Wanderers Squash followed up a busy February which included the SA vs Zambia test match, the Wanderers Invitational tournament and a bell tournament with an even busier March! The first event for March was another bell tournament, once again well organised by Chris Hughes and well attended. There were some familiar faces as well as a few new ones. This month’s event was preceded by a Marking and Refereeing course which was presented by the very experienced Shelley Manning, a familiar face for those of us that play tournaments. We would like to thank Shelley for coming along to give the presentation and answering some questions. This was followed by the bell tournament which Team A won (again !). It was a fun evening and we plan to have another bell tournament in the very near future. It’s a great way to get to know the newer members and, even though it’s harder than it seems, it was a fun evening of squash.
The annual Johannesburg Open Masters Doubles this year was hosted by our good friends and neighbours from Chamber Exiles. Once again, a well organised and run tournament and Wanderers had two teams that took part, namely Phil Louw and Dino Petrarolo and the second team of Chris Hughes and Seamus Donoghue. The standard was high but everyone had good fun and some good games.
Parkview Squash Centre hosted the South African Nationals Masters tournament – a tournament that is a firm favourite amongst many players. This year there were 90 players from around the country. The standard of squash was high and we saw quite a few ex SA National champions there, who’re still actively playing. Craig van der Wath, who is a 6 time world masters champion returned from a long injury enforced lay-off, in the 55-59 age group. Wanderers had a strong representation in the tournament including Bruce Young, Dino Petrarolo, Seamus Donoghue, Chris Hughes, Alf Close and Keith Willows. In the 70-74 age group, our very own Keith Willows came first, making him the SA Masters champion in his age group. Dino won the plate in the 55-59 age group. Well done to both Wanderers winners.
Back on home turf, both the Gauteng Mens and Gauteng Masters leagues have begun. These are played on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the league runs until late September/early October. The Sunday social continues and on Sunday 27th March all 8 courts were in use. Last Tuesday (29th) Wanderers hosted 5 teams from around Gauteng as part of the Joburg Mens league,so the courts were nice and busy. We have had quite a few new members and the Sunday social (16h00-17h30) is a good way to meet other members and to have a few fun games of squash.
Until next time, keep squashing and win the last point!