The M40 Cup is named after a bus route that runs directly from outside the Willoughby Squash Club to the Bondi Waverley Squash Club (BWSC) and the idea was conceived after a challenge was issued by the BWSC to the Willoughby Squash Club's General Manager and avid squash player, Peter Aitken.
Matches were played in a timed format that saw competitors play three 11 minute games with continuous scoring. Astonishingly, most competitors over the age of 40 complained that the 11 minutes was too long and the young players lapped up the lengthened games format! But of course, all of the matches were played in a tremendous spirit and this flowed into the social component of the evening where all players and many supporters of the evening and the club stayed until the club shut its doors.
The focus of the night was to raise funds for new lighting that BWSC requires. Some background information for those that don’t know, BWSC is a Registered Club and thus is a not-for-profit organisation that has a focus on serving the community as one of its charters. Fundraising nights like the M40 Cup goes to show that our local squash community is generous of their time and money. However, nights like these don’t happen without an enormous amount of help behind the scenes, as well as donations from supporters of the Club and members of the Club.
There are individuals and organisations that deserve much credit:
· Aaron Frankcomb and the East Coast Squash Academy – East Coast has their feet in both Bondi and Willoughby camps and did a tremendous amount of wrangling to get squashies interested and turning up on the night – without Aaron’s help, there would never have been such a good turnout!
· Adam Wilson and Young Henrys – Adam organised the Young Henrys Pale Ale and Lager to be donated for the evening. The players and supporters appreciated the two new brews flowing from the taps at BWSC and hope they can become a permanent fixture!
·Peter Aitken, Squash Mechanics and Willoughby Squash Club – Peter, through his contacts, organised T Shirts for the event and supper for the evening – he and his staff also promoted the event throughout Willoughby Squash Club and helped out at the venue on the night!
We are excited to announce that by the end of the night, funds were raised for new lighting!
.....And BWSC has also won the inaugural cup!
The return match is slated for October 15. Get in early, we are sure the next event will be bigger!"
--Raymond Ricciardi, Bondi Waverley Squash Club Board Member & long-time East Coast Squash Academy member at both locations
Please contact us if you are interested in playing the next M40 cup! We will see if Willoughby Squash Club can pull out the revenge victory or if Bondi Waverley will retain the cup later this year.
Photos from the event are below. Be sure to check out the picture of the cup, which features a replica of the M40 bus! As you can see from the photos, it was certainly a fun-filled event.....