Briars @ Thornleigh Squash News
August 2017 Update
Thornleigh Squash & Briars Squash have been extremely busy building our junior support programs and expanding the new bar & Gym facilities that were installed earlier this year.
- 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 17
This year we welcomed 5 boys from Aylesbury Grammar School from Birmingham shire in the UK to compete in the one day event. We had a total of 49 entries over 5 divisions. All juniors played with great respect and sportsmanship. The top 3 in each division were are below:
Div 1 Winner: Jacob Ford (Coffs Harbour) Runner Up: Marcus Connor (UK) 3rd Place: Haani Quereshi (Briars)
Div 2 Winner: Harshit Gupta (UK) Runner Up: Tom Hampson (Willoughby) 3rd Place: Mitchell Black (Briars)
Div 3 Winner: Dan Godwin (Briars) Runner Up: Elliot Abney (UK) 3rd Place: Georgie Lane (Duneedoo)
Div 4 Winner: Kenneth Lamb (Willoughby) Runner Up: Rishi Deshpande (Knox Grammar) 3rd Place: Tom Lacy (Willoughby)
Div 5 Winner: Jordan Ghattas (Wyong)
Runner Up: Marley O'Shannessey (Parkes) 3rd Place: Maja Maziuk (Briars)
Next year we would like to submit some form of sponsorship from Briars Sports to purchase trophies and/or prizes for the event up to $300 if possible
NBTDS (NSW Briars Talent Development Squad)
The NBTDS has been formed to help juniors with talent progress their skills by getting focused attention from a pool of experienced coaches & players. We run the squad training every Sunday that they do not have Tournaments or state camps on.
We will get 1 camp in each month based on this year’s calendar making a total of 12
- 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
We have 22 kids in the squad with an average of 16 showing up each session. We have only been charging them $20 each for the camp and all money has been going back to them for team outfits etc. We pay coaches from time to time but thank fully most volunteer.
We hope to gain funding for equipment, Squad uniforms and to pay a select few coaches for their time. We will use this squad to further develop new coaches for the future.
The new T-Bar set up has had a tremendous impact on the atmosphere of the club. Mcleish Wines are available with their top selling Semillon winning over the club members.
Below the Live music Open Mic events have been bringing in a crowd to the new look club exposing us to a new market segment in a family friendly area.
Junior Pennant winter 2017 coming to an end
The 2017 Winter pennant Semi Finals are this week @ Knox Grammar with the Grand Finals being held at Thornleigh Squash on the 19th.
Briars @ Thornleigh teams end of round positions are:
- 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 had a huge mix of results in this year’s Autumn Pennant with
Sydney 1 – Briars 1 lost their grand final to Northmead
Sydney 3 – Briars 2 – Lost Grand final and came 2nd
Sydney 3 Briars 3 – Lost Semi-Final Finished 3rd
Division 2 – Briars 4 Finished 3rd
Division 4 Briars 5 – Finished 4th Place
Division 5 Briars 6 – Finished 4th Place
Division 7 - Briars 7 - Grand Final Winners!
Division 8 – Briars 8 Finished 6th place
Division 11 – Briars 9 Finished 4th place
Division 12 – Briars 10 finished top of the table but lost Grand Final
Division 14 - Briars 11 – Got the wooden spoon and finished 6th place
6 out of 11 Briars teams made finals
This next Spring Pennant we have 13 Briars teams which we have grown from 8 teams we started with 4 years ago.
We are well underway in planning for this event. We have the date 11th of November set.
Guest speakers and MC we are approaching and waiting to hear availability is Chris Dittmar – Dittmar is widely considered to be the "best player never to have won" one of squash's two biggest titles. He finished runner-up at the World Open five times now turned sports presenter and Triple M Radio host.
Sarah FitzGerald – Former World No.1, WSF committee, Squash Australia Board
Luke Lewis – Cronulla Sharks Representative
Setup and focuses
- 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
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