Squash at the 2013 CSSC Games

James makes it a "double" and timeless Helen triumphs at last!

Squash was once again invited to participate in this year’s CSSC Multi-sport Games held at Loughborough University on 12th and 13th September 2013. It was the turn of the National Open Singles Graded event, for all standards of player.

The Men’s “A” event had attracted all but two of the “elite” Civil Service players - James Hodson had returned to defend the title he had won the previous year whilst Tim Burrell, last year’s losing finalist (and previous winner), was out to avenge that defeat. The remaining field of players included three previous winners of the event – Merv Davies, Marc Aldridge, and the veteran Champion John McFarlane – looking for his 12th title. Also along to “spoil the party” was John Ashton – relative newcomer to the top flight game.

2013 Masters & Inaugral Racketball Tournament

On 26th/ 27th April it was a welcome return to the prestigious Nottingham Squash Club for the 2013 CSSC Masters Singles Championships . The club as usual giving a warm and friendly welcome to participants and guests.

Entrant numbers were up for a third consecutive year, slightly boosted by the introduction of a new one day Racketball tournament on the Saturday. This year also saw the introduction of a new O65 Squash Event to give the more mature players competition against their contemporaries.

London CSSC take on GB Vets

London CSSC vs GB VetsIn the last match of their season, the London CSSC squash team took on the Veterans Squash Rackets Club of Great Britain. This is always a close fixture and the latest match was no different. CSSC got off to an excellent start with numbers 1 and 2 both getting victories. Tim Burrell playing at number 1 against Dermot Hurford struggled at first but soon found his range after losing the first game, eventually taking the match 3-1.

SPARTA Breaks Down the Defence in 2013 Team Championships

SPARTAThe venue for the 2012/13 CSSC Squash Championships was again the popular Nottingham Squash Club. Many of the main Departments were represented with 35 players from all over the country competing in mixed teams of 3 men and 2 ladies. The competitiveness of all the players was apparent with all levels of squash in evidence.

Last year’s Champions, London region, had been unable to raise a team this year, The seven teams that entered were divided initially into 2 groups, one of 3 and one of 4 teams, playing in a ‘Round Robin’ format, with the top two teams from each group progressing to semi-final stages of the main event.

Squash Singles 2012: New Champions for CSSC Squash

2012-singles-1The Nottingham Squash Club was once again the venue for the National Civil Service Squash Singles Championship. Held in November 2012, it attracted players from all over the country and of all playing standards for a graded event which was both competitive and social in nature.

Strong competition for the Mens title.

To provide a suitable level of squash for all abilities, the men’s competition consisted of 5 grades. In the top group, last year’s Champion Tim Burrell headed a strong line-up of 16 players. The first round saw the strongest contenders move into the A grade while the losers headed to the B grade competition.

Crown Services 2012 - Ladies Team Match Report

20121108-ladies-team-1The Ladies Quadrangular 2012 took place on 12-13 October in Nottingham. In the absence of a ladies team from the Police and the Fire Service we found ourselves in more of a tripod, facing formidable opponents from the Combined Services and Nottingham Squash Club.

Our first match saw us take on Nottingham ladies, newcomers to the Quadrangular who sportingly put up a team. An unknown entity, they fielded a strong side and unfortunately we were no match for them in the end. The team performed well and some good squash was played by all, but Nottingham managed to triumph 4-1.

Crown Services 2012 - Men's Team Match Report

Crown Services 2012 Men's TeamIn October 2012 the Civil Service played the annual quadrangular tournament against the Police, Fire Service and Combined Services at the Nottingham Squash Club. The Civil Service team consisted of usual stalwarts Tim Burrell, Tony Webb and John Ashton; with James Hodson and newcomers Jonathan Simpson and Adam Curry.

London CSSC Squash Vs RAF

In the curtain-opener to the new season, the London Civil Service Squash team travelled the short distance to Pall Mall to play the RAF Club. With a solitary victory and two losses to the same side last season, the match was always predicted to represent a tough opening challenge, and the scale of the challenge soon became apparent when the Civil Service's first man out Phil Stamp lost 3-0 to his opposite number, with Tom Lantree's opposition also proving too strong - beating Tom 3-0 - though the scoreline was perhaps a harsh outcome for what was in reality a closely fought game.

2012 Age Group Tournament Write Up

The Winners!The 2012 CSSC Age Group Singles Championships were held on 27th/ 28th April and were once again hosted at Nottingham Squash Club.

This year’s event showed a slight increase in numbers and had good representation from across the north and south of the country. Many familiar faces, several newcomers and some partners came along to enjoy the camaraderie and atmosphere of the event and the hospitality of the Nottingham club. All of the competitions were keenly contested and all players took part in refereeing and marking, giving some participants their first ever experience of this.