High hopes in 2017

 

A big milestone for the Club as we move Into our tenth year. We still attract new members with our website being an important tool for people seeking to play locally. The flexibility of the on-line booking system is also attractive these when recruiting new members.

Having had our third court plans approved in July 2016, there was much preparatory work done to get the plans in a position for us to send out to builders for tender. This took place but during the year but estimates were much higher than anticipated and so we had to consider alternative means of construction.

Our monthly leagues continued to be well supported and our Teams delivered some success throughout the 2016-17 season.

 

Club's 2017 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

 

At the meeting, Officers for 2017-18 were agreed as follows:

Chairman - Mark Davies;
Secretary - Jim Tunley
Treasurer - Kevin Jones
Assistant Treasurer - Mannon Goddard
Ordinary Members - Geraint Jones, Thomas Koscinski, Darren Lee & Hannah Davies.

 

Some highlights from 2017 ...

 

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 !

 

Winter Club Nights started with a treat ...

 

A series of Winter Club Nights were held each Sunday during January & February and those present at one 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

 

Club players at the Nationals

 

Some members 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

 

Third Court - soil tests done

 

We were grateful 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 were then be incorporated into our plans, prior to tender for the building works being sought.

 

Andy prepares a test hole

Preparing for our Third Court !

 

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.

HOW DID THEY DO:-
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 !

 

2017 National Squash Championships

 

The 2017 British National Squash Championships were held at The National Squash Centre, Manchester (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

 

It's a test hole, Andy ...

 

... but not as we know it !
Our 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 !

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

Josh was selected for Wales

 

We congratulated young Josh Davies on his selection to the Welsh Squad for the Home Internationals - see the Juniors News below.

 

Coach mentoring surprise !

 

Coaches from the area held their 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

 

Still competitive 30 years on !

 

On social media we saw 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

 

Double Champions !

 

Our First and Third Teams in the North West Counties Leagues won their Division 2 (West) and Division 4 (West) leagues this season and both went 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

 

Represented Wales ...

 

There were 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.

 

Consolation for Second Team !

 

After missing out on the League Championship by one point, our NE Wales Second Team finished their season by winning the NEW Plate Competition on 9 May, congratulations to all involved -
see Teams Page for details.

 

A Welsh family affair !

 

Father and daughter, Mark and Hannah Davies, 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

 

Squash Club AGM

 

Our 2017 Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, 24 May.

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

 

June - start of a new Club year

 

Members were notified 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.

 

... and STILL Champion ...

 

The 2017 Club Championships were concluded on 3 June with some superb squash from all of those who took part.

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

 

Hannah gets dirty for a great cause

 

Well done to Hannah Davies who, on 24 June, took on and completed the tough Race for Life Challenge in aid of Cancer Relief.

 

Dirty for the cause

 

Local players honoured

 

On 1 July, three Club players were awarded their International Caps at the WSRB Annual Dinner in Cardiff.

Congratulations to father and son Jonathan & Josh Davies, as well as Mark Davies, who were all selected to represent Wales during the past season.

 

International caps awarded

 

Never too old to learn !

 

The Squash Club was pleased to host an 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

 

Challenge is postponed

 

Our new event this year, the Condition Game Challenge, had to be postponed, with apologies to those who had entered.

This was due to a number of clashes and non-availability of members, but it will be re-scheduled.

 

Major refurbishment planned for October

 

From Wednesday, 25 October, both courts were closed for a major refurbishment that included new lighting units, extractor fans and flooring.

This was the first time these important court elements had been upgraded since they were built in the 1970s.

The Squash Committee took this big decision with remaining uncertainty about how we should proceed with a Third Court, but mindful of the need to maintain a high standard on our existing courts.

 

Huge boost for our teams

 

In September, as a new season began, once again we were pleased to announce that Redwither Ltd and, in particular Malcolm Williams (Big Mal), had 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

 

Inter Counties Weekend

 

The Club had representatives in both the Mens and Ladies North East Wales Teams at the Inter Counties weekend held in Cardiff (30 September - 1 October).

Our Mens Team did not fare so well in their matches in Scotland.

