Briars @ Thornleigh Squash News
2018 Briars Squash Parkes Tour Report
Friday the 26th saw 8 of the Briars @ Thornleigh Junior Squash players embark on a trip to Parkes in the hopes of taking the title. Saturday saw the tournament kick off to a bang, with all of the kids achieving strong results. Saturday was to prove quite challenging for division 1 players; Dan Godwin, Kyle Piggott and Sam Smith with them all having to play 5 matches in one day. Unfortunately Sam Smith was to suffer an injury to his leg, forcing him to pull out of the tournament. At the end of the day, the juniors placed amongst the top positions of their divisions.
Sunday was to see some epic squash from our players in their division finals. Kyle Piggott managed to win his final in 4 games, having previously lost to his opponent in 5 the previous day. It was to be an all Briars final with identical twins, William and James Slade playing off, with William to be the victor in 4 games. Strong performances from siblings Kieran and Kevin Willathgamuwa saw them through to the finals of their respective divisions, with Kevin winning his and Kieran losing out to an in-form local, Henry Kross. Maja Maziuk also won her division, seeing of rival Kaitlyn O’Neil from ACT. In the U19 boys, Dan Godwin was to win the final in 3 games, having only dropped 1 game out of 7 matches.
Thornleigh Squash would like to thank Briars for funding the bus that took the players up to the tournament. The juniors are looking forward to next year, where they hope to repeat their excellent performances.
William & James Slade
- Kieran Willathgamuwa – U11 Boys A Runner Up
- William Slade – U13 Boys Winner
- James Slade – U13 Boys Runner Up
- Kevin Willathgamuwa – U15 Boys Winner
- Maja Maziuk – U15 Girls Winner
- Kyle Piggott – U17 Boys Winner
- Dan Godwin – U19 Boys Winner
September 2018 – Update
Very proud of our Briars Squash Team at the 1st Club Nationals on the Gold Coast led by capt. Rexy with some inspirational performances, TukTuk and Tooley up against international opposition from Denmark and Malta did amazing and had the gallery on their feet with huge applause every point won, Bambi was the sacrificial lamb Sunday morning’s 9am and 4th match in 3 days following team tactic talk on way back from the The C at 4.30am. Carruthers pulled out his magic 20 y o wood to bewitch his oppo.
First business luncheon with #AllistairMcCaw (Elite Performance and Mind Set Coach) on the Gold Coast today. On the eve of the official opening of our new #CarraraSquash Centre with Six #squash courts as legacy from the recent #CommonwealthGames. In attendance legends in squash Geoff Hunt and Michelle Martin, guest speaker Brenton Rickard (swimming world champion),Jon Haines (Head is football Gold Coast Suns) interviewer Scott (Parky) Rollinson. And Happy birthday Dale Robbins SA Director. Thank you to our sponsors Ray White, BLK, Mecure, KDV Sport City of Gold Coast, AIS.
Briars squash legend Pizza JoeCaristo made a guest appearance with Rhonda .. great to catch up ..
Big Thanks to MAJCON sponsor of the Briars squash team.
Now planning international tour to World Masters 2020 in Poland and partnering with Brad Hindle’s Daisey Hill.
Those interested pls contact Rex and I for the tour details.
All in all a brilliant concept “The National Club Champs” inspired by Briars ethos and we look forward to many more to come. Next year there is talk of an Egyptian international coming over to play for Briars as the guest player .. can’t wait.
Next stop, 28-30/9
Darwin and AJC
Yours in squash,
August 2017 Update
- Briars junior one day Open 17
- NSW Briars Talent Development Squad has been a great success
- T-Bar launch
- Junior Pennant
- Senior Pennant
- Annual Dinner
Briars Junior Open U17
NBTDS (NSW Briars Talent Development Squad)
- Adam Schreiber – Former Australian team representative and state coach
- Michelle Martin – Former world no. 1, Board of Squash Australia
- Matt Kawalski – Former World no. 50 & NSW Squash board member
- Anthony Thomas – Sydney Premier league, Level 2 coach and assessor
- Bryan Knight – Top 15 in Sydney, Level 1 coach
- Geoff Davenport – Coaching for 25 years and been state coach of SA & WA, World Masters over 50 champion
- Simon Carruthers – Former top 100 player and coach
Junior Pennant winter 2017 coming to an end
- Briars 1 – Div 1 – 3rd place (Semi Finals)
- Briars 2 – Div 1 – 4th place
- Briars 3 – Div 3 – 4th Place
- Briars 4 – Div 7 – 2nd Place (Semi Finals)
- Briars 5 – Div 9 – 4th place
- Briars 6 – Div 9 – 1st place (Straight through to Grand Finals)
- Briars 7 – Div 10 – 6th place
Autumn Pennant 2017
- We have been advised that 150 people is our max capacity at the Briars club
- We are awaiting a drinks package from Briars and food package from the backyard
- We have booked in a company to run a trivia night for attendees
- Raffle prizes are being sort to raise money for auction events
- Games to raise money will be run throughout the night to engage the audience
- Poster to be made by Briars admin once speakers are confirmed