The Wanderers Squash Club Championships
PHIL LOUW successfully took the Club Championship from Bruce Young, beating him 3-2 in a nail‑biting final held at the squash courts on 24 November 2020.
After a shaky start and losing the first two games, Phil made an impressive comeback to win the club championship for the third time.
Ross Matthews took the Plate position, beating Allan Lai 3‑2.
Final positions were:
Positions 1 & 2: Phil Louw bt Bruce Young 3-2.
Positions 3 & 4: Mohammed Rahman bt Mike Sissison 3-0.
Positions 5 & 6: Chris van der Sande bt Kyaran Pillay 3-0.
Positions 7 & 8: Dino Petrarola (w/o) against Clive Lacy.
Positions 8 & 10. Ross Matthews bt Allan Lai 3-2.
Positions 11 & 12. Graham West bt Gavin Duffy 3-2.
Positions 13 & 14. Brett Matthews bt Martin Cowper 3-2.
Positions 15 & 16. Johnny Fiandeiro bt Fabio Loreggian 3-2.
Five players went into the First‑Round‑Losers shield, namely Priscilla le Roux, Lionel Slowe, Sasha Lunsche, Shamus Donoghue and Chris Hughes. Let’s just say, we all had lots of fun!
The End of a (Non) Eventful Year
That brings to an end the tournaments and league matches for the year. It has been a tough year for many people and sport has been one of the many victims of the Covid‑19 outbreak. However, with the help of Squash SA and a few hard‑working individuals we were lucky that squash was one of the first sports back in play.
The return‑to‑play back in August gave the organizers time to hastily re‑arrange league schedules so that at least a watered‑down format of league matches could be played before the end of the year. Unfortunately, due to limited income over this period, The Wanderers Squash Club suffered from a severe cash‑flow problem. This meant that some of our traditional tournaments such as the Dave Grant Doubles, the Century Doubles and the Movember tournaments could not be held.
We are hoping that in the New Year the committee will come up with a sustainable financial model to re‑invigorate the squash club, boost membership and resurrect our perennial tournaments for the benefit of the members.
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.
Gary Plumstead was elected Chairman of Joburg Squash at the recent AGM and we wish him success in his new, challenging role. With Gary’s intimate knowledge of the game and his understanding of the squash community’s needs I trust we’ll see a successful league year in 2021 no matter what the coronavirus tries to throw at us!
Best wishes to everybody for the holiday season. Maintain social distancing (2 metres) as you mix with your friends and family and maintain travel distancing (2 seconds) between cars as you travel to your holiday destination. I’m sure, then, that we’ll see you all back on court in 2021.
Chairman – Wanderers Squash Club.