News from the Club ...
Courts refurb - the final phase.
Members should know that the courts will be out of action from 8 - 10 January inclusive while the final work to refurbish both courts is completed by CourtCare.
Having given them sufficient time to thouroughly dry out, the courts will look like new and available again from Thursday, 11 January.
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].
A good weekend at Inter Counties ...
Over the weekend 4/5 November, our Ladies & Mens North Wales Teams took part in the English Inter Counties series, with the Ladies doing particularly well.
Playing in Lincoln, the Ladies won their three matches and will now move into a playoff for promotion. Our Mens Team did not fare so well in their matches in Scotland.
A number of Club Team players were involved - Hannah Davies, Elin Harlow, Layna Beattie, Darren Lee and Jack Hayes. Congratulations to them all.
North Wales Ladies
North Wales Men
Major refurbishment completed ...
The major refurbishment of both courts which started first thing on Wednesday, 25th October with work that included new lighting units, extractor fans and flooring. All of the work was completed on 31 October (Day 4) when the new floor in Court 1 was fitted.
We hope to get CourtCare back to re-coat the side walls before Christmas.
Day 1 - floors going
Day 1 - floors gone
Day 1 - front wall sand
Day 2 - new lights
Day 2 - sorting the front wall
Day 3 - new flooring and fans
Simon supports North Wales Ladies
Huge thanks go to Simon Koscinski who, on behalf of Advatec, has agreed to sponsor the North Wales Ladies Team with Team shirts when they play in their forthcoming English Inter Counties weekend.
Captained by Hannah Davies, the Team is: Tesni Evans, Lowri Roberts, Elin Harlow and Lauren Evans.
They will play over the weekend 4 - 5 November in Lincoln with 3 matches, against hosts Lincolnshire, Leinster and Durham. We hope they have a good weekend and the best of luck.
North Wales Ladies Shirt sponsor
Wishing Frank a speedy recovery ...
From all members of the Club, we send our best wishes to Frank Newsome who was admitted to hospital on 3 October following a stroke.
For many years, Frank has been a great supporter of the Squash Club - to his wife, Lynda and family, we wish him a full recovery.
Inter Counties Weekend
The Club had representation in both the Mens and Ladies North East Wales Teams at the Inter Counties weekend held in Cardiff over the 30 September - 1 October.
Congratulations to Lindsay Silvester, Hannah Davies, Jack Hayes and Darren Lee on their selection.
North East Wales Ladies
North East Wales Men
Huge boost for our teams
As a new season begins, once again we are pleased to announce that Redwither Ltd and, in particular Malcolm Williams (Big Mal), have agreed to provide generous sponsorship and continued support of all our teams in donating funds for match balls and new shirts.
Club Sponsor - Malcolm Williams
Major refurbishment planned for October
From Wednesday, 25 October, both courts will be closed for a major refurbishment that will include new lighting units, extractor fans and flooring.
This work will be the first time these important court elements have been upgraded since they were built in the 1970s and it will, of course, mean that they are unlikely to be available for play until the following week.
The Squash Committee have taken this decision with uncertainty currently about how we may proceed with a Third Court, but mindful of the need to maintain a high standard on our existing courts.
The internal leagues for November 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, 2 December 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.
Challenge is postponed
Our new event this year, the Condition Game Challenge, has had to be postponed and apologies to those who had entered.
The postponement is due to a number of clashes and non-availability of members, but it is our intention to re-schedule this during the new season.
Juniors sign off
The Club's Junior Coaching Programme concluded with a mini competition on 17 July, prior to the Schools finishing for their Summer holidays.
See the Juniors Page for details.
Never too old to learn !
The Squash Club was pleased to host another excellent Coach Mentoring Session on 15 July, delivered on behalf of Wales Squash & Racketball by High Performance Coach, Andrew Evans and supported by his son and World Ranked player, Emyr Evans.
Coaches from as far as Caernarvon and Newtown enjoyed a superb exercise around planning a "pressure session", through to the practical application.
Coach Mentoring at the Club
Local players honoured
Three Club players were awarded their International Caps at the WSRB Annual Dinner in Cardiff on 1 July.
Congratulations to father and son Jonathan & Josh Davies, as well as Mark Davies, who were all selected to represent Wales this past season.
International caps awarded
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
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 !
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.