News from the Club ...
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 -
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
2016 North East Wales Open
Congratulations to WSRB Coach Andrew Evans on a successful 2016 N.E. Wales Open Championship held at Deeside LC over the weekend 11-13 November.
Winners of the main events were - Tesni Evans and Elliott Morris Devred.
Players from the Club were involved in some of the supporting events - Darren Lee (Runner-up in the Mens B Competition), plus Jack Hayes, Hannah Davies, Simon & Thomas Koscinski and John Hayes.
Youth v. Experience !
Mens B Event Finalists
Jack & Mark play Inter Counties
Two members of the Club, Jack Hayes and Mark Davies, played in the English Inter Counties Tournament on 5 November, against two strong teams from Cheshire (Lost 5-0) and Merseyside (Lost 3-2). A good day was had by all, despite the results !
North Wales Inter Counties Team
Hannah & Emyr are champions in Newport
Congratulations to Hannah Davies and Emyr Evans as they become 2016 Coors Newport Open Champions over the weekend 22/23 October.
Hannah won her Ladies Final by 3-1 over Lowri Roberts from Llanrwst; Emyr won his Men's A Final by 3-1 over David Haley.
2016 Coors Newport Open Ladies Semi Finalists
2016 Coors Newport Open Champions
World Squash Day - Club event cancelled
We regret to say that due to some circumstances beyond our control, the Club's contribution to World Squash Day on 22 October has had to be cancelled.
It had been hoped to follow the success of last year's event, in which we helped raise funds for UNICEF. It has now been agreed, however, that any money we can raise at this years Christmas Fast & Furious Tournament will be donated to that charity.
Apologies to all who were due to take part on Saturday; we hope that you are not inconvenienced by this decision.
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 Sunday, 1 January 2017.
Please post all results on the Monthly League sheet that is pinned to the noticeboard.
Last September we trialed the Point A Rally (PAR) system for scoring - to 15 points and by 2 clear points if the score is 14-14.
We've had some inconclusive feedback on this but it has been agreed to continue for the time being !
Please note that 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.
JD is Cheshire County Champion
Congratulations to our Club Champion, Jonathan Davies, on achieveing his fifth Cheshire County Closed Championship, in the Over 35 category, at Alderley Edge Cricket, Tennis & Squash Club on 2 October.
Coach mentoring at the Club
Squash Coaches from North and Mid Wales were at the Club on 2 October for another Coaches Mentoring session, supported by WSRB High Performance Coach, Andrew Evans.
These occasional sessions are designed to share knowledge and assist coaches in their role within Clubs across the region; the theme for this session was about achieving a good balance on court.
Excellent start to the new season
The North Wales First Team had a winning start to the new season by lifting the North East Wales Challenge Cup; see the Teams Page for details.
The Plate ... finally !
As part of the Club Championships, first round losers moved into the Plate Competition, with the idea that both the Main Final and Plate Final would be played on the same day.
Despite much encouragement this did not happen, however, it was eventually played on 14 August with Richard Ackerley taking the honours, beating Simon Koscinski by 3 games to 1. Congratulations both on making the Final.
Doubles act ...
Well done to father and daughter team, Mark & Hannah Davies, who entered the 2016 National Squash Centre Doubles Open Tournament, in Manchester on 6 August.
They played some tough competition but had a great day to finish as runners-up !
Working well together !
Disappointed, incomprehensible, wrong !
These are just some of the sentiments expressed as, once again, the sport of squash fails to make the list of sports accepted into the Olympic Games.
At their meeting in Rio de Janeiro on 3 August, the IOC accepted the following sports - Baseball/Softball, Karate, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing and Surfing as part of the Tokyo 2020 games.
Third Court - planning approval
The Club's desire to improve and extend with a Third Court has taken a huge pace forward with planning approval being notified to us by Wrexham County Borough Council on 12 July.
This follows some two plus years of work by members of the Club Committee, but now the real work begins as we move into the detail - this will involve a strategy in moving forward to achieve full member support for the project, particularly as we put together our bid(s) for grant funding and seek various quotes for building work.
Never too late to learn !
The Club hosted a Wales Squash & Racketball Coach Mentoring Session for coaches working in the Mid and North East Wales areas on 24 July.
