It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Barry Thomas on Saturday 2nd September.
Barry was a much loved and highly respected member of the Falmouth Sports Club who served on the committee for many years. He also served time as the club manager for many years.
Barry was a qualified Squash coach. He was heavily involved with the junior coaching sessions from the 1990s thro the 2000 era. Many of our younger adults have fond memories of Barry’s easy going style but always very technical in his coaching skills. He was a regular team player for over twenty years. Like many of us, he switched to Racketball in his later years and picked this up with consummate ease.
Barry’s family have confirmed that Barry has elected to have a Pure Cremation though there will be a Wake at the Falmouth Club in due course, probably towards the end of October. Date to be confirmed.
Our thoughts are with Barry’s family at this very sad time.
Neil’s TR1 are County Champs again! Winners of both Autumn and Spring Leagues they confirmed their dominance with 8 straight wins and no losses this year. A team with both hands firmly on the BOARDWALK TROPHY! Sadly, previous double winners NQY 1 had their worst season so far to lose out by just one W to fellow strugglers TR2. Newquay, however, can rejoice at the fact that NQY2 won Div2 in style to gain deserved promotion. Going in the opposite direction are The Pirates 2nd team who will be replaced by BUDE SC who won Div3 by the biggest margin of any division. Falmouth 3rds take the wooden spoon but will look to improve next season, for sure. For all the nitty gritty and how the teams ended please click on this link:
THE PAWLE CUP AND HINE PLATE
As tradition has it our season’s climax will take place on SUPER SATURDAY 13TH MAY at FALMOUTH SPORTS CLUB from 2pm with BBQ to follow. Truro SLC will play the winner of Falmouth v NQY whilst BUDE SC will play with the Pirates or Bodmin Dragons, all semi finals being played soon. ALL WELCOME!
Louis Murray becomes Cornwall’s most successful junior ever!!!
Louis first moved to Cornwall as a promising young footballer at age 9, but looking to make new friends in the Duchy he decided to enter one of our Grand Prix junior competitions for a bit of fun… He made the final and has never looked back since. At 12 old years he jumped on the National junior circuit, along with colleague Jack Mahon and represented Cornwall across the country at every major event, managing to push into the top 20 of the rankings, then top 10 at u15 level and soon after the top 5. Covid proved a frustrating short term break in his progress but as the World came out of the pandemic, he raced back onto the circuit and even reached the No 1 ranking at u17 (and England squad status) level for a while. But it is now at u19, that Louis has achieved the near perfect hatrick of leading the Truro school team to the 2022 National title, gaining a squash scholarship at Harvard University and just this weekend winning his first major national junior title on the circuit – having come very close several times before. Cornwall has had several amazing junior players over the years, Joel Brickell, Rory Brickell, Jamie Moxom, Max Millar, Jon Newton, Jared London and especially Jack Mahon in recent years. But Louis has now surely established himself as the most successful junior player in Cornwall history and the whole of Cornwall County Squash wish him every success as he shortly transitions into his adult (and perhaps professional Squash) career in the USA.
Sad news indeed for Truro SLC and the whole county squash community as we learn of the untimely passing of popular racketballer and club sponsor James Green. A great family man and owner of a local PAT testing company, James lost his courageous battle against an aggressive cancer last week at St Julia’s Hospice. He was surrounded to the end by his wonderful wife Kathleen and their loving children. Our thoughts are with them as they try to come to terms with the massive void he has undoubtedly left. James will be sorely missed by many of us who enjoyed his company and playing tough ‘friendlies’ against him over the years. The tin on Court 1 bears his name as a sponsor and will serve as a lasting and fitting ‘memorial’ for us all of a much liked man. RIP James
A great night had by all as squash royalty descended on TSLC. Fresh in from Cairo our two ‘Pharaohs’, former WR#1 and returnee to the circuit after injury, Karim Abdel Gawad (aka the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’) and current WR#7 (and Truro favourite) Mazen ‘The Black Falcon’ Hesham put on quite an amazing show, ably assisted of course by SquashTV’s answer to Ant and Deck, hosts on the night, Lee Drew and Joey Barrington, not forgetting the main man himself, our very own Tim Smith. Thanks to all who helped and to Neil and the club for hosting yet another BIG NIGHT at Truro HQ.
The Cornwall County Closed squash tournament was again held at the end of January with both of the 2022 Men’s and Ladies champions returning to defend their titles and be crowned 2023 County Champion.
With superb support from the Cornish squash community seeing an increase in entries, and Cornish players returning from the squash hubs of Yorkshire, London and Bristol to take up the challenge, the task for the reigning champions was to prove a tough one.
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County Closed Report 2023