On Saturday 1st of May the Monash University Squash Club took up the challenge to raise money and to participate in the MS 24 hour Mega Challenge. Only the club members of intelligence were selected for this mission… quest… thing. Candidates were favoured for their diverse skills such as ability to play squash in a onesie, cake baking and responsible consumption of frothy alcoholic beverages. Once assembled, the fellowship set out on a perilous journey to the black gates of Westerfolds Sports Center to defeat evil there that does not sleep and to raise money to help people living with multiple sclerosis. One does not simply play squash for 24 hours straight however and so the fellowship members took turns to share the load. We fought day and night and in our darkest hour of the graveyard shift, almost all hope was lost to see the light of day again and some in the fellowship even forgot the taste of bread. Miraculously, at day break the horns sounded in the distance as fresh reinforcements streamed in donning onesies and fast food to save the day. Well done to all that participated and big thanks to everyone that donated money for MS which totalled to a precious $835! We’ll see you next time when we’re quite ready for our next adventure!
Author: Chris Rucinski
Good news everyone! The squash clubs Return To Play plan has been updated and approved with the following changes effective from today onwards:
- The number of people that can be in the courts 1-6 area is now 70.
- Club members no longer need to book themselves in for training sessions.
- Club members must continue to sign in at the entrance to Monash Sport for infection tracking purposes.
A reminder that the Club is still under covid restrictions so please keep to social distancing, no handshakes and avoid sharing equipment. The full list of restrictions/procedures is available here.
Handicap Tournament and AGM 2021
On Saturday 27th of March we held our first tournament in a very long time! We had a great turnout with 18 members battling it out for glory. The two finalists were Prayansh Desai and Simon Ou. Simon started with a 7 point handicap but with one minute left on the clock Praynesh was able to equalize the score at 20-20. In the final moments Prayansh was able to pull out ahead to claim victory! Congratulations to the finalists who were awarded a racquet and $50 sports voucher. Well done!
After the tournament we held our first AGM in two years. While enjoying free pizzas, we discussed what’s been going on at the Club since the last AGM in 2019 and the work that the Committee has been doing behind the scenes.
Following the election results, the Committee for 2021 will be as follows:
President: Chris Rucinski
Vice President: Prayansh Desai
Secretary: Keith Pang
Treasurer: Ben Yong
Pennant Coordinator: Michael Clark
Coaching Coordinator: Prayansh Desai
Tournaments Coordinator: Chris Knight
Social Activities Coordinator: Martin Van Boxtel
Student Representative: Carina Loi
Iron Person Fitness Challenge
Squash Club’s Iron Person Fitness Challenge
After a long period of hibernation in 2020, the Squash Club roared back to life on the 26th of November resuming operations as soon as the Victorian Government gave the green light. After a very difficult year, Squash Club members were busting to get back on the courts for a hit.
Squash Victoria challenged our club to get people up and moving around after all the lounging around we had done during lockdown. In response, we developed the Iron Person Fitness Challenge; to test member’s stamina, endurance and with a twist, their minds all while pushing participants to their limits.
Participants in groups of 2-3 were challenged with mind bending Squash Club trivia questions that tested their knowledge of the club going back 20 years. Failing to pass the riddles, participants were given another chance to score points through various physical challenges. The following participants survived the challenges to each win a whopping $200 sports voucher and the title of Iron Person!
- Enrico Avesani
- Chris Knight
Congratulations to the winners of the Iron Person Fitness Challenge! The Squash Club’s next gruelling challenge will be at the Melbourne MS Mega Squash where club members will be battle night and day on the squash courts over a 24-hour period!