Club News: The Editor has been off the air for a few months, so apologies for that, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening at Wanderers Squash!
Since my last newsletter, there have been a number of activities, mostly tournaments…….see below. Meanwhile, the Committees of Hockey & Cricket are working hard to get a caterer installed at Spinners so that we can have some hot snack food without having to order from the Main Club. As with all things, we have encountered some challenges regarding safety issues in the upgrading of the kitchen, but we are hopeful that we can be up & running by the beginning of February.
We have more or less run out of time to have our AGM before year-end, so we are planning to have it early in the New Year. Our Committee met last week to start planning for next year’s tournaments and we think we now have a framework of events which we need to massage around all the regional and national tournaments and Leagues, plus World Masters in America from the 28th July to 4th August.
Since the last newsletter, the Inter-Provincial Team Singles Tournament was held in PE with a number of Wanderers players led by the perpetual Keith Willows at the helm.
Then, on the 7th October, we hosted The Chamber Exiles in our Annual “Chamber Challenge”, with the visitors complaining that our team was too strong! Ah well, another boring win!
The 27th & 28th October saw our Annual “Century Doubles” tournament with 19 teams entered, all with a minimum collective age of 100 years. This is the only tournament of its kind in South Africa and is proving to be very popular. This was an “Open” tournament which attracted players from all over Gauteng, including the Vaal Triangle. It was an excellent mix of fun and competitiveness enjoyed by all, and ably organised and run by our own Gary Plumstead.…..see photos.
The Masters Inter-Provincial Doubles was held in KZN this year with a few Wanderers participating, including two of our Committee Members whose combined age was 143 resulting in a serious “carrot” being administered!
The Club Championships were held over two weeks to determine our pecking order for the year to come, and it was good to see some new contenders for the top spot. Our reigning champion, Phil Louw, was relegated to 3rd place this year, while two new contenders, Yusuf Timol & Bruce Young, played each other for first and second, with Yusuf coming out tops. Once again, a well-run tournament by Gary Plumstead, our Manager & Coach.
Yours in Squash, Dave Grant