Nov 2006 - Swiss Junior Open in Zurich - Swiss Rolls for Glos Juniors!!!
Wycliffe Squash embark on at least one European event each season, and this year they invited some Gloucestershire junior squash players to join them for The Swiss Open in Zurich 8-10 December.
It was an early start (2.30am) the day before as we had a flight at 7.30am. We arrived on time in Basle and were picked up in 3 mini busses and driven the hour journey to Zurich. First stop was the hotel – this was spectacular! A 4 star Moevenpick hotel about 15 minutes from the club. The only problem with it was that a pint cost £5! We then went and checked out the club and this was also spectacular – 11 courts one of which was all glass (except for 1 side wall). After a practise, we all went back to the hotel to relax.
Squash started the next morning at 11am and went on until 7pm that night. Saturday was an even longer day with an earlier start and a later finish. Sunday was a half day, with proceedings coming to an end around 1.30pm.
There were some great performances, most notably that of Anthony 'Worzel' Graham, who recorded his first ever European win in the under 17 event.
Everyone had at least 4 matches and the organisation and hospitality of the club and tournament organisers was superb.
Dave Morrish and Mike Edwards were kept very busy with coaching and videoing – everyone who went (31 players in all) had at least one match on video.
A number of parents came along too and helped make the event even more special. Thank you to Bob Williams, Simon Hewer, Eve Blundell, Caroline Crawford and Mary Anderson from the Gloucestershire camp.
Dave Morrish Dec 2006

See photos of the tour


Luke Smolinski 6th
Mark Blundell 11th

Anthony Graham 1st
Sam Cantle 3rd
Josh Saysall 9th
Theo Anderson 12th
Nick Reeder 15thH
Mitch Crawford 16th

Julianne Courtice 4th
Rebecca Smolinska 7th

Will Hewer 13th
Rory Birtwhistle 17th
Myles Williams 23rd

Sammy Blundell 11th
Hattie Crawford 12th


Oct 2006 - South West Area Academy Closed Report
The Exeter Golf & Country Club was the venue for the SW Area Academy Closed with 85 players competing for the titles and Academy places.
The Girls’ U13 event saw last year’s runner up, Victoria Temple-Murray (Devon) go one better and clinch the title beating Somerset’s Rhianne O’Donnell in an entertaining final.
The U13 boys provided upsets as No 1 seed James Watkin,s who was suffering from a hand injury, lost to local boy Lyell Fuller, who came from a game down to win 3-1. Avon’s Peter Joyce overcame another Avon player Calum Davies-Smith, again from a game down to set up the Semi final where he proved the stronger ending Lyell’s run with a comprehensive 3-0 win. The bottom half of the draw saw No.2 seed Matt Boal defeated in the semi final by Cornwall’s Joel Brickell 3-0. An excellent final was won by Peter Joyce 3-0.
The U15 girls’ event went to seeding as Rebecca Quiney (Glous) reached the final without dropping a game. Eleanor Wright (Avon) had a more difficult path to the final with a close 5 game semi with Devon’s Jessica Mudge. Another excellent final ended with Rebecca winning 3-0.
The boys’ U15 number 1 seed Mark Broekman’s path to the final was ended by Jack Barnes whose impressive run of form had seen him win comfortable against Tom Trower, Callum Parfitt and James Jeffrey. Coming from a 6/9 loss in the first game, Jack took the next three games to book his place in the final. Nathan Lake, the number 2 seed had a comfortable run to the final although had an anxious moment or two against semi final opponent Ed Shannon, winning 3-0. In the final Jack’s earlier exertions began to tell and Nathan was a comfortable winner 9/0, 9/0, 9/1.
The withdrawal due to injury of Girls’ U17 No 1 Natalie Coombs left this event wide open. Rebecca Palmer (Avon) and Julianne Courtice (Gloucestershire) reached the final without dropping a game. Rebecca took the first game 9/4 but a close, hard fought final was eventually won by Julianne 3-1.
In the under 17 boys’ event, Chris Quiney recently recovered from long-term injury, reached the final with an impressive run of victories over Luke Bishop (Somerset) in the quarter final and Elliott Nightingale (Avon) in the semi final. Cornwall’s Rory Brickell reached the final with a semi final win over Dominic Lyons (Devon). Lyons was still feeling the effects of his epic quarter final win (10/8 4/9 10/8 4/9 9/5) against Ewan Davies-Smith (Avon) in what was the longest match of the tournament.
The final featured excellent retrieval by both players in a very tough opening game. Brickell held his nerve to clinch the game 10/8. The second game started in similar vein but by now Rory was starting to look the stronger player as he won 9/5. The third game went the same way as Rory again won 9/5 to take the title.
The trophy presentations were made by the SW Area Academy Coach Ian Thomas.
Our thanks go to Tournament Organiser Ian Shannon and Tournament Referee David Hughes and to the management, staff and members of the Exeter Golf & Country Club for the excellent facilities and warm welcome.


