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Happy Birthday – Robert – 94 Young today

94 today!

You’re never too old to start playing tennis – Oxshott member Robert Brewer having his regular coaching session with James today on his 94th birthday!

Happy Birthday Robert.

If you are inspired to pick up a racket and start playing contact the office at office@oxshottsports.com for information on membership.

Happy Birthday – Robert – 94 Young today2020-02-03T12:10:48+00:00

2020 Squash Annual Tournament

This year the Annual Squash Tournament will take place between Tuesday 31 March culminating in finals day on Saturday 9 May 2020. There will be 5 tournaments to enter – the Open, Plate, Non Team, Open Doubles, Open Handicap and Ladies Tournaments.

Finals Night will take place on Saturday 9 May starting at 5pm with the aim of starting the Open Final at 7pm. All spectators are welcome to come along and watch some exciting squash!

2020 Squash Annual Tournament2020-01-07T12:15:19+00:00

Oxshott Petanque Charity Winter Melee

WINTER MELEE REPORT

The Oxshott Petanque Club Winter Melee held on Saturday 4th January, 2020 was blessed with dry, chilly weather.  The 46 competitors soon warmed up when the competition commenced.   There was a happy buzz and great interaction between all the participators from arrival to departure.

Upon arrival, the competitors enjoyed a hot drink and one of Jeff’s excellent bacon rolls. Once registered, players randomly drew for their playing partners and opposition for the three games.  Raffle tickets were also sold for the generously donated prizes.

After a short briefing on the terrain, the games commenced, and the winners in each section were established after 3 games.  Laughter and chatter prevailed with new acquaintances being made and previous ones renewed.  It was then back to the clubhouse for a very delicious and warming soup and roll prepared by Jeff and Maire.

Following the raffle, the results were announced:-

  • The Best Junior was Matt Gibson 
  • The competitor who won no games with the highest points difference was Krystyna Gray (Richmond U3A)
  • The competitors who won one game with the highest points difference were Jeanette Stewart (Richmond U3A) and Gill Sterry (Oxshott PC)
  • The competitor who won two games with the highest points was Pam Cannon (Oxshott PC)
  • The overall winner who won all three games and had the highest  points difference was Richard Foulsham (Oxshott PC)

Richard received the ‘Winter Melee’ trophy and chose the Charity (Prostate Cancer) for the profit made from part of the entry fee and 100% raffle takings.  An impressive sum of  £315.00 will be going to the Charity. Thanks to all those who bought raffle tickets for this great cause.

We were delighted to received a letter of thanks from Prostate Cancer UK – click here to view.

Report by Stuart Cursley (Organiser of the OPC Winter Melee)

Oxshott Petanque Charity Winter Melee2020-01-27T16:07:43+00:00

Elmbridge Sports Awards 2019

Celebrations for OVSC!

The Elmbridge Sports Awards ceremony for 2019 took place on Friday 13 December at ACS Cobham to celebrate the achievements, dedication, talent and hard work of athletes, coaches and volunteers in Elmbridge. 

We are absolutely delighted that OVSC had two winners, with James Starr, Director of Tennis, winning the Coach of the Year Award and John Watkins, MOCC Chairman, winning Volunteer of the Year Award. James can be seen receiving his award.

James’ award was in recognition of the extensive coaching programme that he has set up at the club for all its members.  This has included a new adult and junior tennis development pathway as well as the school links initiative, a Parks outreach programme and the success of the junior tennis teams.

Meanwhile John Watkins, who was colts co-ordinator for many years before being promoted to MOCC Chairman this year won Volunteer of the Year.  This was in recognition of his dedication to the club and in particular the colts cricket section, building it into where we are now with over 100 members playing and enjoying training and matches throughout the season.

It is great that both James and John have won these awards in what has been the Club’s Centenary year.  So, as 2019 draws to a close we can reflect on all that the club has achieved this year.  We have completed a number of major developments leaving a legacy for the club for the future, including 2 new state of the art cricket nets, a new Multi-use games area and extensive car parking area and to top it all off James and John win their awards!

Elmbridge Sports Awards 20192019-12-19T08:59:11+00:00

Richard Middleton

OVSC’s Richard Middleton has won 3rd World Gold in Racketlon!

What is Racketlon? – you play your opponent at Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash and then Tennis, with each sport played to 21 points. The player who scores the most points across all four sports wins the Racketlon match.

Richard who plays squash for Oxshott was World Over 50s Champion in 2017 and 2018 in the singles and this year was Gold Medal winner in the team event.

For more information follow the link for World Championship 2019 – https://www.racketlon.net/category/world-champs/

Richard Middleton2019-12-09T09:32:43+00:00

Xmas Tennis Drive

The festivities started early down at the club with the Tennis Drive taking place on Sunday 1 December with a number of players dressing up for the occasion!

It was a frosty cold morning with blue skies and bright sunshine. Tennis was played in good spirit and was followed by Xmas lunch in the festively decorated and warm clubhouse.

The next drive will take place on Sunday 5 January.

Xmas Tennis Drive2019-12-04T13:30:50+00:00

Tennis Success

Well done to the Mens 1st team on a hard fought draw against Purley last Sunday. Oxshott team consisted of Alex Jackson, Jeremy Bates, Alex Morris and Adrian Blackman (not pictured)

Also congratulations to the Mens 3rd Team who won their division in the Surrey Leagues this Summer and have gained promotion for next Summer.

