Busy start to new year for Tullamore Squash Club

Tullamore Squash Club have been very busy so early in the New Year and held a very successful Open Night on January 10 where new, existing and past members attended.

Tullamore Squash Club have been very busy so early in the New Year and held a very successful Open Night on January 10 where new, existing and past members attended.

New members were given a taste of squash, were shown around the Club and most decided to join. Of course, new members are welcome at all times throughout the year.

On January 17 they hosted a Handicap Competition. This competition was between members who paid a nominal sum to raise money for the new Arts Centre Raffle.

Each member, depending on their ability was given a handicap, be it a minus or a plus. The games were of eight minute duration, so players with the highest handicap had to work really hard to try and catch up with their opponent.

The evening started at 6.10pm with John Ryan handicapped at -12 when he played against new member Cathal Maher who had a handicap of +14, and another new member, Patrick Gordon Walker with a handicap of – 4 played against Michael Duffy, also with a handicap of -4, which left them level.

Of those two matches, Cathal came out on top and Michael also won his game. Brian Daly had a handicap of -19 and Linda Brown had a handicap of +16, which meant that Brian had to make up 35 points to be level with Linda, which proved to be a tall order in the allocated time.

By 9.20pm the semi finals were being played between Cathal Maher +14 and Ifran Qasim +10, where Ifran came out on top with a score of 24/22, which brought Ifran into the final by another new comer to the Squash Club, Niall Leavy +11, who came out the overall winner of the competition.

Alongside the main competition, a Plate competition was held. James Spollen +7 played Patrick Greene -2 in the finals and Patrick was the overall winner of the Plate Competition.

The night proved to be fun and everybody there enjoyed themselves profusely. Michelle Heraughty did the handicaps and worked out the times for the games, which proved very successful on the night.

Everybody there enjoyed the available refreshments and look forward to the next handicap competition in the coming months.

Patrick Martin is running The Spring League, which is due to start on January 30. Patrick is presently busy working out the lines for players.

For those members who may not have entered the league, members who want to play a bit more, inexperienced members or any new members who are thinking of joining, why not come along to the Round Robin which re-commenced last Friday night at 7pm/

For any details regarding membership, contact Tom at 0861042787, for League information, contact Patrick at 0861534668, or for the Round Robin contact Imelda at 0862792398.