KENT LADIES BAG THE DOUBLE!

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Kent Ladies O 50 team today retained their county title in Pontefract this weekend, emulating their performance as part of the O40 team two weeks ago. The team beat Herts 3/0 in the semi final and then faced Yorkshire in a re-run of last year’s final (only this time Yorkshire had a new number one).

First on was the captain, Karen Hume, who narrowly missed out on beating Yorkshire’s Paula Arrowsmith for the first time 12- 15 in the fifth, after 58 minutes of keenly contested squash.

Next on was Mandy Akin at no.1 string, who had the added pressure of having to win in order to give the team a fighting chance of the title. She managed to secure victory in the fifth, in a tightly competitive match.

With the match standing at one all, it was down to number 2, Candy Wilton, to save the day. Having lost the first game, Candy settled down, found her shots and took the next three games: sweet victory against Yorkshire on their home territory.

Thanks must also go to Becky Czuczman who helped the team get to the finals weekend and to whom we wish a speedy recovery.

Karen Hume

#SquashGirlsCan. Launch day at Mote 9 April 2017

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You are invited to join the fun as we launch a new format for women’s squash and racketball at The Mote.

This is to support the #squashgirlscan initiative set up by England Squash.

The Launch Day is Sunday April 9th at The Mote.

Courts will be available from 10am to 2pm.

We want to encourage a new kind of competition for both social and serious players in squash and racketball. This is for Mote members and players from other clubs who would love to join in.

The first two sessions will be free of charge to encourage as many females, of any age or ability, to join in.

After the first couple of sessions, we will probably introduce a nominal charge to help pay for bar and kitchen staff.

To help us set you up with an opponent of a similar playing standard, please fill in the enclosed Entry Form.

NEXT DATE: Sunday April 30th at The Mote.

HOT NEWS:
To extend our commitment to the development of women’s squash, we are delighted to announce the addition of a women’s tournament to the world-ranking 2017 Select Gaming Kent Open at The Mote in June.

SPREAD THE WORD: Please feel free to forward this email and attachments to friends who you think may be interested in playing.

With very best wishes,

Alan Thatcher

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Over 40’s Women win County Championships

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This weekend the over 40’s women’s county team went to Nottingham to play in the county finals. Having been in the finals on numerous occasions over the years, we were on a mission, particularly with our two new ‘youngsters’ at No.1 & No.2! We were beaten by Surrey in the finals in 2016 and we vowed then that with our extra strength at the top in 2017 we would win!

Unfortunately due to injury we still ended up 2 players down (Mandy Akin and Lucy Murphy), but Karen Hume and Angie White came to the rescue and we beat Hertfordshire with a convincing 5/0 win in the Semi-Finals on Saturday, which took us to the finals against Surrey again!

The finals started well for Kent with Candy Wilton going 1/0 up, but it was not to be and Candy couldn’t sustain the pressure and lost 3/1. Angie was 2/0 down and started making a comeback by winning the 3rd, but again it was not to be and she also lost 3/1. So, that left us with a mountain to climb. Next on Karen Hume at No. 4 and Keeley Johnson at No. 1. both lost the first game (ouch!), but then with some true Kentish grit they then both went on to win 3/1 – so we were level again at 2-2.

Last on, Catherine Ruffle, she won the first game, but then her strong Surrey opponent came back at her and took the next 2 games. Catherine continued to dig in a usual and run about 5 times more than her opponent, and that allowed her to level the match at 2-2 – pressure was definitely on now! 5-5 in the final game, then Catherine started to pull away and eventually match ball (10-6) to Kent – everyone held their breath – she did it – We had won the County Championships – the last time Kent won the over 40’s was in 1964, so it’s been along wait.

The other members of the team who played in Stage I and Stage II, should also be mentioned for doing their bit and helping us get to the finals. Lucy Murphy, Sue Giles, Marcia Brittain and Mandy Akin.

Fantastic achievement by all and now, onwards and upwards, as in 2 weeks time we’re off to the over 50’s finals and we’ll do our best to get the double for Kent ladies!

 

 

 

 

The King’s Open 10-12 March 2017

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77 players are playing across four grades (A-D) at the weekend and we have some top professionals too.

Adrian Waller (WR 38), Josh Masters (53), Nathan Lake (57), Richie Fallows (62) and Joe Green (106) are the top players in A Grade.  We have Kent interest too with Ben Ford and Brad Masters competing.

It’s free to watch, so please come on down and take a look at some great squash!  The King’s School Recreation Centre, 1 St Stephens Road, Canterbury, CT2 7HU

The draws are attached so you can see timings.

Tom May (t.may@kingsrecreation.co.uk)

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MO65 Inter Counties Stage 2. Kent beat Hampshire!

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Robert Smith,Ken Randall,Peter Young

It was a shame that there were only 2 teams competing in this division for Stage 2 of the O65 Inter County Tournament.

Robert Smith at No.3 was first on and having lost the first game 11/15, received a good talking to from wife Karen, then went 2/1 up! A chance in the 4th at 14/14 to win the match was not to be and the 5th went to the wire. It’s not often one can say honestly ‘we was robbed’ but poor marking decisions upset Robert in the last few points and he lost 16/18.

No.1 star Ken Randall, next on had to win for Kent to stay in the match. At 0/1 down things were not looking good but then some solid, excellent, positive play by Ken ensured he won the next 3 games. So the match finely tuned at 1/1.

So it was left to Peter Young at No.2 to notch up a victory for Kent. His opponent, Chris Wilson, has a formidable pedigree and having lost the first to him 7/15, it all seemed an uphill struggle for Peter. But with dogged determination (and some again poor marking decisions which goaded him into fierce action!) the match was levelled at 2/2 and so this match also went to the wire. 14/14 in the 5th and it was anybody’s game. Supporters and players on both sides were now on the edge of their seats, hearts pounding, nerves shattering and finger nails diminishing fast!

So it was with much relief all round, especially for Kent, when Peter eventually triumphed 17/15!

So a win for Kent 2/1

Detailed results:

HAMPSHIRE KENT

1.Joe Flaherty lost to Ken Randall 1/3    15/10,7/15,10/15,13/15.

2.Chris Wilson lost to Peter Young 2/3    15/7,12/15,15/10,7/15,15/17.

3.Barry Downer beat Robert Smith 3/2    15/11,6/15,7/15,16/14,18/16.

Nigel Belle

Women’s Over 40’s reach County finals again!

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The women’s over 40’s county team have reached the county finals again this season. We won our Stage I matches in October 16 3/2 and 4/1, bringing out our strongest team for years with Keeley Johnson and Catherine Ruffle joining the team for the first time and coming in at No. 1 & No. 2 respectively.

Stage II was in fact a little easier and we beat Surrey 2 5/0 and then Dorset 4/1. 

We will be going to Nottingham on 11th / 12th March for the finals and we’ve been drawn against Hertfordshire in the Semi-final on the Saturday, and knowing their team I believe with the strength we have in our Kent team, we should be able to beat them, which will take us in to the final on the Sunday where we will meet either Surrey i or Yorkshire. Either team will be tough to beat but we are relying on our youngsters at the top to give us the edge this season!

We are also hoping to reach the over 50’s finals as currently we are in a good position and have two final matches tomorrow (5th Feb), against Essex and Hertfordshire. Again with the strength of our Over 50s team we should be able to pull off two wins tomorrow which will take us to the finals on 25th / 26th March, where we will be fighting to retain the over 50’s title.