Category Archives: News

Pontefract Race meeting

Monday evening, 10 June

has been designated as a Sports Night

There are six races, the first one being at 6.35 pm

James Willstrop will be there to present the prize to one of the winners during the evening

Arrangements have been made for anyone giving the name of the squash club of which they are a member to obtain entry to the Grandstand and the Paddock for just £5


There was double success for Yorkshire in the British Open Masters Championships held at Hull University on 22-26 May. Andrea Santamaria (Pontefract) won the Women’s Over 50 title despite nursing an injury, and Mike Clemson (Ferriby Hall) beat his old adversary Adrian Wright, who plays his squash in Nottingham, coming back from two games down to take the match 3-2 and claim his sixth British Open title

In the Over 60s, Phil Wakefield (Pontefract) exceeded his expectations by knocking out the top seed and reaching the final, only to lose 0-3.

Other Yorkshire entrants mainly lost in the first or second rounds, although Martin Day (Barnsley) reached the quarter-final of the Over 70s. They were Steve Curtis and Andy Cockerill in the Over 35s, John Simpson, Simon Gittins and Matt Stephenson in the Over 45s, David Harris, Jason Fearn and Jamie Gledhill in the Over 50s, Mike Rooney and Steve Martin in the Over 55s, Mark Sissons, Steve Ross and Steve Forster in the Over 60s, and Roger Holroyde and David Vickers in the Over 70s. June Hill, who played in the Women’s Over 70s, was, regretfully, the only other Yorkshire woman to enter the competition

All the players appreciated the excellent facilities and support provided by Steve Curtis and his team at the impressive Hull University Sports Centre, which also hosted the main Allam British Open Championships at the same time, giving the Masters players the opportunity to see the world’s best players in action

Allam County Championship Results

Winner – Angela Burns (Bridlington) R/UP –  June Hill (Ferriby Hall)
Result – Box League of 3

Winner – Katie Smith (Pontefract) R/Up – Amber Copley (Pontefract)
Score 3-1 11-7 7-11 11-5 11-2

Winner – John Bannister (Bridlington) R/UP – Andrew Burns (Bridlington)
Score – 3-1 6-11 11-8 11-7 11-9

Winner – Joe Royle (Pontefract) R/UP – Martin Pepper (Stillington)
Score – Box league of 4

Winner – Graham Marr (Pontefract) R/UP – Jack Dunn (Beverley)
Score 3-1 5-11 11-8 11-9 11-9

Winner – Taminder Gata Aura (Pontefract) R/UP – Adam Taylor (Pontefract)
Score – 3-2 9-11 9-11 11-3 11-7 11-9

Mens Over 40’s
Winner – John Simpson (Harlow Hill) R/UP – Simon Gittins (Pontefract)
Score – 3-1 11-5 10-12 11-6 14-12

Mens Over 50’s
Winner – Mark Francis (Huddersfield) R/UP – Jason Fearn (Hallamshire)
Score 3-2 9-11 6-11 11-7 11-2 11-6

Yorkshire Junior Graded Series

Here is the information for the 6th event in the South Yorkshire Junior Graded Series 2018/19, open to all Sheffield & District area juniors, plus others if space allows. We have 8 courts booked so can accommodate a good number of entrants.

NB this will be the last series scoring event (not Rotherham as I said before!) for the 2018/19 season, with the 7th event beingthe season end fun matches/celebration/presentations for the club & individual trophies on the Sunday 9th June @ Hallamshire – an email info will follow.

Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club 

Sunday 19th May 2019

Entry deadline – Friday 10th May 2019

1.00pm – 4.30pm

Supported by

To enter email reference your entry email with “the player’s name & SYSquash”, I will email back to confirm if a space is available.

Do get in touch if you need further information.

Many thanks for your support with this inter club competition.

Kind regards,
Jason Fearn

Level 4 Squash Coach


Twitter @Coach_Fearn

Champs Dunnington finish with a flourish

Champions Dunnington finished the Yorkshire Premier League season in aptly emphatic fashion by smashing bottom side Chapel Allerton 2 on Wednesday night.

