outstanding result going to young Jack Hayes who won the Men's E event. Junior member Jack won his Final by 3-1 and is reward for all the hard work he's put in over the last year or so - an excellent result.
John Ashton and Darren Lee played in the Men's C event ; Darren made it through to the Quarter Final stage, while John went one further only to be knocked out in the Semi Finals
Mark Davies made it through to play in the Final of the Men's Over 55 event, but went down 3-0.
Welsh Championships - Jack Hayes
Welsh Championships - Mark Davies
... and a busy time for Hannah
Hannah Davies also competed at the National Championships, in the Ladies A event and was seeded 3 in this competition with Tesni Evans at 1 and Deon Saffrey at 2.
All went to plan with the seedings as Hannah finished in third spot, however, in the Final Tesni lost to Deon.
As well as coping with the extra pressures of her final year at University, as part of the Welsh Senior Squad, all then attended a pre-Commonwealth Games event in Glasgow the following week !
Welsh Championships - Hannah Davies
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 Squash Wales 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.