With a heavy heart, I have decided to relocate to the UK in the next few months, and have formally resigned my position as Chairman of Squash. Chris Hughes has kindly offered to stand-in as Chairman until the Squash AGM, when a formal nomination process will take place.
I have enjoyed my time at the Club and hope that I leave it in a better place.
Chris has put a huge amount of energy into his development squad from The Thusong Youth Club in Alexandra, and I am sure he will do the same for the rest of the Club.
It is a disappointment that The SA Nationals which is traditionally held at Wanderers is being moved to Pretoria Country Club owing to the fact that we requested that the Sponsor of the tournament pay us for advertising their company during the period of the Tournament. Steve Doeg, on behalf of Squash SA claims that they cannot afford R15k to display Growthpoint’s logos which they expected to be free. It should be noted that all the business “Ads” which you see around our courts are placed by our own Members who have paid for that privilege.
Similarly, we have heard through the Grapevine that the Jarvis/Kaplan Cup IPT “A” Section, which was planned for Wanderers has also been re-located to Wits University for reasons which are unknown to us. The loss of these events are particularly disappointing given that we have just spent R12k on re-furbishing our courts for these 2 tournaments.
Not to be too disheartened, our Membership continues to grow owing to excellent work by the Club’s Social Media company who continue to get us listed as No.1 in any Google search for Squash Clubs in Joburg.
On a lighter note, Our Development kids from Alex played in a recent tournament at Parkview……Read the report from their Coach, and new Chairman, Chris Hughes…..
Thusong Squash Development Trainees
The Thusong Squash Development (TSD) coaching programme consists of weekly training at the Wanderers Club plus participation in the various squash tournaments held in Johannesburg throughout the year.
Between 12 to 14 youngsters from Alexandra Township take part weekly and from these, the more competitive players are entered into the Gauteng squash tournaments.
This year, the Standard Bank Central Gauteng Junior Squash (CGJS) Closed tournament was held at Parkview Squash Centre from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May. Eleven youngsters were entered into the tournament, comprising:
- 3 girls in the Under 19 age group
- 3 boys – U19
- 2 boys – U16
- 3 boys – U14
The competition was stiff as this tournament determines the players that go to the Interprovincial Junior tournaments around the country. The TSD players still need to make significant advances in the game before they reach the standards required to qualify for this. However, their performance in this year’s CGJS tournament has shown that significant improvement has been achieved since last year’s tournaments and it is quite possible there could be some contenders for the interprovincial games next year.
In the Boys Under 16 age group, Bongani Machava played exceptionally well, winning his first match in Round 1. In the second round he lost straight sets to the No. 4 player and in the third round he only just lost 2-3 to put him into the plate section. Bongani took the next two matches in rounds 4 and 5 but unfortunately lost 2-3 in the last round. This put him in position 25 out of a total of 39 players.
In the Boys Under 14 age group, David Machava put a lot of effort into each match, winning two out of the five matches and finishing in position 12 out of 24 players.
Bandile Machava, also in the BU14 age group, played extremely well with convincing wins in three of his first four matches. This put him in contention for a prize but unfortunately lost 0-3 in the final game. Bandile finished in position 10 out of 24 players.
Three girls played in the Under 19 age group, with Ophethile Mojapelo taking three of her six matches.
All the players thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to getting back to training for their next challenge.
Yours in Squash, Dave Grant (Retired Chairman)