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Welsh Wizard From Bryn Mawr – 3,500 Miles Away

Welsh Wizards, the Cardiff-based team who are among the best in World squash, have called up a player from Bryn Mawr for a home match on Tuesday.

But Todd Harrity, who will play for Wizards in their Karakal Premier Squash League clash with Coolshurst, is not from the Welsh Brynmawr, in Gwent. He hails from Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania – 3,500 miles away. 

The town in America is named after the Welsh Brynmawr after Quaker Rowland Ellis emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1686. Bryn Mawr USA is located in the old Welsh Tract and was formerly known as Crankyville.

Wizards powered to a 4-1 victory against powerful St George’s Hill in their last match and will again be led by Egyptian World number 10 Marwan ElShorbagy against Coolshurst at the Sport Wales National Centre.

Welsh and British champion Tesni Evans, ranked at nine in the World, and her brother Emyr are also in the Welsh line-up.

The Wizards debut of American squash champion Harrity will cause a lot of interest among home fans.

He is ranked 47 in the World and was among 15 signings for Wizards’ 2019-20 PSL season.

Wizards have signed nine male players with three Egyptians plus players from Spain, Wales and England.

They include double World under-19 champion Moustafa Asal, an 18-year-old from Egypt who is ranked inside the World’s top 30.

Wizards’ two former World number threes are Marwan ElShorbagy and Omar Mosaad, both from Egypt.

The six women players signed by Wizards include players from India, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, England and Wales.

The next home fixtures for Wizards are against Coolshurst on Tuesday, November 26 and Warwick on Tuesday, January 7.

The format is three men and two women.

Tesni Evans in action against Joelle King. Pic: Welsh Wizards.

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Wizards squad – men: 

Marwan ElShorbagy

World ranking: 11 (highest 3)

Born: Alexandria, Egypt

Residence: Bristol, England

University: UWE, Bristol

Age: 26

Omar Mosaad

World ranking: 13 (highest 3)

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Residence: Cairo, Egypt

Club: Heliopoli

Age: 31

Edmon Lopez

World ranking: 59 (highest 54)

Born: Barcelona, Spain

Residence: Barcelona, Spain

Age: 23

Peter Creed

World ranking: 65 (highest 50)

Born: Caerphilly, Wales

Residence: Caerphilly, Wales

University: University of Wales, Cardiff

Club: Rhiwbina SRC

Age: 32

Emyr Evans

World ranking: 114 (highest 112)

Born: Cardiff, Wales

Residence: Cardiff, Wales

Age: 22

Elliott Morris Devred

World ranking: 251 (highest 227)

Born: Birmingham, England

Residence: Barry, Wales

Club: Leamington plus Cardiff SRC

Age: 21

James Peach

World ranking: 228 (highest 223)

Born: Doncaster, England

Resides: Bristol, England

University: UWE, Bristol

Age: 22

Moustafa Asal 

World ranking: 29 (highest 29)

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Resides: Cairo, Egypt

Age: 18

Todd Harrity

World ranking: 47 (highest 44)

Born: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Resides: Bristol, England

University: Princeton

Age: 29

Women: 

Tesni Evans

World ranking: 9 (highest 9)

Born: Cardiff, Wales

Resides: Rhyl, Wales

Age: 26

Joshna Chinappa

World ranking: 13 (highest 10)

Born: Chennai, India

Resides: Bristol, England

Age: 33

Rachael Chadwick

World ranking: 53 (highest 53)

Born: Chester, England

Resides:  Chester, England

Club: Neston Cricket Club

Age: 29

Milou van der Heidjen

World ranking: 32 (highest 29)

Born: Veldhoven, Netherlands

Resides: Helmond, Netherlands 

Age: 28

Anna Kimberley

World ranking: 76 (highest 76)

Born: Ipswich, England

Resides: Colchester, Essex

University: Trinity

Age: 24

Anna Serme

World ranking: 66 (highest 63)

Left-handed

Born: Krnov, Czech Republic

Resides: Creteil, France

University: Paris-Sorbonne

Age: 28

Marwan ElShorbagy is in the Welsh Wizards team against Coolshurst at home on Tuesday.

Welsh Wizards

Professional Squash League fixtures

Round four

Tuesday 26

Welsh Wizards v Coolhurst

Round five

Tuesday 10

RAC v Welsh Wizards

Second Half fixtures

Round six

January

Tuesday 7

Welsh Wizards v Warwick

Round seven

Dates to be arranged

St George’s v Welsh Wizards

Round eight

Wizards – no game

Round nine

Coolhurst v Welsh Wizards

Round 10

Dates to be arranged

Welsh Wizards v RAC

Semi-finals and final to be arranged

One thought on “Welsh Wizard From Bryn Mawr – 3,500 Miles Away

  1. ‘The’ Welsh Brynmawr?

    Terry, there are several ‘Brynmawrs/Bryn Mawrs’ in this green and pleasant land.

    While I grant you that the ‘Bryn Mawr, PA’ to which you refer is named after a 19th century college near Dolgellau, the biggest and by far the best-known ‘Brynmawr’ is located in Blaenau Gwent.

    A population of more than 5,500 would no doubt agree that if any town of that name were to be afforded the accolade of ‘THE’ Welsh Brynmawr, then it would surely be them.

    Diolch.

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