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 replace the customary Christmas Club Night......a chance to meet convivially with other members over a meal and a drink. Time and venue tbc.
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 meeting venue and agenda.
New season launch night at the courts from 7.30 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 23rd at the Uppingham School courts, which saw the culmination of the 2016-17 season's competitions. In front of an appreciative balcony of spectators, the finals of all four competitions took place as well as the announcement of the league result.
The first final to be played was for the Willis Cup, which saw last year's runner-up, Richard Park, against Philip Bailey. In a fast and furious match, with lots of well-contested play at the front of the court, both players showed skill and found some impossible angles, but Philip's left-handed cross-court drives and tight shots on the side walls forced his opponent into making errors and Richard quickly found himself down on points. In all three games, however, he managed to regain some ground but the match went to Philip 9-3, 9-4, 9-3.
In the Willis Plate final Steve Park was playing Peter Turner. Steve dominated the first two games, often employing his trade-mark diving backhand shots, but in the third game Pete came right back into the match and went 7-5 up. However, a run of points that went against Pete meant that Steve took the game and thus won the match 9-4, 9-1, 9-7.
The Ladies' final was contested by the defending champion, Alex Howe, and Charlotte Osborn. Both players were striking the ball with impressive power and timing, and to begin with the match
looked as though it would be a tight-run thing as after a number of handouts the score in the first game was still evenly poised at 2-2. However, Alex began to find better and better length in her shots, pushing Charlotte into the back corners, and the first game went to Alex 9-5. The second game saw Charlotte suffer from an unlucky run of errors while Alex continued to power the ball all around the court, and although Charlotte recovered well to contest the third game the match eventually went to Alex 9-5, 9-1, 9-5.
The last match of the evening was the final of the Handicap Tournament, which saw the return to court of Philip Bailey, this time against Brian Margetts. Under the handicap system Philip had a two-point advantage over Brian, and in the first game he raced to a 17-0 lead. It was hard to believe that he had already played a final earlier that evening as he was as tenacious as ever, chasing down every ball in his 21-3 win. The second game was a closer affair, with Brian almost bringing the scores level at one point, but Philip continued to pile on the pressure and finally won 21-11, giving him his second victory of the evening.
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 Richard Park, with Jon Wolloff as the runner-up.