Squash ACT Newsletter


Welcome to the second newsletter of 2014 for Squash ACT.

I would like to start by congratulating two people:

  • Russell Weatherburn for achieving his World Squash Federation Referee Accreditation which will see him referee at the Glascow Commonwealth Games; and
  • Peter Nuttall – for being selected in the Australian Junior side to tour Malaysia.


In the next few months a number of major initiatives will begin.  These include:


  • The painting of the Woden Squash Courts – this commences on 30 June 2014.
  • The introduction of the Club Team Challenge – all clubs have agreed to hold a Club Team Challenge – this will commence in August and be played on the last Sunday of each month from 1200 to 1500.  Teams will play home and away (three rounds) and field an individual who will represent each division.  I.e. a Div 13 player through to a Div 1 player.  Each team Division representative will play the other and for each win a point towards the Club Team Championship will be awarded.   Cost will be $10 per player paid on the day to the nominated Captain of the team (they will pay the court fees as arranged by the club).
  • The introduction of a revised lower grade competition structure – the Competition Committee has endorsed the changing of the Div 12-13 competitions for next season to allow these grades to partake in all facets of the normal squash competition and to alleviate the issue we currently have with under grading teams at that level resulting in players leaving the sport.  The competition will see the first round being where Squash ACT provides coaching and referee training at Woden (over two hours).  Rounds two to eight will be as normal.  Each team will play each other once.  From round nine to 14 the top four teams (after round eight) will play each other twice and the bottom four will do the same.  This allows all teams the chance to play teams of their own skill level.  After this the top four teams will play in one finals competition and the bottom four the same.  I.e. all eight teams make the finals (this also ensures you get 14 games).  That also means that there will be a top four and bottom four grand final. So all up you get coaching, referee training, games against teams of your standard and finals.  If successful this may be used for other Divisions.

In the past few months the following has occurred:

  • Agreement has been reached with Bathurst Panthers to hire the glass squash court for the upcoming Australian Masters (September).  If you want to assist in putting this great facility together on the weekend of 23-24 August 2014 please send me an email at robert.mccomasact@gmail.com.  Unfortunately meals and accommodation will not be provided.
  • Our Woden Squash Club has seen the roof fixed, a new hot water system installed, asbestos removed and the electrical switchboard brought up to commercial standards.
  • The Facilities Plan has been commenced – this is a critical document that will allow us to work with the ACT Government to further squash facility growth in the ACT.  It will also allow us, for the first time, to understand how many people actually play squash in the ACT.  Something we do not currently have.  The ABS put out a report on all sports in 2012 that actually showed that squash was the fourth fastest growing sport in Australia.  We were only 3% behind the top sport.
  • Participation Plan – Karen Horsfall has volunteered her time to put this important plan together.  The aim is to look at specific objectives that the Board should endorse to assist with growing the sport.  The plan is still in draft and will be released to club committees in due course for further input prior to being endorsed by the Board.
  • ACT Open – the Open was very successful with 67 players attending.  Next year we intend to grow this event and hopefully set up the glass court.  The ACT Open will continue to be run on the first weekend in May so lock this into your diary and spread the word.
  • ACT Junior Open – this was also a successful event with 50 players attending some from interstate.

On a final note Sam (Manager Woden Centre and Squash ACT) is on leave until 4 August 2014 and between Jeremy Salter and I we are keeping things going.  Be nice to us!!!!!



To assist Squash to grow further I am keen to start a volunteer’s section within the newsletter.  This section is where as a collective we can advertise for people to assist with the range of tasks that are required to be completed noting that all of us who fill either club or Board positions are ourselves volunteers.

Volunteers needed:

On 23-24 August 2014 I will be in Bathurst assisting to put up our glass squash court.  Joining me will be Jeremy Salter and Mick Bailey.  If you would like a weekend away unfortunately ‘at your own cost’ then please let me know by sending an email to robert.mccomasact@gmail.com.  I am after someone who can document the unpacking of the container and the process we go through to put the court up.  You will need steel capped boots and a camera.  Please note that we will not finish the job until the 25 August 2014.  If you were to stay around you would also get a free hit on the court.  This will allow us to train others.

