BRIDLINGTON SQUASH NEWS ROUND-UP
BRIDLINGTON SQUASH PLAY OFF AND AWARDS NIGHT
The final Play Off and Awards Nights of 2019 was held at the Squash Courts at East Riding Leisure on December 11th.
The night was well attended by the members, family and friends as they came to see the winners and runners up presented with their trophies for the October - November 2019 season and the end of season challenge matches. Some great squash was on display, culminating with the division one title being decided in a match between Gavin Anderson and Nick Walster.
Thanks to Gavin Anderson, Liz Burns and John Bannister for refereeing the matches.
On the night the awards were presented by one of the club sponsors - John Miller from Mandy Miller Broadcast Services Limited assisted by Tracy Bell.
Said John, “There was some excellent squash on display with a couple of close 5 game thrillers to entertain spectators. And to see the hard work of Derek Boyd and the coaches of Bridlington Squash Juniors paying off as two of their past juniors, Charlie Benson picking up the trophy as winner of the Mens Division 7 and Ella Jones the Ladies Division 3. Squash in Bridlington is going from strength to strength”
The trophies were presented to:
DIVISION 1- SPONSORED BY ROSH JEWELLERS
Winner -NICK WALSTER
Runner Up –GAVIN ANDERSON
DIVISION 2- SPONSORED BY BRIDLINGTON DENTAL STUDIO
Winner – JOHN BANNISTER
Runner Up – MIKE O’CONNOR
DIVISION 3- SPONSORED BY ELIZABETHS JEWELLERS
Winner – BRADLEY COWLING
Runner Up – IAN COUSINS
DIVISION 4 SPONSORED BY STEPHEN GREAVES KITCHEN DESIGNS
Winner – MARK BELL
Runner Up – JOSH CHRISTLOW
DIVISION 5 - SPONSORED BY THE SHIP INN, SEWERBY
Winner – DAMIEN THOMAS
Runner Up – ALASTAIR SEGAL
DIVISION 6 - SPONSORED BY LANGTONS OPTICIANS
Winner – WILL NORMAN
Runner Up – PAUL MCCANN
DIVISION 7 - SPONSORED BY BURTON ROOFING MERCHANTS
Winner – CHARLIE BENSON
Runner Up – ALAN SIMPKIN
DIVISION 8 - SPONSORED BY MANDY MILLER BROADCAST SERVICES LTD
Winner – DANNY CAWKILL
Runner Up – DEAN KERNUTT
LADIES DIVISION 1 - SPONSORED BY B&F POTATOES
Winner – JUNE HILL
Runner Up – LIZ BURNS
LADIES DIVISION 2 - SPONSORED BY M BELL BUILDERS
Winner – KEREN MILLER
Runner Up – ANG BANNISTER
LADIES DIVISION 3 - SPONSORED BY MKM BUILDING SUPPLIES
Winner – ELLA JONES
Runner Up – ANDREA FARREN
If you are interested in joining the leagues or the Junior Academy then please email your details to email@example.com and an organiser will contact you.
The Allam Yorkshire County Championships 2019 held at Pontefract Squash Club at the weekend were well represented by players from Bridlington.
Adam Burke entered mens CatA and did superbly against players ranked well above him, ending with a creditable 4th place.
Nick Melarkey played in men's CatB, again against players ranked above him. After losing his first round match Nick did the best he could to finish 5th.
Mens CatD was represented by Levi Melarkey, John Bannister and Andy Burns. All played some great squash beating players ranked higher than themselves. John and Andy both made it to an all Bridlington final. John claimed the title with a great 3-1 victory!!
Womens CatC saw Liz Burns and Ang Bannister battle it out in the first match. Liz reached the final coming back from 2 nil down to win 3-2 against a seasoned player and clinch the title!!
A great weekend of quality squash. Well done to all the Bridlington players who entered. And many thanks to all those at Pontefract Squash club who made it so enjoyable.
