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Team squash going into 2019

End of Season Team News Dec 2018
 

The A team finished firmly in the middle of the pack to cement their position in Prem 1 - well done to Captain Frazer and Tesni, both new to the side. The As will be joined by Ollie’s B team who finished well ahead of the field in Prem 2, leaving Chris Powell's C team in their wake.  Tim Doulson et alia won their last two matches, finishing second Div 2 East and no doubt look forward to some tough opposition in 1 East next year.

Meanwhile, in the S Glams league, Shaun’s E team finished a solid 27 points ahead of the rest and will be seeing more of the countryside in the S Wales league next year. The other end of the table was more dramatic, a weakened F team pulled off an unexpected win against a full Llandaff side, no doubt with strong urging from captain Mark Loder. They finished a handful of points ahead of our own vets team who, together with the Gs, will have their own change of scenery in Div 2 – déjà vue for both of them but, with lots of new blood in the G side, I'm sure they'll have a good time.  Will Captains Bob Perry/Dave Dean and Chris Baker (or is it new dad Ant Williams?) go down with their ships - you bet.

Check the bookings sheet to see the schedule and come down and support. If you would like to keep abreast of the results, take a look at

http://walessquash.countyleagues.co.uk/

Happy holidays to all our readers including Mr Baa Humbug.

Tesni Evans at the US Open

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World No.12 Tesni Evans beat the World No 5 Joelle King 3:2 to reach the last 16 of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships at Philadelphia’s Drexel University. The Welsh No.1 was drawn against Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter-finals. Tesni had lost to Perry in their six previous meetings on the PSA Tour including the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games singles event on the Gold Coast earlier this year.
Yesterday (11 October) Tesni put in a magnificent performance as she fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the World No.8. She will be the first Welsh player since coach David Evans in 2000 to reach the last four of a major PSA Tour event and will play the current World Champion later today.

We'll all be cheering for you Tesni!

Results – Women’s Quarter-Finals
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) bt [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 (71m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [7] Laura Massaro (ENG) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)

Draw – Women’s Semi-Finals: To Play October 12
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v [5] Camille Serme (FRA)
[12] Tesni Evans (WAL) v [2] Raneem El Welily (EGY)

 

New Head Coach

Following 8 tremendous years as Head Coach, Bob Perry has retired from that role but will still be much involved in all coaching activities at the club. Dave Rhys has taken over as Head Coach. We look forward to supporting him in this role and any new activities he has planned.

End of season photo finish Friday

The end of season battle at the top of S Glams div 2 couldn't be more exciting or intriguing. The G-men, having played their final game sit poised for promotion, but Cowbridge could rob them in their final game against our own Vets on Friday.  They could also snatch first place away from the Vets if they manage to win by a good margin.

Current standings:

Pos                      Matches played Points
1  Rhiwbina Vet's  11                    176
2  Rhiwbina G         12                    169
3  Cowbridge B      11                    163

Meanwhile Cowbridge are being investigated for fielding an ineligible (maybe that should be illegitimate) player on occasion; twice against the G's.

There is also the exciting (?) possibility of having four Rhiwbina teams in the same division 1 next season.  Come along to the club this Friday at 7:20 to watch the final showdown and buy me a beer.

Alan Bevan on the road to recovery

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Alan thanks those involved in saving his life after a squash game at the club. Full story: https://www.ambulance.wales.nhs.uk/Default.aspx?gcid=1533&pageId=2&lan=en

Welsh closed 2018

We were well represented in the Welsh closed this weekend. Sarah Creed, Becky Baker and Bronte Wright played in the ladies A/B with Bronte reaching the final of the 9-16th place entrants.

Meanwhile, Peter Creed won the men's A/B draw for the 8th time with Frazer Richards finishing in 11th place while Dave Godfrey and Ian Fenner-Evans put in creditable performances in the group.

Paul Atkinson gave Gareth Pitt a run for his money in the final of the C's; Canaan Brown losing narrowly to Gareth in the semifinals after knocking out the No. 2 seed on the way.

Amongst the D entrants were Richard Wright, Ryan Tyler, Paul Hounsell, Alex Rowlands and Scott Wright with Mark Davies putting in the best performance to reach the semis.

Full results:

http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/draws.aspx?id=ACF1E0ED-5A1C-4D2B-B20B-2DEDF07E444A

Men's A finalists:

 

End of Season Bash

Come along on Saturday the 21st April 2018 to help us celebrate another great season for squash at Rhiwbina.

There will be a timed handicap tournament at the club in the afternoon followed by food and music in the evening in the sports bar.

The evening event is open to all. Tickets cost a modest £5 each and are available directly from me (Ray) or via team captains or the coaching group.

More details will follow - see Events page.

Ladies 3-way friendly, 10 March 2018

Eighteen ladies from Monmouth, Cardiff Medics and Rhiwbina took part in the second ladies friendly of the season.

New Rhiwbina members Fiona Benjamin and Amy Thompson  complemented Morgan Richards, Kate Gibson, Mel Proudlock, Becky Baker and Judy Wright.

Cardiff Medics added a couple of new faces to their line up at the top of their order, with Fi and Elinor, and Monmouth brought along Tessa, Nikki, Brenda, Nicola and Jenny.

First match on was Monmouth vs Cardiff Medics, with the strength and experience of Monmouth proving too much on the day for the Medics.

Final scores and positions Monmouth 1st – 17pts, Rhiwbina 2nd 14 pts and Medics a creditable 3rd with 7 pts.

Thanks to Tej from Monmouth and Elinor from Cardiff Medics for helping to arrange this.

Special credit goes to our own club captain Richard Wright for organizing and managing another highly enjoyable friendly match. Click on this link to see his full report with pictures.