Club News

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)

 

Start of the season

First matches of the 2018 Winter season

Despite loosing the first match of the season 3-2, the F-troop put up a great display at Old Pens. Beccy beat John Birch-Hirst 3-2 who was ranked 12 places above her, while Dean Robinson also prevailed in the battle of the sexes. Commiserations to Paul, Hassan and Sarah.

Meanwhile, a good crowd saw the first team whitewash Newport A 5-0 while conceding only 2 games. To players looking to improve their technique, see Peter demonstrating how to get some power into the forehand drive while the Newport No. 1 Isaac looks on bemused. Congratulations to the new A-team captain Frazer at 4 and new player Tesni Evans. Other winners were James Peach at 2, Ian-Fenner Evans at 5. Perhaps Ollie will be able to join the team in a few years.

Ian Andrews

I am sorry to have to tell you that Ian Andrews, one of our squash members, passed away on 12th September. His son Luke has expressed some great sentiments on https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/loudmouthbadger

Luke is collecting donations for Medserve Wales which endeavours to maximise the chances of resuscitation after cardiac arrest. As you know, that equipment and training helped save another one of our members recently and should be available in all public facilities like ours. Please show your support by visiting his webpage.

Tesni Evans

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Tesni Evans will be playing No. 3 for the 1st team this year alonside Peter Creed, James Peach, Matthew Crowley, Frazer Richards, Dave and Ian. Tesni has won the Welsh Ladies title 5 times and is the highest World ranked Welsh squash player ever. I'm sure we all watched her perform at the Commonwealth games this year with great excitement. More at https://psaworldtour.com/players/view/7899/tesni-evans.

Their first game for the A team is at home on Thursday 13th September against Newport A's: come and cheer them on.

 

Welsh Wizards

Perhaps the most exciting event in living memory for Welsh squash fans (barring the commonwealth games):
http://www.welshwizards.com/

World level squash is coming to Cardiff starting 25 September. Book your seat online - don't worry, you will not be lonely as there will be plenty of people from Rhiwbina there to cheer on the likes of Peter Creed and Tesni Evans. The Welsh side includes the World ex-No. 1 Gregory Gaultier who, of course, is fluent in Welsh. Book your seat now before they sell out.

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.

Goulash Archipelago

7.00 am on a sunny Thursday May morning in the club car park (impressive to see Muppet and Fenner putting in an early shift to secure their places in next season’s G team). I get my kitbag and case onto the bus for Heathrow before the flight to Budapest for the European Masters tournament.

Boarding the 16 seater, I’m greeted by the overpowering smells of Deep Heat and Steradent and hear the tour team negotiating swaps of Glucosamine Sulphate and Ibuprofen. Surely I was on the wrong bus? A squash tour? With the possible exception of Christian we looked as though we should have been accompanied by a carer.

More by luck than judgement we had all managed to remember our passports and boarding passes and by about 4.30 pm we’d booked into our hotel. Youthful exuberance returned as we agreed to freshen up quickly and be in the bar by 5.00. A kitty was arranged and as Channy prepared us for tomorrow morning’s matches by revealing our opponents’ names we sank 5 or 6 of Hungary’s premier lagers within an hour. My confidence was restored, I was with a bunch of athletes after all.

After a few more beers we decided to get tram tickets into town but failed on the organisational front and ended up walking in (via some bar stops). Having taken the obligatory tourist photos to show our families how much we had appreciated the culture, history and sweeping views of this remarkable capital, we hit a sports bar to watch telly and taste the more chemical beers. Night became morning and I’m sure some of us were feeling a little jetlagged as words were being slurred.

Friday morning and after a staggeringly unhealthy breakfast containing frankfurters, ketchup and dinosaur eggs we entered the arena. Five squash courts (three available as the Germans had put their towels on two) and a nervous tension in the air generated by an international contingent who were clearly here to do business.

Great starts for Richard, Bob, Mark, Ray, Chris, Christian, Martin, Dave D, Wiggy, Pete H and Channy. Time for me to follow suit. I peered at my opponent in the O55s section – a six foot three Austrian who looked no more than 32 and was doing sprint turns – and thought “You didn’t go out last night and I got back to my room about three hours ago.”

His height was a definite disadvantage to me as I couldn’t get close enough to intoxicate him with beer breath. He got to each corner of the court in a couple of outrageously large steps and made no unforced errors. He was too nice to try any gamesmanship so I accepted defeat and got a beer (well, it was 10.30).

