Ladies day at the Select Gaming Kent Open 2017

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From Alan Thatcher

Following the successful launch of our recent Women’s Open Day, we are planning another get-together on the Sunday morning of June 18th.

This is a fun, social gathering for female players of all ages and abilities.

At the launch, we were delighted to welcome players from many corners of Kent and we look forward to another enjoyable session, starting at 10am.

All players are invited to stay for lunch and watch the Kent Open finals in the afternoon.

We will provide free coaching for beginners in squash and racketball, and match up the more experienced players according to ability.

Please share this email with your friends to encourage more female players to join in.

Best wishes

Alan

Select Gaming Kent Open 2017: extended deadline for entries

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Update by Alan Thatcher

As many of you know, we are adding a Women’s Satellite tournament to this year’s Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote.

I have extended the deadline for entries to the women’s event to encourage as many young English players, especially from Kent and neighbouring counties, to gain high-quality tournament experience.

The top two seeds entered so far are Elise Lazarus and Gina Kennedy.

The entry form is available here. Please share with any players who you feel might be interested in playing.

Best wishes,

Alan.

PS: Male players are invited to enter the Kent Open Pre-Qualifying competition on June 11th and 12th.

Women in Sport Week: Introduction to Squash Evening, Poult Wood Squash Club, 24 June 2017

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Women in Sport Week

Introductory Squash for junior beginners and improvers

Aimed at younger women players, 7 to 16, who have not played before and would like to try the sport for the first time or who have played a little and want to have another go.

At Poult Wood Squash Club, from 2pm until 3.30pm on Saturday 24 June.  Information on the club and the address is available at www.poultwood.com.  All equipment provided.

Run by coaches and with our female juniors attending.

Contact Tony Hooper via hooper@dircon.co.uk or 07748 623129 to book, or turn up on the day.

Women in Sport Week: Introduction to Squash, Poult Wood Squash Club, 22 June 2017

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Women in Sport Week

Introductory Squash Evening for beginners and improvers

Aimed at adult and young women (15 years plus) who have not played before or who would like to try the sport again.

Time 7.30pm until 9pm on 22 June, Poult Wood Squash Club. Information on the club and the address is available at www.poultwood.com

Run by qualified and licensed coaches with other club ladies attending.

Mix of drills and games including Squash and Racketball.  All equipment provided.

Contact Tony Hooper via hooper@dircon.co.uk or 07748 623129 to book, or turn up on the day.

Kent Schools Cup 2017

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The annual Kent Schools Cup was held at Rodmersham Squash Club on April 19th, 2017 with 12 schools entering the 3 sections making a total of 19 school teams playing on the day.

The Cup was in its 6th year and is open to all year groups at Secondary schools being divided into boys/girl’s years 7 – 9 and 10 -13 year groups. The current holders – Simon Langton Boys (7 – 9) Oakwood Park Boys (10 – 13) and Sevenoaks Girls (10 – 13) were all there to defend their titles.

Each year new schools enter the tournament and this year was no exception as Invicta Girls school entered both the girls and boy’s year 10 – 13 section. In the boy’s section, they had at no.1 Jed Wilton who has started 6th form there and is one of Kent’s leading U19 players.

The girls met defending champions Sevenoaks in the girls 10 – 13 final. minus Jed and came out 4 – 0 winners with a team of Alice and Maddy Hill, Annabelle Williamson and Zara Rowland.

In the boys 10 -13 section there were some tough matches but the Final ended up between Oakwood Park and Invicta. Both sides new each other well as they play against each other a lot in the Maidstone area plus most play and train for Kent together.

It was an extremely close final typified by the n.1’s match between Ben Goodayle and Jed Wilton. The score between them was Ben winning 2 – 1 but the game earned by Jed was enough to see Invicta claim their second title of the day as it 5 – 4 in games to Invicta!!

There were no upsets for Simon Langton of Canterbury though as the 2016 champions successfully defended their title against last year’s runners up Wilmington.

The squad of Josh Cutting, James Donaldson, Ed Glover, Gabriel Scott and Clay Gravett are now looking to expand on their County success to enter the 207/18 National Schools Championships.

Steve Franks

2017 Select Gaming Kent Open – 11th-18th June – PSA World Tour $10,000

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Preview by Alan Thatcher

STARS HEAD TO THE MOTE

Entries for the 2017 Select Gaming Kent Open include former world No.12 Alister Walker, plus Kent’s own Josh Masters, who is now ranked 59 in the world.

Entries close during the first week in May, so we are anticipating plenty more big names joining the Entry List.

WILD CARD 2017:

This year’s Wild Card has been awarded to Daniel Poleshchuk, the Israeli number one.

Daniel is making great strides in the sport and we look forward to welcoming him to The Mote in June.

As a “Thank You” for the Wild Carad, Daniel will be holding several training camps during the week, for adults and juniors.
PSA WOMEN’S SATELLITE EVENT:
This year we are proud to announce the inclusion of a PSA Women’s Satellite event, which will take place over the final three days of the tournament (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

This is in line with the club’s ambition to grow numbers in women’s squash and racketball.

We are launching a new fun format for social and serious players at the club on Sunday April 30th.

FINALS WEEKEND:

Play Squash / Watch The Pros / Party

Sounds like the perfect combination for squash lovers!

Watch out for details for some fun tournaments during Finals Weekend, with the Spitfire Team Challenge, doubles and racketball all being planned.

We will have more matches to enjoy, with the women’s event being added to the men’s, and we hope that will help to make the club busier than usual during the weekend.