A number of Club Team players were involved over the weekend - Hannah Davies, Lindsay Silvester, Elin Harlow, Layna Beattie, Darren Lee and Jack Hayes. Congratulations to them all.

 

North East Wales Ladies

North East Wales Men

 

Simon supports North Wales Ladies

 

Huge thanks go to Simon Koscinski who, on behalf of Advatec, 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 played in Lincoln over the weekend 4 - 5 November with 3 matches, against hosts Lincolnshire, Leinster and Durham.

The Ladies won their three matches and moved into a playoff for promotion.

 

North Wales Ladies Shirt sponsor

 

Major refurbishment completed ...

 

The major refurbishment of both courts which started first thing on Wednesday, 25th October and included new lighting units, extractor fans and flooring, was completed on 31 October (Day 4) when the new floor in Court 1 was fitted.

CourtCare were booked to return to re-coat the side walls, either before Christmas or early in the New Year.

 

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

 

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

 

2017 World Championships

 

The 2017 World Squash Championships were held in Manchester (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

 

Our Teams in 2017 ...

 

2017 - 2018 Season

 

Sponsorship continues ...

Our sincere thanks to Malcolm Williams (Big Mal) on behalf of REDWITHER Ltd for his continuing support of our teams this season, with generous sponsorship of our match balls.

 

Our 2016-17 Fixtures

 

North West Counties Leagues

 

North East Wales Leagues

 

 

END OF SEASON REPORT (MAY 2017)

All teams in their respective leagues have had a solid second half of the season which shows the strength of team squash at the Club. Apart from a few occasions when work commitments or illness have put the team Captains in a state of panic, teams have been very consistent.

North East Wales League
First Team Finished the season comfortably in the top half of the First Division table.
Second Team Missed out on the Division Two championship by just one point but went on to win the Plate Final in a convincing 5-0 against Buckley. This team was well marshalled by John (Jonald Trump) Williams throughout the season and fully deserved promotion to the top league next season. Third Team Nick Carlton took over the Captain's reins from Tom Trueman, who managed to enrol himself onto a college course on Tuesday evenings (not good planning) !
Nick took the opportunity to introduce a number of players experienced & inexperienced (at Team Squash) into the side and they very nearly won promotion to the Second Division. It all looks good for next season !

North West Counties Squash League
First Team They had a great season winning the Second Division West region league. The Team led by Darren Lee was very consistent all season, a major factor in winning the league.
Second Team They finished mid-table in the same Division as our First Team and could have been challenging for the top spot with the First Team had it not been for a few injuries and work issues affecting the team selection.
Third Team An excellent season, winning promotion to the Third Division by a considerable margin. They missed out on the overall League Championship at the Semi Final stage. It's going to be a lot tougher for all concerned next season.

Congratulations to all the players who turn out week in week out, for the commitment you all put in into representing the Squash Club.

 

NW Second Team - May 2017

 

MID SEASON REPORT - DECEMBER 2016

North East Wales League

Our First Team finished in Second place over the first half in Division One, having had a 13 point penalty deduction for fielding a junior player late in the season (where is the encouragement ?). This cost us the League title, but never mind, these trivial matters have a habit of rebounding.

The Seconds just managed to avoid relegation from Division Two, on the last game of the season thanks to the management skills of Team Captain, John Wiliams. Quite why and how this team found itself in such a precarious position is a mystery as they have a strong side. Lets hope they can rectify matters in the second half.

The Third Team, with new Captain Nick Carlton (taking over from Tom Trueman) organising very efficiently, had a good season and consolidated their position in Division Three. On various occasions, three juniors were introduced into the Team - Thomas Koscinski, Josh Davies and (9 year old) Lewis Davies and all had very creditable wins to their names. We hope that these juniors will be challenging for place in the Second Team next season, so watch out!!

 

North West Counties League

With three teams in the Leagues, two in Division 2 & one in Division 3, the season was always going to be tough, with the quality of opposing teams as well as player availability, but overall these Teams have all performed better than expected.

The First Team finished at Christmas in second place with old heads, Jonathon Davies & Darren Lee, showing the youngsters, Hannah, John & Jack, how it's done with the benefit of their experience in playing (and drinking) throughout the first half.