All of Wales’ representatives performed admirably, particularly Richard with two wins and one defeat (against the eventual winner). I got through my next match with a win against a French opponent who simply didn’t turn up and thought about an early night to prepare for tomorrow’s games. The boys eventually persuaded me to come out for just a couple of beers and we were given fantastic fashion tips by Wiggy (apparently slacks and espadrilles are a good look) and lessons in joke telling delivery by Martin (who read rather monotonously from his phone).

My early night became a not so early morning as I was kept in the bar by my room mate (Richard) and Chris and Dave D (who after squaring up to each other and almost coming to blows decided that they were, in fact, in love). 

Saturday morning and after another decidedly dodgy breakfast we returned to do battle. Ray and Bob were progressing really well and there were some stalwart performances from Mark, Dave D, Christian, Peter, Chris, Martin, Richard and Channy.  Wiggy put in a particularly good effort with some backhand kills straight from the textbook. I lost to a German guy and then a Hungarian so my tournament was over and I could concentrate on seeing more of the city. We were, however, treated to some unexpected entertainment when two highly ranked English players spent more time arguing and challenging decisions than hitting the ball. Steve, a brash Yorkshire man who “made himself big and had an uncoached, raw talent for getting to balls directly and Nick (I’m guessing from Essex) who wimped about being bullied and thought it was “Just so unfair”, eventually played to a finish. Nick (having lost) proceeded to seek sympathy from everyone who would listen. I told him he had been cheating and was doing himself no favours by wingeing . Never had the expressions Northern Monkey/Southern Poof been so personified.

We again walked into town via numerous waterhole stops and some of the boys decided to eat. I had decided that the food here was making me ill and so breakfast would be my only intake of solids. Again we took in some great bars but more importantly the banter was top notch.

Sunday was finals day and although Wales weren’t hugely represented Bob and Ray managed podium positions and we all got involved in group photo sessions. As it was our last full day some of the lads had decided to start drinking early (elevenish) so just to maintain team spirit I joined in. After several beers at the hotel, a taxi into town and some beers/food at a pavement café overlooked by the Basilica we found ourselves in a ruin bar and had an excellent night. I’m glad to say that none of the lads (possible exception of Martin who hadn’t fallen asleep anywhere throughout the tour) accepted any of the huge quantities of white powder being offered to us at apparently, extremely reasonable rates.

 Final day. A walk into town, a boat trip for some and some last minute present buying for most. We said our fond farewells to Budapest and made the trek home.

I have to give huge thanks to Channy for arranging flights/accommodation and to Richard for arranging transfers. I had a brilliant time with fantastic company and can’t wait for the next tour.

Colyn Thomas

 

PS from Ray. Great thanks to Colyn for the write-up who now lives in the Wild West of Swansea. I'm impressed by his powers of recall given his level of consciousness at some points.

Despite the above, some of us did manage to work out the trams. Budapest is a great place to visit, and the beer …

Unfortunately Colyn missed out on the fetishists' party - the highlight of the tour for some. Finally, if you play in a European tournament watch out for opponents with foreign accents, particularly the bloody English who seemed to win everything.

Club tournament May 2018

This year we held three events: men’s, ladies event and over 50's. It was a huge success with a big entry; players and spectators saw some long and entertaining matches. David Rees-Godfrey must have completed a marathon on court with majority of matches lasting over an hour.

With only having 4 days to complete the tournament and limited court times available, I thank everyone for having patience and playing; a special well done to those who had to play twice in one day. I’m sure your lungs and legs will recover soon.

A huge thank you for the guys who helped support refereeing the semi- finals and finals, and to those who came and supported the tournament, without you I’m not sure if the players would have put in the effort they did.   

Main Draw

Initially had 28 entrants but sadly a few late drop outs because of work and other commitments.  Round 1 and 2 took place on Wednesday and Thursday, creating strong Quarter-finals within the plate and main draw on the Friday night. First game in the Quarter finals was Joe Rhys vs Richard Murphy; though Young Joe looked strong playing Gareth Pitt the night before he couldn’t deliver the same performance and was knocked out by the No.1 seed 3-0. Oliver Griffiths vs David Rees-Godfrey also took to court, and everyone expected a tough battle, and what a battle it was, with the game going over 60 mins and both players leaving nothing on court, Dave taking victory 3-1. Frazer Richards Vs Dave Davies next up, Dave having a great run in the masters was sure to cause an upset, but sadly was nursing an injury and couldn’t find the form to compete with an in-form Frazer, losing in straight games. The last quarter final saw Ian Fenner-Evans taking on the last man standing from the C team Alex Powles. Alex started strong taking the first game but couldn’t keep it going and Ian pulled it back taking the win 3-1.

