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Wedding

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Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Oliver Griffiths. Club captain Ollie and Verity tied the knot on Wednesday, 19th May.       

As you can see they were able to have a few friends and family with them to celebrate their happy day. On behalf of the Committee and the club I would like to wish them a long and happy life together.

Revised Info For Opening 3rd May

As previously advised the club will reopen on Monday 3rd May and court bookings are now open. Club members only allowed to play - no guests. However the rules have changed as to who can play whom. Please refer to the email sent to all members on the 28th April titled "Reopening of Club". In addition the two attached documents in the email are now available under Members Documents/Coronavirus Regulations and Advice. In addition there are several new posters up in the club - please read them.

Club Opening Monday 3rd May

The club will reopen on Monday 3rd May. Court bookings are now open. Club members only allowed to play - no guests. Play is only allowed between members of the same household - extended household members are not included. In addition one to one coaching will be allowed. Please read updated Coronavirus document under Members Documents. Next date for your diaries - Monday 17th May. Watch this space.

International Referee

Whilst we have been waiting for the club to re-open after a third lockdown our own Jason Foster has been busy refereeing on the international circuit.

In the last 14 months Jason has officiated at 5 major tournaments - namely Canary Wharf, Manchester, Qatar, the English Closed. The last one was in March at the Blackball club in Cairo which was a Platinum event. In this one tournament Jason refereed over 25 matches including the final - Marwan v Dessouky.

New Baby

Congratulations to Simon Dews and his wife, Lucy, on the arrival of their daughter, Daisy Elizabeth, born on the 1st March weighing 9lbs 10ozs. Daisy was obviously keen to join her two siblings as she arrived within 90 minutes.

New baby

Congratulations to Greg and his wife on the birth of baby Clara. ♥

Skittles Christmas 2019

A good time was had by all at the Annual skittles/beer/curry bash at The Crofts Hotel courtesy of Steve Walters.  Well done Lorraine (Food) and Tony Smith (organisation).  Congratulations to Hassan for his maximum prize - I wonder who his date will be (meal for 2 at the Crofts).

Club winners

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Congratulations to Frazer Richards who secured the 2019 civil service squash title.  Doesn't he look young.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations also go to Reuben Davies for winning the Junior U11 Open at Wycliffe this week. 

North Wales Junior Open

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Congratulations to Archie Davies-Clarke from Rhiwbinah after winning the North Wales Junior Open after beating Joe Morris 3/2 in the final of the under 11 boys event at Bangor this weekend (16 & 17th November).  Hope mum has recovered from the driving.☺

British Junior Closed Tournament 2019

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The club was well represented at the Dunlop British Closed Tournament which ran from 31 Oct for 4 days.  Well done to Ollie, Millie, Ellie, Louis, Olivia, Eve and anyone I might have missed.  Particularly impressive was Alyx Kelleher's performance finished 3rd out of 40 in the girls under 15.  Good one Alyx.

1st Rhiwbina Open (2019)

1st Rhiwbina Open, 14 & 15 September 2019

Results

Ladies B plate   Lucy Maybury* bt Brenda Wills 3:0 

Ladies B           Kate Gibson (remember her) bt Lucy Doxsey 3:0

Ladies A plate   Eve Griffiths bt Angharad Llewellyn 3:2

Ladies A           Sarah Creed* bt Beccy Baker* 3:2, a very close match with Beccy coming back after being 2-love down only to lose it 9:11 in the 5th

Men's D plate   Sam Norris bt Mike Clarke* 3:1

Mens D            Owen Morgan bt Scott Morgan* 3:1

Mens C plate seemed to be an all-Rhiwbina affair with Anthony Williams* beating Chris Baker* 3:0 in the final (you could have given him a chance Ant)

Men's C            Ally McIntosh* bt  Toby Hay 3:2 - well done Al

Men's B plate    New boy Andy Cowgil* bt Chris Powell* 3:0 - surely that can't be right!

Men's B            was hard going for Rhiwbina players with only Alex Rowlands* (Mr Racketballs) making it as far as the semis

Men's A plate    Ian Fenner-Evans staged a great fightback after being 2-love down to beat David Robertson in the final

Men's A           Greg Tippings* bt Frazer Morgan* 3:1.  Well done both.

more at https://walessquash.leaguemaster.co.uk/cgi-county/icounty.exe/showtournamentlist?tgroupid=53

 

 

Jamie's SquashAthon Schedule

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24 hour squashathon to fund Jamie’s climb to Everest base camp to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) followed by the BBQ at 5 pm on Saturday 24th at Rhiwbina Squash club.

