Home and Away
First of all, many thanks to those of you who attended the AGM on Monday evening, it was good to see you there. We hope to press ahead with implementing the Squash Net plan as soon as possible, with the intention of being ready for the forthcoming season. If we miss in September, we have the reserve target of Winter Part II, but should focus our efforts on getting the system in place for Part I.
As you will know from the meeting, our Treasurer and Secretary have now both stood down, I would like to add my thanks to them for their services to Squash in the County, we could not have managed without their input. I would also like to thank Trevor Cox for offering to represent OSRA at the forthcoming Regional Forum, it's important that we have a voice at such gatherings.
The committee is now short of members, to the point that constitutionally we can only make a decision if all the current team can make the meeting. I believe that the definition of a committee is that it comprises a Chairman, Secretary, and a Treasurer amongst others - one out of three is not a good average! This is obviously a precarious position so, if you know of anyone that's prepared to help, please let me know, email@example.com
With regard to one matter raised at the meeting, I met yesterday with a representative of a Racquet company; amongst other topics discussed was that of match balls. At this stage there is no agreement in place but it might be possible to obtain supplies through OSRA at a preferential rate. If so, I would propose that we buy the match balls and arrange an ad hoc distribution system to get them out to teams at cost. It may even prove feasible to present a box to each team attending the AGM if the finances remain sound. I'll keep you posted on developments.
We are looking for players to represent the county at Racketball. This is the first year we have submitted a senior team for racketball so we really need your support to get it off the ground. The fixture is the weekend of 6 & 7th of December. If we can't find enough players we may be forced to withdraw from the event. So if you are a good squash or racketball player and are interested, please contact Mark Webster on 07920 422602 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Having finished second in the first half of the season, Oxfordshire were nominated to host the Division 2B promotion play-offs against Cornwall, Cumbria and Shropshire in the vets (over 45’s) competition. Unfortunately, Shropshire pulled out at the last minute, leaving some late fixture adjustments to play all three matches on one day instead of over a weekend. In their first match, Oxfordshire played Cornwall and managed to record an impressive 3/2 (16/7) victory. At first string the gutsy Alan Steptoe played with an abductor strain, yet narrowly lost 3/2 (11/7, 10/12, 6/11, 12/10, 8/11) to Neil Counter with both players covering every inch of the court. At two, returning from injury perhaps a little too soon, an off-form Chris Burton never got into his match against Tim Smith and lost 3/0 (8/11, 5/11, 5/11). Nick Barnett was far too strong for Mike Morgan at third string and recorded a fairly comfortable 3/0 victory (11/6, 11/8, 11/6). At 4th string, Paul Sayers was equally as impressive, beating Kev Hugh 3/0 (11/9, 11/7, 11/7). Sean Humphreys, Oxfordshire’s latest recruit, played his first match for the county at 5th string and played well to beat Jon Wills 3/1 (11/9, 9/11, 11/4, 13/11).
In the second match, Cumbria beat Cornwall 3/2 (18/6) to create an interesting finale with Oxfordshire. In this deciding match, non-playing captain Simon Street decided to rest Alan Steptoe after his exploits in the morning and Chris Burton was also rested, enabling Andrew Lewis and Simon Pick to join the three winners from our first match. At first string, Andy Lewis played David Gray, who finished the 2013/14 season at number 4 in England in the over 50’s circuit. Unfortunately, Gray was too fit and steady and did not allow Lewis to play to his full potential, with Andy losing 3/0 (7/11, 5/11, 9/11). At two, Nick Barnett finished off a fine weekend with a 3/2 (13/11, 4/11, 11/6, 4/11, 11/7) victory over the vocal Robin Ridley, maintaining his concentration well in difficult circumstances. At three, Simon Pick beat the tricky Steve Edmondson 3/0 (11/6, 11/9, 11/8), with Edmondson trying every trick in the book to get an advantage! Paul Sayers let a two game advantage slip, narrowly losing 3/2 to Neil McCartney (11/8, 11/2, 9/11, 10/12, 7/11). Unfortunately, a similar fate was dished out to Sean Humphreys as he also lost 3/2 (11/9, 11/6, 6/11, 7/11, 4/11) to the extremely talented England over 60’s international Ronnie Bell. In this extremely competitive encounter, Cumbria took the tie 3/2 (16/10) to take first place.
With two teams promoted, Oxfordshire consolidated their fine performance from the first weekend and will join Cumbria in Division 1 next season, leaving Cornwall and Shropshire to remain in division 2. Having enjoyed a great day, all the players would like to thank Abingdon Squash Club for their hospitality and flexibility in rearranging the courts after Shropshire dropped out. In addition, a special thank you to Dawn for her lovely cooking – always a pleasure eating at Abingdon!
