News from the Club ...
Hannah plays National Championships
Club member Hannah Davies played in the qualifying rounds of the 2016 National Championships in Manchester on 10 February.
Hannah beat her first opponent, Chloe Marshall (England), by 3-0 then had a tough final qualifting match against Chester's Rachel Chadwick (England) but went down in a hard fought match by 3-0.
Rachel went through to play the number 8 seed, Sarah Campion (England).
Tesni Evans, from Prestatyn, is seeded 7 in the Championship.
National Championships - qualifier win
National Championships - Hannah v Rachel
National Championships - qualifier Final
Old Masters !
Four Club members were at Swansea over the weekend 6 / 7 February, playing in the 2016 Bourse Welsh Masters Open Championships.
A good weekend was had by all, with the following results:-
Darren Lee ((lost in Q. Final) [Mens Over 40]
Jonathan Davies (lost in S. Final) [Mens Over 40]
Neil Rawlings (Runner-up) [Mens Over 45]
Mark Davies (lost in S. Final) [Mens Over 55].
Neil Rawlings - runner-up Mens Over 45
Glyndwr students try squash
As part of their Sports Practice Module, First Year Sports Science students from Glyndwr University, took the courts at the Squash Club on 4 February with support from Hannah Davies.
We hope that from this crop of students, some may wish to take up the game and possibly help the Club with its Schools Squash programme !
Glyndwr students at the Club
Well done Jack & Hannah
Two Club members played in the 2016 Welsh National Championships in Cardiff over the weekend 22 / 24 January and performed superbly to achieve semi-final places in their respective events.
In the Men's D event, Jack Hayes lost 12/10 13/11 11/8 to the Runner-up, Lewis Poole
In the Ladies A event, Hannah Davies lost 11/6 11/2 11/1 to the eventual Champion, Tesni Evans. Hannah also went on to play Elin Harlow in a tough Third / Fourth play-off losing out 13/11 11/9 4/11 8/11 11/8.
Really well done to both Jack and Hannah.
Ladies Semi Finalists - as seen on TV !
Welsh Ladies - top four
A Fast & Furious success !
It was possibly our best yet (very late) Christmas Tournament and thanks to all those members who took part in the 2015 Fast & Furious Tournament over the weekend 8 / 9 January.
Particular thanks also to Hannah and Mark Davies for all of their hard work to ensure its success.
Most pleasing this year was the entry spread from all ages and abilities; it's great to see some of the very youngest members taking part and helping to make it such a fun event.
Winner of the main event, for the third time, was our 2015 Club Champion, Jonathan Davies, with Runner-up, Darren Lee.
Fast & Furious - winners & runners-up
Fast & Furious - the competitors
A Happy New Year to you all ...
On behalf of the Squash Club Committee, a very happy and active New Year to all our members in 2016.
Could this be a year of success for our teams, our juniors and possibly the Club in achieving our third court dream ... fingers crossed for all of that !
Like father ... a new Champion
We are pleased to report a new Champion in the Club - Josh Davies (son of Club Champion, Jonathan) is the new Welsh Junior Closed Champion in the Boys Under 11 group.
See the Juniors Page for more details.
Josh is Number 1 in Wales !
A superb first half ... !
Congratulations to all players involved with the Club's NWCSL (Thursday) Teams on topping their respective Divisions as we go into the Christmas break. The push for promotion will continue in January.
A full report on the first half of the season is now available on the Teams Page.
Handover by Club's sponsor
The Squash Club is most grateful to Malcolm Williams (aka Big Mal) who, on behalf of Redwither Ltd, has sponsored the Club's Teams this season with match balls and shirts.
A formal handover of shirts took place with members of our top of the table NWCSL First Team on 3 December.
Teams Sponsorship presentation
We're back on !
After eleven days of no gas supply to the Squash Club building, the heating and hot water was finally restored on 27 November - to all of our members, guests and visiting teams, we thank you for your patience.
With much regret we have had to postpone our annual Christmas Tournament from this weekend (27 / 28 November), until the weekend of 8 / 9 January.
With the possibility of no heating in the Club, there is a real concern that given the stop / start format of the Fast & Furious, there could be a serious risk of injury to players.
We continue to liaise with Gareth Lloyd on a daily basis to get some urgent resolution to the problem and will advise members as soon as possible when all is restored.
New Club Shirts available to order
Members may be interested in our new Club shirts, available in contrast styles - Saphire Blue / Charcoal or Oxford Navy / Sky.
The sizes are - Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large and priced at £10.00 each (for £13.00 it would include your initials).
To place an order, please contact Jim Tunley
Our new Club Shirts
December Internal Leagues
The internal leagues for December 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, 2 January 2016.
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.
Heating & Hot Water ...
Our frustrations continue in that there has been no gas supply to the Club (since 16 November), resulting in a very cold building and no shower facilities.
We've already had to cancel our weekly junior coaching (on 23 November) and there is a real concern for risk of injury for our members and teams who play in these conditions.
We have been in contact with the Complex Manager on a daily basis to checkout any progress and the latest is that they will need to dig up and chase through the gas pipe that leads to the building !
2015 North East Wales Open
Some of the Club's players featured through to the final stages of the 2015 Nort East Wales Open at the Deeside Leisure Centre over the weekend 13 -15 November.
Congratulations to Mark Davies on winning the Mens C Event Final, as well as to Darren Lee who lost at the Semi Final stage of the Mens B Event.
Others from the Club taking part (and playing some superb squash) were Jonathan Davies, Rob Evans and Jack Hayes as well as the following juniors - Thomas Koscinski, Katie Hayes, Josh & Lewis Davies and Will & Jamie Silvester.
The Mens Champion for 2015 is Joel Makin and the Ladies Champion is Tesni Evans.
2015 NE Wales Open - winners
Teams supporter is our New Sponsor
The Squash Club is very pleased to announce that one of the greatest supporters of NWCSL squash has generously agreed to sponsor this season's match balls and team shirts.
We are grateful to Malcolm Williams [Big Mal] of Redwither Ltd for his on-going support to the Club and its teams.
As a spin off, a similar style shirt will soon be made available to order for adults and juniors - a good stocking filler this Christmas ?
New shirts for 2015-16 Season
World Squash Day ... success
There were four teams of six players competing in the World Squash Day - "Teams Challenge" at the Club on 10 October.
This was a huge success with players of all ages and ability coming together for a bit of fun squash, while raising money on the day for the global charity, UNICEF.
Thank you to all who took part and a special thanks also to our event organiser, Hannah Davies.
2015 World Squash Day
2015 World Squash Day Winners - Team Matthew
Squash misses out on Olympic Games
Disappointment again as squash fails to be nominated as one of the five sports to be recommended for the Tokyo Games in 2020.
Played in 185 countries around the world, squash also missed out at the 2013 IOC Conference in Buenos Aires when it was one of three sports shortlisted for full inclusion at Tokyo; wrestling won.
New on twitter !
Thanks to Hannah Davies, the Club now has its own twitter account -
You can use this to keep up to date with any Club announcements, latest team information and much more!
September's new start ...
A new Season commenced in September for our Teams and our Juniors.
The North Wales League matches started on Monday, 7 September (see the Teams Page) when our Thirds visited Hope Sports Centre and, on that same evening, our Junior Coaching programme started again from 4.45 until 7.45 (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.
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.
Download an Application Form
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.