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Teams for the 4th December 2014

Teams for the 4th December 2014 2014 have been posted on the website.

To view the teams click here or go to the Squash Club website and select Team/selection.

Competition for places remains strong and players are reminded to maintain their availability on the website. Click here or go to the the Squash Club website and select Team/availability.

Furthermore you should record all your match results on the website to be awarded ranking points. (league is done automatically).

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 18:52:PM on Sunday 30 November 2014
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Knutsford Squash Shirts

The committee has sourced a new supplier of Knutsford Squash Club team shirts and are looking to place an order by the end of November.

The committee is keen for all those representing the Club in the NWCSL on a Thursday night to wear these shirts and is therefore subsidising the purchase price. Non-team players are also welcome to purchase the shirts at the same subsidised price.

Prices are £10 for juniors and £15 for senior members.

If you wish to purchase a shirt, please could you email Simon Whitaker at whitty10@hotmail.co.uk, by 28 November, stating your preferred size (S, M, L or XL)

Posted by : Simon Whitaker at 8:34:AM on Saturday 29 November 2014
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Squash Christmas Outing 2014 - 22nd December

Monday 22nd December

A few beers, in a few pubs (or at least in The Eldon), followed by a curry in Shamoli (in the absence of any other ideas). If you would like to eat, please let me know by the end of November. If you just want to come along for a drink, just turn up in the pub. Route and times will be published on the forum a week or so beforehand, so remember to check the website in December for details. As in previous years, I will order a selection of side dishes/rice etc, but I will require your main course choice before the outing so I can let Shamoli have our order in advance

- menu can be found at: http://shamoli-restaurant.com/menu.html

Posted by : Jon Cartmel at 0:00:AM on Saturday 29 November 2014
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Macclesfield 2 v Knutsford 4

KSC4 visited high riding Macc2, Hindley already negotiating a move down the order, was this for a crack at the lovely Annika!

First up a battle of the Rob’s, won by Rob who started at a blistering pace befit of the young player he was. Our Rob toiled valiantly gave it all in the third and sneaked a game in what will be one of the toughest 5th string games of the year.

Meanwhile Hindley was licking his lips at the thought of playing with Annika!

Next on John, against another improving youngster. This game threatened to turn dirty as John’s verbal outbursts set to dominate the young Tom. Tom kept coming back for more, his recovery demoralising for  the older KSC player, retrievals that at times appeared physics defying. With John asking for more and more (lets), Tom didn’t respond until midway through the third as he whipped our John across the back of the legs, branding him with a big letter C, (a racket shaped C)- ouch. But that spurred John on and as he took the game to Tom, pulling one back, but despite asking politely for more- “please sir, please sir, please sir” went down in 4. In the end all smiles, but that legs gonna be 50 shades of black and blue darker!

 Meanwhile was Hindley’s heart rate getting faster at the thought of Annika?

Next a rematch, Will versus Ollie. Last time Will ran Ollie into the ground and sneaked a 3-2 win, but would Will prevail on Ollie’s home turf? Well, Ollie took the first but wasn’t up for a running match as Will took the next 3- KSC4 were back in the match.

Hindley on next, dropping down the order to build his fitness. Alas there was no Annika, but a returning Div 2 player after an 11 year squash holiday and with a 2677 ranking, highest in Div 5, a ranking which would have got him in our first team! Valiant effort by Tony, a couple of very close games as he notched his first loss 3-1.

Finally the skip at 1 against Annika’s Dad, spanker of Slater last time round. No spanking this time as the skip edged 2 games out of 5 against a 2595 ranked Div 5 player.

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 8:44:AM on Monday 17 November 2014
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October - My Squash Monthly review

Congratulations to the winners of the respective October Leagues:

League 1 Steve Costello 

League 2 Chris Jump

League 3 Bill Jackson

League 4 John Chapman

League 5 Geoff Dalton

League 6 Richard Neale

League 7 Tom Woods

League 8  Michal Bartosiak

Congratulations to the big Ranking Movers:

Last month’s biggest Rankings mover was Phil Hendry  (+9.62)

Phil Hendry is the biggest mover over the last 3 months (+15.62)

Neil Loftus is the biggest mover over the last 6 months (+24.60)

Peter Welch is the biggest mover over the last 12 months (+55.19)

Neil Loftus is the biggest mover All Time (+135.63)

Following the renewal process it is with regret rthat we have said goodbye to the following members:

Michael Bartosiak

Neils Bech

Lene Bech

Richard Collins

James Crawford - Temporary !