Tennis Success2019-11-27T16:39:56+00:00

Charity Exhibition Squash Match

Exhibition Squash Match – Marwan El Shorbagy (10) vs Joel Makin (12)

Monday 25th November 2019 – Oxshott Squash Club

On a wet night in late November, the usual rabble of squash members turned up for the weekly instalment of “Club Night” run by the esteemed coach, Peter Crossman.  Recently, club night has been streamed; the “better” players (classified as A standard – internal leagues 1-4 and team players) have been allowed to arrive early and play between 6:45pm and 8:30pm, while everyone else arrives at 8:30pm (B standard).

Well, the A players arrived as per usual this evening to find 50 seats set out behind court 3 and Peter sweeping the court (ably assisted by Sam).  Excitement grew as they thought Peter had arranged an audience to watch their talented squash.  Hopes were dashed though when it was explained that an exhibition squash match, in aid of The Garden Route Children’s Trust, would be taking place between World Number 10 – Marwan El Shorbagy and World Number 12 – Joel Makin and these two players would need all three courts.  Two to warm up on and one to play on.  Many heads were scratched but our A players took it in good spirits and headed to their favourite part of the club (the bar) to get in the mood.

Marwan and Joel had both recently been knocked out of the quarter finals of the Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill.  Marwan going down 3/0 to the eventual winner, Karin Abdel Gawad (4) and Joel pushing Paul Coll (5) all the way to the fifth game but losing 3/2.

Joel turned up early but as the start time of 7:30pm rolled around there was no sign of Marwan.  A call went up for someone to “step in”. However, by this time most A players had been in the bar for 30 minutes and their enthusiasm to participate in any physical activity had waned.  It was even cruelly suggested that Stuart Hibbert necked a bottle of beer just to avoid being called up.  The hero that is George Whitehouse went to look for a racquet just as Marwan came strolling into the club – visibly upset, George consoled himself with another drink.

The audience then made their way through to the courts to take their seats before the main action of the evening took place.  Peter introduced the players to riotous applause, Joel Makin being introduced as the guy that pushed Paul Coll to five games and one for the future, Marwan El Shorbagy was introduced as the brother of World Number 1 – Mohamed El Shorbagy (which seemed a bit harsh as he’s a pretty good player in his own right).

Won’t/can’t get into describing too much of the squash on show as it was on another level to that of which we all play.  The warm up was frenetic, never seen a ball hit that hard and with those reactions.  Joel took the first two games with some brilliant shots, creative boasts and great retrieval shots off the back wall.  Marwan highlighted he’d be doing a lot better if the tin was lower and the court was wiped after every point.  Going into the third Marwan needed some inspiration to turn the tide.  That inspiration came from the aforementioned George Whitehouse, who was clearly good friends with Marwan (who knew?!).  George shouted words of encouragement from the back row, Marwan and George locked eyes, and a connection was made.  Marwan got the upper hand and started dictating the points to Joel.  After one particularly long rally, Marwan was out on his feet but again his connection with George came to the fore.  A sub was requested and Marwan vacated the court to George in order to take Joel on in his place.  The club went wild, George asked for intro music (Eye of the Tiger, we didn’t have it but just put that image in your head).  George served, Joel barely managed to return it, George did his now famous windmill, sending Joel the wrong way, George then played a deep shot to the back left, Joel again scrambled to return, George then confused Joel by playing it through his own legs, Joel, now dead on his feet dug another return out, George tinned it and the moment was over.  George hugged Marwan like old friends do and a knowing wink was exchanged.  Marwan then took over the mantle and won the third game.  Unfortunately, George needed to go to the bar/toilet during the fourth game which his best buddy Marwan lost, giving the match to Joel 3/1.

Post-match, a curry was provided by Jeff and his wonderful family for the entire audience.  Both Marwan and Joel stayed the entire evening and signed shirts and had photos taken; they really were great sports, a credit to the squash community.

Ruth Burns, a Trustee from GRCT charity, shared how the charity helps children living in poverty in South Africa.  An auction was compered by the one and only Alan Clarke, who auctioned two bottles of booze which he’d “found at home” and he then auctioned a signed shirt from the Channel VAS Championships.  The shirt was unwittingly bought by Ed Myhill for £250.  This, the £100 for the booze and £2,000 from the rest of the evening has been donated to The Garden Route Children’s Trust.

In summary, it was an excellent evening of top-level squash which I think we all really enjoyed being a part of.  There is a real appetite to make this an annual event so watch this space next year.

Finally, Joel departed the club heading back to his base in Bristol or Birmingham or somewhere over the rainbow, whilst Marwan was seen heading into the night with the reprobates from the second team, Bill Saville, Alan Clarke, Paul Gregory and Julian Clogg.  Suspect they were trying to sign him up as they are always short a player.

Last thoughts – we have a new booking system MyCourts. Does anyone know if Joel and Marwan paid the £3 visitors fee via the system?  And has anyone asked them if they would like to join the internal leagues?

Charity Exhibition Squash Match2019-11-27T14:21:08+00:00