Having sealed their second successive title two weeks ago, there was little pressure on the York club’s final game of the campaign, but they couldn’t resist posting one final victory – their 14th out of 18 this season, just one short of last year’s total.

Dunnington’s lower order Kieran Heaphy, Matthew Stephenson and Gareth Lumsdon, all won in straight games.

The home side’s No.2 Danny Hockborn was taken to four by Chapel Allerton 2’s Richard Hinds and finished with a personal record of eight out of eight for the season. Julian Tomlinson also won in four against Cameron Ward to complete the 5-0 (20-2) triumph.

Second place was up for grabs as Chapel Allerton 1 met Hallamshire in north Leeds and it was the hosts who took it courtesy of a 4-1 (17-4) win.

Ever-improving Paul Allen made only his second YPL appearance and got his first win by overcoming Hallamshire’s Sam Davey 3/1 and James Wilkinson – another occasional YPL player – cruised to a three-game win over Jack Smith.

Although Lucas Hughes got three points back for the visitors from Sheffield at third string, Chapel A 1’s ever-dependable top two of Welshman Owain Taylor and world No.158 Mark Fuller were both straight-games victors to round off the season in style.

Just like last season, Barnsley finished their campaign very strongly, winning five of their last six games to finish in third position, their final flourish a 4-1 (18-7) win at Hull & East Riding.

There was an early setback for the South Yorkshire side when No.5 Polly Clark, the 17-year-old who’s coached by former world No.2 Suzanne Horner, went down 3/1 to the hosts’ Paul Norton.

It was one-way traffic thereafter though, with world No.22 Millie Tomlinson beating Yousef Forster in four and Tom Bamford winning his eighth YPL game in his last nine by toppling Glyn Saunders.

Welshman Elliot Morris-Devred finished the season with a perfect 9/9 record by dispatching youngster Ben Sockett in four and top string Miles Jenkins also signed off with victory, 3/1 over Ben Smith.

Abbeydale finished a modest season with a 5-0 (20-3) victory over second-from-bottom Pontefract 2. Brothers Oli and Adam Turner were victors over Billy Hawes and Matt Godson respectively, with Nick Wall Snr and Phil Scully also breezy winners at the bottom of the order.

It was left to Jamaican international Lewis Walters to round off the whitewash for the Sheffield club, handing Pontefract 2 top string Adam Taylor his seventh successive YPL defeat.

Chapel Allerton bring Dunnington back down to earth

Having sealed their second straight Yorkshire Premier League squash title the previous week, Dunnington may still have been nursing hangovers as they went down to a strong Chapel Allerton 1 side on Wednesday night.

A world-class encounter at No.1 between Scotsman Greg Lobban and Channel Islander Chris Simpson was the highlight of a great night’s entertainment in the leafy north Leeds suburbs as Chapel Allerton 1 won 4-1 (17-7) to inflict only a fourth defeat of the season on the champions.

Lobban, the world No.27, had been knocked out of the Canary Wharf Classic in London three days before by England No.1 Declan James, but that defeat allowed him to make his fifth YPL appearance of the season for Chapel A. It turned out to be a cracker, overcoming former world No.20 Simpson 12/10 in the deciding fifth game.

Mark Fuller’s clash with Julian Tomlinson at No.2 was equally enthralling, finishing in a 11/9 fifth game in the home man’s favour. Further down the order, Welshman Owain Taylor and Declan Christie both won in straight games while Kieran Heaphy got three points on the board for Dunnington on his YPL debut with victory over youngster Ben Merchant.

That victory moved Chapel Allerton 1 to within two points of second-placed Hallamshire, who were 17-6 victors over Pontefract 2 on Wednesday.

Sam Davey and Lucas Hughes got the Sheffield side off to a flyer before Ponte 2 got their sole win of the night when Matt Godson overcame England’s No.10-ranked junior Oscar Beach in straight games.

Alex Cutts won a marathon five-setter (14/12 in the fifth) against Ponte’s Adam Taylor before Nick Wall, who recently graduated from the junior ranks, overcame 15-year-old Sam Todd just two days after he had made his PSA Tour debut as a wildcard at the Canary Wharf Classic.