Having not fielded a team in the Vets leagues for many years, this was a particularly pleasing first season, especially seeing the team spirit grow so quickly with a squad of players all keen to represent their county. Whilst everyone recorded some impressive wins over the season, Street awarded Nick Barnett Oxfordshire’s player of the year award for his vital contribution to Oxfordshire’s success - recording 4 wins from 5 this year.
Junior National Racketball Championships
Congratulations to Oxfordshire juniors Jasmine Tranter, Marcus Tranter and Nicholas Harbour:
Jasmine Tranter: Winner U11 & Runner-Up U13
Marcus Tranter: Runner-Up U13
Nicholas Harbour: 3rd U15
Grass Roots Coach Development Workshop
England Squash & Racketball are planning to run a Grass Roots Coach Development Workshop.
This workshop is a FREE 3 hour workshop aimed at anyone coaching at the grass roots level and as a means of updating old coaching qualifications.
The old England Squash Level 1 Award & UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Squash, qualified coaches to deliver Mini Squash independently to players aged 5 – 11 year olds and are only deemed an assistant coach when coaching the full game.
By attending this workshop, you will update your award and therefore be qualified to deliver:
• Mini Squash
• Beginner Squash
• Beginner Racketball
Independently to groups of beginners of any age, as long as activity is based on the resources provided.
This workshop is ideal for coaches who have an old Level 1 (pre October 2012) or for Level 2 coaches who coach beginners and would like a refresher on new coaching skills and initiatives.
If you would be interested in attending this workshop please contact Lucy Ponting, England Squash Regional Administrator - South / London & South East on Office: 01296 585877 or Lucy.Ponting@englandsquashandracketball.com with the times and days which would/wouldn’t be suitable for you.
The location, date and time will depend on what response we have and where the demand is.
Please help to promote the workshop and pass the information on to anyone who you think might be interested.
French Junior Open, Lille 21st - 23rd February 2014
Congratulations to Eve Coxon who won the Girls Under 13 French Junior Open in Lille at the weekend. Eve played Nour El Lamey of Egypt in the final and had a comfortable 3-0 win (11/6, 11/2, 13/11). For a full tournament report: http://sitesquash.com/FrenchOpenJunior/today.htm
Eve has also been selected to represent England at the U13/U15 Five Nations squash championships from 28th - 30th March in Dublin. The matches will be against Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France and each team consists of 3 boys and 2 girls.
We wish her the best of luck.
When Eve is not traveling around Europe to play she can be found playing her team squash at Abingdon Squash Club.
Head Coach Ben Rosec took a group of Oxfordshire juniors out to Lille:
Jacob Coxon finished 34 in BU17 (lost 1st round then reached Plate final)
Marcus Tranter finished 8 in BU13 (beating Swedish No1/ european N08 in last 16 round).
Tiago Goriely finished 14 in BU19 (plays for Belgium but is in Oxford this year and is playing for Abingdon Squash Club)
Alex Noakes finished 10 in BU19.
England Squash News
Interim CEO announcement
We can grow squash and racketball' - how we are planning to increase participation in #squash and #racketball
South Regional Newsletter - January 2014
Winter 1 League Round Up
Congratulations to all of the league winners.
Promotions and Demotions for Winter 2 are dependant on entries and drop-outs and will be confirmed after Christmas
|Division||Winner & Promoted
||2nd & Promoted||Relegated|
||Oxford Brookes Rackets 1
||Abingdon 2 & Virgin Active 1
||Oxford Brookes Rackets 2 & Brackley 1
|3||Defence Academy 3
||Telecom 1 & Henley 2
||Brize Norton 1 & Banbury 1
|5||Defence Academy 4
||Virgin Active 2 & Henley 3
||Kidlington 1 & Witney 2
||Didcot 2 & Hithercroft 3
Important message from OSRA committee
Our present OSRA League Secretary/Results Co-ordinator, Alan Horton, has
decided that he will stand down from the position at the end of the next
summer season, after serving in the role since 2006. Those of us who play
in the leagues have become used to seeing the match results appear, with a
barely noticeable pause, after recording our scores. That this happens
with the efficiency and speed that it does is down to Alan's dedication and
selfless giving of time to process the many score cards - complete with
frequent interpretation or translation of names! OSRA, and the teams
playing in its leagues, owe Alan a debt of gratitude for all the hours that
he has put into making the process as efficient as it is today.
In addition to the routine administration of the leagues, Alan has led the
Divisional Managers in providing adjudication on those occasions where our
rules have been invoked by an aggrieved party. As you will appreciate, it
is an often difficult and thankless task, but one that has to be fulfilled.
