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SUSPENDED – Coolhurst v St George’s Hill

EVENT WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THE REMAINING FIXTURES OF THE 2019/2020 PREMIER SQUASH LEAGUE HAVING BEEN SUSPENDED AS OF 17 MARCH.

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Friday night action from the Premier Squash League sees Coolhurst take on St George’s Hill in the final match of the regular season. 

It could be winner-takes-all for a place in the play-offs tonight as Coolhurst and St George’s Hill face-off in the last league fixture of the 2019/20 PSL season (see below for the full squads and an introduction to the PSL) season.

Coolhurst and St George’s are currently fourth and third respectively in the Southern Division and both sides are within touching distance of Team RAC who occupy the all-important second spot that will guarantee a place in the play-off semi-finals.  Top of the table Warwick/Kenilworth look to be assured of qualification.

Ten teams from across the country are competing in this season’s PSL, split into two sections.  Coolhurst are in the Southern Division alongside oWarwick/Kenilworth, RAC PSL Team, Ab Intio St George’s Hill and Welsh Wizards.

Premier Squash League Final

Teams play each other home and away with the top two progressing to the semi-finals and a final (for the PSL trophy pictured), scheduled for May 2020.

Will it be Coolhurst or St George’s who take the spoils tonight to potentially seal their ticket to the play-off semi-finals?  All roads lead to Coolhurst Tennis & Squash Club to find out.

🗝️ Doors open: 6.30pm.

🏆 First match: 7pm.

🎟️ Tickets in advance currently not available.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Parking is available at Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Club.  The nearest station is Highgate tube – on the Northern Line- which is approximately a 20 minute walk from the club. 

About the PSL: The  Premier Squash League (PSL) is a tournament featuring the best club sides in England taking place from September to May and run by England Squash.  Top squash stars from around the world regularly take part.  Originally known as the Amex League on its formation in 1983 it became the National League before being rebranded to 2005.  The current champions are RAC PSL Team who beat Team Pontefract 3-2 in the 2018/2019 final.

The 2019/2020 tournament is split into two divisions – Northern and Southern.  The Northern teams are Northmberland Club/Newcastle University, Team Pontefract, University of Birmingham Lions, University of Nottingham and Alba Strom.  The Southern teams are Team Coolhurst, St George’s Hill, RAC PSL Team, University of Warwick/Kenilworth Squash and Welsh Wizards.  Teams playing each other both home and away within their divisions.  The top two teams then progress to semi-finals before the final to decide the National Champions.

Fixtures are typically played on Tuesday nights.  A tie consists of five players from each team playing their opposite number (a match).  Teams must field one female player (at number five) and include a minimum of two players from the UK.  Each match is played best of three games first to 11 points or 2 clear points if level at 10-10.  Points are awarded as follows:- One point for each game won, plus three points for the winning team (whoever wins the most matches).

Teams must nominate their squads (maximum of 15 players) at the start of the season and can change, with some restrictions, during the Christmas break. Two extra players can be added for the second half.  Each squad can contain no more than three male players ranked in the world’s top 30* and two female players ranked in the world’s top 30* (but only one in the top 15).  Players must have played at least one league match to be eligible for the play-offs.
*as of the preceding 1st Sep PSA rankings

The Premier Squash League Final is scheduled to take place on 23 May 2020 at St George’s in Hampton. 

(PSL background information courtesy of the Premier Squash League website).

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