Briars Squash
July 2022 – Quarterly Report

A lot has been happening at our busy club the last couple of months as a result of our new upgrades being finished. Our junior and senior members have been flat out with many competitions and camps taking place all around the state.
The annual Greenshield tournament is one of the oldest running junior events in Australia. This is a team event and saw 10 of our Briars juniors represent Sydney down in Dapto with Briars club coaches Mitch Black and Jen Wellby taking on the head coaching roles for the Sydney region. The Sydney team finished 2nd overall with Briars player Daniel Gonzalez-Valencia being apart of the under 11 age group winning team. Coach Mitch Black says, “it was a great event for all our young juniors to gain invaluable experience with a lot of them playing in their first tournament ever!!”

Green Shield Sydney Team with 10 of the Squad. Briars juniors and Briars Squash coach Mitchell Black

Over the June long weekend we had squash royalty grace Briars at Thornleigh as Squash Australia held an elite junior camp for the state’s top players. Former world number 3 Stewart Boswell and former world number 2 Jenny Duncalf ran the camp and imparted great knowledge to our juniors who were all grateful to be able to experience first class coaching from 2 outstanding squash players.

Squash Australia High performance team Coaches Jenny Duncalf and Stewart Boswell calling on NSW state coach Gemma Wratten and Briars Head Coach Rohan Toole assist Squash Australia High Performance Squad program at Briars Squash Thornleigh venue.

Briars Squash NZ Tour

Briars at Thornleigh are also currently planning to go away on a tour to NZ in November to play tournaments and also watch the New Zealand Open which will feature some of the world’s best players including former world number-1 Paul Coll. There are still 3 spots left so get in quick if you are interested!!

2022 Autumn Pennants

It is now the business end of the pennant season with finals starting for Div 1 this Thursday night with the rest of the divisions starting their campaign for the elusive pennant title next week. There are many Briars teams in contention for a championship and we wish them all good luck. Division 1 has seen all three Briars team finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd which is a great achievement and a testament to the depth of quality players within the club.

Division – 1

Briars Thornleigh 1 Briars Thornleigh 2 Briars Thornleigh 3
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Anthony Rex Thomas Rohan Toole Dan Goodwin
Bryan Knight Stanley Mok Thomas Scott
Mitchell Black Mark Wilding Fahad Siddiqui
Dominique Ratcliffe Kirshna Viswanathan Jane Kennedy
Michael Flannagan Michael Amparo Grant Michelson
Justin Varjavandi

Division – 2

Briars Thornleigh 4 Briars Thornleigh 5
2nd Place 4th Place
Alex Leonardi Ben Miller
James Herbert David Osie
Kasper Cheung Mark Dickson
Kieran Ryan Hyunku Kang
Peter Sinodinos Darren Gardner

Division – 3

Briars Thornleigh 6
4th Place
Mark Trotman
Glen Mason
Douglas Macarthur
Roger Young
Mark Shaw-Taylor

Division – 4

Briars Thornleigh 7
1st Place
Ben Williams
Joshua Mclean
Shaun Lorentz
Matthew McLaughlin
Richard Mclean
Michael Youssef

Division – 5

Briars Thornleigh 8
1st Place
Zac Giuffre
Ian Murray
Brendan Creek
Michelle Pym
Brooke Pryor
Jingni Liao
Romisa Jalaliasl

Division – 6

Briars Thornleigh 9
3rd Place
Andy Mak
Tennille Cheong
Nick Turkington
Patrick Hui
Zohaib Khan

Division 7

Briars Thornleigh 10 Briars Thornleigh 11
1st Place 4th Place
Warren Schaffer Ram Sharma
Tom Sinodinos Michael McCauley
Peter Robson Ilse Marais
Martin Langford Rachael Hart
Peter Cameron

Division – 8

Briars Thornleigh 12 Briars Thornleigh 14 Briars Thornleigh 13
1st Place  2nd Place 3rd Place
Tanian Naude Brett Gardner Liam Hammer
Boris Lekumovich Merryn Vincent Srinivasan Sivagnanam
Johnny Coyne Ronald VIser Shalindra Selvadurai
Navil Narayan Ros Lloyd Anne Redfern
Rick Logan Nicki Bispham Hella Stratton

Staff members Rohan Toole, Brooke Pryor and Mitch Black will head out west for the first ever Cowra Open. Club pro Rohan was born & bred in Canowindra, NSW and played many competitions in both Cowra and Canowindra in his junior days, which has inspired the trip down to Western, NSW. The tournament will have over 70 entries and will kick off this Saturday.