If someone has an ability to influence one of the major shopping centres to allow us to set up the glass court in January 2015 please let me know.  I approached the Hyperdome at Tuggeranong in 2012 and they were interested suffice to say things appear to have changed.  I see this as a way to advertise squash in a high traffic area.  My aim would be to play junior and senior exhibition games, have tables for registering players for comp etc.

I am also after an architect to work with me to redesign our Woden shop including the office space and front counter area.  I would also want the final design costed.  I am keen on getting on the front foot re any further grants that may allow us to continue rebuilding the Woden Centre noting that I believe that one of the detractors to play squash is the state of facilities.  New facilities equal new players as I see it.

I am also after someone in advertising who can assist in determining how we may sell the tin space on the front of the Woden courts.  At present we have a number of tins with sponsorship suffice to say this has all run out and we are looking to remove these in the near future.  Please note that all courts will be painted and the floors sanded in late June early July.


Queanbeyan Squash Club – University of Canberra Sports Centre

Queanbeyan/Cootamundra Challenge Weekend – the weekend saw a contingent of Queanbeyan players head down to Cootamundra for our annual challenge weekend.   Determined to win back the shield, the competition was tight, with many entertaining 5 set matches being played out.  In nearly the narrowest of margins, the Queanbeyan team squeezed a win 29 matches to 26.  Congratulations to Gavin Jackson awarded Queanbeyan’s most valuable player by the Coota Squash President.

Dinner was enjoyed on Saturday night at the local Chinese restaurant (following the lifting of last year’s banner), and a Sunday BBQ lunch capped off a social and competitive weekend.  Photos of the event are on the website – http://qbnsquash.org/cootamundra2014

ACT Open – Well done to teammates Oliver Brown and Leigh Bishop who battled it out in the final of the Men’s A Grade at the recent ACT Open.  Despite Leigh’s incredible speed around the court, Oliver’s patience and persistence paid dividends with a well-earned win in 4.   It was also great to see a good number of Queanbeyan players participating and supporting the event.

Pay Parking – unfortunately has come to the UC.  If you arrive on or before 7pm, you will need to pay (electronically) $3 for the evening.  If you can wait till after 7pm it’s free.  Given this, there is a general understanding that start time at UC is as close as practical to after 7pm.

Please check out our website at:  http://www.squash.org.au/act/clubs/queanbeyan.htm


South Canberra Squash Club – Woden Centre

As this update goes to print we are able to confirm that South Canberra, Dickson and Queanbeyan Squash Clubs have joined with ACT Masters Squash and a sponsor in Body Mind Technologies (for remedial massage and energy healing – contact Jenna Arnold) to bring former World No.1, multiple British Open winner and recently selected Commonwealth Games representative David Palmer to Canberra. David will play Matt Karwalski (Australian No.3) in an exhibition match as well as conduct coaching sessions with Matt at the Woden Squash Centre on Sunday 13 July.

Getting David to include Canberra in his short tour around NSW is a tremendous opportunity and one not to be missed. The overwhelming support of clubs makes it doubly worthwhile.

We are proposing to hold the event from 1 – 4pm on Sunday 13 July at the Squash ACT Woden Courts. We estimate there will be seating for a total of 60 people to watch the exhibition game, at a cost of $20 per person. If you are interested in watching what is anticipated to be some fantastic squash, please send an email confirming your interest to scscquashclub@gmail.com. As part of the day, coaching will also be provided by David and Matt.  Pricing and details for the coaching clinic will be sent to all clubs shortly.  With both the exhibition game and the coaching sessions, it will be on a first in best-dressed basis. So make sure you keep an eye on the SCSC Facebook page and book early, as you will be in for a great afternoon of squash!

At a club level, SCSC continues to make good progress towards establishing itself as one of the four squash clubs in Canberra, with our Pennant players recently receiving their club shirts.

With the Autumn pennant drawing to a close, SCSC is again looking at running a social comp over the break – for 5 weeks on Wednesdays from 7pm starting 9 July running to 6 August incl. We are looking to offer a bit more variety this time around, with singles and doubles being planned. All players are welcome to come and join in for some great value squash. Feel free to send an email to scsquashclub@gmail.com if you would like your name added and don’t forget to say if you are interested in singles or doubles – or both.

