Development Squash players get the season started

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Squash at The Wanderers got off to a good start in 2021 with a challenge from the Thusong Squash Development players against The Wanderers 8th League team.  The TSD team of Bongani, Ashley, Bandile & David played against Martin, Fabio, Sasha & Wayne on Wednesday the 3rd of February in a nail‑biting match that saw the lead swinging from team to team during the course of the event.

Bongani and Martin started the event resulting in Bongani winning 3-2 after a closely‑fought game, despite Martin actually achieving more points! Final points were 61-65; a difference of only THREE POINTS!

Fabio brought The Wanderers team back with a 3-2 win against Ashley. Sasha then won his game against Bandile 3-0 putting The Wanderers firmly in the lead.  However, the final match saw the competition even up once again with David beating Wayne 3-0.

With the games at a draw, it was down to an overall‑points count. Wanderers just had the edge, winning 221 to 203; a difference of only 18 points!

A late challenge by The Wanderers Captain, Graham, against the Thusong Captain, Chris, wasn’t required to clinch the deal and Chris let the match go at 3-1. wanderers club Squash News, February 2021 13

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Joburg League and Masters League

Masters League will commence on Thursday 18 March.  If you wish to participate, please contact Keith Willows (083 281 4996) or Mish Wentzel (083 256 8642).

Joburg League will consist of fewer league teams this year comprising only seven league levels. Matches will probably only commence after Easter.  If you are interested in playing Joburg League please contact Phil Louw (072 468 9027).

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR LEAGUE and TOURNAMENT PLAYERS

If you have not already done so, please renew your Squash SA registration via SportyHQ.  Only registered players will be allowed to participate in League matches and accredited tournaments. If you have difficulty in registering, please contact Jacqui Fryer (011 442 8056, [email protected]).

New National Director for Squash South Africa

After many years of dedication to the squash scene, Liz Addison is retiring from Squash SA. Her wealth of knowledge, willingness to assist and her passion for the game is going to be sorely missed. Jennifer Sawyer has taken over as National Director and she will be based in the Squash SA office situated at The Wanderers.  We all wish Jennifer well in her new, and very demanding, position.

Social Squash and Fitness Training

Social squash continues every Sunday afternoon from 16:00 to 17:30 (and beyond).

You are welcome to bring visitors to the social squash sessions.  As an introduction to new visitors their first session will be free.  However, from Monday 1 March VISITOR FEES ARE INCREASING TO R90 /45 minute session. This is consistent with the Main Club’s approach to encouraging an increase in club membership.

Remember to top‑up your court account on the booking computer via GoBook (https://www.gobook.co.za/). This will allow you to play with a visitor and will automatically deduct the visitor fee from your account.  You are also allowed ONE FREE VISITOR SESSION per month.

Martin Cowper has started running squash fitness sessions in conjunction with social squash on Sunday afternoons.

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You are welcome to pitch up and take part if you have masochistic tendencies (!). Martin has a wealth of knowledge about sports fitness as he comes from a professional athletic background.  Having trouble getting to the T?  Martin will make sure you get your fitness levels up so that you never again find yourself stuck at the back of the court!

Being able to play squash during the various phases of lockdown has been a welcome relief to many players who have sorely missed the league and tournament events that normally take place throughout the year.  Thanks to the proactiveness of Squash SA, Joburg Squash and Joburg Masters Squash in establishing a playing protocol, we have been privileged to be able to practice our favourite sport during the latter half of 2020.

We would all like to continue playing in 2021, while maintaining the safety requirements of social distancing, disinfecting fomites and washing our hands regularly.  Squash SA issued guidelines for court activities during the modified Level 3 lockdown and if we, as a club, adhere to these then we should be able to participate in some form of tournaments and league in 2021.

We are hoping that the first club tournament for 2021 will be the Summer League in February possibly followed in March by a “Pre‑Season tournament” in preparation for the Joburg League.  Notice will be sent out once we have some clarity on the timing of the Joburg League and Joburg Masters League.

Joburg Squash have requested feedback from club members as to whether there would be an interest in playing a doubles league this year.  If you are keen, please let me or Phil Louw know at your soonest opportunity.

In the meantime, please take note of any instructions from The Wanderers Club regarding the use of restaurant and bar facilities and, in particular, the Lockdown Level 3 protocol for playing squash at The Wanderers.

SARS‑CoV‑2 Lockdown Level 3 – Modified playing protocol at The Wanderers

▪️ Courts are open to paid‑up squash club members.

▪️ Visitors may train with a member subject to the payment of the appropriate fee and abidance by the rules of The Wanderers Club.

▪️ Visitors may participate in Joburg League and tournaments held at The Wanderers, subject to the rules applicable to the event.

▪️ No spectators are allowed.

▪️ Players must leave the premises once their activities are complete.

▪️ Anybody entering the squash premises for whatever purpose must:

✔️ Sanitize upon entry and regularly afterwards

✔️ Complete the attendance / track & trace register

✔️ Record their temperature using the instrument available at the booking computer

✔️ Not share kit, equipment or drinks. (Bring your own drinks container).

😷 Wear a mask when not playing.

✔️ Maintain social distancing.

 

Chris Hughes.

Chairman – Wanderers Squash Club.