News from the Club ...
Hannah gets dirty for a great cause
Congratulations to Hannah Davies who, on 24 June, took on and completed the tough Race for Life Challenge in aid of Cancer Relief.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored Hannah in her challenge.
Dirty for the cause
... and STILL Champion ...
Our 2017 Club Championships were concluded on 3 June with some superb squash and thanks to all of those who took part this year.
There was a familiar look to two of the matches this year. First, in a repeat of last years match for Third / Fourth Place, Darren Lee and Rob Evans battled hard but Rob came through to win 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.
Next up was the Plate Final with Ricky Williams and Paul Edwards - this could have gone either way but Paul finished strong to win 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-6.
Another familiar pairing was in the Championship Final with defending Champion, Jonathan Davies again up against last year's Runner-up, John Ashton.
JD went out hard and proved too strong going through to retain the Championship: 11-1, 11-4, 11-9.
Congratulations to all of our finalists on their excellent standards.
Club Championships - 3rd/4th Place
Club Championships - Plate Finalists
Club Championships - The Finalists
Club Champion - Jonathan Davies
June - start of a new Club year
Members are asked to note that the new Club year started on 1 June, with our Annual Subscriptions now payable.
Rates for the 2017-18 year were agreed at our recent AGM, with most remaining unchanged, as follows:-
* Seniors - £90-00
* Juniors / Students - £40-00
* Family - £110-00
Light card fees have been held again at £3-00 per 45 minute court session.
Squash Club AGM
Our 2017 Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, 24 May at 7.30 pm in the Sports Club.
It was an opportunity for all members to influence the way in which the Club moves forward -
* we elected our Officers of the Club,
* established the level of subscription and court light fees for next year,
* and heard how our plans for a Third Court are progressing.
Thanks to those who attended, in giving support to the Club.
Note from 2017 AGM
The internal leagues for June 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, 1 July 2017.
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.
A Welsh family affair !
Congratulations to father and daughter, Mark and Hannah Davies, who both represented Wales over the weekend 20-21 May.
Hannah was part of a select Welsh Team that travelled to Dublin where they won a three-way competition against Ireland and Scotland.
Mark made the long trip north to captain a Wales Over 55s Team that played against Scotland, Ireland and England in Aberdeen.
Winning Team in Dublin
Consolation for Second Team !
After missing out on the League Championship by one point, our NE Wales Second Team have finished their season by winning the NEW Plate Competition on 9 May, congratulations to all involved -
see Teams Page for details.
Representing Wales ...
Congratulation to John Ashton and Neil Rawlings on being selected to represent Wales at the Over 45s Home Internationals in Dublin over the weekend 29-30 April.
Also, congratulations to Jonathan Davies who represented Wales in the Over 40s Home Internationals in Nottingham over the weekend 6-7 May.
Double Champions !
Our First and Third Teams in the North West Counties Leagues have won their Division 2 (West) and Division 4 (West) leagues this season and both will now go into the play-offs to decide their overall Division Champions.
Congratulations to Captains, Darren Lee, Mark Davies and the whole squad of players on some excellent squash and a brilliant result for the Club this season.
UPDATE: Our First Team lost out to a strong Crewe Vagrants Team, while our Third Team made it to the Play-off Semi Final against YMCA Thornton (Blackpool) - the match was tied at 2-2 when Mark Davies had to withdraw during his match, due to injury. Bad luck guys but very well done in gaining the promotions.
Our Division 2 League Champions
Our Division 4 League Champions
Still competative 30 years on !
On social media recently we've seen a thirty year old photo / news clipping of our current Club Champion (Jonathan Davies) and Runner up (Darren Lee).
It's great to see, still team mates and enjoying this wonderful game ...
Team mates 30 years on
Coach mentoring surprise !
Coaches from the area held their latest mentoring session at the Club on 18 March and, as part of a player analysis exercise, were treated to a match between Ladies World Ranked 19, Tesni Evans playing against Welsh Ranked player, George Thomas.
Thanks go to Tesni and George, as well as WSRB High Performance Coach, Andrew Evans, for an excellent and informative few hours.