We are also planning for our first SCSC Championship, to be held in late September. So keep an eye out for the entry form and details, both of which will be coming out soon.

On the Juniors’ front, their finals are on the 20th of June. We would like to wish all of them the best of luck. One initiative has been to have the stronger juniors play some of our seniors and that’s been a terrific success. Well done and thanks to all involved. And Peter Nuttall from SCSC has again been flying the Australian flag, this time in Malaysia playing in and winning his match in an Australia vs Malaysia ‘Test Series’ before playing in the Penang Junior Open. He also took his new SCSC shirt. Good luck Pete!

For more information, please check out Facebook ‘South Canberra Squash Club’ or email the committee at scsquashclub@gmail.com.

Vikings Squash Club – Active Leisure Centre Erindale

Viking Juniors

Good luck to the Vikings Juniors in the Greenshield team that is travelling to Coffs Harbour on the 14th & 15th of June, bring home some shields guys.  Also it has been good to see so many ACT juniors attending tournaments around Australia this year, it makes for a great atmosphere for catching up with ACT people, watching some great squash and gaining valuable experience.

Blue Day Tournament (Senior vs Juniors) – 27th July 2014

This one-day tournament is a follow-on from last year’s very successful yellow day which resulted in Vikings Squash winning Club of the Year. This year the colour theme will be blue and a donation from every entry will go towards Beyond Blue.  More information will be coming out soon!

Vikings Junior Challenge – 23 & 24 of August 2014

This is the 4th annual Vikings Junior Challenge and is a silver event on the Australian Junior Squash tour calendar. The event gets bigger every year and all junior squash players in the ACT are encouraged to enter and have fun.

Public Service tournament – 25 & 26 of October 2014

This is an inaugural tournament to find the best and fairest public service squash player in Australia.  We are currently in the planning phase and looking for sponsors.  More information will be coming out soon!

Women’s Training

Vikings now holds a women’s training session on Sundays at 1pm for an hour at the Active Leisure Centre.  At this stage most attendees are women who have juniors playing for Vikings but we are happy for any ladies or older teens in the Canberra area who are interested in improving their squash skills and having some fun to come along and join us.  The session consists of individual coaching, drills and match play. Cost is $8 a session.  Note this will be recommencing on the 22nd of June.

For more information on Vikings Squash please checkout our website at:



ACT Junior Squash

Peter Nuttall has been selected to be a member of the team to represent Australia in a test against Malaysia and then the Penang Junior Championships. Congratulations and good luck.

Junior Squash Clubs

All Junior Clubs have had an increase in the number of players attending their Junior Squash training programs. You can follow the link from the Junior Squash website to each of the clubs for more information on their junior training programs.

Junior Pennant

We are approaching the end of the 2014 Autumn Junior pennant with the Junior finals to be played on Friday 20 June at Woden. We invite everyone to come along and watch our juniors in action. The new Seniors v Juniors format for the ACT’s top 9 juniors has been a resounding success with the juniors getting the opportunity to play some of our top Seniors giving them a greater variety of matches and a better preparation for National events. A very big thank you to all the seniors that have been participating.

ACT Junior Rankings

The latest ACT Junior rankings were released on Monday 9 June and can be found on the ACT Junior Squash website

Australian Rankings

We have an increased number of ACT juniors in the Australian Junior rankings as of 1 June and several players have improved on their previous ranking. Congratulations to –

Aidan Parkes  – #4 under 19s

Alex Lock – #9 under 17s

Peter Nuttall – #2under 15s

Anand Siththaranjan – #16 under 15 boys

Rebecca Potter – #12 under 17s

Kathleen Palmer – #13 under 17s

Hannah Smit  – #9 under 15s

Erin Chant – #13 under 15s

Emily Potter – # 9 under 13’s


ACT Junior Open

The ACT Junior open was held on 18/19 May and with over 50 entries was a great success with 6 interstate players also competing. Aidan Parkes successfully defended the Under 19 Boys title. All players are to be congratulated on their behaviour and sportsmanship both on and off the court. Thanks go to Melissa Prentice for running the event on the day, all the volunteers that helped in the canteen and to the Referees. All results can be found on the ACT Junior Squash website.

