Finchley Manor Club

Squash and Racketball section report 2010/2011


  2010-11 2011-12
Secretary Barry Cullen Standing for re-election
Membership Ken Picton Standing for re-election
Team Reps Tim Taylor Standing for re-election
Ladder Leagues Paul Hensman Standing for re-election
Veterans Peter Hughes Standing for re-election
Ladies / Coaching Judith Williams Standing for re-election
Court Maintenance David Whiter Standing for re-election
Elected Tom Morris Standing for re-election
Mikw O'Connell Standing for re-election
Racketball Peter Karan Standing for re-election
Juniors Vacancy -

Bennett and Hall Squash Tournament 2010

The domestic event of the squash year was the Club tournament, again very generously supported by Messrs Bennett and Hall (David and Graham Bettis) and Millet Sports. Unlike last year Finals were held this year on Saturday afternoon, 22 May, in a return to a more traditional timing.

Tournament Results: 2010

Open Andrew Taylor w/o Lee Rossiter
Ladies Judy Williams beat Judith Harris
Team H'cap Robin Mace beat Bruce Cade
Club H'cap Paul Hensman beat Nigel Leach
Veterans Kevin Silver beat Zubid Rehman
Vintage Bruce Cade beat Zubid Rehman
Open Plate Nigel Leach w/o Craig Rossiter
Club H'cap Plate Mahesh Tailor beat Ian White
Racketball David Hershman beat Joe Rowlatt

A successful squash tournament is the result of the combined efforts of many people, expertly coordinated by a good organiser. We have one of the very best organisers in Peter Hughes, ably assisted, amongst others, by Rick Prior who acted as Peter's deputy. We are grateful to both of them for the sterling work that they did in this event. As in previous years surplus tournament funds were sent to a local charity.

Teams 2010

As usual we have been well represented this season in the Middlesex leagues (three Men's, two Veterans and two Vintage teams) but have found the standard of competition generally has continued to rise. Winter team captains (current): 1st: David Hershman; 2nd: Pat Earl; 3rd: Fergus Traynor; Vets1: Kevin Silver; Vets2: Phil Hyslop; Vintage1: Peter Hughes; Vintage2: Clive Bowman.


a) Maintenance:

Routine court cleaning and floor maintenance is carried out every year by our able groundsman, Brian. This year we have made a significant improvement to court conditions by installing new lighting throughout, a task organised and supervised by Tim Taylor. Our court heating is continuously monitored by our maintenance representative, David Whiter.

b) Membership:

Our membership numbers remain very healthy. We finished the 09/10 season with 278 senior members (245 men and 33 women) and 77 juniors (61 and 16), thus keeping our overall membership above the 350 mark. This is very close to the numbers for the previous season and shows that squash and racketball membership at FM continues to be strong.

Much credit for this should go to our dedicated membership secretary, Ken Picton and for the continuing high level of junior membership, to Judy Williams.

c) Club night:

Sunday evenings' club nights continue to be one of this club's longest lasting success stories. Notwithstanding the fact that all supervision of games is entirely voluntary, club night is popular and well-supported week in and week out. This year, thanks to the willing efforts of Gillian Hill, club night has more organisers and more planned events than ever before. We are very grateful to Gillian for taking over the task of running this Sunday evening activity. (If you would like to try your hand at organising a club evening, please contact Gillian, who will be very pleased to hear from you.)

d) WBBS:

The squash section web-based booking system has become an integral part of the information network of the club, as well as servicing all our squash playing. This year the club has benefited by being able to use the WBBS system for tennis floodlight booking. In due course we expect it to become part of our membership renewal arrangements.

e) Ladder leagues

This year there has been a change of Ladder leagues secretary. After several years of service, Jeff Hallifax has stepped down to be replaced by Paul Hensman, our one-time tournaments organiser and now our new league expert. Paul has already transformed the league results system by working with our web-master, Noel Griffin, to post all league results on the club website, together with other useful work in supervising the running of the leagues on a day-to-day basis. We are very grateful to Paul (and Noel) for taking on this demanding task.

f) Juniors:

Because we do not currently have a Junior rep on the committeee, the 2010 picture of junior events at the club is necessarily a limited one. This does not mean however that junior squash at the club is weak or struggling. Quite the reverse. Judy Williams, our resident coach, supported by Peter Hughes, Tim Taylor and other qualified coaches have kept FM juniors to the forefront of Middlesex squash.

At the end of last season our U-17 and U-15 teams finished at the top of their respective divisions, and our U-13's were also close to top spot. This season these teams have continued to do well. Particular mention should be made of Andrew Taylor (U-17), James Walker (U-17). John Walker (U-13) and William Prior (U-11), all of whom performed very creditably in the S.E. Regional tournament last September.

In October we held the second of our prestigious Middlesex Junior Open tournaments. This event attracts young players of county and even national standard and it was pleasing to see FM junior players (and ex-players) well represented in such a high quality field. Our thanks to Tim Taylor for running such a successful tournament and helping to raise FM's profile on the national junior scene.

For some time now it has been apparent that both junior and senior squash at the club would benefit from some new coaching initiatives. This has led to the formulation of a Squash Development plan, which we hope will come to fruition shortly, with the appointment of a senior performance coach.

g) Racketball

This year racketball has been consolidated as a preferred alternative to squash for a number of players and has continued to grow in popularity with a wider clientele. This year we saw the launching of an inaugural racketball tournament as a discrete event earlier in the season than the annual club tournament. Results were as follows:

Open Final: Rick Prior beat Richard Hanunna
Handicap Final: David Hershman beat Nedj Djemal
Open Plate Final: Ron Raye beat Sam Kuperberg

Well done to everyone who took part. A particular vote of thanks to Paul Hensman for his organisation of the tournament. The club was very happy to be able to present a cheque for £200 to Cancer Research UK, received by Peter Karran on their behalf. This was raised from entry fees from the Squash and Racketball Tournaments held in 2010.

Racketball at FM continues to grow, thanks to the efforts of Lisa in organising regular racketball evenings (run by Judy) and Judy's sterling work in setting up and running the racketball leagues.

Peter Karran is an enthusiastic racketball representative on the SR committee who is helping to give racketball a higher profile at the club.

h) Miscellaneous

Congratulations are in order for the squash and racketball section for achieving the award of Club Mark status just recently given to us. (In fact this is due almost entirely to the hard work put in over many months by Peter Hughes and Judy Williams. They have helped to raise FM higher up the ladder of prestigious squash clubs in the London area).

Rules for the running of ladder leagues have now been formalised and added to the club's bye-laws (see squash section bye-laws on the website for details). Also please note results for both squash and racketball leagues are now available online thanks to Paul Hensman and our webmaster Noel Griffin.

Finally the squash section is pleased to welcome Rick Prior as our new club chairman. Rick is the second in line after Peter Hughes as a squash player who has taken over the premier position in the club and we wish him well in carrying out the task before him.

The squash committee wish all our members another good year of squash and racketball at FM, but don't forget: Safety matters ! We advise you to wear eye protectors whenever you are playing squash (this is mandatory for all U-19).

Barry Cullen, squash secretary, May 2011.

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