It was an excellent three hours of planning and practical coaching, with an emphasis on how the routines may be made more effective. Our thanks to (Andrew Evans, High Performance Coach with WSRB) for his on-going and enthusiastic support.
Coach Mentoring at the Club
Throughout the school summer holidays, Hannah Davies will be leading a weekly Squash Circuits session at the IPC Gym in Gwersyllt (Thursdays from 7.00 to 8.00).
Each session is designed very much with squash in mind, with exercises that mimic and strengthen the typical movements from a game of squash. Seven members took part in the first session on 21 July; all were agreed this was a must for general fitness and for pre-season training in particular.
First Squash Circuits session
Tom is our head boy !
A double well done to Thomas Koscinski - see Juniors Page for details.
Inaugural Denbighshire Open success
It was a great first ever Denbighshire Leisure Open at Prestatyn on 16-17 July with 40 players and 70 matches - there was lots of squash with some of our Club members doing well.
In the Ladies Event, Hannah Davies came up against the Welsh Number 1, Tesni Evans, losing 3-0 in the Final.
In the Mens C Event Final, young Jamie Silvester did really well to finish as Runner-up.
Hannah Davies: Runner-up
Jamie Silvester: Runner-up
JD retains Club Championship
Congratulations to Jonathan Davies who is the 2016 Club Champion, retaining it in grand style on 9 July.
Jon played some stunning squash to beat the number 2 seeded John Ashton in three games - 9-0; 9-2; 9-3.
In the 3rd/4th Play-off match, Darren Lee also won his match 3-0 against Rob Evans - 9-5; 9-6; 9-5.
We are still awaiting matches to be completed in the Plate Competition.
Jonathan Davies - 2016 Club Champion
2016 Club Championships 3rd/4th
WSRB Annual Awards successes
The Squash Club was honoured to have two nominations considered at the Wales Squash & Racketball 2016 Awards Evening in Cardiff on 1st July.
First, we were nominated in the "Club of the Year" category along with Llantrisant, Newtown, Llanelli and Milford Haven (Winners).
Second, our Club Secretary, Jim Tunley was a successful nomination in the category "Volunteer of the Year" - excellent news for the Club on the evening when the Wales Football Team made history by beating Belgium 3-1 to qualify for the Euros 2016 Semi Finals - superb !
A new Club Year !
June brings us into a new Club year which means that the 2016-17 Subscriptions are now due.
Members at the recent AGM agreed to a small increase in each category of membership, as follows:
Seniors - £80
Juniors / Students - £40
Family - £110
All subscriptions should be passed to the Secretary or any Committee member, with cheques payable to "Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club."
2016-17 Membership Application Form
2016 Club Championship
The 2016 Club Championships will be held during June and July; we hope that all members will support this event.
Due to the number of entrants, some preliminary matches were played between 19th and 25 June, with the Finals Weekend moved and re-scheduled for 9 July.
Club's latest Champion
Congratulations to young Jamie Silvester on his success at winning the Merseyside Open Championships - for further details and to see Jamie with his trophy, see the Juniors Page.
North East Wales Ladies
The region submitted a Ladies team to play in the Welsh Inter Counties series in Cardiff during June and narrowly missed the top spot to finish a creditable second out of four.
The team, which comprised Hannah Davies, Elin Harlow, Lindsay Silvester, Rachel Cooper and Lianne Kiearney, played teams from Gwent, South Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire & West Wales.
North East Wales Ladies
The Club held its 2016 AGM on Wednesday, 18 May in the Sports Club, but with a disappointing attendance.
Matters discussed included our subscriptions and light card fee rates for the next twelve months, as well as the Third Court progress and the election of a Squash Club Committee.
Highlights included the decision NOT to increase the light card rate but that our annual subscription rates should be increased by £10 - a full note of the meeting is available below.
2016 AGM Note
2016 AGM Papers
Mark flies the flag for Wales
Over the weekend 6-7 May, Mark Davies captained a successful Welsh Mens Over 55 Team at the 2016 Home Internationals, in Nottingham.
The Team had an excellent weekend to finish in second place, unlucky not to have beaten the first placed England Team. Congratulations to them all.
Flying the Flag
North Wales Cup Finals - highs & lows !
An evening of mixed emotions for our First and Second Teams on 3 May in the 2016 North Wales Cup Finals, at Deeside Leisure Centre.
