Squash and Racketball
When covid-related restrictions are lifted on 21st June, players will once again be able to enjoy the wide range of activities available in the Squash and Racketball section. We welcome new members and their guests. Book coaching sessions, enjoy friendly games – for fun, or as part of your fitness programme – or play more competitively in the monthly leagues & annual club tournaments.
Both of our courts have tiered spectator galleries to view the action. There is on-going investment in the club to continually improve amenities and services for our members and guests to make each visit as enjoyable as possible.
Club nights are great fun – they provide opportunities for getting to know other members and play different people. All abilities are welcome. Details of our squash and racketball club nights will be published once they are running again (as soon as covid restrictions have been lifted).
The annual squash and racketball tournaments take place during April and June respectively. They involve the following events:
- Men’s Open
- Ladies’ Open
- Minor Leagues
- Veterens’ Handicap (Over 45)
- Superveterens’ Handicap (Over 55)
- Junior Open
- Ladies’ Handicap
The finals are played in front of a gallery of spectators.
During the 2019-20 winter season the club had one team playing in the Outer Kent League.
SQUASH TOURNAMENT 2019
Steady Semadeni takes second Hythe Open Squash title in 3 years.
The squash finals took place on Friday 3rdMay and provided a feast of entertainment for the spectators present. There were more entrants than in recent years, showing the energy that currently exists in the squash section at the club.
Throughout the recent squash season, the top players at the club have been vying for premier position. After some close matches in the Open tournament, the final came down to a match between No 1 seed Ray Semadeni and No 3 seed, Bill Lightfoot. The first game was close but went to Lightfoot on a disputed let call. However, not to be denied, Semadeni came back and although it was close, he took the next 3 games and victory with a combination of error-free tight line and length. Lightfoot tried every shot in the book but was finally defeated, losing 3- 1. In the ladies tournament, runner up for the past 3 years, Mel Booth, was triumphant 3-0 against new adversary Pam Ludlow.
In the other finals, the Plate resulted in a closely fought battle between 3 times runner-up Finlay Clegg and fast mover Guy Adams. The match ebbed and flowed with Clegg finally triumphing 3-2. The Minor Leagues final saw 2 relatively new players Ryan Edwards and Tristan Blackwell taking the court but despite Blackwell’s best efforts Edwards ran out the winner by 3-0. In the popular Doubles event, the final produced a game of energetic and frenetic rallies before Ray Semadeni and Mel Booth both became double trophy winners against Guy Adams and Lee Divers by 3-0.
The Handicap final, featured crafty racqueteer Neil Fagg against Tristan Blackwell in his 2ndfinal. The handicapping was spot on with Fagg succeeding in a closely fought 3-2 victory as Blackwell finally ran out of steam. The Veterans (over 45) Handicap final featured contrasting styles with pacy Baz Hodson taking on master tactician Lee Divers. The match was most entertaining but finally the hard hitting of Hodson got the upper hand and a 3-2 win over the floating and disguise of Divers. In the Supervets (over 55) Handicap final, previous winner, Steve Jones, once again came out on top against journeyman Bob Wells who, try as he might, finally had to admit defeat by 3-0.
The Squash & Racketball section at the club, fresh from a recent Graded Tournament, next has the annual Racketball Tournament, Kent League Summer Team Squash and the club dinner. There are also regular club nights for both disciplines. New members of any standard are always welcome.
Squash & Racketball Chairman
RACKETBALL TOURNAMENT 2019
The 2019 annual racketball tournament was a great success with some hard-fought and extremely entertaining finals.
Sean O’Donovan once again proved to be in a different class taking the Open Championship for the 17th time in succession, winning 3-0, despite his opponent, John Good (playing his second game of the evening), putting in a massive effort. Mel Booth becomes the Ladies Champion with a gritty performance, winning 3-1 against Sue Giles. John Good was unable to overhaul the determined Steve Davies who, against all the odds, put in an inspired performance in the Handicap Championship, winning 3-1. Newcomer Dave Brewer became the Plate Champion beating Mel Booth 3-1.
Once again the most entertaining game of the night was the Doubles Final, with Chris Peters & veteran Neil Morgan overcoming the determined pair of Lee Divers and Glyn Goff 3-2.