Match Report (Portsmouth 19th-20th Feb 2010)

At last we managed to play this fixture after 2 postponements for severe weather (snow). This year we again had a strong side which included a first representative match for Tony Draper and there was also a new team, Nuffield who were an unknown quantity. Our first match was against the Royal Navy and our strength showed with a solid 5-0 win. Nuffield showed they too were strong with a good 4-1 win against Bradley Stoke who had also strengthened their side from the previous year and may prove no pushovers.

After the matches, the Navy provided their usual first class hospitality at the Royal Sailors Home Club before teams retired for an early night.

CSSC Squash Age Group Championships 2010

Age Group Tournament - On CourtA change of scene for the Civil Service Age Group Championship took some seasoned squash players to Sheffield on 19th and 20th March 2010. The venue this year was the well known Hallamshire Squash club, where a small but select group of players (regrettably affected by a few last minute injuries) put their collective experience together and enjoyed a couple of days of squash and fun.

'Old and New' get it together in Bristol - 2009/10 Team event

Team Competition - On CourtThis year's Civil Service Team Squash competition visited yet another venue when close to 50 players from all parts of the country (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) descended on Bristol Lawn Tennis and Squash Club during 4th and 5th February. Amongst the ten participating teams of three men and two ladies was a mixture of 'old' and 'new' – 'old' players in the sense they turn out for their teams year on year combining with 'new' players experiencing the two day Squash extravaganza for the first time! In addition the organisers were especially pleased to see a brand new team in the form of GCHQ! Overall there was no lack of effort and team spirit in the matches played.

Crown Services Quadrangular Report 2009

Men's TeamCivil Service V Police V Combined Services V Fire Service

The Civil Service Men's Squash Team arrived at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club looking to return to winning ways in this quadrangular tournament. We had another strong side right down the order including a rare appearance from the evergreen John McFarlane.

Ladies Team Report 2008 - 2009

We are continuing to see a good standard of squash in the Ladies section. The Ladies Team consists of two international players as well as ladies playing for Premier Divisions and who have played for their counties so we have a wealth of experience. However we are also seeing new lady squash players entering our competitions. The graded tournaments in particular give all standards a chance. In fact one such lady who entered a graded tournament couple of years ago made her debut in the Ladies National Team this year showing the progress she has made. The Ladies Ladder is also keenly contested and regularly updated.

The main fixture of the year for the Ladies is the Crown Services Tournament. This fixture initially started as a men's event and later we were invited to join them. However whilst the men play three teams, the Combined Forces, the Fire and Police Services the Fire Service sadly are unable to field a ladies team. The event is played at Nottingham which is an excellent venue and very popular with Civil Service squash. If anyone has an opportunity to play there don't hesitate......go! The facilities are second to none and it is one of the friendliest clubs I've ever been to.

This year we were missing our number one English International Heather Tweedle who had entered the British Open in Manchester. This was to prove costly in our match against the Police Ladies who had strength in depth but realistically this would not have changed the final score. Kay Dalton from HMRC made her debut and won in fine form against the Combined Services. It was a good performance and once again an enjoyable weekend.

If anyone is interested in playing for the teams or joining the ladder please please don't be shy and contact me!

Sian Hughes, Ladies Captain

Singles Championship at the 2009 CSSC Games

2009 Singles Tournament - On CourtThis years CSSC Multi-sport Games, held at Loughborough University over 2 days in September was the scene of the ninth Civil Service National Singles Squash Championship. The Games with its numerous sports and competitors alongside the squash event made for a different atmosphere outside of the squash court building and provided a WOW factor to the whole experience for the competitors playing squash. For the organisers it was a change from the previous Games when the team competition had been played. How would we fare with a singes event? The CSSC Games committee provided the facilities and social aspects for the Games leaving the squash section organisers to focus on the squash competition itself, which this year attracted a record entry of 46 players.

Racketlon: Lesser takes his revenge on Norton!

Racketlon LogoForget the FA Cup, forget Zimbabwe's Independence Day, April 18th 2009 was all about the CSSC Racketlon Championships. Graham Norton and Patricia Wood both performed well reaching the finals as expected, going on last year's performance, however would they retain their 2008 titles in 2009?

From the Squash community this year was Mark Rylander and Stuart Scourfield from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories and Kay Dalton from Revenue & Customs. Linda Parsley was on hand officiating the badminton and the squash events.

National Age Group Championships 2009

2009 Age Group Competition - On CourtThe Grand Masters of Civil Service Squash gathered with their vast experience recently to attend the very first stand-alone Civil Service Age Group Championship. The Tournament held at one of the country's leading Squash Clubs in The Park, Nottingham attracted over a cumulative 1000 years of squash knowledge and craft.

The senior members of this gathering - Men's Over 55 saw the almost youthful face of Phill Crane enter the event for the first time having recently qualified (got old!!). The former Over 45 Champion looked unstoppable sweeping aside opposition from David Stratford and last year's Over 55 winner Paul Taylor. His main opposition, however, lay in the opposite side of the draw in the form of Tony Claydon - but Claydon was giving Crane nearly ten years - a daunting task! Claydon, however, despite his years was never short in the competitive department confidently sweeping aside both Bob Shepherd and Chris Johnstone to reach his expected meeting with Crane in the Final. Claydon showed all his courage and best effort in this match but the young pretender Crane edged through to victory with a fine 3-0 win!

CSSC Squash Team Championships 2009

Team Winners 2009The Transport Team succeed while giant snowflakes wipe out Defence's hopes of yet another title!

Arctic conditions could not stop the annual CSSC Squash Team tournament, held in the Birmingham University Murray Sports Centre, from taking place. Only two competitors out of nine teams failed to battle their way through the snow-covered roads to reach the venue on time.

The nine teams formed up on day one into three groups of three to battle through a Round Robin style competition. Winning teams from these three groups would play each other on day two to decide who would win the coveted Title. Second place and third place teams would do similarly to decide the winners of the two Plate events.