Crown Services Tournament 2007 Ladies report

CSSC Ladies TeamOnce again the Ladies were invited to the Crown Services Tournament. It was to be played at Nottingham Squash Club a top class venue.

Traditionally this tournament was set up for the men from the Crown Services.

This was the Civil Service, Police and Fire Services and an Armed Forces Combined team. In the Ladies Event teams from Police and Combined Services were represented, clearly not enough women fire-fighters as they were unable to produce a team!

The only ladies team managing to field five players the Civil Services Ladies were resplendent in their new orange and black kit. This was the first outing with new strip...........was it to be our lucky kit??

Revenue & Customs Combine to 'Squash' the Opposition - Team event at 2007 CSSC Games

CSSC Games - On CourtThis year's Squash team event took place in Loughborough as part of the third CSSC Games. The No. 1 seeds and defending champions DSRA (Defence) had arrived looking to make it 'three in a row' having won the previous two national squash team events. They were, however, about to be extremely disappointed going out of the main competition in their first match against the Revenue and Customs second team RCSL B. The RCSL B players Andy Robinson, Chris Roberts, Rakesh Bhandari, Kay Dalton and Hilary Craven were rightly elated at the shock result! Alongside them in the draw the composite team of Dstl (Defence Science & Technology Laboratory) crossed swords with DEFRA but were never seriously threatened running out 4-1 winners.

CSSC Squash Singles Championship 2005/06

Winner: Marc AldridgeThis season's Open Squash Singles Championship held at Nottingham Squash Club, one of the country's premier Squash venues, attracted 40 players from nearly all the far flung corners of Britain including Northern Ireland, South Wales, Devon and Tyneside. The event open to all CSSC members covered all various 'ability' as well as 'age' groupings with some competitors taking the opportunity to enter more than one event!

Member Profile: Heather Tweedle

Heather (far left) and the team.Heather works for the HMRC - Inland Revenue in Liverpool.

She is the current CSSC Ladies Champion and over 40’s Champion. Also a previous Ladies CSSC Team Captain she is a regular CSSC ladies team player.

This year in particular has seen Heather’s squash reach high levels.

She entered the British Nationals in February where she beat the number 1 and 3 seeds, Mandy Akin and Clare Baker, to reach the final where she lost to Candy Wilton.

Sue Beecroft - CSSC Sportswoman of the Year 2005

Sue BeecroftSue Beecroft is the current CSSC Women’s squash Champion and over 40s champion. She is a regular member of the CSSC Womens’ representative squad.

In addition she is the current HASSRA Squash champion a title she has held for the past 5 years.

At club level Sue has won many individual titles and is ranked in the top 5 in Northumbria leagues.

The Centels Salver is awarded to the sportswoman with the best all round achievement in CSSC sport, and for her considerable achievements in 2005, it was awarded to Sue Beecroft.

Sue works for DWP.

Singles Championship 2006/07

2006 Singles - Winners PresentationNottingham buzzed recently when dozens of Civil Service squash players of all ages and ability descended on the country's premier Squash Club at Nottingham to take part in the annual Civil Service Open Squash Singles Championships! The aim was to seek out the new Civil Service Men’s and Ladies Champions, including Veterans and Vintage Champions together with a sociable competition for all standards from the top level through to beginners.

Combined Services 2005 Mens Match Report

For the first time this fixture included Ladies teams which meant an earlier start for all, however I will let the Ladies Team Captain Sian Hughes report on their matches. It was a 3pm start with our first match against the Combined Services Team (the best of the Army, Navy and RAF). They were stronger than in recent years and although we put up a good fight we lost the match by 20 points to 5 (2 matches did go to 5 games, myself and Marc Aldridge). The match between the Police and Fire Service though, turned out to be a bit of a farce. The Police won the first 4 matches easily but as their No1 turned up nearly 3 hours late the match had to be forfeited 20 – 0 to the Fire Service.

'Defence' goes on the attack to chalk up their seventh title

2005 Team Competition - WinnersThe National Squash Centre at Manchester once again hosted the CSSC Inter-Departmental Team Squash Competition as 13 teams of 3 men and 2 ladies competed for the 2004/05 Trophy.

Last years winners, Inland Revenue, at the top of the draw, arrived with the handicap of having lost their No. 2 lady to injury. This was to prove crucial for in their semi-final clash with twice previous winners HASSRA 'A' they went down 3-2 when Inland Revenue newcomer Pat Comer lost a tough 3-0 battle (9-5, 9-5,10-8) to HASSRA’s Sian Hughes.

CSSC Ladies REP Squad v Wales November 2004

CSSC Ladies Rep SquadThe Civil Service Ladies Representative side travelled to Cardiff to play two Welsh teams, the Over 40’s Ladies on Friday 26th November 2004 and the Over 45’s Ladies on Saturday 27th November. Both matches were played at the very friendly Cardiff Squash Rackets Club. The club is just 5 minutes away from the Millennium Stadium where that night Wales just happened to be thrashing, sorry, playing Japan at rugby.

The numbers four and five Jackie Codman and Sian Hughes went on first and despite both girls fighting hard they both went down 3-1 in their games. Things looked bleak when Janet Glynn the number three went on and lost the first game 9-1 however she soon turned the game around to win 3-1.

Sue Beecroft CSSC’s number two quickly got to grips with her game and clocked up another 3-1 win. Finally Heather Tweedle, back recently from the British Open, went on against the very experienced Lynn Davies but showed her current fine form in winning 3-0.

The next day following a swift warm up (in the shops!) in the morning the CSSC team were more than ready for their opponents in the afternoon. The over 45’s had come from further a field and with only one of the Over 45’s team playing on her home court the CSSC girls had gained an advantage of already getting used to playing on the courts with low ceilings.

This proved the easier fixture (unless it was the warm up that did the trick) Janet, Sue and Heather all won comfortably 3-0. Sian at five won 3-1, however match of the day went to Jackie Codman who despite being 2-0 down displayed courage and strength with long rallies, (yes women can do them) to fight back and win 3-2. Her opponent never gave up and it made for an exciting match. The prize for “Man of the Match” was a night on the town with the drinks on Jackie!