Semi-finals on Saturday morning – Richard M vs David R-G,, Frazer Richards vs Ian Fenner-Evans in the main draw, Richard Wright vs Tim Cadogen & David Rhys vs Charlie Head in the Plate.  With early morning blues and a slight delay in play it was Richard Wright and David Rhys who would progress to the Plate final. DRG feeling stiff and with nothing left in the house to eat turned up to face Richard; everyone thought Godfrey would be too stiff and exhausted but proved the doubters wrong and went to battle with Murphy coming out on top after another marathon match winning 3-1 to progress to the final. Frazer again proved himself by knocking out a tough opponent in straight sets winning 3-0, making it DRG vs Frazer in the final.

Plate Final – Richard Wright vs David Rhys, taking to court both being knocked out of the Men’s over 50’s, both wanting to win for more than pride. It was Richard that got the victory 3-0.

The Main Final - David Rees-Godfrey vs Frazer Richards. Both players ready for battle and eager to get on court. Both desperate to win, Godfrey praying for his legs to keep him going & Frazer relying on his form. First game goes to DRG taking just over 15 Minutes 11-7, Frazer hit back with 8-11, with both players giving everything DRG took the third in another thrilling long game 11-9. Each player knowing that any small mistake could cost it. Frazer battling and making Dave work hard, but Frazer just worked him that little bit too much taking the fourth 11-7. Going into the 5th and final game, everyone was getting nervous as the rallies got longer and longer. Due to a technical glitch (Organiser forgetting to book courts meant an interruption in play with no lights) gave the players the extra rest they well needed. With Frazer taking an early 5-2 lead it looked like it could be over, but Dave found whatever energy he had left and brought it back to 5-5. Dave couldn’t keep his momentum and Frazer capitalized to take the final game 11-5 to win 3-2 (7-11 11-8 9-11 11-7 11-5).

Congratulations to a very popular 2018 Club Champion – Frazer Richards

Men’s Over 50’s

A strong 12 man draw meant an exciting challenge for all especially with some players also entering the main draw.  Huw Moores, Richard Wright, Tim Dulson, Mark Davies made it to the semi-finals while Steve Walters, Mark Fenwick, John Gooding, Bob Perry battled it out in the plate semi.  Mark's fast feet and good court movement in the final of the plate proved decisive in the final when he beat Bob 3-1 (11-7 11-8 10-12 11-5). Huw vs Tim was a repeat of last year's but this time Huw couldn’t match his previous performances. Tim proved the fitter to prevail in the 5th to win 3-2 (11-4 3-11 13-11 9-11 11-3). Huw's consolation was a cold refreshing pint waiting as he left court. Men’s Over 50 Club Champion 2018 – Tim Dulson.

Ladies Club Championship

This event returned following a hiatus in 2017. Bronte Wright showing her dominance throughout but the others didn’t make it too easy for her. She met a fierce Rebecca Baker in the final. Rebecca put up a good fight in the final but couldn't get a game from Bronte (15-13 15-11 15-8). Ladies Club Champion 2018 - Bronte Wright.

Thank you all for playing and good luck in the coming season. Oliver Griffiths, Club Captain.

For all the results, see the Competitions page of this website.

 

New Club Captain

Say hello to the new Club Captain, Oliver Griffiths. Check out the Committee section on the About us page for his biog.

End of Season Bash 21 April 2018

After the rigors of the afternoon tournament, time to visit the bar for well-deserved refreshment, chili (thanks to Mark & Vicky), music provided by DJ Dan and dancing provided primarily by the G-team but ably assisted by Rich Murphy,  Helga, Hannah and Beccy. I think I saw Ollie on the dance floor for a while but clearly the afternoon had proved to tiring for him and he retired to the bar.

Thank you Sam Harris for a warm and erudite thank you speech. Unfortunately Sam will be moving to Pembrokeshire next month. We will all miss him but he has promised to organise a friendly between us and the Pembs locals (from the pub or do they have a squash team?).

