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Shabana's Stortford Shootout - Report from Daryl Selby (May 2014)

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After 2 superb days of squash at Bishop's Stortford Squash and Racketball Club in Hertfordshire I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on it.

It was a small seed of an idea about 6 months ago that grew into something that I hope the spectators and everyone involved enjoyed immensely.

shootoutmainIt was a 2 night exhibition tournament with Peter Barker (world #7) playing Cameron Pilley (world #17) in the first semi final and myself playing Amr Shabana (world #5 and 4x world champion) in the other semi final. The crowd loved the squash and I think, as usual with exhibitions, that brings out the best in the players. We had 2 stunning matches and some contenders for shot of the year that may never be seen again!

The Friday night was a complete sell out and the evening was once again a huge success. The play a pro slots were hugely popular with amateurs having the rare chance to take on the pros in a one game shootout. We also had the speed gun set up (thanks to SquashMad) so that everyone could compare themselves to the World Record holder ‘Pistol Pilley’ and each other. Once Pilley’s shoulder was warm he produced a new world record of 176mph, not once but twice! Everyone who had a go put £1 in the pot and all the money raised from this challenge went to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Matt Delaney won the signed ball by Amr Shabana and Ramy Ashour as the fastest hitting club player at 141mph.

Peter beat Shabana in the final (I won’t mention who came last as squash was the winner!) to cap off an amazing 2 days.record176

I even had the privilege of playing golf with the guys excluding Peter who was at a wedding, so Trilby tour champion Seb Brown stood in for him) at my home course of Romford and what a day we had! We managed to escape the rain and myself and Shabs took out the bandits Pilley and Seb 4&3. They were devastated and we were ecstatic!

This event could not have happened without help from a lot of people. Andrew Mulvey the manager at Stortford put hours and hours into organising tickets and preparing for the 2 nights. A massive thank you to him and his family and all the members at the club for being so supportive.

The Off the Wall Squash team put a huge amount of time and energy in so thanks and congrats to the rest of the Selby clan. I have to give my wife Lucie a special mention as she spent many evenings and lunchtimes designing the flyers, posters, programs and tournament shirts. Without their help this event wouldn’t have happened.

Without the sponsors this event wouldn’t have happened. So a massive thanks to Mark Smith and everyone at Simplexity Travel (our platinum sponsor). Also to Remit Now (Steff Burkwood) and Nick Sheppard (our gold sponsors).

SquashMad were brilliant in helping to promote the event and AWsome Sports supplied the awesome looking tournament shirts. Also thank you to Tom Barley for taking the official photos for the evening and to David Rimmer of The Herts & Essex Observer for the 2 nights of coverage. Thanks guys.

Lastly a thank you to the players. Peter, Amr and Cameron who gave up so much time on and off the court to talk and socialise with anyone and everyone. You have left a fantastic and lasting impression on all those that attended the 2 evenings of squash and I’m sure will be welcomed back anytime you like.

It was an honour and a pleasure, and I will cherish my time playing the 4x World Champion and legend of the game at the club where I first picked up a racket 26 years ago.

 

Daryl Selby

 

Shabana’s Stortford Shootout

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This is a ‘one off’ event is being held at Bishop’s Stortford Squash and Racketball Club on 8th & 9th May 2014. Amr Shabana has never played in an exhibition tournament in England and this special 'tournament' will see the following four World Top 15 ranked Squash players in attendance:

  • Cameron Pilley, World No. 15 (AUS). World Record Holder: Hardest Hit of a Squash Ball (175MPH)
  • Daryl Selby, World No. 10 (ENG)
  • Peter Barker, World No. 9 (ENG)
  • Amr Shabana, World No. 6 (EGY). 4 x World Champion

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Other activities on each night will include: Play a Professional (Auction/Sealed Bids available), Speed Gun Competition, 2 matches featuring ALL players, Raffle/Auction, Tournament T-Shirts for sale (orders in advance only), Q & A session, Meet the players at the bar afterwards.

It all promises to be a fantastic couple of nights.

 

 

Exhibition Match Video (Daryl Selby / Peter Barker 2012)

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Selby Barjker Exhibition Match 2012

Please click on the following link for a video of an exhibition match held at Bishop's Stortford on 9 Nov 2012

Peter Barker (then world no. 6) -v- Daryl Selby (then world no.11)

Sponsord by Simplexity Travel Management Ltd

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Welcome to Bishops Stortford Squash and Racketball Club

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A brief summary of Bishop’s Stortford Squash & Racketball Club

About Us :
The Club was founded in 1950 and is one of the strongest and friendliest clubs in the South East. In 2003, the Club underwent a complete refurbishment and continues to maintain a high standard and comfortable environment.  The club is managed by Andrew Mulvey with the support of a voluntary club committee. We have been awarded the ESR Club of the year in both 2007 and 2013

Teams :
Our 1st team regularly plays in the top division of the Herts and occasionally Essex leagues and has previously won both titles. We have other teams in the Herts and Essex leagues in addition to playing in national competitions.

Courts :
There are six courts including 3 glass-backed show courts. The courts are generally cleaned every day and have a full maintenance service once every year.  On joining the Club you will be issued with a swipe-card allowing you entry to the Club 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please do not give this card to anyone else. Non-marking and clean shoes only must be worn on all courts.

Membership :
We maintain a membership of approximately 300 people. Annual subscriptions are competitive for a club of its size and facilities (see website for current rates).  There is an additional once only joining fee for new members. Family, senior and student rates are also available.

Leagues :
There are winter (monthly cycle) and summer (six weekly cycles) leagues for all standards. Results are maintained ‘online’ - please contact the manager to enter.

clubexteriorCoaching :
The Club has a number of qualified coaches and one-to-one coaching is available from elementary and safety level to international standard. Please contact the Manager Andrew Mulvey for more details.

Playing Procedure :
The booking system operates by signing the playing board in the lounge on arrival. When your opponent arrives and signs opposite your name you may play on the next available court, or in rotation should there be a queue at peak times. You do not need to book a specific court in advance to play. Light meters accept a full range of coins and we will shortly be extending the card-swipe system to include meters and the bar.  Current meter fees are available on our website.

Bar & Social :
The bar offers several popular beers plus frequently rotated guest real ales.  The bar is open Monday to Friday from 6.00pm, Saturday between 3.00pm and 7.00pm and Sunday from 6.00pm. There are frequent sporting and social events throughout the year, details of which are posted in the Club and on the website.

Club Nights :
These occur on Wednesdays and Sundays from 6.45pm.  Sign in and play the next available player whatever their standard in as many games as you can manage  -  very convenient for new members looking for a game and wanting to meet other members.  The time per match is limited compared with a normal match to avoid queues but you can usually get in between 2-3 games per opponent. Please do not arrange  league games on club nights after 6.15pm.

Tournaments :
Club tournaments are held throughout the year including the Club Handicap Tournament, the Open Championship, the Balsham Bowl, The Doubles Tournament and age group tournaments.  Notices and entry sheets will be posted around the Club and on the website in advance. Racketball is also played.

Juniors :
The Club has a thriving junior section for boys and girls from elementary and safety stage (approximately five years old) through to match-play standard. Our Junior teams have won county league honours and we have several county and nationally ranked juniors.

argonsportsClub Shop :
The club shop (run by Argon Sports) stocks a large amount of popular brands and if you can’t see what you want the shop staff  will try to get it for you at a good price.

Website and e-mail:
Please look around this website for more information on matches, leagues, juniors, social events, news and all other club associated information. Once having joined – please make sure you register for a club member account to ensure you can access the club membership information, view your club league information and receive regular news updates from the manager (unless you decline this service).

 
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