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Squash and Racquetball Club Summer 2012

Squash and Racquetball Club

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Club Newsletter Squash and Racquetball Club

President’s Word



Marcus Smith

2012 Membership Changes

Club Shirts

Welcome back to our ‘old’ members for another year. A special welcome to new members, including student members. We hope that you enjoy your experiences with us. This year we are making a greater effort in attracting student members and tailoring our services for them. We would welcome your thoughts on how we are progressing.

Monash Sport is implementing a number of policy changes regarding its support to its affiliated member clubs. These changes are aimed at ensuring clubs focus on providing services to students (after all we are a university based club) and those members who are affiliated with the university, such as staff or alumni, while still providing access to services for the broader community.

The new Club polo shirt is now available. There are both men’s and women’s fits and in varying sizes.

A new category of membership has been introduced to cover Staff/Alumni. We have also decided to minimise any increase in membership fees, especially for students. In addition, practice times and courts have also been slightly altered to cater for students.


All members will now be required to renew their Club membership via the website This is to ensure that we capture all of the information that is required by both Monash Sport and SquashVic. Please help the Club out be going online, filling out your details and paying your fees.

For beginners, learn basic strategies of the game and the correct technique for each shot. For intermediate and advanced players, build on your repetoire of shots and refine your skills and tactics.

With the pennant season having started, it is important to remember that all players should be mindful of their obligations with respect to behaviour both on and off court. Good behaviour is at the cornerstone of an enjoyable squash experience. Treating teammates, opponents and Monash Sport staff with respect, at all times, will make sure this happens. We have done a lot of work with the website and facebook page and are using them to keep everyone informed of what is going on. Bookmark it or like us on facebook to keep up to date with everything we are doing. In the meantime, happy squashing!

Shirts cost $30 and will be available for purchase at Club Practice (ask Tom or a Committee member). Members are encouraged to buy one to support the Club and to wear them during Pennant nights.

The Committee is currently arranging subsidised group coaching for members for those who are keen to improve. Coaching will be catered for all levels.

More details will be available soon.

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Events and Awards

Player Profile

Pennant Success Spring 2011

End of Year Dinner

Emelia Long

The Club had a very successful Spring season in 2011, with seven out of nine teams competing in the Southern Squash League (SSL) contesting the finals.

The Club’s end of year function was held at Monash Hotel in December. It was a good chance to get together and celebrate the year’s achievements and to present awards.

What team do you play for? Women C Reserve, Team 2.

Congratulations to the A Grade (1), D Grade (6) and D Grade (8) teams for winning their grand finals. Jose Tagaro of D Grade was also awarded player of the grade.

Jose Tagaro Most Improved SSL Men’s Player of 2011, Best Performing SSL Men’s Player of Autumn 2011, Best Performing SSL Men’s Player of Spring 2011

Congratulations also to the Women’s C Grade (2) for being runner-up.

Nilmali Basnayake Most Improved SSL Women’s Player of 2011, Best Performing SSL Women’s Player of Spring 2011 Wayne Dewar Best Performing State Pennant Player of Autumn 2011 Ashley Buckle Best Performing SSL Men’s Player of Autumn 2011 Jennifer Catto Best Performing SSL Women’s Player of Autumn 2011 Zabrina Batterham Certificate of Appreciation

How long have you been playing squash? This is my 4th year. I played competitive squash in my 2nd year for my junior college back in Singapore. How did you get started? I was encouraged by my younger brother who is in the national training squad back home. His passion for squash influenced me and so now I love this sport a lot. Why did you join the Club? I thought it would be nice to interact and get to know the other players. Further I wanted to start playing squash again, since I have not touched it since college! What do you enjoy most about playing pennant squash? The opportunities to spar and interact with players from the other universities and clubs. Favourite squash shot? The drop shot. Future goal? To be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and to set up my own firm in the future.

Pennant Update Pennant competition has started again for the year and our best wishes go to all pennant players for the season. New players can still join a team if interested. We all must be out of the Centre by 10.45pm and start time is set at 7.00pm. If you are running late during the night, you are encouraged to use two courts, and if required, you can book another court at the front desk (just show your Club membership card). Captains should also make sure that team members are there on time at 7.00pm to start play, and if you are going to be late then please let the opposition know so that arrangements can be made for matches to start on time. Captains, please also remember to check court allocations for Pennant when collecting the match ball for the evening to avoid disruption to any matches. It is also important that we keep the kitchen and tables in the Club Room clean and tidy. Players are asked to adhere to any instruction and direction from Monash Sport staff and to display utmost respect at all times. Failure to respect these rights could result in the withdrawal of playing and membership privileges by the Committee.

Sweet Spot: Club Newsletter, Summer 2012  

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