BRIDLINGTON SQUASH LEAGUE END OF SEASON PRESENTATION AWARDS
The end of season Presentation Evening was held on December 9th at the Expanse Hotel, Bridlington. Over 60 people attended the evening, which preceded the Annual Squash League Christmas party. After a fantastic three course meal and a raffle which raised £230 towards the Youth Development and Coaching Program, run by Derek Boyd in association with Headlands school, we were entertained by Mr Frank Martin with his Rat Pack and Mowtown Show.
Derek Boyd opened the Presentation Evening with a short update on the league. The fantastic growth we have had during the year, with now well over 100 members, two teams now playing in the Humber and District and York and District Leagues and the planned changes for 2018, before handing over to John Miller and Ian Stoddard to present the trophies.
The trophies were presented to:
Division 1 – Sponsored by BRITTONS JEWELLERS
Winner: ADAM YATES
Runner-up: NICK MELARKEY
3rd Place: IAN THURLBECK
Division 2 – Sponsored by ARB ACCOUNTANCY
Winner: NICK WALSTER
Runner-up: CRAIG WHITAKER
Division 3 – Sponsored by ELIZABETHS JEWELLERS
Went down to the last match of the season between these two to decide the winner!
Winner: BRADLEY COWLING
Runner-up: STEVE BINNINGTON
Division 4 – Sponsored by S GREAVES KITCHEN DESIGNS
Winner: JOHN BATH
Runner-up: ROGER GILL
Division 5 – Sponsored by THE WINDSOR HOTEL
Winner: ALASTAIR SEGAL
Runner-up: DAVE MARSHALL
Ladies Division 1 – Sponsored by B&F POTATOES
Winner: LIZ BURNS
Runner-up: VIKKI WARD
Ladies Division 2 – Sponsored by MANDY MILLER BROADCAST SERVICES LIMITED
Winner: ZENA BOREMAN
Runner-up: ANDREA FARREN & EMMA BENSON
Best newcomer award:
Men – BRADLEY COWLING
Ladies: – ZENA BOREMAN
Who both won their respective leagues in their maiden season.
Most improved player of the season award:
Men: ALEX YATES
Ladies: LIZ BURNS
Most improved player of the year award:
Winner: STEVE BINNINGTON
Coach of the year award went to SID BOLTON who, due to his love of the sport, continues to coach, encourage and support the members of the league from all divisions.
Flowers were presented to both DIANE HAYWOOD and HELEN MAUL as a thank you for their work with the Ladies Division in supporting the newcomers and organising the ladies evenings.
The "Blitzkrieg Award" went to IAN COUSINS for his stellar performance during the season. Despite missing out on the first few weeks due to work commitments, he finished 3rd in division 2, with still a chance of promotion to the top division if he wins the playoff.
The "Weirdest Noise on Court" award went to NICK ‘THE SQWARK’ WALSTER.
The "Best Legs in a Pair of Stockings" award went to ANDY BURNS.
Thank you to everyone who turned up for the presentations and to our hosts for the evening, Derek, John and Ian.
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.
2nd September 2017
Friday 1st September was the league presentation night which was held at The Windsor Hotel in Bridlington. A huge turn out watched as John Bannister and Andy Burns presented the runners up and winners with their trophies for the May - July season and also the Team Cup Competition.
The trophies went to:
Division 1 winner: NICK MELARKEY
Division 1 runner up: IAN THURLBECK
Division 1 3rd place: ALEX YATES
Division 2 winner: NICK LENG
Division 2 runner up: GAVIN ANDERSON
Division 3 winner: PAUL ALMOND
Division 3 runner up: IAN DOIG
Division 4 winner: JULIAN MORRIS
Division 4 runner up: DANNY SIMPKIN
Division 5 winner: PAUL FOUND
Division 5 runner up: ROGER GILL
Ladies winner: FIONA ANDERSON
Ladies runner up: LIZ BURNS
TEAM CUP COMPETITION WINNERS:
TEAM WOLF: ADAM YATES, CRAIG WHITAKER, JOHN BATH, DAMIEN THOMAS, PAUL FOUND, ANG BANNISTER
TEAM CUP COMPETITION RUNNERS UP:
TEAM JAGUAR: ALEX YATES, IAN STODDARD, STEVE GREAVES, SIMON THOMAS, ALASTAIR SEGAL, LIZ BURNS
Best newcomer award: IAN DOIG
Most improved player award: STEVE BINNINGTON
Best Achievement Award: STEVE BROWN - for beating Nick Walster in a nail biting play off when he had everything to lose!
Photographs from the night to follow...
19th June 2017
Today after introducing 200+ children to squash at Headlands School in the gym over a 2 week period, 40-50 of the most interested children who had signed up to trial squash further were transported to the Leisure Centre in Bridlington today to allow them to experience a game, first hand on the squash courts.
I must say all the children were so well behaved which is a credit to the Head and teachers at Headlands. The children showed keenness to learn this great game and we really did find some promising stars for the future !
A big thankyou to Glyn Owen, Ian Stoddard & Charlotte Fish for putting the kids through their paces...
6th June 2017
A massive day in the Bridlington Squash League history.
2 of our accredited coaches began coaching at Headlands School where today approximately 150 students were introduced to squash and (for many) experienced playing for the first time in their young lives!
The 6 week trial has been agreed by the open minded Headteacher at Headlands: Sarah Bone, kindly funded by Neil Murray's "Activfirst" and fully supported by Barry Furness and the management of Bridlington Leisure Centre.
A big thank you to all concerned in helping to develop squash in the area..... Should this prove a success other schools in the area will be trialed !!!
29TH APRIL 2017
Friday 28th April was the league presentation night which was held at The Windsor Hotel in Bridlington. A huge turn out watched as Adam Yates presented the runners up and winners with their trophies for the Jan-Mar season and also the cup competition.
The trophies went to:
Division 1 winner: NICK MELARKEY
Division 1 runner up: CHRIS GRAINGER
Division 2 winner: IAN COUSINS
Division 2 runner up: IAN STODDARD
Division 3 winner: GREG COUSINS
Division 3 runner up: DENIS MCKENNA
Division 4 winner: TREVOR SMITH
Division 4 runner up: CRAIG WHEELER
Division 5 winner: DANNY SIMPKIN
Division 5 runner up: DAMIEN THOMAS
Ladies winner: VIKKI WARD
Ladies runner up: LIZ BURNS
KNOCK OUT COMPETION:
Group 1 winner: FIONA ANDERSON
Group2 winner: ANG BANNISTER
Group 3 winner: CHRIS GRAINGER
Group 3 runner up: ALEX YATES
Best newcomer award was split between: DANNY SIMPKIN & JOSH CHRISTLOW
Most improved player award was split between: IAN COUSINS & JOE TAYLOR