Boston Squash and Racketball Club

News 2009/10

All website updates and club affairs from the 2009/2010 season can be found here.


September leagues online - 5th September 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for September are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


August leagues online - 3rd August 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for August are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


New sign erected - 22nd July 2010

Boston SRC have erected a new sign on the outside of the club's building, further enhancing the front's appearance. The addition above the club's main entrance follows the painting of the door, the erection of the club's charter plaque, and the hanging of flower baskets. The main sign located towards the top of the building also remains in place.


July leagues online - 4th July 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for July are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Watch the World Cup at BSRC - 10th June 2010

Boston Squash and Racketball Club is the perfect place to watch the World Cup this summer. The bar will be open for every England game and all matches during the bar's normal opening hours.

Why not come along and cheer on the national team with your friends? Snacks and drinks will be available, and the club has installed a new 42" plasma television so that members can watch the games in all their colour and glory!


June leagues online - 1st June 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for June are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Club apologise for downtime - 23rd May 2010

Boston Squash and Racketball Club would like to apologise for the recent downtime of bostonsquash.co.uk. A series of technical problems resulted in the website going offline, but it is now back up and running and up to date. You can view the latest internal leagues, and reports of the club championships and the Boston over 45 team's national club championships final tie, complete with pictures.

The website has proved to be a useful resource for people trying to find information about the club, and also allows members to look at the latest internal leagues, club news and reports.

Once again, the club apologises for any inconvenience caused.


Boston over 45s finish national runners-up - 16th May 2010

PIC: The Boston over 45 team (left to right): David Stones, Mark Hildred, Colin Fisher.

Boston over 45 squash team lost 2-1 to Racquets Thame of Oxford at the national club championships finals weekend, but put up a valiant fight to ensure their pride accompanied the runners-up silverware on the way back to Boston.

Mark Hildred, Colin Fisher and David Stones represented Boston in the final of the national over 45 squash championships, after an unprecedented run in the competition for the club.

With the short travelling distance to the home venue Boston had an advantage over their opposition - support, which ran up into double figures.

#3 David Stones was the first Boston player to engage in battle.  He faced Steve Bateman.  Struggling to adapt to the movable court, which encouraged awkward nicks, David lost the first game.  However, he stormed into a 5-1 lead in the second game, but despite some astonishing reflexes from the Boston player, Steve slowly turned the game around with some well finished drop shots to double his lead in games.  The Oxford number three took a 6-0 lead in the third game, which would prove to be too high a mountain for David to climb, as he lost 1/9, 5/9, 2/9.

The 3/0 defeat brought fears of Racquets Thame completing a whitewash, especially as Boston‘s #1 Mark Hildred prepared to take on Darren Withey, who had beaten him 3/0 just a few months previosuly.  However worries were soon banished as Mark immediately took a 6-0 lead.  He won the first game 9-3.  It all seemed too straightforward and that proved to be the case.  In the second game a combination of good shots from Darren and tinned efforts from Mark saw Darren draw level.  Mark wasn’t disheartened though, and although Darren showed his speed, the Boston player looked in complete control and took the final two games 9-1 to win 3/1.

It was an unexpected victory with some thrilling rallies, which suddenly meant that the team from a small Lincolnshire town were one win away from claiming a national title.

The responsibility fell to the number twos.  Colin Fisher of Boston, and Nigel Pattinson of Racquets Thame.  Colin took a promising 4-1 lead in the first game before a topsy turvy few minutes.  Despite saving a number of gameballs, Colin eventually lost the first game by an agonisingly close 10-8 scoreline.  The final looked as though it would soon be settled when Nigel comfortably won the second game for the Oxford club.

A spirited performance in the third game saw Colin start to claw the match back, despite his racket strings breaking at 8-4 up.  He won the game 9-5, and with a fired up crowd and the momentum, Boston were two games away from becoming national champions.

The club's hope was only heightened when Colin blasted into a 6-1 lead in the fourth.  So close to forcing a fifth and deciding set in which a replication of the previous two games would have seen Boston take the title, a seventh point for the Boston number two strangely remained elusive.  At 6-5 up Colin hit a great forehand volley kill, but a controversial let was called.  From that point onwards, Nigel played well to take the match 8/10, 3/9, 9/5, 6/9, and the final 2-1.  It was an unfortunate loss for Colin, who certainly appeared to be the better squash player, but was held back by his knee injury.

