What can I say that isn’t superlative in respect of The Wanderers hosting the World Masters in September. Despite a few hiccups on the first day, the praise we received for our facilities, organisation and willingness to help was overflowing. The younger Masters played at Wanderers and the finals, which were held on our glass court, attracted the biggest audience we have ever seen. I estimate there must have been about 350 people crammed-in. The daily registration of players took place in a portacabin between Hockey SA and Squash SA which was sponsored by one of our Members, Bryan Hodgkinson of Vanguard Rigging. The admin was carried-out by a team of volunteers who chivvied-up the players & referees to get to their matches on-time. The Silvasales caterers were run off their feet dispensing drinks and food. The comments we have seen in the social media have been glowing, considering this was the biggest Masters Tournament ever (950 players) and has turned-out to be the best. There are too many thanks to include in this newsletter, but we can be proud that we have hosted a World Class Event. There were quite a few Wanderers Members who played in the World Masters but, apart from Sheena Worwood who got a bronze medal, there were no other “gongs” for our Members, except to know that they participated in a wonderful event and made friends from over 40 countries.
The Annual Chamber Challenge was held as usual on World Squash Day, the one day a year when all clubs are supposed to play. This year it was The Chamber’s turn to host us, and you can imagine our delight when we were declared the winner and were allowed to return home with the floating trophy………..briefly held by Chamber for a year!
The Annual Century Doubles was held the following weekend at our courts over a Friday evening and Saturday morning. Again, a super tournament open to all clubs, and this year was represented by Randburg, Chamber, Pirates, JCC and ourselves. The “Century” requires that the doubles partnership must add-up to 100 years of age which puts some of the old folk under severe pressure. The results were as follows:
1. Greg Lynch & Simon Baker
2. Vic Lopes & Rob Eurelle
3. Phil Louw & Dave Grant
4. Sheena Worwood & Alison McPhee
5. Flip van Antwerpen & Chris van Heeswijk
6. Mervin Sherman & Richard King
7. Chris Hughes & Neil Urmson 8. Andy Theron & Lionel Slowe