Bridlington Squash League has seen rapid growth in 2018 with over 130 registered members… This growth is also visible in the Ladies League with now over 20 ladies regularly playing in Bridlington Squash League.
One of the stars from our Junior Academy, Lauren Anderson (15) is now playing in the Ladies League alongside her mother Fiona, (a family affair as her father Gavin, plays in the Mens Leagues and brother Josh, is progressing in the Junior Academy)
Lauren Anderson said… “I started playing squash when the BSL junior coaching started over a year ago which has been really good for me and I felt like I improved fairly quickly. I was persuaded to join the ladies 2nd division this season and was surprised to finish 2nd. I would like to keep on improving and hopefully win my mum in the 1st division!”
Fiona Anderson said… “I took up squash about 4 years ago at the age of 39 after my husband and a friend of mine whose husband had introduced her to squash nagged me into giving it a try! I had never been particularly sporty and was hopeless at first but soon got addicted to the game and have never looked back since. Myself and a handful of other ladies who played formed a ladies division which has grown season on season to over 20 players in 2 divisions. Hopefully that number will keep growing! My daughter who is 15 and my son who is 12 also play squash in the BSL juniors”
Liz Burns said… “I was enrolled without my knowledge into the Bridlington Squash Leagues by my husband 4 years ago at the ripe young age of 53! I was hooked immediately. I play as often as I can and have met many wonderful, friendly people. I have coaching, play in the Bridlington leagues as an individual, and as a new challenge play as part of a Team representing Bridlington Women in the York & District Ladies Leagues”
Jeanette Ellis said… “I was introduced to squash in Sheffield by my brother when I was 13 years old, then had a couple of seasons playing for York St John's. 8 years ago I moved to Bridlington for a change of career and after too many years was reintroduced to squash. Being invited to join Bridlington ladies about 5 years ago was the best opportunity to learn more about the sport, meet the best people and get fit. We now have an amazing new leisure centre here in Bridlington and it is a pleasure to see so many people of all ages and experience showing an interest in squash and other activities on offer there”
As well as the ladies playing friendlies one on one on top of their league matches, they have been improving their game weekly group training sessions.
Helen Maull said… ‘It’s a social thing’ We meet Monday evenings at 7pm, there is mixed abilities and experience and we all learn from each other.
To get more experience in playing competitive squash the ladies have entered a team in the York and District Ladies Winter League, playing the top teams in the area from Dunnington, York Squash Club, David Lloyd - York, Wigginton and Malton.
If any ladies are interested in trying squash, then please email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our organisers will contact you.
Our young lads (from left) MATTY MCCANN, LEVI MELARKEY and HARRY THURLBECK taking part in the Humber Closed Competition in Hull today, sporting the new range of Junior Squash Bridlington Merchandise available from 305SQUASH
A message from Sid...
Starting squash in the early 1970’s, inspired by watching Johnah Barrington, I rapidly improved in the first two to three years. I travelled each week to the West Riding to be coached by Ahmet Safwat, the number nine in the world at that time.
I rose to the level of playing first division Yorkshire League and Humberside County (as it was known then). After I reached these levels, there was a massive boom in squash worldwide. Bridlington also had it’s own squash courts built.
I then started coaching the men, ladies and also school children.
After retiring and moving to France for ten years, I have now returned to Bridlington and have resumed my coaching to the wonderful game of squash with all the enthusiastic juniors, ladies and gentlemen of Bridlington Squash League.
Over the months I have watched with much satisfaction at the improvement in all classes, How everybody has grown in skill and confidence. Not only have I seen a great improvement, I have seen more and more join the Bridlington Squash league.
Most importantly I have seen the enjoyment the members show in their coaching sessions.
What pleases me is that the members are nor entering tournaments, and various squash leagues. Humber League, Ryedale and this season, York and District League. So our squash players are travelling further afield to gain experience and face strong competition.
For the following season the ladies I am coaching are working towards entering a team into the York and District league.
I will continue to coach and help and improve our club to the best of my ability.