Club News

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.

New Juniors initiative comes to SE Wales

Junior and Junior Beginners group coaching sessions open to all from 15 May 2019 with Greg Tippings.  Details for Hirwuan to follow.

Summer coaching schedule - updates for Junior Elite & Thursday League times

Planned schedule from 13th May 2019 for the summer is below:

Monday 10.00am-11.00am Open Squash Morning £5
Monday 11.00am-6.00pm Individual Sessions
Monday 6.00pm-8.00pm Elite Juniors £5
Wednesday 9.00am-3.20pm Individual Coaching
Wednesday 4.00pm-5.20pm Squash Wales Junior Coaching Open to all £3
Wednesday 7.40pm-9.00pm Adult Team Players
Coaching Welsh League £5
Thursday 9.00am-4.20pm Individual Coaching
Thursday 6.00pm-9.20pm Summer Team League £6
Friday 10.00am-6.00pm Individual Coaching
Friday 6.40pm-8.00pm Ladies Group Coaching £5
Friday 8.00pm-9.20pm Adult Training Club Night £5
Sunday 10.00am-12.00pm Sunday Junior Coaching £4

 

Greg's summer program - Coaching & Summer Team Leagues

Planned schedule from 13th May 2019 for the summer is below:

  • Monday 10.00am-11.00am Open Squash Morning £5
  • Monday 11.00am-6.00pm Individual Sessions
  • Monday 6.00pm-8.00pm Elite Juniors £5
  • Wednesday 9.00am-3.20pm Individual Coaching
  • Wednesday 4.00pm-5.20pm Squash Wales Junior Coaching Open to all £3
  • Wednesday 7.40pm-9.00pm Adult Team Players
    Coaching Welsh League £5
  • Thursday 9.00am-4.20pm Individual Coaching
  • Thursday 6.00pm-9.20pm Summer Team League £6
  • Friday 10.00am-6.00pm Individual Coaching
  • Friday 6.40pm-8.00pm Ladies Group Coaching £5
  • Friday 8.00pm-9.20pm Adult Training Club Night £5
  • Sunday 10.00am-12.00pm Sunday Junior Coaching £4

More details in the attached.

Welsh National Champions 2019

Peter and Tesni Retain their National Titles

Huge congratulations to Rhiwbina players Peter Creed and Tesni Evans in retaining their national titles this month. An incredible 9th title for Pete and a magnificent 7th for Tez.

Despite being slightly “under the weather” Pete battled to 5 game win despite a great effort from Wizards teammate Emyr Evans; a great performance.  More at http://www.dai-sport.com/40957-2/

Like a true champion, Tez flowed like a swan through the event and underlined her superiority at national level just as she did a few weeks earlier in winning the British national championship.  More at http://www.dai-sport.com/proud-welsh-tesni-squash-seventh-heaven/

We are very fortunate to have players of this calibre at Rhiwbina.  Both Pete and Tez are “free to watch” minus the cost of a raffle ticket or two most Thursday nights in the A team matches.

Well done again both from everyone in the club!! 

RM/RP

Christmas tournaments

Squash handicap

Two great semi-final matches. The first saw Dave Rees-Godfrey wearing down his better half, Sarah Creed-Rees-Godfrey in a marathon event. Well done Sarah - great technique but couldn't keep up with Dave's stamina. Meanwhile Dave Davies demonstrated that skill and guile can overcome fitness in a long battle with Alex Rowlands despite the 3-0 scoreline.

The final match promised to be an epic battle between evergreen DD, who has a great history in the tournament, and his teammate Dave Godfrey. Both players appeared fatigued by their semi-final game earlier in the day which meant going in early for the kill shot making for some entertaining sport. With DD having 2 game balls in hand in the third, it looked like the match would move to an epic finale but his slightly younger opponent managed some fantastic retrievals. Dave D was forced to concede due to exhaustion after losing the game to go 2-1 behind and staring into the abyss.

