Wanderers Squash Club 2021 Club Champion

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An exciting evening of squash took place on Tuesday 23 November when the last round of the Club Championships took place at the Wanderers Squash Club.

13 matches took place to determine the Club Champion, the Runner-Up, the Plate winner and the Shield winner.  Every match was hard-fought and kept the audience enthralled throughout the evening.


The matches on the glass court leading up to the Championship Final just added to the excitement with Ross Purbrick and “Mo” Rahman fighting it out in five games for the third and fourth positions.

The four Development players impressed the audience, winning all their final round matches.

Bandile Machava beat Ross Matthews 3-1 to take the Plate position.

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Bongani Machava and Kyaran Pillay took 11th & 12th positions after a hard-fought five-setter.

Ashley Modiba beat Johnathan Houston 3-2 to take positions 21 & 22 and Johnny Mogala beat Wayne Bennett 3-2, taking positions 25 & 26.

The Club Champs Shield was fought over by six players with Mark Tessendorff winning overall with 15 points, followed closely by Gareth Murray with 12 points.

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Of course, the match everybody had been waiting for was between Phil Louw and Bruce Young.  There were high expectations for Bruce (runner-up in 2017 and 2020 and Club Champ in 2019) to beat Phil, a three-time winner in 2016, 2018 and 2020 and runner-up in 2019.

Phil took the first two games and looked to be set to take the match.  However, Bruce recovered and took games three and four bringing the match to 2-all.  The fifth game provided the audience with the entertainment expected of a Club Champs Final with PHIL LOUW eventually taking the fifth game to win the match and become The Wanderers Club Champion for the fourth time.

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The winning awards were presented by outgoing Wanderers Squash Chairman Chris Hughes and Chairman for 2022, Dino Petrarolo.

  • Club Champion 2021 – Phil Louw
  • Runner-up – Bruce Young
  • Plate – Bongani Machava
  • Shield – Mark Tessendorff


Thanks go to Francois van der Merwe for taking some really excellent, high-quality photographs at the tournament.  The full set can be viewed online.

Wanderers Squash Club AGM – New Committee

The Annual General Meeting of The Wanderers Squash Club took place at the Chariots bar on Monday 15 November at 5:30 pm.   The minutes and the annual reports are available on the Squash Sub-Club web site.

There were three resignations from the committee; Kevin Eborall, Gavin Duffy and Martin Cowper.  Their contribution to the running of the club over the previous year was much appreciated.

One new committee member was elected; Dino Petrarolo.  Dino was elected Chairman for the coming year and the new committee now consists of:

  • Dino Petrarolo (Chairman)
  • Chris Hughes (Squash Development & operations)
  • Phil Louw (League Rep)
  • Bruce Young (Treasurer)
  • Shamus Donoghue

Members are encouraged to contribute to the running and improvement of the club facilities and the Committee welcomes any suggestions and volunteers to assist.

SARS-CoV-2 Lockdown playing protocol at The Wanderers

ALL courts are open to MEMBERS and guest players during Lockdown Level 1.

However, the following protocols must still be adhered to:

▪️ Courts are open for bookings to paid-up squash club members and their guests.

▪️ The appropriate visitor fee will be charged to the member playing with a guest.

▪️ Only players registered with Squash SA may use the courts.

▪️ Doubles is allowed.

▪️ No spectators are allowed.

▪️ Sanitize before and after touching the keypad, pen, doors etc.

▪️ Adhere to Covid hygiene protocols as shown on the posters.

▪️ Notify the Squash Club Chairman immediately if you test Covid Positive within ten days of having played.

▪️ 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.

Social Sunday

Social squash takes place every Sunday at 4pm.  All members welcome, including invited guests.

If you are a new (or existing) member looking for a game, ask Gary Plumstead to include you in a WhatsApp group or contact Chris Hughes or Phil Louw, our League Representative (072 468 9027).

End of Season 2021

That completes the squash season for 2021.  We look forward to getting activities off to a quick start in 2022 with a Summer League in February followed shortly afterwards by the commencement of the 2022 Joburg Mens’ and Masters leagues.

Keep safe over the festive season.

Chris Hughes.

On behalf of the Chairman & Committee – Wanderers Squash Club.

[email protected]