Gauteng League Awards
Phil Louw represented The Wanderers Club at the Central Gauteng Squash Annual Awards Evening held at the Wanderers Centre Court restaurant on the 21st of November. Phil Louw’s team came top of the Second League in addition to Eric Chang’s team which came top of the Third League. Also at the event was The Wanderers’ resident coach, Gary Plumstead, who played for second-placed Parkview in the Reserve League.
Phil also accepted a “2018 Volunteer of the Year” award from Egoli Squash’s Glenn Lazarus, on behalf of Chris Hughes for his contribution to the coaching of development of squash players.
The annual Wanderers Century Doubles tournament took place on 27 November. 13 doubles teams took part with a combined age of well over 13 hundred years!! Madelyn and Charles won the overall tournament but recognition was given to other players such as Mervin & Richard (oldest couple) and JP Strydom & Sheena Worwood (biggest age gap). Players tended to be a bit coy about their ages, but with JP being only in his mid‑20s Sheena and JP certainly got maximum leverage out of their combined ages!
On Saturday the 3rd of November The Wanderers Club hosted a “Thusong / Egoli Squash Challenge” tournament. Development squash players from Egoli Squash played the Wanderers development players in a “Bell tournament”, fielding teams of eleven players from each side. This was a lot of fun and after the Thusong team managed to win the floating trophy for this year, a braai was held at the Spinners bar for all participants.
The final tournament for 2018 was held on Saturday the 24th of November. This was the annual Movember Squash Tournament to raise funds for Men’s cancer and Development Squash. Five teams of four players entered including one team comprising solely of Thusong Development Squash players. Best Male and Best Female player awards went to father and daughter team Celumusa Malinga and Awande Malinga, with special recognition going to Dali Mahaye as the Tallest Player!
The Wanderers Squash Club Annual General Meeting was held on the 2nd of November. There was a good turnout at the meeting and the members elected a new committee for 2019.
I would like to thank the resigning members of the committee for their contribution over the year:
- Dave Grant, who resigned as Chairman to relocate back to Wales
- Eric Chang, who has moved down to Cape Town
- Tony Marks, who fulfilled the role of Treasurer for several years
- Kevin Eborall, who kept the committee meetings on an even keel.
I would also like to thank Gary Plumstead for the work he does in ensuring that the courts are kept in top condition and keeping the club alive through his organisation of tournaments and social events.
The new committee comprises:
- Chris Hughes (Chairman)
- Gavin Duffy (Treasurer)
- Phil Louw (League Rep), assisted by Keith Willows (Masters League)
- Gary Plumstead (Court Manager)
- Bruce Macmillan and Martin Cowper
Finally, I’d like to thank the Members for supporting the club. I’m looking forward to a great year in 2019 and I wish everybody well for the upcoming holiday season.
Chairman – Wanderers Squash Club.