Squash and Racketball
There are plenty of enjoyable activities in the Squash and Racketball section for beginners, competitive and social players alike. We welcome new members and their guests. Play to learn, enjoy friendly games – for fun, or as part of your keep fit programme – or play more competitively in the monthly leagues & annual club tournaments (which take place in spring and summer).
Both 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.
Squash Club Night takes place every Friday between 5.30 & 8.00 p.m. and Racketball Club Night takes place on the first and third Wednesday of each month (5.30 – 7.30 p.m.). All abilities welcome. The accent is on fast-paced games. To keep waiting time to a minimum and maintain fairness, we operate a one game to 11 points and off system. Players’ names are then placed in a queue; they go back on court with a different opponent for another game. Club Night is a great opportunity to get to know other members and play different people.
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.
Junior Squash Coaching
Saturdays 10 am – 12.15 pm with qualified coach Patti Mills.
The club currently has one team playing in the Outer Kent League.
Squash Tournament 2017
The squash finals took place on 5th & 6th May and provided a feast of entertainment for the spectators present. In the Open tournament, defending champion Sean O’ Donovan was unavailable, opening the door for a new champion. The competition was fierce with several players fancying their chances. After some excellent matches it came down to Phil Hoyland, fresh from his recent London Marathon, to take on stalwart Ray Semadeni. The match ebbed and flowed and despite Hoyland’s superior fitness, a determined Semadeni finally triumphed 3-2.
In the ladies final Sue Giles won her 35th title in the last 37 years, despite spirited resistance from much improved Mel Booth. The first game went to Booth with a good range of shots, before a slightly more accurate Giles won the next 3 games to triumph 3-1.
The other finals resulted in a hard-hitting encounter in the Open Plate final where Tom Locke overcame Finlay Clegg with a powerful display and a 3-0 victory. New Member Steve Raeburn won the Minor Leagues event, proving too strong for Mel Booth, winning the final 3-0. In the popular Doubles event, the final produced a game of epic proportions where the partnership of Glenn Mousley and Alwyn Fernandes finally triumphed 3-2 over Guy Adams and Mark Beeching in an entertaining and often frenetic match that ebbed and flowed from start to finish.
The Handicap Tournament final featured two new players in Tristan Blackwell and Dan Large. Despite a strong run by Large up to the final, on the day Blackwell triumphed in 3 straight games. The Veterans (045) Handicap final by contrast was a battle between old hands Alwyn Fernandes and Mel Booth, with Fernandes taking the match 3-1. In the Supervets (O55) Handicap final, Steve Jones received 10 points per game over Glenn Mousley. Mousley fought hard to overcome this deficit and managed to reach 2 games all before fatigue allowed Jones to come away as the winner 3-2.
The junior section at the club is currently going from strength to strength and the tournament for this section saw a new winner in Jack Kearns beating James Boakes in a close final 3-1.
Squash & Racketball Chairman
Racketball Tournament 2017
The annual racketball tournament held on 17th June 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 15th time in succession, winning 3-0, despite his opponent John Good putting in a massive effort and nearly taking the 3rd game. John Good’s stamina, guile and determination suggested that he could be even closer in competing for the title next year.
The Handicap Championship final was a feisty affair with club chairman, Steve Davies, easing out Michael Galvin 3-0, but Michael recovered quickly to become the Plate champion for the second year running, showing his class and unorthodox shots, beating Gary Saville 3-0.
Mel Booth becomes the Ladies Champion with a stylish performance, winning 3-1 against Emma Walton.
The most entertaining game of the night was the doubles final with David Hounsell and Dave Akehurst overcoming Emma Walton and Matt Day 3-1 and making the honours board for the first ever time.