Boston Squash and Racketball Club

News 2012/13

All website updates and club affairs from the 2012/2013 season can be found here.

Summer squash - 24th July 2013

Our junior group coaching session has now moved from Saturdays to Tuesdays and Thursdays for the school holidays. As always, each session will run from 10am-12pm. Paul Smith runs the popular activity, with top level coach Jacky Parsons also on hand. Under 18s are welcome to turn up and play - just bring non-marking shoes. Rackets are provided.

In line with our child protection policy, please complete our parental consent form should you wish your child to attend the coaching. Forms will be also be available at the club.

Club Championships report - 4th May 2013

Boston Squash & Racketball Club have staged their annuals finals weekend - with the main club open being retained Mark Hildred, and Ruth Simpson picking up another ladies’ title.

Hildred’s won the main award for the 24th consecutive year, but victory was not in the manner he wanted, with opponent Ady Proctor withdrawing due to injury.

The ladies’ final was a repeat of the final for the last few years, Simpson beating Tina Favell.

The best age group final came in the over 35s, with Graham Wallis, competing in his first club championships, defeating Ady Proctor in a 50-minute match.

The men’s over 45 final saw Hildred beat Dave Stones, who had beaten Stuart Dunlop in an earlier age category.

The racketball competition saw John Secker beat Stuart Dunlop (over 45s) and John Hull (main draw) for a double title.

Sam Booth was handed a walkover in the final to record his first junior title, while plate events were won by Stuart Dunlop, Jason Hadland, Pete Andrews and Tim Booth.

Pictured are all the finalists with their trophies.

National double for Boston - 24th April 2013

Boston Squash Racketball Club are celebrating two national titles.

The men’s over 35s team scooped the National Club Championships Plate title while the over 45s won their version of the same competition.

The over 35s’ victory was a strange situation as opponents Biggleswade were unwilling to travel to Sheffield for the final and conceded the match, citing injuries and illness.

This left the team of Mark Hildred, captain Ady Proctor, David Stones, Graham Wallis and Jake Fountain to collect the trophy, unfortunately without breaking sweat.

In the over 45s event, Boston beat Luton and Dunstable on the Sunday.

Stuart Dunlop got the Boston team off to a fine start with a comprehensive 3–0 win against the Luton number three seed.

Playing at number one string, Mark Hildred then clinched the title with a relatively straight forward win - 9–0, 9-7, 9–4.

Boston number two David Stones rounded off the victory and made it a clean sweep with a straight sets victory.

This was the fourth year in succession Boston were represented in the National Club Championship finals.

In 2010 and 2012 the over 45s and over 35s team reached the finals of the main event of their respective competitions.

In 2011 the mens over 45s team won the plate competition.

Boston Junior Open draws available - 5th April 2013

The draws for the Boston Junior Open 2013 are now viewable on the 'Boston Junior Open' page.

Boston Junior Open entry form - 11th December 2012

The entry form for April's Boston Junior Open, a bronze status sanctioned event, is now available to download from the 'Boston Junior Open' page, where further tournament details are also available.

Charlton and Beddoes bag Boston titles - 9th December 2012


Eddie Charlton and Emma Beddoes were crowned champions of the sixteenth annual BSPA Boston Open on Sunday.

It was Charlton’s first tournament win in Boston having entered on three previous occasions, while Beddoes achieved the notable accolade of winning the women’s event for the third consecutive year.

The squash kicked off on Friday with the men’s round of 32. All the seeds made it through in straight games, with the exception of Paul Rawden, who dropped the third game on his way to a 3-1 victory.

Later in the afternoon the second round saw top seed Eddie Charlton secure another comfortable 3-0 victory, while second seed Greg Lobban made hard work of beating the unseeded Nick Mulvey, eventually winning out 11/3 in the fifth.