Racketball

Seven entries in the straight racketball tournament allowed a round robin format over the 3 days so that each player played one 20 minute game against all the other players. The format worked well and allowed a complete ranking of all seven. Congratulations to the skillful Clive Chard who remained unbeaten and finished narrowly ahead of Alex Rowlands who had bravely competed in both events.  Well done also to Dave Angove, Rob Upton, and the ladies: Cheryl (Shirley?) Creed, Mekanie Proudlock and Judy Wright for lasting the distance against some fit opposition. Topographic errors courtesy of OG.

The PM (post-match discussion) was held in the nearby Ye Olde Butchers Arms.

Congratulations and a big thank you to the organizer - Oliver Griffiths who had to pull out of the event late in the day due to a (dance-related?) injury but is now back playing - nice one Ollie

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.

Skittles for Christmas 2018

Annual skittles and curry event at The Crofts 2018

Thank you Steve and Lorraine for another great night. Thank you also to Tony (TS) Smith as interim Soc Sec for arranging the event in his absence.  Just in case you didn’t know, it is all beer and skittles whatever your mother told you.

Special mention goes to Bob Perry (the ponderer) who received an engraved stainless tankard in recognition of his outstanding and continuous service to the club, including junior coaching, ladies coaching, organizing the teams and of course his role in getting court 4 off the ground. Rich Murphy made an emotional homily in making the presentation (thanks Rich) which may have unnerved him somewhat as he produced an outstanding display of accuracy by sending three consecutive balls through the narrow gap between all 9 skittles – a bagel!  Meanwhile Ollie G showed great ball control to outscore the rest of the field and win star prize – lunch for two at the Sunday Carvery. Well done to Tim, Frazer and others who helped stack the woodyard and, again to Bob, as designated driver who managed to get those of us home who couldn’t remember where we lived. I blame the bubbles in the beer.

Frazer seems to have noticed that his beer appears unusually thin and tasteless:

Rhiwbina now a "Super Club”

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On Thursday 11th October 2018 Rhiwbina Squash and Racketball Club was awarded Cardiff Super Club status by Sport Wales.  We are one of only 6 sports clubs to have received this very prestigious award which recognizes, amongst other things, our pioneering work with the disability rackets programme. This accolade is very much a testament to the long and continuous efforts of the coaching team and volunteers.

Head coach Dave Rhys and Richard Plenty received the award on behalf of the club:

US Open 2018 Semi-Finals

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Welsh giant-killer Tesni Evans had upset World No.5 Joelle King and World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry to become the first ever Welsh U.S. Open semi-finalist.

Evans played some incredible squash throughout the 64-minute final and took the first game as she kept the nerves at bay to unsettle the World No.2. But despite a tenacious display from the 25-year-old, El Welily was able to claim victories in each of the next three games to book her place in the final at Evans’ expense.

“Tesni played really well and all credit to her for pushing me all the way and fighting,” said El Welily.
Welily will play Nour (also Egyptian) for the 19th time on the PSA Tour, with the current head-to-head record locked at nine wins apiece. The pair met in six finals last season, with El Sherbini claiming four wins to El Welily’s two.

Both the men’s and women’s winner will claim $22,800 in prize money and will qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

The finals of the U.S. Open will begin at 17:00 local time (GMT-4) on Saturday October 13 and both matches will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and other major broadcast channels, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

Results – Men’s Semi-Finals: 2018 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) bt [8] Paul Coll (NZL) 3-1: 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (78m)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) bt [2] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-1: 4-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (54m)

Draw – Men’s Final: To Be Played October 13
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)

Results – Women’s Semi-Finals: 2018 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [5] Camille Serme (FRA) 3-1: 10-12, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 (62m)
[2] Raneem El Welily (EGY) bt [12] Tesni Evans (WAL) 3-1: 12-14, 11-7, 14-12, 13-11 (64m)