That Alan has done so, with the help of the Divisional Managers, in a
spirit of sportsmanship and fair play is a tribute to him and the team.
The OSRA Committee would like to extend its thanks to Alan for all his
efforts on behalf of our sport and is sure that the teams and players will
second this sentiment.
Pip Terry has also decided to stand down as Ladies League Administrator
with immediate effect. Pip has dedicated a great deal of time to the ladies
leagues and ensures the ladies fixtures and results are up to date. The
committee would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to Pip for her efforts.
OSRA appreciates that Alan & Pip feel that it is time to hand over the baton and
allow someone else the opportunity to take on these prestigious roles. This
is where we ask if there are volunteer's out there who wish to step forward
and ensure that all Alan & Pips's hard work is continued. The leagues can only
operate if we have someone to manage them, so please give it your earnest
If you are interested in either position please contact Dik Third - email@example.com
Inter County Stage 2 fixtures - 2014
If you are interested in playing county squash please contact the relevant captains.
|Men||Premier||2-4 May 2014
||TBC||Mark Webster firstname.lastname@example.org|
||Premier||18-19 Jan 2014
||Oxfordshire||Mark Webster email@example.com|
||2||22-23 March 2014
||Oxfordshire||Simon Street firstname.lastname@example.org
||1||11th Jan 2014
11am, 2pm & 5pm
|Oxford Brookes University
|Jim Lynn email@example.com
||1||15-16 March 2014
||Oxfordshire||Jim Lynn firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Men 060 1
||2||11-12 Jan 2014
||Lancashire||Ken Reid email@example.com
|Men O60 2
||2||12th Jan 2014
||Hithercroft Squash Club
|Ken Reid firstname.lastname@example.org|
||Premier||11 Jan 2014
||Cheshire||Ken Reid email@example.com|
|Ladies||1||15-16 March 2014
|Kelly Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
||1||12 Jan 2014
||Abingdon Squash Club,
|Pip Terry email@example.com
||Premier||12 Jan 2014
||Racquets Squash, Thame,
|Anne Terry firstname.lastname@example.org
England Squash where your money is spent
Where your £55 court fee goes for clubs.
Where your £7.50 membership fee goes for individual members.
Hard copies have also been sent to all Regional Managers who then will distribute to clubs and members. If you require or want to order hard copies for yourselves please contact your ES&R Regional Manager directly.
Inter County Stage 1 results (October / November 2013)
Men's Over 45
Oxfordshire have not been able to field a mens team in the mens over 45s National League for nearly 5 years, due to a lack of interest within this age group. This year looked no different, so Simon Street agreed to organise the team as he was keen to play from 2014, when turning 45, and wanted to build some momentum beforehand. The first objective was to field a team of at least 5 people who qualified and were keen to play. The second objective was for these players to simply enjoy the experience and not have too many expectations, as this was a new experience for many of them. Street assembled a squad of players Chris Burton, Nick Barnett, Simon Pick, Alan Steptoe, Paul Sayers, Jim Lynn and David Wright. Unfortunately, David pulled out a few days before the event with a bicep tear and Alan pulled his glute a week before the weekend, although rested for a week and agreed to play still.
England Squash & Racketball placed Oxfordshire in Division 2, which was sub divided into 3 leagues and we played Worcestershire, Shropshire and Suffolk in Group B, hosted by Shropshire. The three Group winners all qualifying automatically for the promotion play offs to Division 1, with the best placed runner up from the three groups also joining them.
With Alan rested for the opening match, Oxfordshire got off to a flying start in their match against Worcestershire and won 5/0, with some excellent performances particularly from Chris and Nick, who both managed to win in 5 tough games. For our second match, we played Shropshire. Whilst Chris was well beaten by a solid number one, Alan and Paul had comfortable wins and Simon only narrowly lost 10/8 in the fifth. So this match came down to the decider and Nick breezed to a comfortable 3/0 win to keep Oxfordshire in the hunt for the promotion group.
After Saturdays fantastic performances, came a dose of reality, dished out by a very strong Suffolk team who thrashed our guys 3/0 in each match. However, Suffolk were so convinced of their strength that they only turned up with 4 players for the whole weekend and these stars did not drop a game, apart from the walk over that each of the other counties were awarded at 5th string! Oxfordshire finished runners up in Group B and returned from Shropshire having thoroughly enjoyed themselves, played some great squash and, to quote Chris Burton "Top 'company' and a really solid bunch of guys. Despite the result against Suffolk, I suspect we 'over-achieved' as a group of people". So I am pleased to conclude that both my original objectives have been achieved and it was a pleasure to field a squad of committed and enthusiastic players. In addition, we qualified for the Promotion Group Play Offs as the best placed runners up, so an excellent result all round and the guys should be extremely proud.
