News from the Club ...
2018 Club AGM
The 2018 Squash Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 30 May at 8.00 pm.
The meeting will be held in the large function room at the Sports Club and Members are asked to support the Club and come along to have a say in how the Club moves forward.
Item to be considered will include the membership subscriptions, light card fees and the election of our Officers for the next twelve months.
2018 Club Championships
Our big annual event of the year, the 2018 Club Championships are due to take place over two weekends in June, with Finals Day scheduled for Saturday, 9 June.
Members are encouraged to support the Club and take part in this, the Club's premier event - enteries may be made via Mark, Jim or the list that will soon be posted at the Club; entries please by no later than 25th May.
Wishing Lee a speedy recovery
Very best wishes to Lee Harrison for a speedy recovery from what sounds like a very painful injury!
On Sunday, 13 May, Lee fell off a ladder while cleaning windows at home - he factured three ribs and suffered trauma to a lung; he's now home but had to spent two nights in hospital.
Darren is Racketball Champion
The North West of England Racketball Championships were held at Liverpool Cricket Club on Sunday 13th May when two club members won silverware.
Darren Lee retained his Over 35 regional title with 4 hard fought victories, including a tight 2 1 victory in the Final against Russ Lambert, the 2016 035 Champion.
Club Champion, Jonathan Davies also entered this, his first ever racketball tournament, in the A Grade event. Jon had been receiving coaching from Darren over the past six months and upset the seeding by beating Liverpool Club Champion, Andrew Breen, on his way to the Runners up position.
The Club hopes to put on a one day racketball event during the summer that will be open to all members. A date to be confirmed soon.
Darren Lee - Racketball Champion
Our thanks to members for their patience as we've almost completed the decoration of the foyer and balcony areas of the Club; noticeboards will be fixed soon and we hope you like the blue theme !
The internal leagues for May 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 Sunday, 3 June 2018.
Please post all results on the Monthly League sheet that is pinned to the noticeboard.
Note also, 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.
Local players on top at Snowdonia
Several players from the Club did rather well at the inaugural Snowdonia Open 2018 which took place at Bangor University on 28 April.
Hannah Davies took the Ladies A Event;
Linsey Silvester won a tough Final in the Ladies B Event.
Moreton Hall School made up the Ladies C Event with the Winner, Jess Fox.
In the Mens Events:
Jonathan Davies beat Darren Lee in the Semi Final of the Mens A Event to set up a Final match with World Ranked player, Emyr Evans - Emyr took that 3-0.
Mark Davies finished Third in the Mens B Event.
Will Silvester had a great day to win the Mens C Event.
It turned out to be a good first tournament and enjoyed by all.
Hannah Davies - Ladies A Event Winner
Linsey Silvester - Ladies B Event Winner
Moreton Hall - Ladies C Event
Jonathan Davies - Mens A Event Runner Up
Will Silvester - Mens C Event Winner
Challenging Conditions !
Our inaugural season finale, The Condition Game Challenge took place on 21 April.
Despite a disappointing number of entrants, those who did take part enjoyed some excellent squash, culminating in a classic Youth v. Experience final match between young Josh Davies and (the slightly older) Mark Davies.
A packed gallery witnessed a tight match reaching 14-14 and, in the dramatic sudden death final rally, Mark came through to win.
It is intended that the Condition Game Challenge should become a permanent end-of-season event; a bit of fun that will seek to raise funds for Junior Squash at the Club.
The winners .... a pair of Davies's
Teams make it a double success
Congratulations to our North Wales Teams in the 2017-18 North Wales Cup and Plate events at the Finals Day held at the Club on 17 April.
The First Team contested the North Wales Cup against Cheshire County Officers and won 4-1.
The Second Team were in the Plate Final and came through a tough match v. Deeside 2, winning 3-2.
To complete a successful season, our Third Team won promotion from Division 3.
Wrexham Brymbo 1 - North Wales Cup Winners
Wrexham Brymbo 2 - North Wales Plate Winners
Jamie & Josh flying the flag ...
A fantastic first time experience for Club Juniors, Jamie Silvester & Josh Davies who were part of a Welsh Bronze Medal winning team at the 5 Nations Junior Tournament, in France over the Easter break.
See also the Juniors Page for more photos.
Proud to represent Wales
A Commonwealth Bronze for Tez
Huge congratulations for North Wales player, Tesni Evans on achieving a Bronze Medal finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, in Australia.
In winning her Bronze Medal match, Tez beat the former World No.1, Nicol David (Malaysia).
A Commonwealth Games - 1,2,3
Looking for your support ...
As last year, Hannah Davies is taking on another huge personal challenge to raise money for a cause that's close to many people's hearts, Cancer Research UK.
Hannah has signed up for the daunting 15km 2018 Manchester Rough Runner over 16 / 17 June and would be very grateful for any support she can get please.
