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Call me Popeye!

Call me Popeye!

By ALAN THATCHER Yes, you can call me Popeye if you like! Because my new, life-changing diet is based on the cartoon character’s favourite food, spinach. After years of following the wrong advice about sports nutrition, and over-eating carbohydrates, I have switched to a protein-rich diet with every main meal featuring healthy helpings of spinach. [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News 0

Swedish win boost Matthew’s hopes in Manchester

Swedish win boost Matthew’s hopes in Manchester

Swedish Open Win Gives Matthew A British Title Boost Nick Matthew gave his bid to win the 2011 British National Squash Championship title a boost today by securing the Swedish Open crown for the third successive time. The world number one from Sheffield beat England team-mate Peter Barker 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 in the final of [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher ESR, News 0

Biggest squash story in the world

Biggest squash story in the world

By ALAN THATCHER First published January 31; updated February 6 The biggest squash story in the world broke this week but you can be forgiven for not having seen it. An article on a small London squash club receiving a development grant of £6,500 was picked up by several national newspapers and the fallout is [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

All-English final in Sweden

All-English final in Sweden

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Case Swedish Open, Linköping, Sweden Semi-finals: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt [4] Daryl Selby (ENG) 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5 [3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8 Matthew & Barker Make All-English Swedish Open Final Londoner Peter Barker upset second-seeded Egyptian Karim Darwish in the semi-finals of the Case Swedish Open to set up the third all-English [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher News 0

Bluenose Classic semi-finals

Bluenose Classic semi-finals

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February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher News, Photo Galleries 0

American charge halted in Halifax

American charge halted in Halifax

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Bluenose Classic, Halifax, Canada Semi-finals: [2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [Q] Gilly Lane (USA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-3 (44m) [3] Hisham Mohd Ashour (EGY) bt Julian Illingworth (USA) 14-12, 11-9, 14-12 (72m) Iskandar & Ashour Dash US Hopes In Nova Scotia Hopes of the first all-US Bluenose Classic final in Canada were dashed when both Julian Illingworth and Gilly Lanecrashed [...]

February 6, 2011 Alan Thatcher News 0

Still going strong at 92

Still going strong at 92

What a wonderful article by Corey Kilgannon in the New York Times this week. He went along to the Yale Club in downtown NYC to see the 92-year-old Victor Elmaleh play Conor O’Malley from US Squash. It was obviously a conditioned match, with Conor under orders to hit the ball back to his opponent as [...]

February 5, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

US stars in Bluenose semi-finals

US stars in Bluenose semi-finals

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Bluenose Classic, Halifax, Canada 1st round: [2] Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) bt [Q] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (49m) Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 11-9, 3-11, 5-11, 11-5, 11-6 (69m) [Q] Gilly Lane (USA) bt [Q] Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 11-3 (75m) Mohammed Abbas (EGY) bt [4] Shahier Razik (CAN) 11-5, 7-11, 11-9, [...]

February 5, 2011 Alan Thatcher News 0

Pilley pushes Matthew in Swedish Open

Pilley pushes Matthew in Swedish Open

RESULTS: PSA International 50 Case Swedish Open, Linköping, Sweden Quarter-finals: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS) 11-6, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11 [4] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 [3] Peter Barker (ENG) bt Farhan Mehboob (PAK) 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 [2] Karim Darwish (EGY) bt Stewart Boswell (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 Champion Matthew Tested In Swedish Quarters England’s world [...]

February 5, 2011 Alan Thatcher News 0

Casino Heights features in Brooklyn history

Casino Heights features in Brooklyn history

Lovely to read this post about the Heights Casino club in the Brooklyn Eagle website. A lot of squash enthusiasts don’t know the history of squash in America and are surprised to learn that clubs like HC are more than 100 years old. Here’s a picture of my old mate Linda Charman, now the senior [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Rosner makes Darwish fight in Sweden

Rosner makes Darwish fight in Sweden

 News from the PSA World Tour RESULTS: PSA International 50 Case Swedish Open, Linköping, Sweden 1st round: [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Olli Tuominen (FIN) 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 [Q] Davide Bianchetti (ITA) bt [Q] Alan Clyne (SCO) 12-14, 12-10, 11-2, 12-10 [4] Daryl Selby (ENG) bt [Q] Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-5, 11-2, 11-8 [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher News 0

PSA: Egyptians in Detroit, a long way from Cairo

PSA: Egyptians in Detroit, a long way from Cairo

Students, athletes grapple with Egypt crisis Michigan residents struggle to get home as squash team worries about its homeland Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News Detroit— Metro Detroiters stuck in Egypt are frantically trying to flee the chaos, while visitors from the troubled country are praying for peace and scrambling for news from their homeland. On [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News 0

Countdown to the British Nationals

Countdown to the British Nationals

Manchester is gearing up for the start of the 2011 National Squash Championships this month, when Britain’s most talented players will be battling it out to win the prestigious title. England’s Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf are expected to provide a Yorkshire double, according to the seedings for the event. Duncalf, the world No2 from [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher ESR, News 0

The Squash Official Newsletter

The Squash Official Newsletter

Thanks to Barry Faguy for emailing through the latest, mid-season edition of The Squash official Newsletter. I always enjoy the exchanges of views and advice for officials, and it really is essential reading for players, too. You can view it online at: http://www.squash.ca/e/officiating/tso/ [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Coaching and Development, News, Refs and Rules 0

WSF restructures World Championship bidding process

WSF restructures World Championship bidding process

WSF Restructures World Agreements The World Squash Federation has radically altered the process by which World Championships and Conferences are allocated. Until now, member nations wanting to host have simply applied for the opportunity. The result of this has been no certainty that all regions of the world will have a share, secure a range of [...]

February 4, 2011 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, News, WSF 0