These pages are the archive for older news stories from the Squash and Racketball web pages. This is so that those pages have only the current news and do not become overly long in terms of their content.

~ ~  2018  ~ ~

At the Club AGM on Monday 26th Feb 2018, the trophy for most improved squash player was awarded to Ross Mealor by Club Chairman Neil Foster.

~ ~ 2017 ~ ~

AGM February 2017

Pictured below is Roger Pinney (left) who was awarded Club Person of the Year 2016/17 and Saleem Taibjee (right) being presented the award for Most Improved Squash Player 2016/17 by Annabel Whalley, Chair of the Squash Committee at the AGM on 27th Feb 2017.


DORCHESTER SQUASH AND RACKETBALL 2017 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nine championship matches took place in front of a large crowd at Dorchester Tennis and Squash club on Friday night. The matches were all highly competitive and the onlookers were entertained to some excellent play.

The main Open Squash title was contested by Nick Lamb and Callum Watts and was a battle between Lamb's experience and the youthful fitness of seventeen years old Watts. It was a hard fought and highly skilled performance from both players, but Lamb's experience showed through and he took the title by three games to love.

Callum Watts then, after a short rest, had to change his racket and the size of ball to contest the open Racketball final against Jake Elwood. Although already having played a hard game of Squash, Watts was faced with a super fit man who pushed him all the way before Watts successfully got through three long drawn out games and reversed his previous performance at Squash winning deservably by three games to love.

The Squash Veterans (over 50) final was between newcomer to the club Gary Biles and long time member Adam Lawrence. After an evenly matched close first game, Gary took control and ran out a 3-0 winner.

The Racketball Veterans title match saw a return to the court for Jake Elwood who took on a past champion in Lyn Stockham, a determined opponent, who although having a number of game points in the first, didn't manage to convert them losing out 14-12. However, Stockham then took the second game but couldn't keep Elwood at bay who, visibly showing signs of fatigue, fought on to win the next two games for a hard fought 3-1 victory.

The ladies Squash title was contested between Janet Biles, following in her husband's footsteps on court, against the club Squash chairman Annabel Whalley. Although the game was played in a great spirit, Annabel Whalley proved to be the stronger of the two players taking the title three games to love.

There were plate finals for first round losers and it was where some of the closest matches of the evening took place.

Jake Wilkinson-Tough won the Racketball Plate. Hal Casalet won the Squash Plate. Simon Watts won the Veterans Racketball Plate and the Squash Veterans Plate was won by Jonathan Baker.

Pictured below are the 2017 Finalists.

 


2017 Handicap Finals Night

Almost sixty Dorchester Tennis and Squash club members took part in the annual Squash and Racketball Handicap Tournaments.

The knockout competitions started in early October and culminated in the finals being contested on Friday 1 Dec and there were some interesting match ups among the eight players who had battled through the earlier rounds.

First up, to decide the winner of the Racketball Plate (the contest for first round losers), was John Pengelly whose opponent was Ben Williams. John was playing off scratch and Ben off minus 7. This handicap didn't faze Ben and, although it was closely contested affair, he managed to edge out John to take a 3-1 victory 15/8, 10/15, 15/9, 15/10.

Next to take to the court was Squash Chairman, Annabel Whalley, her opponent in the Squash Plate final being Gary Biles who had to give her 3 points. The handicapper was spot on because the excellent match seesawed one way and the other until finally Annabel gained a 3-2 victory.

The main Squash final was an intriguing match between two teenagers. Callum Watts, at eighteen, already making his mark around the county, and the up and coming junior, fifteen year old Ollie Moffat. Callum, considered by the handicapper the strongest player in the competition, was playing off a heavy minus 20 and Ollie who had battled through the earlier rounds was carrying a minus 4 handicap. This meant that Ollie played off scratch against Callum's minus 16. Both players played some dazzling, high energy Squash and Callum needed to play ninety three winning rallies to overcome his younger, much less experienced opponent 3-0 in what was a thoroughly enjoyable match. The spectators all agreed how exciting it is to have youngsters with this much talent playing at the club.

The Racketball final notched up a first for the competition when, after a short break from his Squash triumph, the wonderkid Callum Watts took on his father for the title. Simon Watts had a 15 point advantage over his son and although the match was played in a friendly fashion there was no quarter given and no quarter asked. Callum won the first two games, then appeared to relax a little and his Dad took full advantage of this and, much to the delight of the gallery, won the next two games.

Unfortunately, Simons exertions in the previous hour of play took there toll and Callum, showing no mercy, ran out the 3-2 winner of a thoroughly entertaining match and a fitting end to yet another great night at the club.   