Simon Ebury

Glen Faulkner

Kieren Holland - Temporary !

Nick Hoyle - Temporary !

Andrew Keeble - temporary !

Joe Lasham - temporary!

Lars langen

Greg Marshall - Temporary !

Kynan Massey

Thomas Mciveen

Steven O'Hare

Julian Valentine

Jane Welch

Andy White

We are vey disapointed to have lost so many members however we are delighted that so many have renewed.

Your elected committee needs to address the issues the declining membership presents to ensure the furtire of the club and accordingly invites the comments of all members that will be fed in to the 5-year Business Plan.  Please contact Geoff Dalton.

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 21:06:PM on Friday 7 November 2014
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Knutsford Handicap 2014/15

The draw has been made and posted on the website. This can be found under [my squash] and [tournaments] [handicap 2014].

Please arrange to play your game ASAP. Ideally want to have the tournament completed by Christmas. 

Please aim to play the 1st game by next weekend. If you email me the score I can update the draw and then arrange the next game the following week. 

If you are not able to play please let me know. 

The handicaps are calculated by the difference between the 2 opponents rankings (online) divided by 10.

American scoring to 15 best of 3. Rotate handicap around zero with max anyone can start on = +6

Please arrange games ASAP and let me know scores -   Dave Waring  

Always remember the great trophy that awaits the winner.


thanks
Happy playing

Posted by : Dave Waring at 8:46:AM on Tuesday 28 October 2014
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Annual subscription renewal 2014/15

Dear Squash member and to Whom it may concern,

Your membership of Knutsford Squash club expired on the 31st September and it is with great disappointment that as yet we have not received your renewal form.

Whilst we trust this is just an oversight on your part, I have, for your convenience attached a renewal form.  Alternatively you can renew on line via the link sent directly  to you or alternatively you can access the form via the club web site.  /media/6127/KSqC%20-%20Membership%20application%20form%202014-2015.pdf

Should you intend to renew your membership then we would recommend and really appreciate your early submission as all applications received after the 31st October (Friday) will attract a £25.00 joining fee.

Furthermore your club is run by volunteers on and with limited resources and whilst the non-members personal and playing records are automatically removed by the system next week, any subsequent renewals do need to be processed manually.  Your prompt response will mitigate this time consuming task and it would therefore be very much appreciated if you could return your form as soon as possible.

Should you not be renewing your membership this year then thank you for your support of the club and we all on the committee wish you all best for the future, hopefully we will see you back again at some stage.  If you could spare a minute to let us know, should this be the case then this would be appreciated and we will note our records accordingly.

Many thanks

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 10:53:AM on Saturday 25 October 2014
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Annual subscription renewal 2014/15

Dear Knutsford Squash Club Member

Your annual membership of Knutsford Squash Club is due for renewal on 1st OCTOBER

This year there is the option to complete your renewal online as well as submitting the application/renewal form.

As you will hopefully become aware there have been a number of exciting changes that have taken place at the Squash club this summer and further changes are in the pipeline.  Further information, including the minutes of the AGM are available on the Squash Club website.  www.knutsfordsquashclub.org.uk The headlines are as follows:

  • A new Squash club Chairman – Malcolm Edwards has stepped down as Chairman.  Geoff Dalton has been Voted his successor.  We all thank Malcolm for his efforts and guidance throughout his 3 year term.  Malcolm will, I am pleased to say, remain involved with the development of the web site and information technology
  • New appointments - Various members have accepted roles and responsibilities at the club.  They will be pursuing their duties with vigour to help  and improve the running of the club.
  • Booking system - The Knutsford Squash Club website www.knutsfordsquashclub.org.uk, Booking system and My squash player profile has been enhanced and the club will remain the only club in the area to offer this efficient and convenient service.
  • Events - A programme of social events including internal club tournaments and a master class in Racketball is shortly to be announced.
  • Coaching - Several members have now achieved their coaching qualifications and our Juniors are benefiting many of whom are representing the club in the North West Squash league.
  • Refereeing - A markers and referees course is to be arranged in the New Year
  • Construction works undertaken include: - A refurbishment of both courts, new lighting and a full service of the heating.

