The Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain


 
Welcome to the web site of The Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain which celebrated it's 50th Golden Anniversary in 2013. Our aim is to encourage all veteran players, male and female, to continue playing the game, and to this end we hold a range of events, tournaments and tours throughout the year.
 
 
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THINKING OF JOINING?

The club is actively seeking to broaden the membership throughout the United Kingdom. 

Please download a Membership Form, sign up your friend and send in to the Hon. Secretary, remembering to fill in all Bank details!

Nigel Belle, The Red House, Church Road, Sundridge, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6EA. Tel: 019595 65444.

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2019/2020 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Entry forms will be sent out/emailed in November 2019.

 
 
Upcoming Matches 2019/20

 

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Matches are currently being arranged and will be published in the Autumn 2019 Newsletter.
     

 

 
 
Latest Match Reports
Oxshott: 26 April 2019
Ashtead: 18 April 2019
RAC Pall Mall: 15 April 2019
Beckenham: 12 April 2019
Purley: 22 Mar 2019
Dorking: 19 Mar 2019
Hurlingham: 14 Mar 2019
Roehampton: 10 Jan 2019
Camberley: 29 Nov 2018
Bromley CC: 23 Nov 2018
 

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Latest pages:
Spring 2019 Newsletter
February 2019 Newsletter
Autumn 2018 Newsletter
September 2018 Newsletter
Spring 2018 Newsletter
Minutes of 2018 AGM
March 2018 Newsletter
Rules of membership
 
 
50th Anniversary Book

Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2013, please remember that the Anniversary Book is still available.

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New Kit Available

New kit is available - go online. Go to www.iprosports.co.uk, click on 'Club Zone', scroll down and click on the GB Vets logo and then follow on-screen instructions.

 

 

 

ALLAM BRITISH OPEN RESULTS
HULL UNIVERSITY 21-26 MAY 2019
6 WINNERS, 6 RUNNERS UP FOR THE GB VETS!

MO45 Jonathan Gliddon having beaten the No.1 seed Jamie Goodrich in the semis, had match ball against him in the final but emerged the winner against the No.2 seed after a bruising 67 minutes. Jeremy Krzystyniak reached the ’s.

MO50 Stephen McLoughlin reached the semis having beaten Andy Murray in the ’s.

MO55 Mark Woodliffe No.1 seed didn’t drop a game the whole tournament and beat Eamonn Price in the final. Raymond Burke MBE and Darren Withey reached the ’s.

MO60 Mark Cowley reached the ’s.

MO65 Stephen Johnson also not dropping a single game, beat a resurgent Stuart Hardy in the final. Geoff Redfern and Paul Reader reached the ’s.

MO70 Howard Cherlin, No.1 seed, having just beaten Barry Featherstone 3/2 in the semis went on to beat the No.2 seed Ian Ross in the final. Larry Grover reached the semis whilst Trevor Cox and Aubrey Waddy reached the ’s.

MO75 Another battle between little and large where Mike Clemson No.1 seed, 0/2 down went on to win 15/10 in the 5th against Adrian Wright. Leo Kingston reached the semis and Bev Boag, Andrew Beeston and Nigel Belle reached the ’s.

MO80 Lance Kinder lost to the American No.1 seed in the final. John Woodliffe reached the semis.

WO55 Mandy Akin won a convincing final 3/0. Sarah Howlett reached the semis.

WO60 Karen Hume lost 1/3 in the semis.

WO70 Averil Murphy having just beaten Bett Dryhurst 3/2 in the semis, lost to the No.1 seed in the final.

 
 
 

Chairman's Report 2018-19

 I am delighted to report that our Club remains in good heart. Our finances are in good health and we continue to make progress in both our membership and our outreach to all parts of the United Kingdom.

This year has also seen further strengthening of the traditional weekends with the Fitzwilliam Club (run by Steve Jackson) and whilst the traditional York weekend (run by Adrian Wright) took a year off in 2018, it will take place again on the weekend of 25-26 th October. Nick Sheppard, who is now our Hon. Match Secretary has also initiated a new Cambridge weekend, but circumstances conspired to delay it until the summer.