It was a tale of so close yet so far for Boston, but all three players were pleased in the knowledge that they put up a vigorous fight.  There may be a few ‘what ifs’, but the journey was still remarkable, and victories against the likes of Wolverhampton and Doncaster will remain in the records. 

At the presentations, Boston Squash and Racketball Club were handed their national over 45 championships runners-up trophy, something they hope can be put next to the winners’ trophy next year, when they will contest the competition again with increased confidence.


May leagues online - 5th May 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for May are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Club Championships report - Mark sets world record - 17th April 2010

Mark Hildred won three events and set what may be a Guinness World Record in the process in a well contested club championships that ended Boston Squash and Racketball Club's season this evening, while Ruth Simpson, Bob Pearson, Ady Proctor and Patrick Hildred also shared success in the main competitions.

Around 70 players battled against each other in this year’s Championships, which consisted of six main events and three plate competitions and began back in December 2009.

The finals night took place on Saturday evening, and began with Patrick Hildred beating Edy Goddard 3-0 to retain his junior title.  In the Open plate, Gary Fitzsimmons ran out 3-0 victor against Dutch Vandenbosch, and then won a double by taking the over 35s plate final against Tina Favell 3-0.  In the racketball plate final, Paul King beat George Cooper 3-1 in a closely fought match. 

Bob Pearson won the over 55s event with a 3-0 victory over Pete Andrews, while in the main racketball tournament, Ady Proctor beat John Secker 3-1 to complete an event that was competitive both in terms of numbers and standard.

In the ladies' final, Ruth Simpson beat Tina Favell 3-0 to take the ladies' title for the 7th consecutive time.

Mark Hildred and Colin Fisher were the two finalists in both the men's over 35s and men's over 45s tournaments, and they played one double or nothing match.  Hildred played well to win 3-0.

The climax of the tournament saw Mark Hildred beat a determined Ady Proctor 9/3, 9/3, 9/1 in the Buchner Open to finish the season as a treble champion.  This marked Hildred's 20th consecutive club championships win, breaking the previous world record of 19 held by Carole Cameron in Scotland.


Boston Junior Open draws available - 16th April 2010

The draws for the Boston Junior Open (including playing times) are now available here. All competitors have also been emailed, posted or telephoned the draws personally. The event will take place at Boston Squash and Racketball Club on 24th April 2010.


April leagues online - 3rd April 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for April are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Boston Junior Open entry forms available - 10th March 2010

The official entry form for the Boston Junior Open 2010 is now available to download on the 'Boston Junior Open' page. If you wish to enter the tournament, simply print off the form, fill it in and send it to the address listed on the form. Alternatively, copies will be available at the club. You can download them from the England Squash and Racketball website as well. (Note: Entries close on April 10th as listed on the form, NOT April 5th).


March leagues online - 3rd March 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for March are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


February leagues online - 5th February 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for February are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Mark Hildred becomes treble Lincs champion - 17th January 2010

PIC: Mark Hildred

Boston's number one Mark Hildred was crowned treble Lincolnshire champion at his home club in the County Championships this weekend.

13 different Boston-based squash players competed in the Lincolnshire County Closed Squash Championships, taking home five trophies between them during an action packed two days.

Mark Hildred won nine matches out of nine to win three different competitions; the men’s, men’s over 35s, and men’s over 45s.

On Saturday, Boston’s Dave Parsons was beaten by a tough opponent in the form of #1 seed Paul Tudor in the over 55s, while in the same event Paul Smith was defeated by Ian Brown.  Bob Pearson continued to fly the flag for Boston in the age category though, and made the semi finals after beating ¾ seed Phil Hiatt 6/9, 9/6, 9/2, 9/5, before going down to second seed Alan Beal with a respectable 3-1 scoreline.

In the men’s over 45s, Dave Stones lost to Andy Simpson 9/4, 2/9, 9/3, 9/2, while in the men’s over 35s - the youngest age category, Jason Green lost to Mark Hildred in an all home tie, and Roberto Rocci was knocked out by second seed Dylan Ross.  Roberto continued to play competitively throughout the day, while Jason Green finished runner-up to John Mackenzie in the senior plate competition.  Also in the over 35s, ¾ seed Ady Proctor beat John Secker 9/6, 9/4, 9/3 in another all Boston tie.    Later in the afternoon Ady progressed into the final to play Mark Hildred, after his semi final opponent Dylan Ross retired in the fourth game of an extremely tight match.

