Squash & Racketball
SQUASH AGM TUESDAY 15TH MAY
We enjoy three squash courts all of which are in excellent condition, (one of them is glass backed with a viewing area) Squash provides the indoor alternative to tennis. The club enters mens, ladies, junior and veterans teams in the Hampshire leagues. Internal club leagues provide friendly but competitive play and various tournaments are held including the Annual Closed Championships with handicap and doubles competitions.Glass back squash court
PLAYER AVAILABILITY LIST (PAL)
There is a list of players who are available to play Squash at different times of the day on the Squash Noticeboard. Please edit your entry when necessary, e.g. if you need to change your days or delete your name. This can be done on the list or by e-mailing the changes to the office. If have any ideas on how it can be improved, please contact the office.
Thinking of joining?
Contact the Squash Club Captain Paul Cornborough on 02392 691461 or 07895 070327 for a friendly knock. He can show you around the club and if you wish put you in touch with opponents of a similar playing ability.
All Squash Club players are automatically provided membership to England Squash and Racketball.
Hampshire Squash Leagues:
Hampshire SRA League - see fixtures page for matches.
The Avenue Club Leagues:
An internal league system runs all year round. Each league lasts for 6 weeks, at the end of which players' scores are tallied and movement within leagues occurs. See the squash noticeboard inside the club for more details.
The Club professional offers a wide choice of group and individual coaching sessions for all age groups and standards, from the very youngest to squad training for the advanced. Special programmes are available. Contact Richard Hopp on 07904 069457 or click here for more information ==> Squash coaching
Racketball (racquetball) at The Avenue
A new initiative is the introduction of racketball which is played on the squash courts. It is an excellent way of keeping fit and can be played by anyone whether or not they have played squash or tennis before. It is a good cross between tennis and squash, using a bouncy blue or black ball.
England squash recommends the use of protective eyewear.
Details can be found at the England Squash site or by clicking on this link ===> http://www.sportfocus.com/reguser/dynabizinfo/download.cfm?number=13283
CHRISTMAS SQUASH DOUBLES COMPETITION 2016
Winners Jonny Britt & Simon Udal With Squash secretary Dave Wigley
Runners up Alan Darville & Danny Jones
The post Christmas and New Year blues were well and truly blown away on Sunday 8th January for all the players who entered the annual Christmas Squash Doubles Competition
Despite the number who had registered to play reducing before the big day, due to a mixture of Skiing injury/the lurgy/twisted ankle and a few (I'm sure)......'I'm not allowed out but I need to find a better excuse' (or any permutation of these), we ended up with 12 players
A quick mathematical calculation would quickly elicit the fact that, with 3 courts in use all 12 players would be on the courts at the same time, so any chance of getting an in-between games breather was blown away from the start - which was a bit of a downer to a good number of us before we had even started
The pairings were officially meant to be selected on squash (in)ability, team and league position etc etc but to be honest, after thinking about these factors for at least 5 seconds, I let my rational, calculating side take over and decided that it would be a much fairer process if the pairings were done on who bribed me the most, either before the game (with money) or with (promised) post game offers of alcohol.
So despite initial high expectations of getting some really good 'Arthur Daly' type deals (younger readers may need this name explained to them) I was ultimately extremely pleased to end the day with a US 1 cent coin (thanks!), and drinking a post game glass of water (also thanks)! - so clearly this plan didn't work and I need to go back to the drawing board for next year
One big 'round robin' league ensured all teams played each other. No team won all their games, no team went away pointless and the competition went on for almost two and a half hours, so it does indicate that the pairings must have had some merit to them
So congratulations then to the winners - Jonny Britt and Simon Udal and to the runners up - Alan Darville and Danny Jones who were all suitably rewarded for their exertions with some bottles of wine.
Jonny and Simon will also have the additional pleasure of having their names added to the growing list of squash miscreants and ne'er do wells who have previously won this competition and have their names on the shield to prove it - well played !