Tom Ford and Kevin Moran won in straight sets, but their fellow 5/8 seeds did not progress as easily. Thoboki Moholo won in five games, while Paul Rawden was defeated 3-1 by Douglas Kempsell.  Unseeded Tristan Eysele caused the major upset of the round, knocking out 3/4 seed Mark Fuller 11/9, 11/9, 11/9. Chris Fuller, the other 3/4 seed, made the quarters with a straightforward 3-0 win.

The second round upsets had certainly been due at the Boston Open, with the 2011 tournament unfolding unusually precisely according to the seedings.

Chris Fuller v Kevin MoranSaturday’s quarter finals as a collective were the best for a number of years. Eddie Charlton dispatched 5/8 seed Tom Ford 3-0, but the other three quarters were all five-setters. Perhaps the best of the lot was Chris Fuller’s victory over Kevin Moran. Fuller, renowned for his long matches, twice came from behind to win in an incredible 85 minutes. The match time was 19 minutes longer than any other match from the preceding two years.

Thoboki Moholo beat Tristan Eysele 12/14, 11/2, 11/3, 8/11, 11/6, and Greg Lobban fought back from 2-0 down against Douglas Kempsell to win 11/3 in the fifth, just as he had done in the previous round.

The crowd gathered for Saturday night’s semi finals, which are often the highlight of the event. The two matches were contrasting affairs. Eddie Charlton beat Chris Fuller in a ferocious 80-minute long encounter - 11/4, 11/9, 10/12, 14/12. Fuller played a total of 2 ¾ hours of competitive squash in one day, but still had the energy to exclaim “Stop with the gameplan, just hit the ball hard and run!” during the third game. The following match was good, but less than half as long, as second seed Greg Lobban beat Thoboki Moholo 11/6, 11/8, 12/10.

Sunday’s men’s final was therefore a battle between the top two seeds. Charlton beat Lobban 12/10, 11/8, 11/9, but despite the 3-0 scoreline the closeness of the match was evidenced by its length (50 minutes).

In the women’s event, three drop-outs meant that only one quarter final was held on Saturday afternoon. Kirsty West beat Emily Ison to earn her place in the last four, where she was knocked out 11/1, 11/1, 11/8 by defending champion Emma Beddoes. The following semi saw second seed Sarah-Jane Perry beat Samantha Ward 11/6, 11/2, 11/3.

Despite low overall numbers, the women’s final was only the second to go to five sets in the Open’s 16 years – the last occasion being in 2004. Rather unusually the women’s showpiece was longer than the men’s, because it took over an hour for Emma Beddoes to win 11/9, 10/12, 9/11, 11/9, 11/5. Sarah-Jane Perry hit a number of shots into the tin, which may have been the difference between the two players on the day.

After the finals had concluded tournament organiser Mark Hildred thanked the players, referees, sponsors, spectators and volunteers.

“I think this year’s been a particularly good tournament. There’s been some cracking matches right the way through,” he said.

Women’s champion Emma Beddoes commented: “Mark mentioned how long this tournament’s been running. I think I came [here] when I was 18 and I’m 27 now, so I’ve been coming a long time, and I think that speaks for itself really.

“Thanks to everyone that puts this on every year.”

Eddie again thanked everybody involved and gave a special mention to the referees: “They do a good job and it’s a thankless task. I know there’s been arguments this weekend. It isn’t personal, it’s just our livelihood and we just care.

“Thanks to Greg for a great final. He’s a really good guy.  He’s very fair and it makes for what I hope was a good match,” he added.

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BSPA Boston Open details - 5th December 2012

The draws for this weekend's BSPA Boston Open are now available to view on the 'Boston Open' page, along with a tournament preview and details of the weekend's coverage.

The junior tournament draws have been emailed to all players. If you have not received them, please contact tournament organiser Mark Hildred directly (contact details are on the 'Contact' page).

Boston Open junior tournament entry form available - 13th November 2012

The entry form for the junior tournament running in conjunction with this December's BSPA Boston Open is now available to download from the 'Boston Open' page.

The competition will be held on Sunday 9th December, directly before the senior men and women's finals.

The closing date for entries is Saturday 1st December, and the draws will be published here on soon afterwards.