Green Shield (13 – 16 June)

The ACT Team of 26 players will be traveling to Coffs Harbour to compete in this annual event against teams from 4 NSW regions. Green Shield is a NSW Regional event which we have competed in every year since its inception 45 years ago. Good luck to all the players participating this year.

More information about Junior Squash in the ACT can be found on the Junior Squash website – www.actjuniorsquash.com.au



One of the observations I have noted in my years of refereeing is players’ lack of understanding of the role of the Marker.  During my times refereeing at various Junior events, it has been a teaching role for the players – and sometimes, coaches and parents – on the role of the Marker.

The role of a Marker is not to just record and call the score out, but to also make all the “ball-in-play” calls such as “Out”, “Down”, and “Fault”.  Typically I have noted that players believe that they can just talk to other people in the crowd, and that the referee is supposed to call everything, which puts even more pressure on non-accredited referees.  Rule 3.6 describes what the Marker is supposed to do when officiating a match, with reference to Appendix 2 which gives the definition of the calls with examples.


Markers should announce the start of the match, introduce each game, and announce the result of each game and the match (rule 3.6.1).  This ensures that, not only do the players know what the score is, but that the correct players are on the court and playing.

When a player does not hit the ball correctly, the correct call is “Not-Up”.  This includes if the ball bounces twice before being hit, hits the ball more than once, or prolongs contact with the ball on the racket (scooping the ball) while hitting it.

If a player hits the ball correctly and it hits either the floor or the tin, the correct call is “Down”. If a player fails to serve the ball correctly, the correct (and only) call is “Fault”.  This includes Foot Faults, Not-Up, Down, Out, the ball hitting any surface before the front wall (including the floor, side wall, and roof), the ball hitting the front wall on or below the Service Line, and the ball bouncing anywhere except for within the opposite quarter court from where the server has served the ball from.

When a player hits to ball onto or above the out line on any wall the call is “Out”.  This also includes the ball hitting the roof, hitting or passing through any fixture above the out line or passes over a wall and out of court.

Rent-a-Ref – Contact rent-a-ref@squashact.asn.au to make a booking. Note that bookings are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Become a Referee – Contact rent-a-ref@squashact.asn.au if you are interested in becoming a referee or would like training.

Read the rules -Download the current rules from http://www.worldsquash.org/ws/rules/rules-of-squash-2


ACT Masters Squash

Can’t get enough Squash, need more matches to improve your performance, want a more social and less competitive environment to play squash.  If you want the best of both worlds – give Masters Squash a go.

ACT Masters Squash welcomes all players, regardless of level, aged 35 and over. Masters competitions are run at Dickson, Weston Creek and Woden courts, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Masters runs 3 competitions a year and is currently running the winter competition. Masters also have great prizes at the end of every competition!

ACT Masters prides itself as offering a friendly way to play squash, where you can be as competitive as you like as long as you play with good humour and commitment to the enjoyment of everyone. If you have recently ‘retired’ from playing squash, are thinking about it, haven’t played for a while and would like to start again, or are a beginner, why don’t you come along and try the Masters competition?

Masters currently have around 140 players on a Monday night and 40 players on a Wednesday night. An easy introduction to master’s squash is to put your name down as a reserve. Reserves pay $10 per match.


Chad Addison

Secretary ACT Masters Squash

0430 244 569

email: actmasterssquash@gmail.com

Website: http://squash.actmasters.org.au/masters-squash-welcome/


ACT Ladies Squash

The ACT Women’s Squash competition has just completed another highly enjoyable Autumn Competition with the finals held on Saturday 31 May. Now in its 11th year, the women’s comp attracts a wide range of players of all ages and all levels of squash skills. Coaching, encouragement and lots of team support is provided.

The twelve-week competition is played at the Weston Creek courts and with 32 players, reserves, family and friends who come to support the players, a good night out is enjoyed by all.

The next ACT Women’s Squash Competition begins on 14 August and with a school holiday break, will run through to 13 November.

New players are always welcome. For more information contact  womensquashact@yahoo.com.au







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