Congratulations to the First Team on making it a League and Cup double, but commiserations to those in our Second Team who, having won their match, were to be disqualified.
See the Teams Page for details.
North Wales Cup Winners
Superb International debut for Neil
On his debut for Wales in the 2016 Home Internationals, hosted by Wales in Cardiff over the weekend 22 / 23 April, well done to Neil Rawlings on winning both matches he played in - against Scotland and Ireland.
Wales had a good weekend finishing in second place, to England.
Neil at Home Internationals
Unprecedented season for Club !
Congratulations to our two teams in the North West Counties Squash League on finishing so well this season.
The First Team were runners-up in Division 2 West, to Southport & Birkdale; while are Second Team remained undefeated to win the Division 3 South West title to gain promotion - they moved into the Regional play-off matches but lost out to a strong team from Prestbury.
In the North Wales Leagues, again an outstanding season with our First and Second Teams winning their respective Divisions
The First Team were Champions in Division 1, while the Seconds won Division 3 to gain promotion back to Division 2; the Third Team, also in Division 3, finished the season in 6th position.
These are superb results for the Club, particularly for those playing North West Counties, with its reputation as one of the toughest and the largest squash leagues in the world.
NWCSL First Team - how they finished
NWCSL Second Team - how they finished
Access to Defibrillation
The Brymbo Sports & Social Complex now has an accessible Automated External Defibrillation (AED) device on site, located in the glass washing area of the Sports Club.
On 7 April, two members from the Squash Club, Hannah Davies and Jim Tunley, took part in a training event launching the device, along with members of the Bar Staff and other Sections.
We are proud to announce that three Club members will be involved in the 2016 Masters Home Internationals to be held in Nottingham between 6 - 8 May.
Jonathan Davies in the Over 40 Team;
Neil Rawlings in the Over 45 Team; and
Mark Davies who will Captain the Over 55 Team. Congratulations to them all.
Seconds success ...
Congratulations to all involved with our North West Counties Second Team on gaining promotion with two matches to spare.
See the Teams Page for details.
Third Court update ...
Following a meeting with representatives of the Brymbo Sports & Social Complex Directors on 16 March, the Club's ambition for a Third Squash Court may be a step nearer to a reality !
There is still much work to be done but we do hope, in the next few weeks, to be in a position where we may proceed with a bid to Wrexham Council for Planning consent.
Click on the link below to see how the plans are shaping up.
BIG NEWS - our third court plans
Golden Oldies at the Masters !
The 2016 North Wales Masters Open Tournament was held at Deeside LC over the weekend 5 - 6 March.
Despite a disappointing response from players across North Wales for this inauguaral event, seven members from the Club took part:-
Jonathan Davies, Darren Lee, Neil Rawlings, Geraint Jones, Mark Davies, John Williams and Jim Tunley.
Our Club members performed with some success, playing excellent squash against quality players from as far away as South Wales, as follows:-
Neil Rawlings - made Final of O45;
Jim Tunley - O65 Winner:
Mark Davies - O55 Winner;
Darren Lee - O35/40 Plate R'up
Jonathan Davies - O35/40 Winner.
The Golden Oldies
St David's Day 2016 - it's our ninth year
On 1 March (St David's Day) 2016, the Club celebrated nine years since we first opened for members as Wrexham Brymbo Squash Club.
Thanks to our volunteers, much has happened since then, but we are hopeful still that in the coming year we will see some real progress towards us achieving our third (show court) squash court .... !
A New Squash Club for North Wales
We welcome the formation of Prestatyn Squash Club, based at Prestatyn High School.
To celebrate the new Club and the re-opening of the second squash court, a formal opening evening was held on 19 February with an opportunity for club players to get on court with two world ranked players, Tesni and Emyr Evans.
A super evening was had by all and our best wishes and all success to the new Club.
Prestayn SC - formal opening
Prestayn SC - Tesni & Josh
Prestayn SC - Emyr, Jack & John
Prestayn SC - Will & Jamie
Our National Champions
Congratulations to Laura Massaro and Nick Matthew on their 2016 National Championship victories, their third and eighth respectively.
Huge congratulations also to Tesni Evans on achieving a Semi Final place, only to lose out to the eventual Champion.
Our 2016 National Champions
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 qualifying 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.
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.