The 2017 UKAF Individual Squash Championships were hosted by the Army Squash Rackets Association, held at the Aldershot Garrison sports centre. Aldershot provided a great venue with 6 glass back courts, proving ideal for a busy few days of squash. The tournament ran smoothly with excellent organisation by Lt Cdr RN Robin Young and Wendy Pattison.
The men’s first round got off to a flying start with Capt Sam Miller playing against the up and coming Bdr James Burke. There were some high paced long rally’s and some lovely forehand nicks but Sam the more experienced played came out on top with a 3-0 win. The second game on court was the experienced assassin WO2 Lenny Westover and the newbie Trooper Paul Jones. Lenny got off to a slow start of which Paul took full advantage going 2-0 ahead, but Lenny was able to turn the game around and came back to win 3-2. Third on court was the Army’s Sgt Nick McGrath and Royal Navy’s LCpl Ryan McKechnie. A fast paced game with Nick chopping the...
world – all of whom share a passion for racket sports played on courts with walls. As Army Men’s Team Captain, and also a Jester, one of my responsibilities is to plan and organise the annual match. Like most sporting events the planning is always the most challenging part of the fixture. However over a period of several weeks, every effort was made to contrive a close set of 6 matches. Sadly one of the Army Team pulled out with a day’s notice and one of the Jesters did not manage to play. This would make for a challenging match as most of the Army team had to move up a position and two people had to play twice. For the Army Team, who are used to ‘fighting to the death’ on court, a jesterley match is not always intuitive. However all matches were played in a quite excellent spirit and opponents were well matched.
Given that the Jesters had ‘marathon man’, Stuart Ayton at first string, the Army called upon ex-PSA player, Capt Sam Miller. Those watchi...
The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) is based on Pal Mall in Mayfair, London. The Club and the venue are both steeped in history and it is always an honour to play on the beautifully kept courts which are hot and humid and make for a lively game. One of the many great things about playing at the RAC is the wonder, “what’s in the lobby this time?” Since first playing at the Club I have been everything from a 1938 Lagonda to Sir Sterling Moss’s track car. On this occasion it was a Ferrari Formula 1 car – shiny and angular; the pinnacle of modern technology, set against the backdrop of historical architecture and thick pile carpet.
First on was Lt Col Phil Ashman who loves the high temperature courts and long rallies. Despite losing the first, Phil came back to win 3-1 in a display of precision and skill – Phil even claimed to have hit a rolling nick during the match (although this story has not been independently verified). Next was WO2 Gaz Hall who, having been training h...
ASRA Charter Published
August 30, 2017
Message from James Willstrop - train hard everybody!