The Seconds finished comfortably in mid table - a very good performance considering the number of times some of the higher end players were not available, either due to injury or work commitments.
One very bright point this first half came with the rising star, in young Huw Williams (age 16), joining the Club - Huw is a quality player who will benefit both the Club and his own development in this League.

Our Third Team are sitting proudly on top of Division 4, not unexpected as the Team are very experienced 2nd & 3rd Division players. The overall age of our sides does need to come down, however, so we need to encourage some of our younger players like Josh & Thomas to come through.
Special mention and thanks to Richard Ackerley, Kev Jones, Aled Goddard & Tom Bird who have all been called into the side last minute and performed admirably. Great team spirit.

Congratulations to all the players who have played team squash this 1st half and may it continue into 2017.

 

Superb start for Third Team

Our NWCSL Third Team have maintained a 100% record so far this season; it's the first season we've put out a Third Team in these Leagues.

 

NWCSL Third Team - October 2016

 

 

Our Juniors in 2017 ...

 

January 2017

National Squads for Juniors

Four local junior players were invited to attend the WSRB National Squad Training sessions held in Cardiff over the weekend 28-29 January.

Congratulations to two sets of brothers, Josh & Lewis Davies and Wiil & Jamie Silvester - all said that they'd had a good time, with some tough routines, games as well as some important classroom based workshops.

 

National Juniors Squad Training - how many ?

National Juniors Squad Training - off court session

 

Big wins for Josh & Lewis in Manchester

Two of our Juniors had an exceptional weekend playing in the Northern Junior Open Bronze Event that took place on 21-22 January at The Northern Club in Didsbury, Manchester.

Brothers, Josh & Lewis Davies played some fantastic squash in this 2 day (England Squash bronze sanctioned) event and each won their age categories - Lewis won the Boys Under 11s, while Josh won his event, the Boys Under 13s.

Winning at such an event is clear evidence of the progress both juniors continue to make - well done and keep it going.

 

Lewis wins at Northern

Josh wins at Northern

 

February 2017

February Half Term

Junior Coaching took a break for half term but started up again on Monday, 27 February at the usual times.

 

2017 North Wales Junior Open

The 2017 Metalmin North Wales Junior Open was held at Bangor University over the weekend 11-12 February with the following local players taking part: Lacey Gardner, Josh & Lewis Davies, Wiil & Jamie Silvester and Huw Williams.

Congratulations to brothers, Lewis Davies on winning the Boys Under 11s title; and to Josh Davies on winning a tough Boys Under 13s group.

 

Josh & Lewis - Champion Brothers

 

March 2017

Selected for Wales

Congratulations to Josh Davies who, following some impressive results so far this year, has been selected to represent Wales in the 2017 Junior Home Internationals that took place in Cardiff at the beginning of April.

As part of his selection, Josh with his Mum, Emma, attended a Welsh Squad get together on 4-5 March.

UPDATE:Josh played in three of the four Welsh Under 13s matches, winning against opponents from Scotland and France - well done.

 

Welsh Juniors Team 417

Josh - Selected for Wales

 

April 2017

Jamie wins at Newcastle

Congratulations to young Jamie Silvester on a great result at The Northumberland Junior Open, played at The Northumberland Club in Newcastle on Tyne, over the weekend 22-23 April.

Jamie played really well in this England Squash Bronze Event to finish as Runner-Up in the Boys Under 13 category. Very well done Jamie.

 

Jamie wins at The Northumberland.

Proud with his trophy ...

 

Catch them young into sport !

Club member Dan Ferrier introduced his four year old twin sons, Oscar and Harry, to squash on 9 April, watched by their Mum and proud grandparents - with their new rackets and first time on court, they did well; a couple of stars for the future !

 

Two stars for the future !

 

Easter break for coaching

The final junior coaching sessions before the Easter school holidays took place on 3 April.

We started back at the usual times on Monday, 24 April.

 

A good weekend for the boys ...

Over the weekend 1-2 April, three of our juniors exceeded in their squash competitions.

