News from the Club ...
Date set for the Club's AGM
Members are asked to note that this years Annual General Meeting of the Squash Club will be held at the Sports & Social Complex on Monday, 12 May at 7.30 pm.
Further details, together with your agenda, will follow nearer the time.
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
April Internal Leagues
The internal leagues for April 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, 3 May 2014.
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.
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.