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Autumn 2013

Sweet Spot Club Newsletter

 President’s Word

 Members

Pennant

Marcus Smith

Club Practice Rotation

Autumn Season Update

Welcome back to returning members and

One of the great benefits for members is our practice sessions held 5 times a week. With a significant increase in membership numbers this year, there are now more of us wanting to play at these sessions.

As we draw closer to the end of the Autumn Pennant season, Monash teams are performing strongly. At time of writing, 9 teams are in contention for finals.

a heartfelt welcome to all new members who have joined the Club this year, especially our new student members. We trust that you are enjoying Club benefits by way of things such as plenty of practice sessions, access to coaching, and the camaraderie and friendship of your fellow Club members. I encourage you all, new and returning members, to take advantage of everything the Club has to offer, including upcoming social tournaments and events. As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback on areas where we can improve. To meet the demand, we have negotiated more courts and sessions for Club practice, and offered coaching for new and novice players. If you missed out, more sessions are planned so look out for new program dates. Our website and facebook page are constantly being updated to keep everyone informed of what is going on. Bookmark it or like us on facebook to keep up to date with everything that we are doing. In the meantime, happy squashing!

Squash Club

We would ask that you check to see if other members are waiting to play, and if so rotate to give everyone a fair go. As a general rule, we would ask that you stay on court for no more than 2 games if others are waiting. We are investigating alternative ways to run Club practice. Let us know (by email, facebook or in person) if you have any ideas!

Certificate in Sports First Aid The Club is providing an opportunity for members to complete a Sports First Aid course with Sports Medicine Australia. The cost of this 8-hour course that will subsidised by the Club. We are looking for expressions of interest from members. Those interested will be contacted with a price once we have more of an idea of numbers. To register your interest, email contact@monashsquash.org.au.

 State

 A

 A

3 (2nd) Res (1st)  C Res (2nd)  D Grade (4th)  A Womens (1st)

 B

Grade (2nd) Res (2nd)  C Res (3rd)  D Res (2nd)

Best of luck to all players and teams. Let’s bring home more flags this season. Remember, you can enter results directly to the Squash Matrix from your computer or smartphone (which also helps if you can’t wait to see what happens to your rating).

Spring Pennant 2013 Teams for the next season will be drafted at the end of the current season (around June). The next season starts in July. Interested in playing pennant, but not in a team? Let Tom know at practice, speak with George Long - the Match and Pennant Chair, or email the Club.

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 Events Southern University Games 

July 7-11. Ballarat. Individual tournament.

Australian University Games 

September 29-October 4. Gold Coast. Teams tournament. Team of 5 boys and 5 girls to be selected to compete.

Try-outs are happening May 16-18. To be eligible you must attend at least 2 days. For more information, contact Jo See Tan, at monash.squash@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/monashsquashAUG.

 Events

 Events O-week Recruitment Big thank you to JJ, Jess, Jacky, Sylvia,

Titus, Jose and Gwin for volunteering during O-week to promote squash and the Club to new students. Our special Student Starter Memberships were quite the hit and we signed up more than 60 new students. Throughout March, practice on Thursdays and Fridays was full of new members with up to 8 players on a court! Special thanks to JJ, Baey, Ash, Josh, Shaun and Rowan for leading groups of students on court. It’s been fantastic to see so many O-week sign-ups become full Club members. y

 Player Profile

 Tournaments Tournament Results  In March, members Himanshu Sarin

and Colin White won Div3 and Div4 at the Gippsland Open in Maffra.

Upcoming Tournaments 

Ballarat & District. 22-23 June.

Victorian Championships. 13-14 July.

Wangaratta. 24-25 August.

Alert: Club trip! Accommodation and

mini bus to be booked. Help fundraise to subsidise costs. Contact Mel for more info at contact@monashsquash.org.au

News

Squash Skills Day

Jia Jee Yew (JJ)

Players recently participated in the Skills Day held at the Club on Saturday 2nd March.

How long have you been playing squash? Since I was 12. I started at school.

 Squash fan Roger Federer, with Nicol

Former world #1 Cassie Thomas and our own Marcus Smith provided coaching for the sessions which were filmed to allow video analysis. Players reviewed their footage before playing again under observation.

Why did you join the Club? I couldn’t imagine my university life without squash. The club gives you a chance to improve your skills and to meet lovely people.

 The Club (thanks to Mel) has secured

A qualified referee was also in attendance to supervise and provide advice for players wanting to practice their refereeing skills. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the session a success, Cassie, Marcus, Karim, Jacqui and Horace. With positive feedback, we will be planning another session later in the year. So, keep your eyes out for future session details!

Squash Club

What do you enjoy most about pennant? Playing against different players and styles. Favourite squash shot? Backhand drive Future goal? To head down to the courts every week even when I am a physician. Greatest achievement? Geting an autograph from Nicol Ann David! Any tips? Eyes on the ball at all times and a good firm racquet grip.

News Bites David, backs squash’s Olympic bid.

a VicHealth Active Clubs Grant to help us further promote squash.

 JJ Yew wins the Women’s Open at the

annual Malaysian Intervarsity Games. Sylvia, Titus and Foo Lin also competed.

 Tom Nguyen was awarded a 2012

Squash Volunteer Award at the

SquashVic AGM (nominated by Jacqui).

 Josh Tonzing and Jose Tagaro took

part in the 24 Hr Mega Squash & Racqetball charity event at MSAC.

 188 facebook likes and counting...

have you liked our page yet?

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Sweet Spot: Club Newsletter, Autumn 2013  

Monash University Squash Club