Will & Jamie Silvester played in the Hough End (part of Manchester Academy) Tournament - Will finished 2nd in the Under 15s and Jamie won the Under 13 event - two excellent results.

The same weekend Josh Davies played for Wales (under 13s) in the Juniors Five Nations at Cardiff (see below).

 

Happy to be winning !

 

June 2017

Lewis wins at Juniors Development Event

On behalf of Wales Squash & Racketball, the Squash Club hosted a Development Event for juniors who travelled from the Wirral, North & Mid Wales on Saturday, 24 June.

The session was run by Club Coaches Mark Davies and Jim Tunley, with great help from Abbie Barkley and Cameron Dennis; it was graded for all ages and standards; designed as a friendly event with a main focus on participation and enjoyment.

All day there was an excellent buzz around the Club with all players enjoying some excellent competition - congratulations in particular to Club member, Lewis Davies, who went on to win the main competition.

 

Development Event Under 11s

Development Event Under 11 Winners

Development Event Main Group

Development Event Main Group Winners

 

Our boys head off to Hull

Three of our young Club members, Will & Jamie Silvester and Josh Davies are all playing in the Boys Under 13 category (an England Squash Silver Event) of the Allam Humber Junior Open played at Hull, over the weekend 17-18 June.

Good luck to all and have a great weekend.

UPDATE: Congratulation to Josh Davies on finishing in 6th place; a very impressive result.

 

July 2017

Big Apple win for Jack

Huge congratulations to Jack Whitfield on his winning The Midtown Manhattan Summer Silver Tournament (Under 13 Boys) at The Yale Club, New York over the weekend 28 to 30 July.

Jack, who lives near Heswall, won his final match 11-6, 11-5, 11-6. Jack frequently trains at the Club as part of our Monday evening junior coaching sessions.

 

Jack wins in New York

 

End of Season for Juniors

On 17 July, the Club held a mini competition to mark our final Juniors Coaching session before the summer break. There was some excellent squash played and we hope that as many as possible will want to keep playing over the school summer holidays !

A new season of Junior Coaching will commence again on Monday, 4 September at the usual times. Meanwhile, from all of the Coaching Team, have a great summer break.

 

End of Season - First Group

End of Season - Second Group

End of Season - Third Group

 

Josh & Lewis get that Mersey beat ...

Congratulations to brothers Josh & Lewis Davies who won the Merseyside Junior Open, an England Squash Bronze Event, over the weekend 8-9 July.

Josh won the Under 15s Event while Lewis took the Under 11s title; these are execeptional results for our two Club members - very well done both.

 

Josh wins Merseyside

 

St Josephs' pupils try squash

On 7 July the Club was pleased to host eight Year 7 pupils from St Josephs High School as part of their Activity Day.

Jim Tunley and Tom Trueman guided the juniors through from the basics into playing games with some very interesting competition resulting !

All seemed to have fun and we hope that some will want to come back to develop their game further.

 

St Josephs High School Activity Day

 

August 2017

A masterclass for Josh

One junior who has maintained his play throughout the summer holidays is Josh Davies.

Josh continues to do well in his monthly league matches and, on 18 August, he went on court for a short Masterclass with Tesni Evans (Ladies World Ranked 16) - a tremendous opportunity for one of the most improved junior players at our Club.

 

On court with Tesni ...

 

September 2017

First North Wales Junior League

The Club was pleased to host the very first North Wales Junior League on 30 September.

Six teams took part in this the first in a series of inter club competitions, designed to encourage those attend the coaching programmes but who would not normally enter junior events.

There was some excellent competition from the teams that came from Newtown, Llanfyllin, Deeside, Bethesda and Wrexham Brymbo (2).

The next in the seres of League matches is scheduled for 21 October.

 

First North Wales Juniors League

 

Welsh Junior Open Championships

Our boys did well at the 2017 Welsh Junior Open Championships in Cardiff over the weekend 8 - 10 September.

Four of our elite group players took part -Lewis Davies (Boys Under 11s) and Josh Davies, Will & Jamie Silvester (Boys Under 13s.

