Archive for December, 2008
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | The Club, Wiltshire Squash League | No Comments
This season has proved to be one of the most difficult to date. The aim as always was to retain our division 1 status which we achieved a few years ago, and possibly look for a mid table finish.
Our squad of Ade Warren, Tessa Healy, Rich Holdway, Andy Doel and Gary Dawson were all keen to get back into it after the summer lay off. Unfortunately one month before the first match Ade -our no.1- damaged his knee and has had to miss many matches because of it - a huge loss!-. This then seemed to set the tone for the rest of the season as team members started dropping like flies with injury after injury!
Despite this we managed to rally around and find other players to come in, some have joined the team and club permanently i.e. Andy jennings -a good player and a big thank you to him-, also we managed to borrow players from the club and our other team from time to time, a big thanks to Mark Mcguiness, Tom Oatley, Steve Connor, James Fussel and Jim Conway for turning out when needed. All of which fought hard for the cause, picking up some much needed points!
The league table finished with us in a tie for the bottom spot, but as another team had dropped out in the 11th hour pre season, we were spared from relegation.
Team sprit is as high as ever, and hopefully the Christmas break will help heal some of the walking wounded, and have us back at full strengh for the upcoming season.
Rich Holdway. (Capt)
Congratulations to the guys of Trowbridge 2 on back to back promotions!!! Fantastic!!!
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 | The Club, Wiltshire Squash League | No Comments
Team (left to right): Mark McGuiness, Steve Connor, Tom Oakley, Bruce Isaac, Rich Elsden. Missing through injury in this photo was Rich Edwards.
Having just gained promotion to Division 3, the team members were hoping to consolidate their position in this tougher division. The team – Rich Edwards, Rich Elsden, Steve Connor and Bruce Isaac – was strengthened early in the new season when Mark McGuiness joined the club and Tom Oatley rediscovered his enthusiasm for tough games and curries.
The campaign started brilliantly and at the halfway stage we were undefeated and sitting at the top of the table. Feelings of excitement, determination, commitment and surprise could be seen regularly.
The second half of the season proved a bit more difficult (an odd injury here and there- more players needed, please.) but the top of the table position was maintained until the final game of the season. We played local rivals Melksham in a battle for the top spot. Tom’s best performance of the season secured a tremendous win in his game but despite heroic efforts by Mark, Bruce and Steve in their games we lost the match. However with both the top two sides- Melksham and Trowbridge- being some 50 points clear of the nearest rivals we should be playing squash in Division 2 after Christmas*. Now that will be tough!
All in all a fantastic few months. Everybody had a mixture of hard games, easy games and weird games. Great team spirit and a sense of fun were present throughout. Let’s hope we’re still laughing in March.
*Confirmed today that the 2nd Team have gained promotion to Div2 - Congratulations!
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