Squash

The MCC Squash Section currently plays out of the recently renovated courts at Goodlife Health Clubs (formerly Hunt’s Squash Centre) in Fitzroy and is home to 145 members.

The section has 23 teams in two different competitions, Club Circuit and State Grade, with standards ranging from Premier to beginner. In the 2015 season MCC finished on top in the Club Circuit competition with the A1 side taking home the premiership flag.

The current squash pro is ex-World number 4 Paul Price, who offers a range of coaching options including private lessons, group coaching and boot camps. Social squash is available on weekends at member rates.

History

The MCC Squash Section was founded in 1968 and originally played out of two courts located in the Ponsford Stand at the MCG.

With the redevelopment of the northern stand in 2002 these courts were demolished and since then the Squash Section has played out of a number of different locations including RACV club, Club Hawthorn and Goodlife Health Clubs, Fitzroy.

The section has been home to a number of champions including current chairman Peter Wright AOM (Hans Ebeling award recipient and World Masters Champion) and Eric Beissel (Hans Ebeling award recipient), as well as current professional squash players Rex Hedrick and Zac Alexander.

Events

Annual Dinner
Every year the Squash Section holds its annual dinner in the MCG’s Members Dining Room with a fantastic turn out of members, players, family and friends. Each year surpasses the previous in quality food and entertainment.

Championships
The section conducts two annual championships: MCC Squash Section Championships, which are open to all financial members of the Squash Section and are played in January each year before the commencement of the Autumn Pennant season; and the MCC Members Championships which are open to all MCC members. It is not necessary to be a member of the Squash Section. These championships are played in July, before the commencement of the Spring Pennant season.

MS 24 Hour Mega Squash Fundraiser
Each year the Squash Section enters a team into the Mega Squash and Racquetball fundraiser event at MSAC to support people living with MS. The 2015 event raised in excess of $30,000 and the MCC Squash Section took the title of most funds raised and hence won the event.

Committee

Chairman - Peter Wright
Vice chairman - Ian Raizon
Secretary - Danni Baylis
Treasurer - Bill Henderson
Match and pennant Chairman - Stephen Blamey
Committee members - Robina Kennedy, Sharon Elliott, Scott Matterson, Vanessa Pickerd, Darren Burke, Ian Raizon, Carl Freshwater and Jenny Gearing.

MCC Squash Section contacts

Stephen Blamey (memberships and pennant)
stephenblamey@hotmail.com or 0430 044 442

Danni Baylis (general inquiries)
danielle.baylis@amcor.com or 0408 368 649