All did well in this Flagship European Tournament, as follows:- Lewis made it to the Final and finished Runner-up in the Under 11s Event;
Will lost out in the Second Round of the Under 13s;
Josh and Jamie both narrowly lost their Semi Final matches and had to play each other in the Third / Fourth Play-off - Josh went on to win that match 3-0.

This was a great effort from our juniors and shows well how they continue to develop and improve.

 

Lewis in Second Place

Josh in Third

Time for Feedback ...

The boys back at coaching !

 

Juniors are back !

The Club's Junior Coaching Programme started up again on 4 September, all keen and raring to go !

The elite group were busy preparing for the following weekend's Welsh Junior Open Championships in Cardiff. Our particular thanks to Jonathan Davies in helping out with some very tough pressure routines.

 

October 2017

Coaching - Half Term break

With the courts refurbishment and our local schools on their Half Term break, there will be no Junior Coaching on Monday, 30 October. We'll be back again on Monday, 6 November, at the usual times.
Have a good week !

 

Josh finishes 10th at the British

Congratulations to Josh Davies who played in the Dunlop British Junior Closed Championships 2017 at Manchester over the weekend 27 - 29 October.

Josh has his first game on the Friday, in the Boys Under 13 event; lost in the Second Round but went on to finish in a very good tenth place overall - very well done Josh.

 

He's a First Round winner !

 

Juniors Inter Counties

From across Wales, there were ten teams involved in the English Junior Inter Counties Series over the weekend 13 - 14 October.

Locally, four of our juniors played for North Wales at Crosby, Merseyside in the U15 Boys English Inter Counties - the Team was Dan Lewis (Llanfyllin), with Josh & Lewis Davies, Will & Jamie Silvester.

On the Saturday Mark Davies travelled as Coach with the U19 Girls to Hallamshire Squash Club, Sheffield - that Team is Layna Beattie (Prestatyn), Emily Powell & Georgie Lincoln (Llanfyllin).

To cap off a very full weekend, Mark took the U17 Boys to Liverpool CC on Sunday - the Team was Ryan Lewis & James Smith ( Llanfyllin) Max Miles Owen, Matthew Kirk & Rhodri Morgan (Newtown). Good luck to them all.

 

North Wales U19 Girls

 

12 week squash course

Year 10 pupils at Moreton Hall School, near Chirk are currently taking part in a twelve week introduction to squash course at the Club, with a view to identifying players who have potential to represent their School in competition !

The course is being tutored by Hannah Davies, with support from father, Mark.

 

Moreton Hall Squash Course

 

November 2017

North & Mid Wales Juniors League

The Club is proud to host the North & Mid Wales Juniors League with the latest in the series held on Saturday, 25 November.

The League provides fresh competition for juniors across the region and the following have represented the Club so far:
Max Kaye, Cameron Dennis, Henry Scarsbrook, David Thomas, Poppy & Matthew Green, Tom Willis and Ieuan Thomas.

 

North & Mid Wales Juniors League

 

Mini Squash at Barkers Lane School

Over 85 pupils at Barkers Lane CP School, Wrexham took part in Mini Squash sessions at School over two weeks in November.

Club Coaches Jim Tunley, Abbie Barkley and Mark Davies helped pupils from Years 3, 4 and 5 with basic routines that help improve hand/eye co-ordination. It's hoped to do some more work with the School in the New Year.

 

Year 3 pupils

Year 4 pupils

Year 5 pupils

 

December 2017

Juniors Christmas Competition

We held our final Juniors Coaching session of 2017 on 18 December, with some Christmas Competitons.

Sadly, not all of our juniors were available on the night, but we were still treated to some excellent matches.

From the Coaching Team to all of our young people and their parents, we thank you for your support and wish you a very Happy Christmas and much squash in the New Year.

 

Christmas Comp. - Groups 2 & 3

Christmas Comp. - Group 3

We know you're in there ... !

Christmas Comp. - Group 4

 

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"

 

Eye Protection - our Policy

 

At the start of another season and a new Junior Coaching Programme, it is important for everyone to understand the Club's approach to Eye Protection - a policy which is also adopted by Wales Squash & Racketball (WSRB).

To view our policy click on the link below.

 

Eye Protection - the Policy

 

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 learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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