In the men’s open tournament, Roberto Rocci failed to overcome Graeme Williamson, while Jason Green lost to nationally ranked junior Sam Haycock.  Boston’s Jake Fountain began a day of testing matches with a five game thriller.  He came from behind twice to defeat Paul Moules 10/12, 11/6, 8/11, 11/5, 11/6.  Mark Hildred filled in as #1 seed following Martin Gibson’s late pullout, and beat Stuart Garner 11/5, 11/4, 11/4.  Adam Hildred lost to 5/8 seed Mark Day 11/6, 11/9, 11/8, Dave Doherty played well but could not dispatch ¾ seed Dominic Price, while Ady Proctor beat his Boston counterpart Jake Fountain 11/8, 11/9, 6/11, 11/6 to progress to the quarters, before losing to eventual finalist Dean Hiatt.

Throughout Saturday Mark Hildred played a marathon six matches, culminating in a victory over talented youngster Dominic Price 11/7, 6/11, 11/7, 11/9 late on Saturday evening to reach Sunday‘s main men‘s final, as well as the finals of the over 35s and over 45s age categories.

Sunday began with the main plate final, where Graeme Williamson beat Chris Martin 3-1.  In the over 55s competition, Spalding’s Paul Tudor beat Alan Beal 9/1, 9/3, 5/9, 9/2.  Boston’s Mark Hildred then faced Andy Simpson in the over 45s final, and won the match 9/2, 9/4, 9/7 to win the category in his first year.  An all Boston final followed immediately afterwards.  Mark remained on court and won the over 35s county championship for the tenth time in eleven years, after Ady Proctor was forced to retire at 9/4 and 8/5 down when he suffered an injury from a rogue racket swing.

Mark was then allowed a breather while the women’s final was staged.  Fran Wallis beat her daughter Sophie 9/2, 10/9, 9/3.

The climax of the event ensued as Dean Hiatt from Lincoln and Mark Hildred from Boston faced each other in the men’s final, to decide the 2010 Lincolnshire County Champion.  A nervy first game was taken by Mark 11/9, who doubled his lead by grabbing the second game 11/6.  Understandable tiredness set in and Dean threatened a possible comeback when he won the third game 11/7.  A crucial game followed, which was clear to see by the number of lets asked for and awarded, and the passion with which both players reacted to the referees’ decisions, but Mark grabbed the final game 11/6 to take the county title.  He celebrated emotionally after the final rally, with it being the first time he had won the men’s open tournament since 1990, when he was 25 years old.  It also marked an unprecedented achievement, with it being the first time a man had won two events in the same year’s Lincolnshire County Championships - yet alone three.

The presentations followed the matches on Sunday evening, with all the finalists congratulated.  Paul Smith, John Payne and Peter Tait were thanked for their sterling work behind the bar, Ady Proctor and Adam Hildred were praised for organising the tournament, Patrick Hildred was credited for producing the programme and helping cover the event, Jeremy Elmer received thanks for funding the tournament, and Boston Squash and Racketball Club were thanked for hosting the weekend’s squash.

Boston are now into the thick of the squash season, with the men’s team due to play Leicester in the second round on the National Club Championships, and the men’s over 45s team scheduled to play their quarter final tie by the end of the month. 

NB: The above is the original report that was sent to the Boston Standard, and focuses on competitors from Boston. A full county-focused report will be available on www.lincssra.co.uk soon.

A preview of the event was published by the Boston Standard, while reports of the tournament were published in the Boston Standard (with a professional photo of some of the Boston players), Boston Target, Spalding Target and the Lincolnshire Echo.

For the Boston Standard's online version of the event preview, click here.

For the Boston Standard's online version of the report, click here.

For the Spalding Target's online version of the report, click here.

For the Lincolnshire Echo/Boston Target's online version of the report, click here. (Includes interview.)


January leagues online - 5th January 2010

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for January are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Whipp the cream of the crop - 17th December 2009

The 13th annual BSPA Boston Open has now finished after a marathon of squash last weekend, where the two #1 seeds won the senior events.  Andy Whipp, who filled in for Tom Richards after he returned from Mumbai recently with illness, won the men’s tournament, while world #18 Tania Bailey successfully defended her title in the women’s event.

The tournament began at midday on Friday with the first two rounds of the men’s event.  15 full matches were played on two courts over 9 hours.  These included three five-game matches, one of which saw Andrew Birks knock out 5/8 seed Eddie Charlton to produce a minor upset.

