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Squash & Racketball Report 2015

Running a junior squash section is something the club has always aspired to for a number of years and we have achieved some important landmarks on the journey to realising this ambition. I would like to thank the Kent Squash Association who has supported the junior programme, through providing coaches. These coaches have already established excellent links with Scotts Park; with 2 after school clubs now in place and other school links are in the pipeline. We also have open coaching sessions on Saturday morning with one of our newly qualified coaches (Paul Roberts) heavily involved. The start has been promising, however, it needs the ongoing support from members to ensure that the Junior Section continues to grow into a thriving Club. A good start.

Back in the summer Bromley Cricket Clubs Men's 1st squash team won the top Kent Division.This is a fantastic achievement and the first time Bromley Cricket has ever achieved this.

The team have been challenging for the last few seasons missing out twice on the last match of the season. 

This achievement is really important in ensuring Bromley Cricket Club continues to have a reputation for top-level competitive squash, and hopefully will provide a platform to reignite the ambitions of creating a strong junior section. 

So thank you to the team; Neil Baker, Lewis Ryall, James McMeckan (c), Sam Stabler, Matt Horder and Chris Butler. 

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Not forgetting our other two teams had a good season as well. 

The 2nd’s finished 4th out of 10 teams, thanks to all the players: Tom Stone, Tony Davies (c), Stewart Gotts, Keeley Seamons, Ian McMeckan, Daniel Sweeney and James Brooker.

The 3rd’s finished 3rd out of 10 teams, which was a great achievement. Thanks to Richard Kimpton, Scott Hews, Andy Brackstone, Paul Roberts (c), John Santilli, Steve Pusey, Keith Hews and Alastair McMeckan.

Sandra Skillicorn’s ladies squash team started there season only last November with 2 wins from 4, so still early days for the ladies. Thanks to Ann Sewell, Sandra Smith, Vanessa Tickner, Sandra Skillicorn (c), and Catherine Murray. As always, the ladies are always on the look out for new team members.

This winter season 2015/16 all 4 teams are half way through the league. The 1st’s have had a great first half and were 2nd before the Christmas break. Unfortunately due to players on holiday or injured, the other teams have had a rough time. Fingers crossed the 2nd’s, 3rd’s and 4th’s will have a better second half of the season.

To follow all the up and coming fixtures and results, please go to our website or kent-squash.countyleagues.co.uk


The Squash championships were held a little later in the year than usual. Back in October BCC held a very strong 18 draw main competition, along with the Handicap, over 40’s, over 50’s, women’s main and all the plate competitions. 2015 saw the best turn out of players and as always-great support through out the stages.

Results: 

Squash Champion 2015 - Lewis Ryall
Runner-up - Sam Stabler

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Main Plate winner - Ian McMeckan
Runner-up - Stewart Gotts

Handicap winner - Ray Lanagan
Runner-up - Graham Edwards

Handicap plate winner - Samuel Warnett
Runner-up - Paul Roberts

Men’s o40's winner - Matt Horder
Runner-up - Stewart Gotts

Men’s o50's winner - Paul Roberts
Runner-up - Mark Eames

Women’s champion 2015 - Keeley Seamons
Runner-up - Alice Round


EDINBURGH
A team of highly trained athletes travelled to Edinburgh for the Colinton Castle Open and Vets Doubles championship 2015. The level of competition being the highest yet, with many of the Scottish contingent being national representatives and including ex-professional Peter O’Hare. The open competition was of the highest level. Previous men’s open winners James McMeckan and Lewis Ryall played their usual high level squash but lost 2-1 in the semi-finals to the eventual winners. Ian McMeckan and Danny Sweeney won one match in the open – a feat in itself and came 3rd in the over 35’s.

Finals day – in order of play; - Castling Farrar and Hamish Mac Turk got the bronze in the over 55’s – a display of control and mastery, particularly by Cass (eating his food, that is)!!

Over 55’s men’s.

The overall winners in the over 55’s were Mark Eames and Brian Butterworth who beat Alastair McMeckan and Ray Lanagan 3-2 in a nail-biting final! (Mark turned cannibal)!

Over 45 men’s was won by Tony Davies and Stewart Gotts, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10 against a pairing that had beaten them the day before and have been un-beaten for 4 years. Tony and Stewart were also runners up in the over 35’s. Means Tony will keep Stewart as his partner!

Over 45’s mixed - runners up Alastair McMeckan and Jenny Dundee – a close encounter!

The Grand Final of the Mixed Open watched by a packed crowd saw some fantastic squash by both pairings but the control, tactics and determination saw Lewis Ryall and Keeley Johnson maintain their un-beaten run, winning 3-0. Champions!!!
Thanks go to fitness mentor Any Watson and dietician adviser Paul White. Travelling supporters included Kath, John, Gerry and Sarah.

A very successful tournament, enjoyed by all – well done team.

 

 

 

 

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