Coach mentoring session
Josh is selected for Wales
Congratulations to young Josh Davies on his selection to the Welsh Squad for the Home Internationals - see the Juniors Page for details.
North Wales Masters Open
Over the weekend 3-5 March, the 2017 North Wales Masters Open Championships took place at Deeside Leisure Centre.
This was a local tournament and we encouraged all of our Club players to consider entering - the event was open to Ladies and Men in a range of different age categories.
UPDATE - nine players from the Club took part: Jonathan Davies, Darren Lee, John Ashton, Geraint Jones, Neil Rawlings, Pete Davies, Mike Povey, Mark Davies and Jim Tunley with the following doing particularly well -
Jonathan Davies - Mens O35/40 Champion;
Darren Lee - Mens O35/40 Runner up;
John Ashton - Mens O45/50 Champion;
Mike Povey - Mens O45/50 Plate Runner up.
North Wales Masters - winners
Winter Club Nights
Many thanks to all of those who have supported our Winter Club Nights, held each Sunday evening during January and February.
The final session was held on 26 February but the hope is that members may now take this lead and arrange their own informal sessions.
Jack & Neil play for North Wales
On 25 February, two Club players represented North Wales in a Senior Inter Counties competition with Derbyshire and Cumbria at Derby.
Congratulations to Jack Hayes and Neil Rawlings on their selection; the other Team members were Emyr Evans, George Thomas and Ben Murphy with Mark Davies (Team Manager).
Results were: -
North Wales v. Derbyshire - 4-1
North Wales v. Cumbria - 2-3.
North Wales Inter Counties Team
Third Court proposals on show
Members were invited to view proposals for a Third Court at the Club, on 23 February; we were seeking a critical appraisal of the plans before they are finalised and put out to tender.
This is an important phase in the Squash Club's history and, as such, it was a disappointing turnout by members; however, those present were very supportive of what is being planned.
It's a test hole, Andy ...
... but not as we know it !
The structural engineer advised us he needed test holes deeper and wider than when Andy Morris took time to help us with the first set, so we had to call in the big guns, with John Williams and his JCB answering the call.
The difficult soil composition proved a challenge even for the JCB but it still managed to get down to 2m for one of the three holes required. We hope that the engineer will now have sufficient information for the plans to proceed to tender very soon !
Man v. Machine !
Looking for the footings !
2017 National Squash Championships
The 2017 British National Squash Championships were held at The National Squash Centre, Manchester during the week 7 - 12 February and our local favourite, Tesni Evans (World Ranked 20), was one of the top seeds.
Tesni went on to lose a very tough Quarter Final match, 11/9 in the fifth to the No 2 seed, Alison Waters.
Congratulations to Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro who retined their titles and, between them, now share an amazing 13 national championships.
The 2017 National Champions
Tesni in action at Nationals
Supporting Tesni !
Brothers meet the 2017 Champion
Welsh Masters Weekend
Four players from the Club entered the 2017 Welsh Master Closed Championships over the weekend 3-5 February in Cardiff:-
Darren Lee, Neil Rawlings, John Ashton and Mark Davies.
John Ashton (seeded 2) beat No 1 seed, Nick Dyer 3/1 to win the Mens Over 45 title.
In the same category, Neil Rawlings lost in the Semi Finals to the No 1 seed.
Darren Lee lost to the No 1 seed in the Over 40s.
Mark Davies lost in the Semi Finals to the No 1 seed in the Over 55 group.
Congratulations to all players on some excellent results.
Over 45s Champion
Old masters at Rhiwbina !
Third Court - soil tests done
Sincere thanks to Club Member, Andy Morris who braved the freezing temperatures to prepare four test holes for a structural engineer to examine on 27 January.
A number of factors depend on the outcome of these tests, some of which will then be incorporated into our plans, prior to tenders for the building works being sought - we hope in the next two weeks !
Andy prepares a test hole
Preparing for our Third Court !