The Festival of Squash has now become a popular event held in early November (with great support from the RAC Woodcote Park and James Dubois). Last year our GB Vets Team had a great day and wrested the trophy off The Army for the first time in four years. A great day was had by players and supporters. Do put it in your diary for November 3rd, either to play or support your team!

Our Club Tournament remains one of our strengths. We have successfully extended the range of categories to include “Non-County players” Men’s O40 and Mixed Doubles with great success. Our Club is hugely in debt to Geoff Howes for his continued hard work to ensure its success over many years.

Slightly further afield, a number of our members played in the 2018 World Masters in Charlottesville USA at the end of July 2018. We were thrilled to celebrate the achievements of all our members. A special mention, however, goes to Lance Kinder who won the Over 80’s title. Congratulations also go to Karen Hume, Mandy Akin and Ian Ross who won silvers in their categories.


Moving back home, many of our members continue to excel in Regional and National Masters events. All these details are always recorded in Nigel’s splendid Club Newsletters.

At the recent 2019 British National Masters held in Nottingham, GB Vets recorded an amazing haul of 8 winners and 6 runners-up. The winners: Mandy Akin WO55, Karen Hume WO60, Bett Dryhurst WO70, Mark Woodliffe MO55, Stephen Johnson MO65, Howard Cherlin MO70, Adrian Wright MO75 and finally Vinnie Taylor MO80. Congratulations to them all!

A Chairman can only be as good as his supporting Committee. We are lucky that we have a strong and hard-working Committee who continue to dedicate their time to our Club. I thank them on behalf of all our members. Di Hendry has now been our Treasurer for three years and has mastered all the details of running the financial side of our Club. We were delighted that Nick Sheppard took on role of Match Secretary. He has already arranged new fixtures and revived some that had lapsed. It remains a difficult task however, since many active players have so many options.

I would especially like to extend my thanks to Nigel Belle. Nigel not only takes on the bulk of the work that keeps our Club going, including the Membership files, production of newsletters and the web-site content, but he also runs a significant number of matches. Oh, and he also plays in many of the Masters’ weekends and this year will captain the Over 75 English Team- alongside Darren Withey and Keeley Johnson who will captain their respective teams.

I have forgotten how many times over the last few years I urged our younger members to come forward and serve our club, but this is still not happening to the extent that we need. Your Committee continues to work hard to find new blood and energy to help run the GB Vets. So please volunteer if you are able to help in any way, perhaps by arranging matches, tours or, indeed, in any way you are willing to contribute to the further development of our Club.

To highlight this challenge, I have given notice that, in order to speed up this process, I have announced that I will give up the Chairman’s role of the GB Vets Club after the 2020 AGM when Di will also resign as Treasurer.

We need to move forward and ensure that our club will continue to flourish. In the meantime, thanks for all your continued support.

Tom Hendry
Chairman

 
 

2019 Club Championships


The last weekend in March saw the culmination of the 2019 Veterans Squash Club Annual Club Championships, which were again held at Colets Health and Fitness in Thames Ditton, Surrey.

With additional categories of Men's Over 40 and Mixed Doubles it was going to be a busy weekend.
Saturday was Semi-Final day with 40 matches played and another 30 on Sunday for the Finals.

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BRITISH NATIONAL MASTERS
GB VETS - 8 WINNERS!

The GB Vets recorded an amazing haul of 8 winners and 6 runners up at the British National Masters held in Nottingham 12/17 February 2019.

The Women first:

Mandy Akin WO55 winner beating her old Scottish rival Fiona McLean in a thrilling final 3/1. Lesley Sturgess reached the semis, Tammy Bennett and Sue Pynegar reached the quarters.
Karen Hume WO60 winner beating the No. 1 seed in the semis and a convincing 3/1 win in the final against Jill Campion.
Bett Dryhurst won the WO70 title and also runner up in the O65’s.

