DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Winter leagues begin fully after the warm up in September.
Willis and Handicap Cups commence with first round matches. Watch out for the email in November with further details..
A New Year social event to give members a chance to meet convivially at The Vaults in Uppingham over a meal and a drink, plus a Belton v Rest of the World friendly match beforehand at the courts.for those who are keen to play or to spectate.
Finals Night - all the club competitions played on one evening in front of a packed gallery and with refreshments.
Club AGM - watch out for an email with date, meeting venue and agenda.
New season launch night at the courts from 7.00 p.m. Come along for a friendly game and enjoy free drinks and nibbles.
Summer Leagues commence spanning two months through to end of season.
New membership year begins - membership renewals will be issued in early August.
Left to right: Peter Turner, Steve Park, Alex Howe, Charlotte Osborn, Richard Park, Brian Margetts, Philip Bailey
Rutland Squash Rackets Club held its annual Finals Night on March 22nd at the Uppingham School courts, which saw the culmination of the season's competitions. In front of an appreciative balcony of spectators, the finals of three of the four competitions took place as well as the announcement of the league result.
The first final to be played was for the Willis Plate, which saw two members contesting the outcome who had never before played on Finals Night. Nerves did not seem to bother younger of the two, Lee Middleton, as he raced into a 4-1 lead against Faraj Zangeneh in the first game. Faraj rallied well to pull the score back to 4-3, but Lee then got into his stride and used the side walls to good effect to boast the ball away from Faraj and take the first game 9-3. He then dominated the second game, winning 9-0, but Faraj was beginning to read Lee's game and the third game was very much closer; at 7-6 it could have gone either way, but Lee managed to edge the win 9-6 and take the trophy.
The Ladies' final was contested by the defending champion, Alex Howe, against Katharine Gaine. This was by far the closest contest of the evening, with both ladies powering the ball around the court.
Much against expectation, Katharine seemed poised to take the first game as she led 8-6, but Alex's competitive edge was too great and
she fought back to win the game 10-8 on a tiebreak. Katharine was
clearly disheartened by this and the second game went to Alex 9-6, but Katharine fought back in the third game which again went to a tiebreak, only to be won again by Alex to claim the title of Ladies' Champion.
The last match of the evening was the final of the Willis Cup, which is the premier competition, in which Jon Wolloff was up against Richard Park. There is a long-standing rivalry (friendly of course!) between these players, but the spectators were aware that Richard had not been playing regularly so there were doubts as to his form. This proved to be the case, as although Richard played some brilliant shots at times he lacked the consistency to cope with the in-form Jon who gauged the length of the court to perfection time after time.
The final score was 9-6, 9-0, 9-2 to Jon.
Unfortunately Tom Mitchell was unable to play the Handicap Final against David Cliff due to long-term unavailability, so the title went to David by default.
The presentation of trophies at the end also included the award of the Myles Knauer League Cup for the top
player in division 1 throughout the season, This went
to Jon Wolloff, with Martin Brown as runner-up.