On Saturday the women’s first round took place in the morning.  This saw the best match of the women’s event by far take place.  A five-game clash between Emily Whitlock and Alex Clark was the only women‘s match not to finish 3-0.  Emily won 4-11, 12-10, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9.  The men’s quarter finals then began.  ¾ seed John Rooney was easily brushed aside in three games by 5/8 seed and defending champion Joel Hinds.  Another shock occurred when Shaun Le Roux beat second seed Scott Handley, who retired through injury after going 18-16 and 11-1 down.  Number 1 seed Andy Whipp and Rob Sutherland from Wales also progressed into the semis.

In the women’s semis, Lincolnshire’s Tania Bailey beat Lisa Aitken, while Kimberley Hay booked her place in the final with a win against Emily Whitlock.  A spectacular display of squash then followed in the men’s semi finals. Andy Whipp beat Rob Sutherland 11-7, 11-4, 3-11, 11-6.  In the other semi, a most dramatic match enthralled the large crowd that had gathered.  Shaun Le Roux knocked out Joel Hinds, but the match had to go to a fifth and deciding game.  Le Roux, born in Cape Town, had to walk off an injury to his ankle after falling over it during the fourth game.  He also received a conduct warning in the same game for chatting back to the referee, and then a conduct stroke after hurling his racket across the court upon losing a point for the score to go to 10-10.  Despite his temper, he won the match late on Saturday night 11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 10-12, 11-7.

On Sunday the club hosted the finals after various junior tournaments.  A crowd of between 60 and 70 watched Tania Bailey beat second seed Kimberley Hay comfortably, 11-1, 11-7, 11-4. This meant that Bailey had won the women’s event for the second consecutive year, and without dropping a game.  The men’s final followed soon after, although it had been in jeopardy after Le Roux nearly pulled out because of his ankle injury.  He took the first game against the favourite Andy Whipp, but found himself 2-1 down after two poor games in which he appeared to struggle.  It looked as though he could pull it back to 2-2 and force a five-game final, but he painfully lost the fourth game 14-12, meaning that Andy Whipp won 9-11, 11-2, 11-3, 14-12. Andy was subsequently crowned the Boston Open 2009 men’s champion, winning over £500 of the £4,500 prize pot.

You can replay the live text commentary of the events and see lots of photos from throughout the weekend at bostonsquash.blogspot.com. The completed versions of the draws including all the results are available to download on the 'Boston Open' page. Video highlights of the two finals can be viewed on the club's YouTube channel. A half page review of the tournament is available in the Boston Standard (released 16th December 2009) along with a photograph of the top players taken by one of the paper's photographers. All of the results from the tournament can be viewed on the BSPA website at squashsite.co.uk, which also has photos of the tournament finalists. The results were also published in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph.


BSPA Boston Open returns - 7th December 2009

The BSPA Boston Open will return this Friday, with more top class players visiting Boston for the 13th consecutive year. The club is preparing to welcome a whole host of world and nationally ranked players, headed by men's world #33 Tom Richards, and women's world #18 Tania Bailey.

The tournament, which consists of a prize pot of £4,500, will be staged from the 11th-13th December 2009. It is the longest running event on the British Squash Professionals Association tour.

The club has finished prepartions for the event. The courts have been cleaned, microphones fixed, table tennis equipment erected and changing rooms redecorated.

In the men's draw, England top 15 player Scott Handley is the second seed. The 3/4 seeds are Irish #2 John Rooney and Welsh #1 Rob Sutherland, while the 5/8 seeds include Cape Town-born Shaun le Roux, last year's winner Joel Hinds, Jethro Binns, and Arthur Gaskin. In the women's draw, second seed Kimberley Hay will be looking to cause an upset by preventing Lincolnshire's Tania Bailey from successfully defending her title.

Full draws of both the men's and women's events complete with times can be downloaded from the 'Boston Open' page now. Everyone is welcome to attend, and entry is free all weekend. Our warm and welcoming bar, which overlooks the two glass back courts, will be open for the duration of the competition. The junior tournaments will be held on Sunday this year, alongside the senior finals. The women's final will begin at 3pm, followed immediately by the men's final.

Media coverage for the event is expected to include preview articles in the Boston Standard and the Boston Target, while the club also hopes to secure air time on various local radio stations. LIVE updates will be available at bostonsquash.blogspot.com for the duration of the tournament, along with photos and regularly updated versions on the draw. Video footage of the finals will be available on the club's YouTube channel after the event.