Full match results can be found here
Men's Over 50 - full results here
Men's Over 55 - full results here
Men's Over 60 - full results here
Men's Over 65 - full results here
Ladies - full results here
Ladies Over 50 - full results here
Congratulations Nick Matthew - world champion
Congratulations Nick on your win at the championships in Manchester. An excellent result for England. Also Oxfordshire's own Sue Rose - excellent job on the commentary for the BBC.
Shaping the Future of Squash & Racketball
Dear Club Member,
Firstly, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave us their thoughts by completing ESRs recent survey of club members. The response was great, and provided us with some really interesting feedback. To help us fully analyse and digest the results, We would appreciate it if you could spare us a little time to provide a few more thoughts on squash and racketball from a players perspective by completing the Shape the Future of Squash and Racketball survey.
The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete, and the results will help us to understand how best to serve the needs of squash and racketball players. As a thank you for their time, everyone who enters the survey will also get the chance to win one of two iPad minis.
To complete the survey, which will be open until midnight on Monday 11 November, please click on the link below - Shaping the Future of S&R Survey
If you wish to check or read through the terms and conditions of the survey, please click here.
With thanks and best regards,
Nick Rider, Chief Executive
England Squash & Racketball
Squash player magazine
Please note that penalties will apply to players not registered from Round 4 onwards if they have played more than 3 times as per Rule 4.1
If you have problems registering or need assistance, please contact the OSRA Registrar, Matt Grant on email@example.com
Cherwell Sports Awards 2013
Congratulations to Marcus Tranter who received the Junior Sports Person of the Year award at the recent Cherwell Sports Awards ceremony.
Finalists in the 2013 Cherwell Sports Awards were presented with their trophies on 14th September at the Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury.Cherwell District Council Chairman, Councillor Lawrie Stratford, said: "Cherwell has always been keen to support sporting activities, and with the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games still fresh in the memory it's a good time to recognise this talent. I want to congratulate all the winners and runners up who came along on Saturday night."
GB Olympic ladies volleyball player Rachel Laybourne was the guest of honour at the awards. She said 'On the evidence of this awards ceremony it's clear that there is much excellent sporting achievement in Cherwell that's being underpinned by good coaches and the willingness of parents and volunteers to get involved.'
England Squash - National Club Championships 2013/14
Do you have a group of players that would love to represent your club in a National Competition?
If the answer is Yes, then the National Club Championships is for you. This event is an ideal opportunity for England Squash & Racketball affiliated clubs to compete against each other in a national competition which culminates in a highly competitive and social Finals Weekend in May.For full details:
We are looking for more juniors to join the Oxfordshire County Junior Squash Squads, for all age groups, but particularly girls, where we need more participants to be able to run the Intercounty Teams for 2013/2014.
Mens Winter League Playoffs
Div1 Wallingford beat Abingdon 1 (3-2)
Div2 Bicester 1 v Abingdon 2 (Match never played so league deemed "uncontested")
Div3 Harwell 1 beat North Oxfordshire 1 (4-1)
Div4 Brackley 1 v Paramount 1 (Match never played so league deemed "uncontested")
Div5 Hithercroft 2 lost to Drifters 1 (0-5)
Div6 Defence Academy 4 beat Wallingford 2 (4-1)
Div7 Abingdon 4 Champions (No playoff as Wallingford 2 contesting Div6)
OSRA would cordially like to remind our league participants that entering information into the scorecard is a very important task and inaccurate information costs our administration team a lot of time & effort to audit plus to correct any mistakes.
To aid captains in the recording of match results and with the recent creation of rule 7.6, which allows us to penalise a home captain for blatant inaccuracies: OSRA has provided stationery under the 'Playing' section - by way of a match result card. Please feel free to print a few copies for your team folder and ensure that your opposing captain signs-off on match night.
New Head Coach
Welcome to our new head coach Ben Rosec who replaces our acting head coach Guy Tupper. The committee thanks all the hard work that Guy put in over the last couple of years. Ben will predominately be based in Abingdon Squash Club and is looking to get more juniors involved in county squash. Bens contact details can be found HERE.
Please note that Oxfordshire squash has a private online forum containing further news items. All members of Oxfordshire squash are welcome to join. If you wish to read up on what issues the committee is currently discussing and if you wish to cast an opinion then please do feel free to contact the committee member responsible for the website and they will be able to arrange access.
The Oxfordshire Squash and Racketball Association is a group of volunteers who take on the responsibilities of organising all the county squash in Oxfordshire. For details of what they organise please go to the Organisation page.
The committee are always looking for new people to join them in order to share the load. Please contact the secretary of the committee if you are interested in offering some time.