This event was held on 2nd March at the Northern Club, Didsbury, Manchester. Cheshire
A prompt 09.30 start with very friendly match between Jane Law and Julie Field, set the morning off with a 3-0 win for Yorkshire.
A rather more serious approach saw some tight and entertaining squash between Nicki Fowler and Andrea Santamaria, but the result was never in doubt with another 3-0 to Yorkshire.
With no pressure on the match result, another chatty match between Paula Arrowsmith and Polly Woodward gave amusement to all. Yorkshire won 3-0 again.
Yet again, the O-60 pairing of Julie and Lynne Davies were on court . After a quick and positive start from Lynne, Julie pulled the first game back to win 15-12 and then followed up with two more convincing wins for her second 3-0 of the day. Andrea took on Sian Philips (slightly hampered.by a knee injury) and tried to find her racket with the ball a few times…
to the amusement and entertainment of the onlookers but in the end won a very convincing 3-0 victory. Paula was then on with current O-60 World Champion Jill Campion. They had a very competitive match with the lead swinging one way then the other, Jill finally clinching it in the 5th.
As usual, it was a friendly and enjoyable event at a very pleasant venue.
Yorkshire will go forward to the final stage of the competition.
On paper, the two other teams were very strong contenders. They each were short of one of their key players and so this particular region could have been exceptionally strong. It seems a shame for the competition that we were grouped together in this way and that only one county will go forward.