The tournament players at the end of season bash. I think everyone bought me a beer - bit tricky getting up this morning!

Timed Handicap - Last Man Standing

The afternoon's competition was a huge success with players and spectators getting some great entertainment. Many of the games came down to the wire with one of the most amusing being the encounter between Owen Heyes and Ollie Griffiths in the semi-final. Ollie managed to claw back his original 12 point deficit with only a minute left to play. However, a momentary lapse of concentration on his part meant that Owen won the final point to finish the match one point ahead. Meanwhile the other family member Gareth Heyes, who filled in as a last minute replacement, struggled through four rounds of intense gameplay to meet his Nemesis in the form of Robin Petterson in the final of the consolation event. Robin's underhand techniques outfoxed the visiting player allowing them both to retire to the bar for well-earned refreshment.

Ironically the grand finale of the last man standing involved 15 year-old Owen and Helga, so no men involved. It seemed impossible that Owen would be able to make up a 60-point handicap in only 16 minutes, but with one minute to play he was only 4 points behind. A couple of his drop shots dropped too low so that Helga emerged victorious with only a single point separating the players at the conclusion of the match. WELL DONE HELGA MOORE - the current reigning champion and the last 'man' standing.

Thank you all for marking (including Bob Perry, participant, coach and invigilator of the Final), taking part and cheering on the underdogs.

The finalists celebrating

 

C Team Champs

The C's leapfrogged first place Llanishen A in their top of the table tussle with them to secure promotion from 1 East to Premier 2 in the South Wales league. Special mention to Owen Hayes who won a brutal 3-2 against a very strong opponent who had previously only lost one match all season!! Outstanding! Why is he the only one not sweating?
Well done to the whole team:
Paul Atkinson
Alex Powles
Gareth Pitt
Chris Powell capt.
Huw Moores
Ryan Tyler

Contributions also from:

Owen Hayes (d team)

Alex Rowlands (vets)

News from the S Glams front

Friday's trouncing of third-placed Cowbridge B (20 points to 3) by our Vets' team means that, not only did they finish the league 33 points clear at the top of Div 2, but that victory also clinched 2nd place for the G-men who stayed 3 points ahead of Cowbridge. Congratulations to Dave Dean and his band as well as Ant & Sam's "G-men".

The position is not so clear in Division 1 where the E-team sit at the top of the table having played all their matches. However, Llanishen B are creeping up behind them and with two games in hand (both against bottom of the table LLanishen C who have ensured relegation by losing their last 7) it seems likely that the E's will remain in the South Glams league since only one team will go up into the S Wales league.

This could well mean a traffic jam of four Rhiwbina sides (E, F, G & Vets) in division 1 next season. Wow.  

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.

PSA event May

Ten of the top 100 players in the world coming to Rhiwbina Squash Club Open in May - see events page. 

Buy your tickets at https://www.psacymru.com/tickets

A fantastic line up is back. Last year’s winner and runner up (George Parker and Patrick Rooney) are back in Wales to try to retain/gain the title. Number 1 seed though is our own Peter Creed and he is in the form of his life and will be so tough to beat. Given the home support he will get, this could be Pete’s time!

Click attached for the draw with a full list of the players and their world ranking. The qualifying will be incredible with so many young players desperate to get into the main draw and gain those crucial ranking points to get them up the world table. It will be brutal! Among them is our own Owen Heyes. What a story. A young lad hugely keen to develop and hopefully play pro squash one day taking on the might that is the PSA Tour.

Members! Get behind this event and support Owen as he plays in a $10,000 world event.

Just look where people are coming from. Brazil, Kuwait, Jamaica, Finland, Spain, Jordan, Pakistan, Malaysia, the U.S.A and of course.

Aberdare !!!

It will be a great event so support it, get behind and enjoy it

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.

Handicap tournament - 21 April 2018

A one-day timed handicap competition from 1 pm to 6 pm will take place on the afternoon of the end of season bash. All club members are invited to enter and each will have a chance to win since the handicaps will be gauged so every match has a 50:50 outcome. Entrants will play in a least two rounds (finalists will play in 5) each round consisting a sixteen minute game without breaks.

Due to time constraints, entry is limited to the first 32 people applying. Cost is only £2 and will go towards prizes for the winner of the main and consolation competitions. Contact Ray Proudlock ([email protected]) or Tony Smith to enter.

Great fun to play in but even better to watch. Come along and support.

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.