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Update on Jiwan’s charity climb

Jiwan Gahunia, a 66 year old stalwart of Abergavenny Squash Club recently completed his climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in support of St David’s Hospice Care. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at an altitude of 5,895 metres above sea level.

Jiwan was supported ably by none other than Gwent Squash Rackets Association Treasurer, Peter Sturgess.  Peter and Jiwan recently visited St David’s Hospice to present them with a cheque for £663.25.

St David’s provides bespoke  individual palliative care for all its patients and their families during the most difficult times of their lives. They aim to ensure patients have a choice about the care they receive that helps them maintain their dignity throughout  their final journey.

Its not too late to recognise Jiwan’s fantastic achievement!  If you feel you are able to support Jiwan and Peter in their remarkable endeavour, please visit their Just Giving page. Jiwan and Peter and more importantly, St David’s Hospice, would appreciate any and all donations and sponsorship no matter how small.

If you feel it appropriate, you may want to print this poster and display it on your club notice board.

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Match reports from Abergavenny Squash Club – week 2

17th September
Abergavenny E vs. Newport G

Jiwan Gahunia won 3-0
Gary Hortop won 3-2
Simon Cave won 3-0
Rob Lawrence lost 3-0
Chris Carver won 3-0

On Monday night, the E team entertained Newport, and won comfortably by four matches to one. The only loss occurred when Rob Lawrence, who was playing his first match for the club, was forced to retire with a nasty injury. All at the club wish him a speedy recovery! The team move up into second position.

19th September
Abergavenny B vs. Cardiff C

John Procter won 3-0
Ellis Lawrence won 3-1
Anthony Squire won 3-0
Gareth Hughes-Jones won 3-0
Gary Lawrence won 3-2

On Wednesday, the B team played Cardiff C, and won easily by five matches to nil. Gary Lawrence had to work hard for his victory, eventually winning in five sets, but elsewhere the team won comfortably. The team move to the top of the table, and look well set for promotion.

20th September
Merthyr A vs. Abergavenny C

Name Result Score
Mike Logan won 3-2
Carl Whiteman lost 3-1
Chris Phelps won 3-1
Mathew Pomfret lost 3-1
Mitchell Lawrence won 3-0

On Thursday, the C team played away to Merthyr, but the match was actually played at Abertillery, as the Merthyr courts were flooded! The match hinged on captain Mike Logan, who managed to come back from three match points down in the fourth set to win 3-2. The team move into third place, and are starting to look a good bet for promotion!

20th September
Abergavenny A vs. Rhiwbina A

Lewys Hurst lost 3-1
Chris Hill lost 3-0
Steve Williams lost 3-2
Ellis Lawrence won 3-0
Anthony Squire lost 3-0

Again on Thursday, the A team played at home against a strong Rhiwbina team that included the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Tesni Evans, and, with a side lacking our top two players, lost 4-1. However, Ellis Lawrence was a beacon of light, winning his match 3-1, a considerable effort given that he is ranked at 3 in our B team. The team remain fixed at the bottom of the table, but, with the return of both Roshan Bharos and Jethro Binns, it will not be for very long.

Match reports from Abergavenny Squash Club – Week 1

The attached reports have been submitted by Abergavenny Squash Club. If you’d like to submit a report please email them.

12th September
Caldicot B vs. Abergavenny D

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On Wednesday, the D team commenced its campaign with a visit to Caldicot, losing by five matches to nil. However, the team fought hard, and Mitchell Lawrence took his tricky opponent to five sets. The team lie in fifth position.

12th September
Abergavenny B vs. Penybont

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On the same night, the B team entertained Penybont, and won convincingly by four matches to one. Ellis Lawrence had a good win against a wily opponent, and he was ably supported by father Gary, Mike Logan and Gareth Hughes-Jones. The team immediately move into second place, and look strong candidates for promotion back into the higher division from whence they came!