December leagues online -2nd December 2009

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for December are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


November leagues online - 3rd November 2009

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for November are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Club achieves silver charter - 26th October 2009

Boston Squash and Racketball Club has gained a prestigious award, following the presentation of the England Squash and Racketball Club Charter Silver Award to the club's Chairman Mark Hildred by East Midlands Area Manager Pete Goodings.

Following months of work, the club has been rewarded with the accolade to recognise its high standard of practice, excellent facilities and up-to-date club policy. The club's only previous charter was a bronze award.

As a chartered club, the organisation is now set to take mini squash into schools to develop the future generation of squash and racketball players, and will soon erect its new external club plaque.

The charter lasts for three years, but can be upgraded at any time.


October leagues online - 6th October 2009

The club's internal squash and racketball leagues for October are now available to download on the 'Leagues' page.


Junior tournaments entry forms available - 4th October 2009

Entry forms for the BSPA Boston Open junior tournaments are now available to download online here. The competitions will run on Sunday 13th December, allowing the juniors an opportunity to watch the professional men's and women's finals on the same day as well as play themselves.


Club receives mini squash equipment - 3rd October 2009

Boston SRC has now secured a set of mini squash facilties to help coach young children around the town. After completing a loan agreement with Sport England and England Squash and Racketball, the club now has a rebound wall and mini squash rackets and balls at its disposal. The equipment debuted at the club's group junior coaching session this morning, and was used for a variety of new games and activities.

The facilties, which are transportable and designed to coach 5-11 year olds, are expected to be used to promote the club and the sport in local primary schools via lessons. Stay tuned for further developments.


Ellie has a birthday ball - 26th September 2009

The new season was launched on a high tonight as Ellie Williamson celebrated her 18th birthday a couple of hours early by winning the Kevin Lenton Handicap tournament. The youngster came out on top of a group of 23 competitors to beat Trevor Page in the final by approximately 20 points, having been awarded a 15 point handicap. In the plate meanwhile, Sam Cooper held on to beat Jason Green to the title of plate winner.

An awards ceremony took place in the bar after the final, where the players received their trophies. Thanks are due to tournament organisers Dick Carrington and Phil Wright, as well as Paul Smith behind the bar and all of the officials.

In closing, Phil said: "Not many of you any more will have known Kevin (Lenton), but he was one of those people that played squash for enjoyment, and he always played with a smile on his face. Hopefully that passed on to everybody who took part this weekend."

Ellie was then presented with a birthday cake, which those present were only too happy to consume along with some complimentary champagne!


Boston awarded County Championships - 25th September 2009

Boston Squash and Racketball Club has won the honour of hosting the next senior county championships, following a successful bid from the committee. The Lincolnshire SRA decided to hold the county's main squash event of the year at the club in January 2010 at their committee meeting this week. Stay tuned to bostonsquash.co.uk for further details regarding the tournament, including the exact dates, and downloadable copies of the entry forms for the event.


Club to host inter county event - 21st September 2009

The club has been selected as hosts for a forthcoming inter county championships weekend in November. On November 7-8th an over 35's division 1 weekend will take place at the club, with Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire II and Yorkshire competing. Come along and support your county!


Men's team fixtures released - 20th September 2009

The Lincs SRA has released this season's men's county leagues fixtures, involving three Boston teams. They are now availabe on the Men's Team page. More>>>


Team C Win Sunday Squash - 9th August 2009

Team C won the annual Sunday Squash tournament on Sunday in an exciting climax. The game, originally scheduled for July but postponed due to the unavailabilty of team C's numbers one and two, was the last and deciding game of the tournament. With four points up for grabs a victory for team A would hand them the title, but any other result would see team C victorious. Team C's Andy and Patrick won 3/2 and 3/1 at third and fourth string respectively, securing them a 2-2 draw and a title winning finish. Congratulations to Bob Pearson, Stewart Garner, Andy Mitchell and Patrick Hildred!


Club Renamed - 23rd April 2009

At a meeting earlier tonight, the committee decided to rename the club to Boston Squash and Racketball Club in line with the recent rebranding of the sport's national governing body. It was felt that is was important for the club to work with with the game's authorities to progress the sport and its image, and that the club's new name reflects the ever-growing popularity of racketball and thus its increased importance within the club. The club, formerly known as Boston Squash Rackets Club, will now be referred to by its new name, which is expected to become official at the next AGM - when the club's constitution will be altered.


Club Championships End Season - 18th April 2009

The annual club championships were completed tonight, marking the end of the 2008/2009 squash season for Boston. Mark Hildred won the main tournament. For all the final results and a video of the presentations, please see the 'Club Championships' page.