The annual fees set by the committee at the AGM has remained unchanged.  However, of concern and potential threat to the subs having to increase in future is the reduction in the amount of Guest fees collected are that those collected do not reconcile with the members online booking records.  Members are advised that unless the guest fees received tally with their bookings then the club will pursue them for the fees and persistent offenders will be excluded without referral.

Please remember that the annual membership cost is fully inclusive of court booking fees, lights and heating.  You will, I trust, find that this cost represents excellent value.

The Club operates a Members Service listing and I would like to encourage all members to promote their services through this Club Business Directory – hopefully this will continue to be a beneficial arrangement for all concerned. You may find it more rewarding to sponsor or partner the club. 

We have 4 teams in the North West Squash League this season and this offers squash for a range of abilities for members who take their squash slightly more seriously.  Nigel Utley would be delighted to hear from anybody who would like to play on a Thursday night or alternatively complete the Doodle on the website Teams Tab on the Squash Club Website.

Fees are due on 1st October so please Submit your online form or return your printed forms promptly to the club (marked for the attention of Tony Hindley). Access to booking courts and Players profiles and statistics etc are controlled by the computer so no pay no playFurthermore, please be aware that members not renewing punctually will be considered as having resigned and any subsequent application to join will incur a joining fee of £25.00.

We very much look forward to receiving your completed application form and welcoming you to the club again for what we hope will be an excellent and exciting year.

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 22:00:PM on Monday 6 October 2014
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September - My Squash Monthly report

Congratulations to the winners of the respective September Leagues:

League 1 Steve Costello 

League 2 Khaled Balabil

League 3 Tony Hindley

League 4 John Burke

League 5 Geoff Dalton

League 6 Nick Johnson

League 7 Joe Lasham

League 8  James Woods

Congratulations to the big Ranking Movers:

Last month’s biggest Rankings mover was Will McLeod (+7.57)

Neil Loftus is the biggest mover over the last 3 months (+17.40)

Rob Leech is the biggest mover over the last 6 months (+27.30)

Peter Welch is the biggest mover over the last 12 months (+55.19)

Neil Loftus is the biggest mover All Time (+128.43)

Welcome new Members Jason Bayliss, Darren Ingles and Welcome back Steven Pixton

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 21:56:PM on Monday 6 October 2014
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Buxton 2 v Knutsford 4

OMG, Buxton away and with such a strong choice for selection, all players were getting in their excuses not to get picked for the fab 4ths long trek past the cat n fiddle! We had social (work, child care, on a jolly), travel (Spain, Corfu and must’ve been a KSC event in Devon by the number there!), not forgetting the medical stuff which sounded like a medical dictionary- broken wrist, hip replacement, heart attack, dodgy back, cant walk, sore finger and finally worse- given up and sold my squash racket!

Still the troops rallied and a rag tag bunch, all jostling for the number 5 spot, set off to Buxton, no snow but thick fog! - didn’t see that coming literally!

First up, we welcomed back Dalton junior - pushed up the order as the fittest looking of our team, despite coming straight from A&E having just suffered a shrapnel injury to the eye- (now that was a proper injury!) Unfortunately the injury left Andy a bit blinded and the first game passed him by to 1. Second game off came the eye patch and Andy got into the game, but the cold, slow courts favoured the home side as they drew first blood (not real blood- didn’t want any more injuries)

Meanwhile Graham, got the number 5 slot and looked good, the slow courts suiting his game as he dropped his way to the first 2 games. Alas his oppo started to read Graham’s game and from then on we had 3 games played entirely in front of the red service line except for one Thomson drive to the back corner in the 4th game. Unfortunately that shot was a limited edition collector’s item, not seen since. As Grahams legs tired Buxton edged in front, despite a 16-14 nail biting loss in the fourth. Graham- hope you can walk Friday morning!

Nigel on next, keeping a low profile down the order, and produced a classy, skilled, never troubled performance- watch out Nigel the 3rds may just yet beckon!

Skip at one, made short shrift of his opponent and levelled the tie. Meanwhile Nick at 3 had a tough battle and despite taking the first couldn’t keep it up, obviously disappointed to have missed out on a rematch with Annika the previous week. 

So a narrow loss 14-9, just a 2 point swing in one game in our favour would have made all the difference, but that’s the excitement of American scoring!

Finally, a big thank you for everyone’s responses to all the emails, especially those who turned up and filled all the slots.  

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 9:52:AM on Thursday 25 September 2014
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