Club News

Chesham 1879 Squash Touring Side - 2nd Oct 2021

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A great day was had at RSC when we hosted Cheshams “International” Touring side. For their 16th tour and having previously visited Cyprus, Malta, Ireland, Portugal and Jersey they came to Wales for the first time. A team of 16 with a not to be mentioned average age played a RSC mixed team with an age range of 12 to 76. After 4.5 hrs and 64 matches the result was an honourable draw at which point we retired to the bar for a buffet and a few beers. As I said a most enjoyable day and our thanks to Robert Upton for the initial organisation and to Greg Tippings for the smooth scheduling of all the matches on the day.

Monthly Ladies Coaching Starting in October

Saturday 16th October and13th November - 12 to 2 pm

These sessions are open for ladies of all levels - from beginners to team players. Please contact Richard Wright for further information and to book your place. Knowing numbers in advance helps with the court bookings.

Even More Junior Success

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Our junior members continue to do the club proud. Congratulations to Madalena Sidoli who came 2nd in the U11 Hit and Run Junior Open in Hove. This is a Silver level competition attracting the best players in England. Very well played Madalena.

More Junior Success

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Congratulations to two of our junior members who played in the Exeter Golf and Country Club Junior Open last weekend, 4th and 5th September.
Archie Davies-Clarke won the U13 boys category whilst Ollie Cann, in the photo, came Runner Up in the U17 boys category.
Very well played guys.

New Junior Champion

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Congratulations to one of our new junior members - Eliza Hales. Last Sunday, 29th August, Eliza won the Kenilworth Junior Open Girls Under 11. Very well played Eliza.

New Posters

Two new posters - check them out
List of Club Coaches
Frequently Asked Questions - If you have any questions you would like answered then please contact Martin Vicary

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.

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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