2019/20 season declared null and void

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gwent Squash has followed Squash Wales’s recommendations and declared the 2019 / 20 season null and void. Consequently there will be no promotion or relegation once league squash is able to resume.

The Squash Wales statement is reproduced below.

Following the cessation of league squash due to Covid-19 in March 2020 a league panel was requested to review the options for the completion of outstanding league fixtures in Wales.

The panel initially met on 17th April and agreed the following key principles:

The primary and preferred objective is to complete all current leagues if timings permit

The second objective is that the new league [Winter 2020] must start on time, during the week commencing Monday September 7th, 2020.

If circumstances prevent the completion of the current leagues there will be two alternatives available

  • Option A: to declare the current leagues ‘null and void’ restarting as a new league Winter 2020 as above.
  • Option B: freeze the current leagues and promote/relegate with the positions as they are at present.

In line with the Squash Wales strategy, clubs were consulted regarding their preferred choice of Option A or B, and the league panel convened again on Friday 15th May 2020.

22 replies were received from league clubs and indicated a strong preference for voiding the season (14 for versus 8 against), if it was not possible to complete the remaining matches.

The league panel and Squash Wales staff have continued to monitor the Covid-19 situation as related to likely return to play and convened again during the first week of September 2020 to review.

The league panel remains conscious that there is no “right” decision due to the complexities, unknowns and challenges that the current pandemic has created. The league panel acknowledged as more time passes since the scheduled end of the 19/20 season, the less viable and relevant the completion of the fixtures becomes.

For this reason and to bring closure to clubs and members it has been decided that the 19/20 season will be declared null and void and no promotion, relegation or otherwise will be applied.

Future League Play
The League Panel and Squash Wales will continue to monitor the Welsh Government regulations and when regulations permit league play, a programme of fixtures (and any amended regulations) will be created to fit the timeline available.

Leagues Feeding the South Wales Squash League
The panel continues to recommend that County League should follow these guidelines especially Gwent, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire.

For the avoidance of doubt, as the South Wales leagues are considered void for the 19/20 season, no promotion or relegation to/from feeder leagues will take place.

The League Panel
The review group is chaired by Richard Bennett, (Vice Chair, Squash Wales), Dave Mason (Squash Wales Board Member), Mike Howe (League Administrator) and Roy Gingell (Squash Wales Operations Manager)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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 


Upcoming marker’s course open to all clubs

As discussed at the AGM, there are a number of dates available for Roy Gingell to run a referee/marker’s course and the earliest proposed date (before the Winter season starts), is Monday 10 September.

Venue to be decided when we know how many, and from where, attendees are likely to come.

Please let Nick know by Monday 16 July how many participants you are likely to have from your clubs and we can finalise the arrangements.

New season provisional arrangements

The sun is shining and the beer garden beckons, but the new season is just around the corner!

We have asked all clubs to confirm the number of teams they intend running. As it stands, the following teams will be streamed across the county and South Wales leagues as shown below.

Team Winter 2018 Spring 2018
Abergavenny A Prem 1 Prem 1
Abergavenny B East 2 East 1
Abergavenny C East 3 East 3
Abergavenny D Gwent 2 Gwent 2
Abergavenny E Gwent 2 Gwent 2
Abertillery A Gwent 2 Gwent 1
Bedwellty A Gwent 1 Gwent 1
Caldicot A East 3 Gwent 1
Caldicot B Gwent 1 Gwent 1
Cwmbran A Gwent 1 Gwent 1
Cwmbran B Gwent 2 Gwent 2
Monmouth A East 3 East 3
Monmouth B Gwent 1 Gwent 1
Monmouth C Gwent 1 Gwent 2
Monmouth D Gwent 2 Gwent 2
Monmouth E Gwent 2 Gwent 2
Newport A Prem 1 Prem 1
Newport B Prem 2 Prem 1
Newport C Vets East 1 East 1
Newport D East 2 East 3
Newport E Gwent 1 East 3
Newport F Gwent 1 Gwent 2
Newport G Gwent 2 Gwent 2
Penybont A East 2 East 2
Risca A Gwent 1 Gwent 1
Risca B Gwent 2 Gwent 1