More good news for James Starr, the Club’s Tennis DIrector, as he has just achieved the LTA’s highest coaching qualification. This Level 5 award qualifies James as a “Master Club Coach” and he joins a select few not only to have been accepted onto the couse with only 12 places available each year, but he passed it as well!.
Free Racketball Taster Sessions open to both Members and Non-Members. Wednesday 4 March at 9.30am and 11am. Come along and enjoy a fun game – slower than squash and easy to pick up. No previous experience necessary and all equipment provided. Just bring clean, indoor trainers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information on membership.
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!
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)
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!
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/
The joint was really jumping on Saturday evening! Great music from ‘Lush & Leigh’ and a DJ music mix.
Thanks to everyone who came along, to Jeff and his team for an excellent buffet meal, to Rod and Susan for pulling it together.