With the new season well underway, we caught up with Squash Director David Peck to take a look at what the remainder of the season holds in store for Colets.
On the team front, we have an impressive total of thirteen teams entering the Surrey Cup Leagues this year. We have five men’s teams, two ladies’ teams, four vets’ teams (over 45s) and two vintage (over 55s). David is confident that all teams will perform well this year with our men’s and ladies first teams gunning for a top-two spot. Our ladies’ first team this year also welcomed world number 21 Emily Whitlock.
Our supporters play a huge role in the success of our teams so make sure you come along to our next home games to see some world-class squash – for free!
Men’s First Team Home Fixtures:-
Weds 9th January vs David Lloyd Purley 1
Weds 6th February vs Surrey Sports Park 1
Ladies’ First Team Home Fixtures:-
Mon 7th January vs Cheam Ladies 1
Mon 14th January vs Richmond Olympus Ladies 1
David, together with new coach Neal Brooker have continued to grow our club night which takes place every Friday evening from 6.30pm. Whatever your level of squash, this is a great way to meet other players, enjoy some informal games and get involved in the squash scene at Colets. If you are available to play squash in the Daytime then don’t forget we also run two club mornings which take place at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Looking further ahead to the National Club Championships, David described how this year’s competition will be one of the toughest yet for our 14-time winning Men’s First team. There are four incredibly strong teams this year as Colets will face stiff competition from Surbiton, Edgbaston and Roehampton whilst Pontefract and Nottingham will as usual, offer a serious threat for the silverware. Colets, the 2018 runners-up, started their qualifying rounds on Friday 7th December with a comfortable 4-0 win over the Army. The finals weekend is due to take place on the 27th and 28th April 2019 at the Edgbaston Club. As 2018, Champions, both our Over 45 and Over 55 teams will be hoping to repeat their success and are likely to feature strongly in the latter rounds again. This year will also see our Ladies’ First team enter the competition and Emily Whitlock, Lauren Briggs and Alison Thomson will give Colets a huge chance of success.
With our Junior Development Coach, Paul Carnero having a few months ago taken on a new challenge in the United States, we welcomed Neal Brooker to the club in September. He is having great success already and we are regularly coaching 30 plus juniors each week.
Our internal box leagues are as popular as ever with 120 members regularly participating. Box leagues run regularly and are easy to enter – for more information please get in touch with David or come along to the next Club Night.
We have one final event before the New Year which is the George Matthews Memorial Fancy-Dress Tournament taking place this Friday, 14th December. If you haven’t yet reserved your space please speak to David Peck to see if there is any late availability .
Finally, David is looking forward to another huge entry list at next year’s Club Championships. 2018 saw 170 entries and we hope to top this when the 2019 championship details are released – matches will take place over March and April 2019.