Girls U13: Winner – Victoria Temple-Murray R/up – Rhianne O’Donnell
Boys U13: Winner – Peter Joyce R/up – Joel Brickell
Girls U15: Winner – Rebecca Quiney R/up – Eleanor Wright
Boys U15: Winner – Nathan Lake R/up – Jack Barnes
Girls U17: Winner – Julianne Courtice R/up – Rebecca Palmer
Boys U17: Winner – Rory Brickell R/up – Chris Quiney


Girls U13: Winner – Eleanor Lake R/up – Emily Penkett
Boys U13: Winner – Bradley Jenkins R/up – Karl Bushby
Girls U15: Winner – Olivia Keane R/up – Jennifer Holmes
Boys U15: Winner – Callum Parfitt R/up – George Neville
Girls U17: Winner – Lauren Theaker R/up – Tamara Weston
Boys U17: Winner – Duncan Hefford R/up – James O’Carroll


Sept 2006 - Old Pats players perform well in recent Grand Prix
Three of Gary Powell's Old Pat's Junior Squash Wizards took part in the England Squash invitation Grand Prix in Pontefract on 9th & 10th September. Wesley Howell and James Watkins came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Boys U13 category; both only losing one match all weekend to the eventual winner, Jacob Robinson from Cheshire. Tom Ford came 12th in his first U15 Grand Prix even though he is still eligible for the U13 event!

May 2006 - 4th Place For U15 Boys At Inter-County Finals
The Glos U15 boys came a very credible 4th place in the National Inter-County Finals played recently in Manchester.
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May 2006 - 2nd and 3rd Places In Essex For County Boys Teams
In very close fought matches, two of the counties boys teams came away with medals from Essex. The U13 boys clinched a closely fought 2nd place, losing 3-2 to Essex in the final, while the U17 boys came home with well deserved 3rd place medals.
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May 2006 - 1st Place For U11 Boys Team In Manchester
The U11 boys team were victorious in Manchester at the recent unofficial Nation U11 Championships.
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March 2006 - Wycliffe Win Boys U15 National Schools Squash Championships
Author: SquashNow NewsDesk

Millfield School have maintained their dominance of the U19 category in the National Schools Squash Championships by retaining both the Boys and Girls titles for the fourth successive year at the Chase Squash Club in Leicester – the Somerset school equalling the four-year unbeaten run set by Aylesbury Grammar School in the Boys event in 1984. 

Gloucester's Wycliffe College retained the Boys U15 title, winning it for the third time in the last four years, while Central Newcastle High School reclaimed the Girls U15 title they last won in 2002.

Millfield romped to a 5/0 win over Exeter School in the Boys U19 semi-finals to set up a repeat of last year's final against Wycliffe College, who beat Derby's Ecclesbourne High School in the other semi, also by the same margin.

The two finalists have shared the title in all but two years since 1993, and Wycliffe were anxious to recapture the crown they last held in 2002.  But Millfield were on top form, winning four of the matches by 3/0 margins, and only losing the top string clash 2/3, when Kamran Khan gained a consolation point for Wycliffe with a 3-9 9-5 9-3 2-9 9-7 victory in 46 minutes over the Millfield number one James Snell.

Boys U19 Final:

Millfield bt Wycliffe 4/1 (James Snell lost to Kamran Khan 9-3 5-9 3-9 9-2 7-9; Jim Bristow bt Rich Wade 9-0 9-0 9-0; Petr Martin bt Anthony Graham 9-5 9-4 9-4; Mike Harris bt Robbie Maycock 10-9 9-3 9-3; Simon Culver bt Adam Wellstead 9-3 9-0 9-1)

Boys U15 Final:

Wycliffe bt Joseph Rowntree 5/0 (Josh Saysell bt Tom Pepper 9-2, 9-6, 4-9, 10-8; Sam Cantle bt Mackenzie Nichol 9-0, 9-0, 9-0; Lewis Wood bt Tom Boyle 9-2, 9-1, 9-1; Declan Christie bt Jack Unsworth 9-0, 9-0, 9-4; Will Hewer bt Ben Walker 9-2, 9-7, 6-9, 9-3)

(C) 2006 SquashNews!

March 2006 - England Call For Chris Tasker-Grindley
Gloucestershire squash player Chris Tasker-Grindley has been selected to play for England in the U19 European Championships in Switzerland in April. The Championships run from the 9th-17th, with the individual event followed by the team event.
Chris previously played for England in the U17 European Championships, and won the deciding rubber against Germany to give England the title. Germany are likely, once again, to be the team to be beat, and Chris could well find himself in a similar situation.
(Thanks to the East Glos Club for their kind permission in using this article).
Jan 2006 - Good Result For Tasker-Grindley In British Open
Only noticeable result of the British Open was Chris Tasker-Grindley who lost in the last 16 to Simon Rossner of Germany in the U17 event and then went on to win his next 3 matches to finish 9th. Incidentally, Simon Rossner was runner up in the European Open last year so it was no disgrace for Chris. A very respectable finish especially as he also has next year in this age group. See photo of Chris in action


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