13th September
Monmouth E vs. Abergavenny E

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On the same night, the E team travelled to Monmouth with only four players, but still managed to squeeze a 3-2 win. Gary Hortop had an easy win, but Chris Owen and Tony Davies both had to come back from losing positions in order to win their matches, a testament to their resolve for the team! The team take up the third spot, and already fancy their chances for promotion.

13th September
Caldicot A vs. Abergavenny C

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The C team also travelled to Caldicot and lost an extremely tight match 3-2. Mike Logan and Chris Phelps both won very easily, but all the other matches were lost in the fifth set, which was very frustrating. The team lie in fifth place overall.

Abergavenny A vs. St Mellons

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Finally, on Thursday, the A team entertained the champions and were comprehensively beaten 5-0. However, this came as no great surprise, as our top three players were either unavailable or injured. The whole experience of playing in the Premiership will do our B team players no harm at all! The team are at the bottom of the table, but they will be back!

League Round-Up Spring 2018

April saw the concluding fixtures the Spring session of the 2017/18 season and as is usual, there were a number of teams promoted and relegated.

Gwent Division 1, was a a competitive affair around the mid-table. However, Caldicot A were too strong for most teams in the division and finished comfortably in in the only promotion slot on offer. Having lost only one fixture all season to third placed Risca A, Caldicot yo-yo back into South Wales Division 3 East when play resumes in September. Congratulations to Calvin Till and the team; we hope the cup kindly donated by Greg Tippings brings you many years of happiness 🙂

Cwmbran A finished in second spot, benefiting from Cory Kearns rapid development at number 1 string. At the bottom-end of the table, it was a tough season for both Abertillery and Risca B who were both relegated to Gwent Division 2.

Gwent 1: final league standings

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In Gwent Division 2, two promotion spots were on offer and these were clinched by first placed Newport F and second placed Monmouth C. The two teams locked horns all season for the victor’s spoils with Newport F narrowly edging their north Gwent rivals 258 points to 251. Congratulations to both.

At the other end of the table, lower ranked representatives from both clubs fared less well with Newport G and Monmouth E in seventh and eighth spot respectively. Both sides can be considered largely developmental so I’m sure we will see players from both squads progressing nicely in the coming seasons.

Gwent 2: final league standings 

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Gwent Squash Player Climbing Mountains for Charity

Jiwan Gahunia, a 66 year old stalwart of Abergavenny Squash Club aims to raise money and awareness for St David’s Hospice Care by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this November. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at an altitude of 5,895 metres above sea level.

Jiwan will be ably supported in his endeavours by none other than Gwent Squash Rackets Association Treasurer, Peter Sturgess, who is organising Jiwan’s itinerary and ensuring everything is in place for the arduous trek to the summit.

St David’s provides bespoke  individual palliative care for all its patients and their families during the most difficult times of their lives. They aim to ensure patients have a choice about the care they receive that helps them maintain their dignity throughout  their final journey.

If you feel you are able to support Jiwan and Peter in their remarkable endeavour, please visit their Just Giving page. Jiwan and Peter and more importantly, St David’s Hospice, would appreciate any and all donations and sponsorship no matter how small.

If you feel it appropriate, you may want to print this poster and display it on your club notice board.

Thanks for swinging by and taking the time to read of Jiwan’s and Peter’s fantastic efforts. More of Jiwan’s itinerary can be found here.

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Newport Squash Open Tournament

This year’s Newport Squash Open Tournament will take place on the weekend of 19 to 21 21 October with Men’s A, B, C and D streams as well as ladies A and B streams. Entries are now invited and further details can be obtain from Greg Tippings on 07824 660035 or by emailing him. Closing date for entry is 12 October. Entry forms can be found here.

Whether you are a seasoned tournament player or yet to enter your first tournament, a warm welcome will await you so why not get involved and enter today?

Welsh Wizards return to PSL!

Squash Wales has entered a team into the PSL for the first time in a number of years. This is excellent news for Squash players and spectators alike as it gives Welsh based fans an opportunity to see top flight squash back in Wales. Tickets for the first home fixture are now on sale. For more information follow the Wizard on Twitter or read the press release here. A fixture list can be found here.

Please show your support for this initiative and get buying those tickets!