2017 Dorset County Squash Championships

The Dorset County Squash Championships were held at Dorchester Tennis and Squash Club on the 7th & 8th October and were a huge success.  Many were in doubt that a 3 court club would be able to hold such a prestigious competition but Dorchester proved more than capable.  From the start the event looked like it was going to be bigger and better than previous years doubling the entries to 43 and having over 100 enter the club over the weekend to either watch or play. The event saw 65 good quality matches totalling 231 games played over the weekend ranging over 4 categories Main, B, O55's and Ladies. Dorchester themselves had 10 players entered with 4 of them picking up awards. Ben Lever runner up in the Mens B, Oliver Moffat runner up in the B Plate, Gary Biles winning the O55's and Giles Watts runner up in the O55’s.

Clive Ewins and Tony Webb put on an amazing final in the Mens Main competition but Clive as always was too strong winning 11/6, 11/6, 11/8 making it his 20th win in the Dorset County Closed.

The plate winner of the Mens Main was junior turning senior Adam Aldridge who beat Andy Budgen 11/8,11/7 and 11/3.

The Mens B category was a hard fought game between Two Riversmeet Paul Cooper and Dorchester’s Ben Lever taking the full five games to get a result 11/5, 8/11, 11/7, 5/11 and 11/8.

The plate final was another final that could have had a Dorchester player winning but unfortunately Oliver Moffat lost to Matt Cullimore 11/9, 12/10 and 14/12.

Sunday saw the Ladies arrive at the club with the O55’s. In the ladies Sharnine Coleman from Canford who is known for her perfect lobs and a deadly serve lost to the more agile Gemma Barber from Bournemouth Sports 7/11, 11/2, 12/10 and 11/6. Gemma last won the competition in 2009.

The O55's was an all Dorchester final with Gary Biles winning but having to work very hard for it and being taken all the way by Giles Watts 9/11, 11/7, 5/11, 11/4 and 11/4.

As it was the clubs 40th Anniversary this year they invited some of the local 'old boys and ladies' down to witness how the club was still thriving and how the game had advanced since they last played the game. 

Event organisers Annabel Whalley and Janet Biles were thrilled with the success of the competition and said 'Nationally squash is a sport that is dying out but somehow Dorchester is one of the clubs that still has a high membership number and we are very proud of that.  We are a members only club and we all work very hard at maintaining the club and working together.  We were very fortunate to have award winning Taste Brasserie sponsor the event and we know we have proved that we are strong and a small 3 court club can pull it out the bag!!'.

For a gallery of photos click here.

A write up in the Dorset Echo is at the link.

Gary Biles (below right) Over 55s Dorset Champion

~ ~  2016  ~ ~

2016 Squash & Racketball Handicap Tournament

 

WINNER

RUNNER UP

Squash

Callum Watts

Shaun Dunne

Racketball

Callum Watts

Lyn Stockham

Squash Plate

Annabel Whalley

Paul Morris

Racketball Plate

Keith Loader

John Pengelly

 


2016 Squash & Racketball Tournament

 

WINNER

RUNNER UP

Men’s Squash

Nick Lamb

Stewart Dipple

Ladies’ Squash

Annabel Whalley

Megan Barnes

Veterans Squash

Lyn Stockham

Adam Lawrence

‘B’ Squash

Adam Lawrence

Ian Nowell-Smith

Squash Plate

Callum Watts

Jake Ellwood

‘B’ Squash Plate

Karan Ala

Paul Harrold

Veterans Squash Plate

Alan Membury

Mike Clapp

Men’s Racketball

Craig Robinson

Ed Elliott Square

‘B’ Racketball Plate

Claire Zimmerman

John Pengelly

Racketball Plate

Jake Wilkinson Tough

Phil Horne

‘B’ Racketball Plate

Mike Elliott

Ian Metcalfe

Veterans Racketball

Lyn Stockham

Graham Francis

Veterans Racketball Plate

Keith Loader

Adrian Powell


Real Tennis 2016

A social gathering for club members at Hyde Real Tennis Club, Walditch, Nr. Bridport - April 2016


~ ~  2015  ~ ~

2015 Handicap Finalists


2015 Squash & Racketball Finals

Championship delight at the Squash & Racketball Finals Night


Double Champions - Racketball 2014/2015

The triumphant racketball squad show off the 2015 Dorset Division Two Cup after defeating Ferndown in a very close fought final at West Hants Club. The score was 2-1 in matches in favour of Ferndown going into the last match. This meant Craig Robinson had to win 3-0 in the final match and have a 11 point total difference. Playing superbly he took the first two games but the third game was very close with Craig winning it 12-10 to secure the trophy for Dorchester. Neil Foster won his game 3-2 with a great performance. Paul White and Ian Friend both lost 3-1 but could have easily won their matches.

This means that Dorchester are the double champions having secured the league title a week earlier. Overall a fantastic achievement orchestrated by team captain Andy Notley 


2014/2015 Dorset Squash and Racketball Winter Leagues

Congratulations to our Racketball Team who have won the Dorset Division Two League. Below is the squad after defeating West Hants in the final league game. The team will also be competeing in the League Cup Final against Ferndown on 13 May.
Back Row - Ian Friend, Craig Robinson, Neil Foster
Front Row - Andy Notley, Paul White, Lyn Stockham, Simon Watts

The triumphant Racketball team who defeated West Hants convincingly 4-0 in the Dorset Division 2 Cup Final 2014


4th Team 2014/2015

Thanks to the support of Dave Whalley Roofing the Fourth Squash Team look very professional.

