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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2022 CHAMPIONSHIPS

It was agreed at the last AGM that the 2022 Championships would be played during the summer with the finals being played at Colets probably in September. Full details and entry forms will be available shortly.

 
 
Upcoming Matches 2022

 

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March
19 Civil Service Nottingham Nick Sheppard
25 York Tour Allen Barwise
April
7 Dorking Nigel Belle
May
12 RAC Epsom (Doubles) Nick Sheppard
October
9 Festival of Squash Ian Graham
 

 

 
 
Latest Match Reports
Hurlingham 10 Mar 2022
Oxford University 29 Jan 2022
Chichester 22 Jan 2022
Roehampton 13 Jan 2022
Limpsfield 08 Oct 2021
Leamington: 14 Aug 2021
Purley: 10 Sep 2021
 
 

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Latest pages:
Newsletter Spring 2022
Newsletter December 2021
Minutes of 58th AGM
Newsletter November 2021
Newsletter August 2021
Newsletter May 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

 

 

 

Covid-19

We hope you are keeping fit and well and we wish you all a safe emergence from these difficult times.

 
 

YORK TOUR
GB Vets v Wiggington
25th & 26th March 2022

 

 

GB Vets were again honoured to accept the annual invitation extended by Wiggington Sports Club, returning for the first time in three years due to the pandemic. This fixture has been a main stay in the Vets calendar for many years.

The Vets fielded a reasonably strong side with a wide range of age and abilities.

Matt Stevenson, Neil Harrison, Allen Barwise (capt), Keith Ragg, Alison Goy, Bryan Francis and Polly Woodward.

First to play on Friday was Ali Goy who contested a closely fought match with one of the leading Wiggies ladies. Ali just lost out 3-2 to Diane who surprised all the spectators with her incredible speed at the front of the court.

Keith Ragg entered the fray next taking the first game 11-9, the following games were exchanged until the 5th then Rob’s superior fitness became significant with the Wiggie man taking the last 11-2.

Bryan Francis played out of his skin to destroy his opponent 11-1, 11-1, 11-1 showing great guile and retrieving ability in his win.

Polly Woodward then picked up a fine win 3-0 against another local lady, Jules. Polly’s recent coaching paid off enabling her to chop up Jules in 20 mins.

Next up was Neil Harrison who has had a mixed year with little competitive squash due to covid and becoming granddad of the year. Ben Collard took it 3-1 although the match was a little controversial due to a very poor decision given to Neil at game ball which would have made it 2-1 to him.

New member and York resident, Matt Stevenson played three sets of powerful lengths and deft drops the beat their No1 player to square the match at 3-3.

Allen Barwise took to the court with the spectators shouting for the home man, however, the Vet captain used all his experience and court craft to beat the much younger man 3-0.

A great start to the weekend for the touring team. Vets 4 Wiggington 3

Wiggington’s team manager Nick Clifford then shuffled his pack for Saturday afternoon’s match bringing in a stronger selection in at several positions. They were not keen on losing another match.

Again Wiggie got off to a great start with Ali and Keith losing to stronger opponents despite both of them playing better than the night before. Ali losing 3-0 but all the games being extremely close. Keith played almost a mirror image of himself and although their styles cancelled each other out the home man came through in 4 games.

Our banker from last night Bryan unfortunately couldn’t replicate his form and lost out to a hard hitting opponent although the games were tight.

With the visitors 3-0 down it was left to Polly to try to keep the match alive, losing the first game it didn’t look good, however she rallied well and took the next three. A good performance from the left hander, whose confidence has grown since acquiring one of Stuart Hardy’s racquets.

Allen played the local ‘runner’ next, winning a tense match 3-1, a good weekend’s performance from the Cumbrian lad who volleyed the ball at every opportunity against his much fitter rival.

At 3-2 down in the match Neil had to pull out a result against a much younger guy. Neil was two down but found his rhythm and produced some crowd pleasing shots which confused his opponent and referee. Neil dug in well to make it 2-2 when Matt had to retire due to a hammy strain brought on by the sudden changes in direction Neil subjected him to. Great result for Neil.

Matt then played Jonny Duffield, a rivalry which has extended over several years. Many would say a grudge match, especially as the players’ home clubs share intense Yorkshire league competition. With the crowd displaying great support for Jonny he raised his game and made Matt play at his best, the Vet’s newcomer taking the match 11-5, 11-9, 11-8.

