News from the Club ...
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
March Internal Leagues
The internal leagues for March 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 April 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.
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 will attend a pre-Commonwealth Games event in Glasgow this week !
Our best wishes and good luck to Hannah.
Welsh Championships - Hannah Davies
Club Night returns ...
A New Year, a new resolve !
Burn off all of those Christmas excesses and join others at a pay and play session of Club Night during January and February.
Subject to member interest, we will continue to hold our Club Night sessions on Sundays between 4.45 and 7.00 - all abilities are welcome, just turn up and play whoever else is available on the night !
A Fast & Furious weekend ...
And so, this year's Christmas competition, the Fast and Furious Tournament is now over for another year and it was both good to see such a high standard of competition and our Club so busy.
It was a hectic weekend, with the adults tournament on 13 / 14 December, followed by the Juniors Christmas Tournament on 16 December (see the Juniors Page for details and photos of our winners). Huge thanks for organising both events go to our Tournament Director, Hannah Davies .
There were some unavoidable last minute withdrawals which reduced the number of pool groupings, however, those who were able to take part competed brilliantly to make it another excellent event.
Click on the Results box (right) for details.
First Group Winners
Second Group Winners
Third Group Winners
... and thanks to Hannah
Open success for Club members
It was a good weekend (15 - 17 November) for Club members at the North Wales Open Championships at the Saints Club, Prestatyn.
Hannah Davies (seeded 2) was Runner-up to Champion Deon Saffrey in the main Ladies A event, losing in a hard game 3-0.
In the Mens B event, Darren Lee had to go to a fifth game to defeat Jon Hunter to take the
The Mens C event Championship was taken by Mark Davies who beat Carl Lace 3-1. Also in the Mens C event, Jack Hayes (one of our Juniors) had a great weekend to finish in third place.
A superb weekend and well done to all players.
North Wales Open 2013 - Hannah, Mark & Darren with Peter Creed (Men's Champion)
Good move for Hannah
Hannah Davies has recently changed her equipment deal to support from American firm, Harrow Sports and is very pleased with the move.
This weekend (15 - 17 November) Hannah takes part in the North Wales Open Championships at The Saints Club, Prestatyn.
New sponsorship for Hannah
The Junior Coaching Programme commenced again on 9 September - see the Juniors Page for details (as well as a reminder of the Club's policy concerning Eye Protection).
2013 Club Champion - John Ashton
Congratulations to John Ashton on his victory in the 2013 Club Championships on 29 June.
The top four seeds came through to the semi final stage and on Final Day we were treated to some more excellent squash.
First up was the Third / Fourth Play-off match between Darren Lee (3) and Rob Evans (4) - Darren came through strong to win it 9-6; 9-4; 9-5.
Next we had the battle to become 2013 Club Champion - the two top seeds were Jonathan Davies (1) and John Ashton (2). This was a fascinating competition that started earlier that evening with Jonathan sitting at home waiting for his promised lift (from John!!).
On court, Jonathan took the first game 9-0 without John even getting hand-in ! John had to dig in and he did so superbly to win the next two games 9-5 and 9-4. Those present witnessed some truly excellent all-court squash and things became even more interesting as Jonathan took the fourth game - 9-0 ! What is that all about ?
And so it was down to the wire and another enthralling game which went back and forth until John came through to win the final game 9-5.
John Ashton 2013 Club Champion
Club Championship Finalists
In the Plate Competition, the Final had to be deferred but was eventually played on 5 August between Mike Povey and Paul Murphy. Paul started strongest and raced into a 9-7; 9-0 lead, but Mike came back to win a close third game by 9-7. Paul then came through to win the fourth game and the Plate Competition by 9-3.
Congratulations to both players on reaching the final.
Club Championship Plate Finalists
2013-14 Suscriptions ....
Members are asked to note that this year's Club Suscriptions became due on 1st June and they have been held at the rate agreed in 2009 !
Please go to the Membership Page to download an application form and return to the Club Secretary - cheques payable to " Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club".
Club's AGM on 13 May 2013
The Annual General Meeting of the Club took place on 13 May.
Highlights are that it was agreed to hold subscription and court light card rates for another year, also that some option drawings for a possible third court were unveiled.
N.B. subscription rates have not been increased since June 2009.
Click below to see a note from the meeting.
Note from 2013 AGM
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.