Marsa squash team in Poland

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 14:07

A group of squash players from the Squash section of the Marsa Sports Club visited Krakow and Tychy, Poland in September.

Marsa squash team in Tychy

Marsa squash team in Tychy

The trip was a good mix of hard squash games and fun, with the players competing against Polish players of similar standards. The first day started with a visit to the neighbouring town of Tychy, where the Marsa club players came up against a surprisingly strong local team. In spite of this, Elaine Catania managed to register a notable win against the local promising number one junior Wojciech Majchert in a closely-fought match 3-2, which led to her being awarded the prize for ‘best performance’ on the day.

The following day saw another series of close matches, this time against a selection of players from Krakow. Elaine Catania continued her good performance and secured a comfortable 3-0 victory. The other matches seesawed between Krakow & Marsa with 4 matches going the full distance. In the end Krakow came out on top defeating Marsa 6-4.

On the third and final day, the Marsa club players participated in the Krakow squash open at the Atlantic Squash and Wellness Club. Christer Gustafson played some of his finest squash to finish a well deserved 7th overall, while Marsa number 1 Carl Camilleri finished 3rd . Local junior Colette Sultana placed 10th overall.

Marsa squash team in Krakow

Marsa squash team in Krakow

The four day trip also included visits to Auschwitz-Birkeneau and to the Salt mine in Wieliczka. This salt mine is notable for its beautiful sculptures hewn out of rock salt and for its unique underground chapel, where everything (including chandelier crystals) is sculpted from rock salt.

The Maltese group thanks all the Polish players and organizers who made this a memorable event, and also Malta Enterprise, The Malta Chamber of Commerce, The Maltese Tourism Authority and Savina Gozo for supporting this trip. Such trips help to strengthen and develop local squash by providing local players of all standards with new challenges and experiences in a competitive but also social setting. It is hoped that friendships made with the Polish players can be renewed next spring when it is their turn to visit Malta.





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