The overall match result on the Saturday - a 4-3 win to the Vets.

Allen thanked the club management, bar staff, caterers and club members for their kind invitation and support over the weekend. We then took the Wiggington players to dinner in York and a very pleasant evening was had by all.

Allen Barwise.

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Chair's Update & Message Spring 2022


After a lot advanced planning during the pandemic, GBV were able to hit the ground running as Covid measures eased.

There have been lots of matches with reports on the website. England Squash and Squash Masters have put on four tournaments with our members well represented in the entries and Rolls of Honour.

The Newsletter continues to entertain members, including many who no longer play. There are new articles coming all the time and you are encouraged to comment and put forward ideas too.

The fixture list continues to grow with interesting venues and teams. We entertained the Irish this year and the Lords Cricket Ground proved to be a very enjoyable place to play. Similarly, the Civil Service match saw some high standard squash as did the Oxford University games.

I would like to point members to two matches at the RAC in Epsom on May 12th and October 9th. They provide a rare opportunity to play doubles squash on the correct sized courts which is a real treat for those who love doubles.

Membership continues to rise with 8 new members in the last quarter to set against the very sad loss of some long- standing stalwarts of GBV.

For those not recently playing, there is now a period to dust off rackets and get back in training for our annual tournament which begins in August.

May I wish all members playing in the Home Internationals, European Squash and World Squash championships every success in these forthcoming events.

Ian Graham
Chair GBV

 
 

 2021 CLUB TOURNAMENT

After a wait of nearly 20 months we were able to complete the Covid curtailed 2020 Club Championships over the weekend of 27/28th November. Although all entrants from the 2020 event were entitled to a free entry into the now named 2020/21 Championships, numbers were down on the previous year’s total and in some age groups there were no entries at all. Something we hope will be corrected next year.

With Covid still very active all ES Covid protocols were enforced and there were no reported cases during the Tournament. Thanks to the participants, spectators and all involved in helping run the event for this. 

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FESTIVAL Of SQUASH 2021

The annual Festival of Squash was held at the splendid RAC, Woodcote Park on Sunday October 10th. GB Vets, RAC, Escorts and Army teams lined up to play each other with the usual 3 singles and 3 doubles teams. A template for the schedule of matches and handicapping based on age completed the set up and all seemed straightforward to the new Chair.

The theory is great but finding a team of players is much more difficult and all the teams had setbacks. The Army lost their top two early in the week and another deployed Friday evening. At the same time GB Vets Dean Newberry (down for 6 matches) twisted his knee and Charles Fuente fell off a boat! There were last minute negotiations to find players and eventually, every team turned out a full side.

The matches were varied and always entertaining. Notable battles included, singles: Fergus Burnett beating the young Escorts No.1 3/2, John Goodrich overcoming the Army’s No.3 also 3/2. Although he lost 3/2 Dan Sweeney’s match against the Army Captain. Doubles: Sweeney/Burnett beating the formidable Army duo of Ashmans 3/2 and Burnett/Sheppard just getting past the Escorts pair (also GB Vets) of Alan Boulden and Dave Parker 3/2.

Kinder and Woodliffe playing doubles for the Escorts enjoyed their opponents needing 38 points to win but youth prevailed in the end and one does not often get Smith, Belle and youth in the same sentence! What a joy to play on proper doubles courts despite the extra size messing up ones best kill shots.

It was looking good for the GB Vets around lunch but other teams were spurred on in the second half leaving the winners easing to victory by just 2 points. The Army pipping the GB Vets followed by the RAC and Escorts.

The Club put on good post match spread and many stayed for drinks and chat with old friends.

Thanks to James Dubois and the RAC for the use of the Club and the consummate professionalism of all the backroom staff. Thanks to team captains – Chris O’Brien Army, Shayne Baillie RAC and Jonny Machin & Dave Parker Escorts -and all the players who played with great spirit and sporting flair.

Finally, it is the Chair’s event to organise, but it was Jane and Nigel Belle who did all the pre weekend planning and match schedules (11 versions!) and kept us all ticking along to time during the day so a special thanks from me to them.

The Festival is a great event and I encourage all playing members to look out for next year’s date and offer their services to play.

Ian Graham
GB Vets Captain

GB Vets players: Nigel Belle, Nigel Bacon, Fergus Burnett, John Goodrich, Ian Graham, Karen Hume, John Prestwick, Nick Sheppard, Robert Smith, Dan Sweeney.

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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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