The Joburg Squash League season recommences
The Squash League season eventually got off to a start on the 25th of August under its new name Joburg Squash (previously Gauteng Squash). After a five-month delay due to Covid‑19, the league recommenced in a much smaller format as the 2020 Joburg Blitz League.
Due to the low number of teams entered there are only six divisions with seven to eight teams per division; almost half the number of teams that normally enter.
The Wanderers Club managed to field four teams compared to the planned seven, with teams in Divisions B‑Reserve, C‑2nd/3rd, D‑4th/5th and F‑8th/9th.
Wanderers did exceptionally well in Division F (8th/9th League), winning all their matches in straight games against Chamber Exiles.
And a feather in the team’s cap is that BONGANI MACHAVA from the Thusong Squash Development programme made his debut appearance, winning all his games!
Squash players passed on
You have probably read on the SquashSA web site about the untimely death of Stuart Hailstone, one of the great Southern African squash players, who passed on at the age of 58. Stuart had a string of squash successes throughout his career, including winning three SA Nationals finals and winning the 1988 SA Open Championship.
Condolences are also extended to Martin Cowper whose father, John Cowper, passed away last month. John also played some impressive squash in his time, winning the SA Nationals in 1983, the SA Open in 1984 and runner‑up in the SA Nationals in 1985. In 1997 John played in the Over 65 section of the World Masters Championships held in Johannesburg, losing in the Quarter Finals. However, in 1999 he won the Over 70s section of the World Masters held in Sheffield, England.
COVID‑19 Lockdown – Return-to-play
Times have been tough for over the last few months, especially for the service industry. We would therefore like to express our sincere thanks to Nic Constas of The Aviator Hotel for continuing his support of The Wanderers Squash Club.
With league practice and coaching now allowed to take place at the club, many of the members took advantage of the relaxation in the rules and got back onto the courts when they opened on the 1st of August. Martin Cowper demonstrates the use of the elbow‑operated sanitizer dispenser at the entrance to the courts.
Other players had some fun showing off their Covid PPE prior to commencing training.
With the signing‑in registration desk setup, the courts are fully compliant with the SquashSA return‑to‑play operational plan.
COVID‑19 Playing Protocol
Gary Plumstead is the Compliance Officer for the courts and he is responsible for ensuring that all social distancing, disinfecting and other special procedures are adhered to.
Stand‑in Compliance Officers will be in attendance when Gary is not available, as notified from time‑to‑time. Players must make arrangements to play with the Compliance Officer on duty in advance (no “arrive-to-play” will be allowed). Players are required to sign an indemnity form upon arrival.
Players will not be allowed to change or shower at the premises. Please avoid making contact with fomites (surfaces on which the virus might reside) such as door handles, walls, taps etc. Use disposable gloves or a paper towel where necessary.
We have worked hard to get squash back on court and we all have to adhere to the rules above in order to keep squash running smoothly – let’s not misuse this opportunity.
Please contact Gary for more information on 073 791 2851 [email protected].
In order to combat the spread of the virus, it is important to follow the official hygiene rules, one of which is to WASH YOUR HANDS with SOAP.
The COVID‑19 virus is protected by a fatty layer around its perimeter. Soap can dissolve this layer and destroy the virus before it can spread and infect yourself and others.
WEAR A MASK, DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE and WASH YOUR HANDS!!
Chairman – Wanderers Squash Club.