Callum Watts, Simon Watts, Robbie Tompkins, Annabel Whalley, Megan Barnes, Ian Nowell-Smith, Giles Watts, Paul White


4th Team 2014/2015

The smiling Squash Second Team who won Dorset Division 4 and were runners up in the Division 4 Cup Final


Improved Squash Player 2014/2015

The most improved Squash player of the year for 2014 2015 is Callum Watts


~ ~  2014  ~ ~

2014 Handicap Tournament Finalists

Watts occurring at the squash & racketball handicap finals

As the semi finals for this year’s DTSC squash & racketball handicap tournament took shape, the name Watts loomed large on the boards. Brothers Nick and Callum were joined by their father Simon and namesake Giles. It was left to only the younger members of this fraternity to challenge for honours however, with them swapping directions in the draw from last year’s tournament, in their contesting of the main and plate squash finals. 

Younger brother Callum was first up on court 3 looking to claim the squash plate prize against the master of the first round defeat, Adam Lawrence. The decibel levels steadily increased as Callum took the first and some intelligent play saw him open up a lead in the second before the guile and lob took hold for Adam to sneak the game. As Adam began to scuttle that bit more freely he grasped the lead in the match taking the third to 12. Callum's youthful exuberance saw him surge ahead in the 4th and take the match into a decider. The lob-meister forged ahead early in the concluding game before Callum battled back. Adam won the penultimate point to force a sudden death finale, only to tin his decisive attempt at a winner. 

Another regular club finalist in Jerry Trevorah looked to prove as adept with a racketball as he is with a screwdriver, after some maintenance on the door closer before coming on court, faced Colin Davies in the racketball plate final. A game that started with angles and endeavour was taken by relative ease by Jerry. A more evenly matched 2nd saw Colin level the match on a sudden death point as the crowd began to throng in anticipation of a possible epic encounter. Jerry again used the two point swing to his advantage taking the third in much the same fashion to the first. There was a feeling of déjà vu all over again in the fourth as a point for point game followed the same pattern as the second with both players looking to bring their experience to bear. A Jerry nick serve at a crucial 12 all was ultimately enough to stop Colin from forcing a fifth game.

Paul White looked to go one better than last year when he came across Adrian Powell in the main racketball final. Paul did his best to prove the handicapper was a tad lenient, wearing his opponent down in a gruelling opening two games. Adrian looked to push home his increased points advantage but Paul completed the comprehensive victory in three, continuing to use all angles and walls at his disposal. 

Lastly on court 3, it was a case of ‘Nick's all round’ in an edgy encounter for the handicap squash title as Messers Rodgers and Watts did battle. Nick W forged ahead early in this energetic encounter before some poor play at the front of the court let his opponent back in before regaining his composure and take the first. The Came Down golf pro, unbeaten at the club in handicap play, showed his competitive edge and manoeuvre his junior in the second but not enough to halt the flow of the match, albeit by the narrowest of margins. The left handed Watts, the club’s only south paw representative at finals’ night, looked to see out the match in three but a point for point start to the game only added to the tension. Calls of 'come on Nick' from the slightly more enthusiastic members of the audience echoed out and more enterprising play from both players followed as 'The Chief' Rodgers looked to fight his way back into the match only again to fall at the final hurdle, and yet another 14 all point, ending the encounter.


2014 Doubles Racketball Tournament

All players ...

Finalists - Alan, Paul, Arthur and Ben

Stiff Trophy Winners - Stewart and Mike who are all smiles!!


~ ~  2013  ~ ~ 

2013 Squash and Racketball Championships 2013

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2013 Squash and Racketball Handicap Finals

Click for the full report and results

Click here for more photos


~ ~  2012  ~ ~

2012 Dorset Squash & Racketball Summer Cup Finals

Dorchester Racketball team won the Dorset Division 2 Summer Cup defeating Hamworthy in a very closely contested final at Bournemouth Sports Club. This is the first racketball trophy the club has ever won. Each team won two matches but Dorchester had won 8 games to Hamworthy’s 7. Neil Foster and Mike Elliott lost 3-1, whilst Lyn Stockham won 3-0 and Ian Friend won 3-1 to take the cup.

The photo shows the successful team with the trophy.
From the left - Mike Elliott, Lyn Stockham, Andy Notley, Neil Foster  and Ian Friend

The club also had a team playing in the Division 3 Squash Final. The result was agonising for the Dorchester team who lost to Blandford. Each team was equal on matches won, games won and it was only two points difference between the teams in JP Blandford's favour.

Photo shows the team.  From left - Lee Loder, Marcus Courtaux, David Whittingham and Adam Lawaence


~ ~  2010  ~ ~

2009/2010 - Six trophies in one season! Will it ever be beaten?

                                               

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