Hannah's Fundraising Page
Getting dirty for a cause - in 2017
Jamie & Josh selected for Wales
Huge congratulations to Jamie Silvester [Under 13] and Josh Davies [Under 15] on their selection to represent Wales at the 5 Nations Juniors Tournament in Nantes, France from 6 - 8 April. Brilliant news and great reward for all of the hard work and progress that they've made during the past year; well done both.
Congratulations also to one of our Team players, Layna Beattie who is selected for Wales in the mixed European Team and Individual Under 19 Championships in Poland, from 24 March to 1 April.
Off to the 5 Nations in France
Club Night finishes ...
Due to a lack of support this year, our Sunday evening Club Night sessions have now stopped. We may try it again next winter !
Guess who has a BIG birthday
Our Club Chairman celebrates a BIG Birthday on 3 March; have a great day and our very best wishes to you.
A glass court experience
Promotion for North Wales Ladies
Congratulations to our North Wales Ladies Team, captained by Hannah Davies, on their excellent promotion from Division 2 in the English Inter Counties League.
Their promotion came with 5-0 wins at Shrewsbury on 25 February, against Shropshire and Hampshire.
Promotion winning Team
Tez is National Champion
North Wales squash received a massive boost at the 2018 Dunlop British National Championships, held at the National Squash Centre in Manchester, over the week 14 - 18 February, with local girl, Tesni Evans taking the Womens crown for the first time.
With this superb win (in three sets v. Alison Waters), Tez made history as the first ever Welsh person to win a National Championship - huge congratulations.
Also involved was Hannah Davies who won her first round qualifying match a convincing 3-0.
Hannah then played in the final round of qualifying against Alison Thompson from Scotland only to lose a tight match by 3-1.
Tez Evans & Nick Matthew - National Champions
First round victory for Hannah
Masters weekend in Swansea
Three Club members entered the 2018 Welsh Masters in Swansea over the weekend 9 - 11 February.
Club Champion, Jonathan Davies was in the Mens Over 40s; John Ashton in the Mens Over 45s; and Mark Davies in the Mens Over 55s (only just !).
How they got on:
John Ashton had a fantastic tournament and retained his Mens Over 45 title;
Jonathan Davies lost out in a 5 set match at the Semi Final stage of the Mens Over 40s; and
Mark Davies lost in the Quarter Finals of the Mens Over 55s.
Well done all.
Three old masters !
Winter Club Nights have started
Our Winter Club Night sessions were held on Sundays evenings during February and March.
It was an opportunity for all abilities to join together in a pay and play session from 4.00 until 7.00 pm.
We remember Frank Newsome who passed away on Monday, 15 January
Frank, had been a great supporter of the Squash Club and to his wife, Linda and family, our sincere condolences.
Josh Davies - Welsh Champion
Young Josh Davies became a Welsh Champion in Cardiff on 21 January - see the Juniors Page for details.
Courts refurb - the final phase.
Members know that the courts are out of action from 8 - 10 January inclusive while the final work to refurbish both courts is completed by CourtCare.
Work commenced on time and, with allowing sufficient time to thouroughly dry out, the courts will look like new and available again from Thursday, 11 January.
The final phase 1
The final phase 2
The final phase 3
Courts like new !
2017 World Championships
The 2017 World Squash Championships were held in Manchester over the week (11 - 16 December) and our local favourite, Tesni Evans, did rather well.
Tez played and beat the former World Champion, Laura Massaro by 3 games to 1 in the Second Round. Tez moved into the Quarter Finals on 14 December but lost against top ranked Nour El Tayeb.
The 2017 PSA World Champions are, from Egypt, Raneem El Welily and Mohamed El Shorbagy
That winning feeling for Tez
2017 World Champions - El Welily & ElShorbagy
A Fast & Furious (snowy) weekend
The Club held its Fast & Furious Christmas Tournament over the weekend - 8 / 9 December.
Despite some heavy snow in the area, which did affect some members getting up to the Club, around 20 players of all ages and ability enjoyed some excellent competition. Overall, the competition was won by Jonathan Davies, with Hannah Davies in second place.
The photo below is missing some juniors who were out making a snowman on the cricket square !
Some of those playing in the Fast & Furious
New opening hours at Sports Complex
The AGM of BS&SC was held on 8 November, where they agreed New Opening Hours for the Bar; to be effective from 13 November. They will be reviewed again in the Spring.
The new hours will be:
Monday & Tuesday - closed during the day; open from 7.00 until 11.00.
Wednesday & Thursday - open from 1.00 until 3.30 and 7.00 until 11.00.
Friday - open from 1.00 until 11.00.
Saturday & Sunday - open from 12.00 until 11.00.
Please note - this may impact on member's options to purchase light cards so please make sure you have what you need.
[In exceptional circumstances Gareth Lloyd may be able to assist].
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.