Club players at the Nationals
Congratulations to all those who travelled to Cardiff over the weekend 20-22 January to fly the flag for our Club competing in the 2017 Welsh Closed Championships.
Matches were played at the Sport Wales National Centre and here's how the local players got on:-
Ladies Main Event: Hannah Davies (Fifth Place)
Tesni Evans (Champion);
Mens Main Event: Peter Creed (Champion)
Emyr Evans (Third Place);
Mens C Event: Jack Hayes (lost at QF stage);
Mens E Event: Mark Davies (Champion);
Mens F Event: John Hayes (lost in Plate SF).
Hannah plays for Fifth Place
Mark on his way to win the Group
Winter Club Nights start with a treat ...
A series of Winter Club Nights on Sundays during January & February started on 8 January and those present witnessed a great friendly match between our Club Champion, Jonathan Davies and the Ladies World Ranked 20 player, Tesni Evans - top competition and great to watch.
Club Champion takes on World Ranked No 20
A Fast & Furious Success
We held our very late Fast & Furious Tournament on 6/7 January; there was a great social mix that included several of our youngest members, all played in superb competition and high quality squash.
Thanks to our Organisers, Mark & Hannah - another super effort.
Winner of the Main Event, and retaining the Trophy, was Jonathan Davies with Darren Lee the Runner-up.
Fast & Furious Main Event Winners
Fast & Furious Winners
Fast & Furious - the Organisers
Fast & Furious prizes for everyone !
New Year events at the Club
It's not too late to enter the Fast & Furious Tournament on 6/7 January, but please be quick to get into the draw !
Back by popular demand and starting on Sunday, 8 January (from 4.45), we plan to re-introduce the Winter Club Nights; each Sunday during January and February, the Club Nights will be a roll-up with an aim that everyone will try to play all the others attending. A small charge of £3-00 per session will be made - very good value !
Wishing you a Merry Christmas
To all our members and guests, we wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas.
We would like to see an increase in the number of squash courts being booked, with a decrease in cancellations; let's hope that playing more will feature in everyones New Years' resolutions !
We look forward to the New Year and hope that in 2017 we will see early developments towards us building our Third Court.
Glyndwr students grasp the basics
On 15 December, the Club hosted First Year Sports Science students from Glyndwr University.
The 16 students were on court as part of a series of practical taster sessions across a range of different sports for their course; they came to the Club to understand more about the game and, for some, play squash for the first time.
Assisting the students in some of the basic elements of the game were Mark Davies, their Senior Lecturer, Duncan Mascarenhas, with help from Club player and Glyndwr student, Jack Hayes.
First Year students' practical session
Wales Colleges at Club
As part of the Colleges Sport National Competition, across a number of different sports, the Welsh Regional Squash Competition was held at the Club on 9 December.
Students from as far as Cardiff and Pembroke were at Glyndwr University to decide who will represent Wales in the National Finals next year and the Club was pleased to host the squash event.
Wales Colleges squash competitors
The youngest player ever ...
On 6 December, Lewis Davies became the youngest player to represent the Squash Club in the North Wales Leagues.
As part of a very young Team, alongside his brother, Josh (age 11) and Thomas Koscinski (Age 16), Primary School pupil Lewis (Age 9) played for our Third Team against St Asaph 2.
With this level of performance and commitment, by players and their parents, it augers really well for the future of squash in North Wales.
Lewis is our youngest team player
It's an honour ...
Wales were one of 17 nations competing at the 2016 Womens World Team Championships in Paris between 27 November and 3 December and our congratulations to Hannah Davies on her selection to the Welsh Team.
This is great reward for Hannah, who has previously represented her country in this event.
They had a great time in Paris, with Hannah, Tesni Evans and the rest of the Welsh Team completing the Championships in 14th place.
Their week -
Hannah's 2016 WWTC blog
2016 Womens World Team Championships
Day One - Wales v. USA
Day Two - Wales v. Canada
Day Three - Wales v. England
Day Three - Hannah on the glass court
Welsh girls get an Eiffel !
Day Four - Wales v. Spain
Day Five - Wales v. Austria
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.