HOLLIE Naughton joined Tame Valley squash teams for a guest appearance.
The world ranked number 40 Canadian National champion helped the first team to defeat top-of-the-table Warrington in the first match of the year.
Tame Valley were poised to lead the North West Counties Squash League’s top division after beating Liverpool, though they lost to Bowden.
After ending last year with a win over City of Manchester, the fourth team is still fighting for its first win this year. Captain Malcolm Cooper remains positive, with many players on form.
Amanda Maddox’s fifth team started much better with wins over arch rivals Rochdale and Crow Wood.
The second and third teams remain on the back foot, but after such massive promotions last year, most players will be happy to hold their positions for the time being.
Individual wins for John Hesten, Eric Mowinski, just back from injury, Gareth Evans and Ray Burke have help to maintain spirits, with many others not far off the mark.
The club has new court heaters sponsored by PestProof (Steve Ivell) and Landmark Financial Planning (Eric Mowinski). These energy efficient devices quickly get the courts up to match temperature and keep Tame Valley’s courts the best in the region.
The internal leagues were won last month by Sam Darke-Williams. Sam is a junior player but is progressing well in the senior teams.
He attends Oldham Sixth Form and is heading to Manchester to study sports management next year. He will be taking a piece of Greenfield’s squash history with him!
Most of Tame Valley’s team players joined as novices and progressed through the internal leagues and on to the teams. Kiram Parmer is the current youth coach organising the training sessions and preparing the youngsters for “chess on legs” as squash is referred to.
“They just love it,” Kiram said. If you want to give it a go, have a word with him.
The next home matches are on February 6 and March 6. Entry for spectators is free in March. Refreshments and bar available.