Now the men:

Jamie Goodrich MO40 lost in the final 5/11 in the 5th.
Mark Woodliffe MO55 winner taking just 19 minutes to win the final 3/0. John Parkes, Darren Withey and Eamonn Price reached the quarters.
Stephen Johnson MO65 winner beat an under par Geoff Redfern 3/0 in the final. John Goodrich and Paul Reader reached the quarters.
Howard Cherlin MO70 won a thrilling 45 minute match 15/11 in the 5th against Phil Ayton. Howard having beaten the No.2 seed Barry Featherstone (who unfortunately had to retire injured) in the semis whilst Phil beat the No.1 seed Ian Ross 3/1 also in the semis. Larry Grover and Aubrey Waddy reached the quarters.
Adrian Wright MO75 beat old rival Mike Clemson 3/1 in the final. Nigel Belle reached the semis.
Vinnie Taylor MO80 won all his games in a 3 man pool. Lance Kinder was runner up.

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GB Vets v Fitzwilliam


The GBVETS were welcomed to Dublin for the annual fixture against Fitzwilliam club. Timed to coincide with the England Ireland Rugby International, hopes were high for an England double. Our support for the England rugby team we were sure would be reciprocated by the huge number of England supporters in Dublin!

Friday night’s match got off to an early start to accommodate the later festivities and it seemed as if our lower order were in a hurry to start the festivities early. Bedford Lloyd, Tammy Bennet and Kim Ricks went down to some strong opposition, albeit not without a fight, recording a game each. It was left to Ian Bradburn, Steve Johnson and Steve Jackson to salvage something from the ashes....

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Festival of Squash 2018

The sixth annual Festival of Squash organised by the GB Vets was held at the RAC, Woodcote Park, Epsom on Sunday 4th. November.

By 9.30 a.m. groups of keen players, with ages spanning from 29 to 83, representing the GB Vets, the Army and the Escorts, began arriving to join the players from the host RAC team.

For the Army Craig Webb was the overall star winning all three of his Singles playing at No.1 whilst also playing in three Doubles matches. Phil Croager and Nick Palmer repeated their achievements of 2017 by winning all three of their Doubles.

The ladies were well represented with newcomer Shayne Baillie (RAC) joining Mandy Akin and Karen Hume (GB Vets). All played highly competitive and exciting matches throughout the day.

One of the key factors of the whole day was the way in which the GB Vets were able to dominate the Doubles.

Dermot Hurford made his debut in the Festival and teamed up with Dave Clarke following the absence of Alan Thomson. Dermot and Dave won all three of their doubles scoring 12 vital points for the GB Vets team. In addition to Dermot and Dave’s splendid performance, Mandy and Karen won two of their three matches and amassed another ten points. Perhaps even more splendid was the way that the really
“mature” GB Vets players performed in the other doubles with Nigel Belle and Roger Sulley (combined ages of 148) winning both their matches, and Lance Kinder and John Woodliffe (combined ages of 166) also winning their one match. It was great to have John and Lance participating especially given Lance’s recent achievement of winning the Over 80 World Masters Championship in Charlottesville, US.

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BUY CLUB MERCHANDISE - ON LINE!

Now you can view and purchase Club Merchandise on line! We've also added some new items - not only do we sell the regular polo and tee shirts for both men and women but now also shorts and warm-up jackets. The order process is very simple:

- Go to www.iprosports.co.uk and click on the 'Club Zone' link at the top of the Home Page.

- Scroll down to the Vets Club logo and click on it. All garments are then displayed, click on product(s) required, select size, colour, personalisation (if required), click on 'add to cart'.

- When finished go to checkout, place order, pay, that's it!

Exceptions: Lamb's wool v neck pullovers are bought from another source and can't (yet) be obtained on line. For information on these and to order contact the Hon.Sec.

Old stock at low, low prices: There are a few men's tee shirts (large and XL) and a number of ladies shirts (all sizes) available from the Hon.Sec. All at £10, buy now, first come first served!

 

 
   

 

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