Last Man Standing & BBQ

Cause of death, exhaustion.  Thank you all concerned for helping with the tournament and the bbq yesterday. I had lots of help with the marking and imaginative handicapping. Particular thanks to Matt Price and Tim Dulson for filling in at the last minute - also thank you Tim and Mrs Tim (Caroline) for assisting with the bbq as well as Huw Moores for his eloquent speech. It's great to see everyone (almost?) enjoying themselves. Thanks also to Steve Walters for supplying the implements and his barbie.
Round 1 saw a full house of 32 players with some very tight matches - including 3 where the scores were exactly level after 16 minutes with Huw Moores pipping Canaan Brown at the post and James Hansell doing the same to Dave Davies - "I didn't know 16 minutes could last that long!".  No peace for the wicked though as everyone was through to the next round - main draw or plate, the matches were equally tough and exciting.  Unfortunately Dave Davies couldn't quite make up his 19 point deficit against new boy Andy Cowgil in the first game in the plate so it was an early bath for him.
I was busy keeping time, working out the draw and handicaps so unfortunately didn't get to see many of the matches.  I did, however, get to see the last few moments of Sarah Creed's second round match with Huw - Another marathon battle after Canaan.  He was gradually clawing back his 30 point deficit in an heroic effort when a mistake in the last minute sunk his chances - Huw sank to the floor and surrendered with only seconds to go.  Moments later, Sarah informed him that she would need to concede as she needed to leave early. All that effort obviously drained him as he failed to catch Alex Rowlands in the next round.

The day saw many interesting encounters, not least Ashley Maybury vs Les Stamp - youth, stamina and skill vs guile and deception.  Close by no cigar Les!  Still, that left you free to have a pint and assist with marking.

Plate hunter Dave Rhys saw his comeuppance when he met Matt Price in the quarter-finals.  I think he was ready for a rest and a pint at that point anyway.  Matt didn't have the wherewithall to put new member but old stage Phil Maybury (of the Maybury squash dynasty) in his place, so with Canaan just short of catching Andy in the semis, it was was Phil vs Any Cowgil in the final. Despite a 30 point advantage, an exhausted Phil put the ball out on one two many occasions leaving the human dynamo Andy to edge past Phil by a single point in the dying seconds of the Plate final.  Absolutely brilliant game to watch!

Meanwhile, in the main draw quarters, Will Bradshaw showed real class in putting away James Hansell with accurate and measured shots, Richard Maggs sprinted past Dave Angove, and Ashley Maybury just failed to catch Elinor Jones in an excellent display of squash technique.  That left Will vs Alex - bad luck Alex, I think we were a little too generous with Will's handicap by underestimating his stamina and class.  Meanwhile Rich Maggs couldn't make up his 16 point deficit to Elinor.  That lead to an epic final in a similar vein to last year when Owen Heyes took on Helga Moore.  I'd like to say Will didn't put a foot wrong but he was foot-faulted twice.  Although Elinor played with poise and accuracy (coaching does pay) Will continuously ate away at the 60 point differential - had we underestimated him again.  Some constructive marking by super-ref Dave Dean (under advice from many experts in the crowd) lead to a real cliff Hanger with Will Bradshaw emerging the winner by a single point.  Another fantastic spectacle!

The rain disappeared so we all adjourned to the terrace for a well-deserved drink accompanied by Burger etc courtesy of Mel Proudlock and sous-chefs Tim & Caroline Dulson.  A very pleasant evening was had by all.  The hard-core beer aficionados eventually adjourned to the Plough in Whitchrutch while the party animals headed downtown. Me- I went home almost as exhausted as many of the contestants.

Thank you all again for helping to make it an epic and memorable tournament.  

FYI this was only our second handicap tournament - last year's was equally nail-biting. https://www.rhiwbinasquashclub.co.uk/club-news/2018/april/22/timed-handicap-last-man-standing/.  It is probably the only tournament of its type in Wales.

Ray

 

July Junior & Ladies Friendly matches

Thanks to Chris Powell and Richard Wright for helping out for the ladies and juniors matches in July 2019.

Ladies friendly matches were between Rhiwbina, Monmouth and Measteg.

Junior matches were between Rhiwbina, Newport, Merthyr, Bridegend, Fairwater and Hirwaun. Involving 50 plus juniors . Photos attached with our juniors sporting team shirts.

Cup competition was won by Bridgend A, Newport A and Rhiwbina A tied for second.  The Bowl competition was won by Rhiwbina B.

Greg Tippings

 

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Juniors success continues

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Ashley Maybury (pictured) has just won the under 15 boys Landsdown Open

Meanwhile, Alyx Kelleher won the Devon and Exeter Under 19 girls

Congratulations to both junior members of the club!☺

Last Man BBQ

The last man standing timed handicap will run from 12 noon to 6 pm on Saturday 3rd August and will be accompanied by the summer barbecue.  Come along and have a blast.  Contact Ray Proudlock to enter the tournament.  Combined entry plus drink plus bbq is only a fiver!

Numbers for the handicap are limited so please hurry.

First Racketball League match

On 22nd May, Rhiwbina Rams won their first ever match in the S Glams summer league (Div 1) beating Cowbridge 3:0 thanks to Simon Kilshaw, Ian Fenner-Evans & Scott Wright.  Simon was nice enough to let his opponent win the first game but the rest all went Rhiwbina's way.  Well done team.  The Rhiwbina Rebels play away to Llantrisant tonight in Div 2.

AGM 2019

The minutes from the May 2019 AGM can be viewed (downloaded as a Word file) from the Members section of the website under AGM minutes.