March 22, 2010
The Squash Section completed their Squash Championships in early February.
These championships attracted over 90 players, with over 50 players watching the finals and 35 enjoying the dinner held later that evening. The winners were as follows:
Open Section Rex Hedrick Steve Salter
A Section Corey Robertson Darren Burke
B Section Peter Gill Tim Storey
C Section Bryan Simpson James Egan
D Section Fraser Cuthbertson Marc Nayman
E Section Matthew Gilbee Ian Windust
Our pennant competition commenced in the second week of February, We have fielded 18 teams in Club Circuit, with 12 teams playing out of the RACV Club and six teams playing out of Club Hawthorn.
At present, after six matches, a minimum of 10 teams should figure in the finals this season.
The Squash Section has just completed a successful year in 2009.
In the Spring Season just completed, we had 10 teams in the finals; five teams (A1, A1, B1, B2 and F) played in their respective grand finals and we won three Premierships (A1, B1 and F Grade).
A1 team (2) defeated A1 team (1) 3 matches to 1; Steven Robinson won 3/0, Peter Gilbee won 3/2, David Mutimer won 3/0, Luke Sims lost 0/3 and the other team member was Alistair Perry.
B1 team defeated Mulgrave 3 matches to 1; Darren Burke won 3/2, Mario Italiano 3/1, Damien Attard 3/0, Peta Murphy lost 1/3 other the team member was Vanessa Pickerd.
F Grade defeated Veneto 2 matches all and by 1 game. Jon Shaw lost 1/3, Irene Taylor won 3/0, Helene Solley lost 0/3, Ian Windus won 3/0 and the other team members were Emad Nayef and Daryl Greaves.
A1 # 1 Rex Hedrick 10 wins 1 loss; A1 # 2 Mark Stoneham 13 wins 1 loss;
A1 #2 Nathan L’Hullier 12 wins 2 losses; B1 # 1 Darren Burke 12 wins (undefeated);
B1 # 2 Vanessa Pickerd 11 wins (undefeated); B2 #1 Marcus Smith 9 wins 1 loss;
B2 # 2 Peter Gill 9 wins 1 loss; B3 # 2 Steve Cecil 12 wins 1 loss;
E Grade # 1 Rowan Simpson 9 wins 1 loss;
F Grade # 2 Irene Taylor 9 wins (undefeated); F Grade Ian Windust 17 wins 1 loss.
Special congratulations to Peta Murphy and Warren Miller who both won their open age groups at the Australian Masters Championships held in Melbourne in September with over 650 competitors.
Both Peta and Warren played in the World Masters Championships in Sydney in October. As I was Technical Director for these World Championships, I was very proud to be able to present a Gold medal to Peta Murphy and a Silver medal to Warren Miller. Warren also won a Gold medal in the open teams event.
Further congratulations must go to Vanessa Pickerd, Peta Murphy, Steven Robinson and Rex Hedrick being chosen to represent Victoria in the Australian Team Championships held in Devonport in October.
Player’s matches played for the squash section at the end of 2009:
Ken Mitchell 1042, Ian Windust 750 plus, John Faul 700 plus, Paul Barrett 650 plus,
Keith Atkins, Darren Burke and Bill Healy 600 plus, Rowan Simpson and Peter Zwar 500 plus.
Our Sections Dinner Dance/Presentation night held on Saturday, October 24 was a huge success with 200 people attending. Our special guest speaker, Darren Carr, Australia’s No.1 ventriloquist was outstanding,
Annual General Meeting
Our Section held their AGM at the RACV Club on Thursday the December 3. The following committee was elected for the next 12 months:
Chairman - Peter Wright
Vice Chairman - Ian Raizon
Secretary - Danni Baylis
Treasurer - Bill Henderson
Match and Pennant Chairman - Darren Burke
Committee members - Helene Solley, Robina Kennedy, Sharon Elliott, Vanessa Pickerd, Rob Heath, Martin Galea, Paul Marmaras, Joe Italiano and Neil McArthur.
At this meeting Bill Henderson was awarded LIFE MEMBERSHIP of the MCC Squash Section for his 18 years of outstanding service as a committee member and our treasurer for the last 15 years.