Both Robert Thirst and Sam Henden, have recently travelled to a number of PSA tournaments. At these tournaments, prize money and most importantly world rankings points are on offer. Due to the calibre of these tournaments they attract highly ranked players, not just from England but abroad as well. Early in the summer both players travelled to the Cambridge Open, a PSA 1k. Robert and Sam both suffered frustrating first round losses. Robert losing to Josh Atwell and Sam Henden losing to Chris Longman. Both players played well but felt they could have done better.
Later in the summer both players were off again, this time to play in the Thanet Open, a PSA 3k, in Kent. As the prize money was larger for this event, bigger names and higher ranked players were in the draw. Players such as Ben Coleman, world ranked 54 and Richie Fallows world ranked 58 were noticeable names.
Sam and Robert both suffered first round loses again, but put in promising performances against strong opposition. Sam was drawn against Rob Downer in the first round. Rob has reached a highest world ranking of 120, and is currently ranked 182 in the world. A tough opponent but Sam gave a great showing of himself being in control of a number of rallies and sticking with Rob till the later stages of each game. Robert also had a tough opponent in the first round, coming up against ¾ seed Joe Green. Joe has a highest world ranking of 105 and is currently ranked 114 in the world. Robert took the lead in each game, but Joe came through strongly during the mid part of each game to push on and take a 3-0 win.
These tournaments are not only for players looking to play on the PSA word tour. Many of the smaller PSA tournaments will be organised with a graded tournament alongside them, so club players can enter and also have competitive matches in a draw more suited to their level.
During August Robert travelled to the National Closed Satellite in Kent, unfortunately Sam could not make this tournament. Robert lost in the qualifying finals 3-1 to Gary Nisbet, 12-10 in the fourth. A great performance from Robert to push an experienced player to four games. This meant that Sam had picked up world ranking points from two tournaments over the summer and Robert had picked up points from three.
Sam is currently Ranked 502 in the world and Robert 489. With both players highest world ranking being 479 (August 2017). The aim for both players is to continue training, improving and making it further through PSA tournaments to gain more ranking points, pushing them higher in the rankings as a result.
Norfolk Squash Annual General Meeting, Saturday 5th August.
The Norfolk Squash Rackets Association AGM will take place at 5.00 p.m. at Broadland Sports Centre, Fleggburgh on Saturday 5th August. The meeting agenda and minutes of last year’s meeting are below. Please try to ensure that your club has at least one representative attending. The AGM will be followed by presentation of trophies for the 2016-17 Winter League, and then by a special meeting to discuss the future of junior squash in Norfolk. Please make every effort to attend if you are involved or have an interest in junior squash.
Heywood Sports & Leisure in Diss recently hosted an end of season ladies squash presentation to celebrate the end of the third season of Ladies Team squash in Norfolk & North Suffolk. Ladies from Diss, Beccles and Broadland played a series of friendly matches followed by presentation and buffet. Broadland Ladies 1 gained a narrow League win over East Anglian Belles, with both teams ending the season with an identical playing record, 9 Wins and 1 loss. The Broadland Team had however, obtained more points during the season to give them the League win.
Tom Bobbins from Heywood Sports presented the League trophy to Broadland Team Captain Julie Johnson with commemorative medals to team members Hannah Jones, Jodie Dowe, Kirstie Johnson, Joy Grimes & Shelly Shearing. The 2017/18 season is scheduled to run between October ’17 and April ’18 providing Ladies Team matches every 3-4 weeks. Anyone wishing to gain more information about ladies squash can contact Hannah Jones at Broadland Sports Club 01493 369651, and can be put in touch with their nearest Club.
On 24th April, Broadland Ladies Squash teams celebrated the end of the 2016/17 Ladies squash season with a 10 a side ladies match, which also included the League match between the Broadland Ladies first and second Teams. Now in its third season, the Norfolk & North Suffolk Ladies League had been dominated by Barnham Broom Ladies for the first 2 years, but with no team this year a new winner was guaranteed. Broadland Ladies 1 had been consistent all season, losing just once, and just needing a few more points to clinch the League win. Youngsters Jodie Dowe and Kirstie Johnson had shown improvement all season, and continued this form with 3-0 wins over Cathy Cramer and Marisa England-Hunt. With first team players Julie Johnson and Shelly Shearing also recording 3-0 wins against Paula Jones and Donna Bonnett, the League title was well & truly secured. Congratulations to Julie Johnson and her Team.
Last weekend saw Norfolk O40s Squash 57 team compete in the inter county National finals at the prestigious Nottingham Park squash club. Our first opponents were Shropshire, and Rob Hambrook was first up to play, after a shaky start he lost the first a close 15-13 but made his opponent work hard, in the second he was much more confident and at 9-6 up had his opponent in all four corners and took that game 11-6 and alas the Shropshire player had to retire with an injury, so 3-1 to Rob and 1-0 to Norfolk.