Barnsley are level on points with Queens in fourth place after a 20-0 clean sweep of bottom side Chapel Allerton 2. As the score suggests, all five members of the Barnsley side won 3-0, with Tom Bamford and Oliver Harris coming closest to dropping a game by being taken to 10-10 in their respective first games by Cameron Ward and Richard Hinds.

Queens fell to a surprise 3-2 (14-8) defeat at Hull & East Riding, for whom Paul Norton and Yousef Forster were early straight-games winners. Josh Taylor and James Earles then did likewise for the Halifax side to pull the match score back to 2-2.

It was left up to England’s No.1-ranked junior Ben Smith to seal the win for the Humberside hosts, edging out Queens’ top string Connor Sheen 11/9 in the fifth.

Pontefract 1 slipped down to sixth place after a second straight defeat, losing 4-1 (18-3) at home to Abbeydale, for whom Matt Jackson, Nick Wall Snr and brothers Oli and Adam Turner were all victorious. Patrick Rooney, the world No.94, was Ponte’s only winner on the night, taking care of Lewis Walters in four games.

Yorkshire Womens O50 ICC

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 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. 

Julie Field

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. 

ICC Mens Over 60’s

Stage 1 of this year’s competition saw Yorkshire drawn against Cheshire, Durham & Cleveland and Lancashire 2.

In their opening match they faced Cheshire with Mark Shipley first on court for Yorkshire. After taking the first game comfortably, Mark found himself trailing by 2 games to 1, however, he quickly regained control of the match coming out with a 3/2 victory.

Next on court at No1 was Phil Wakefield who came up against a very tricky and somewhat vocal opponent. Despite dropping the third game Phil kept his composure to win the fourth and gain a 3/1 victory.

The final game saw Robert Taylor playing at No.2. Whilst this proved quite a close encounter in terms of game scores, sadly the Cheshire man always appeared to hold the upper hand, holding on for a 3/0 win.

Result: Yorkshire 9 points Cheshire 5 points

Lancashire B were the opponents for Yorkshire’s second match.

Steve Forster came in at No.3 for Yorkshire and very quickly settled into his stride winning the first game comfortably. The second and third games followed a similar pattern which resulted in a 3/0 victory for the Yorkshire man.

The first string match saw Phil Wakefield face a very experienced opponent from Lancashire. The first and second games proved to be quite tight with Phil coming out on top in both. The third turned out to be more comfortable for the Yorkshire player as he ran out a 3/0 winner.

The final game of the day saw Robert Taylor at No.2 and after a slow start and losing the first, Taylor stamped his authority on the match to win by 3 games to 1.

Result: Yorkshire 12 points Lancashire B 1 point

On the Sunday morning the final game of the weekend was against Durham & Cleveland, in what looked on paper to be their easiest game of the weekend. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.

The match began well for Yorkshire with Steve Forster dominating his opponent from start to finish, running out an easy 3/0 winner and taking the Yorkshire squad to the brink of qualification for there Finals weekend.

The No.1 string game also started well for Yorkshire with Phil taking a 2 love lead. It was at this stage the match turned on it’s head with the D&C player fighting his way back to win 3/2.

At No.2 Robert Taylor was involved in the game of the day. With the rubber finely poised at 2 games all, the fifth proved to be an epic, swinging one way then the other. Sadly for Yorkshire the D&C player held his nerve to take the game 16/14 and the match for Durham.

Result: Yorkshire 7 points  Durham & Cleveland 9 points

However, despite losing their final match Yorkshire had accumulated 28 points which was enough to secure top spot in the group and qualification for the finals in June.

Well done to everyone for their contribution in what proved to be a very successful weekend for the squad.

Steve Everitt

Over 50’s weekend report

It was always going to be a tough weekend with Durham & Cleveland and Lancashire in our group, last year’s winners and runners up. 
The 1st match against Northumbria proved to be a nice warm up for the afternoons true test, John Hanson, Richard Briggs, Jason Fearn and Graham Hawcroft having comfortable 3-0 wins, only the captain made hard work of it, eventually winning 3-1.
The afternoon was the crunch one, with Durham already losing to Lancashire this was the one both teams needed to win, Graham once again showing the speed and agility of a man half his size won 3-0, barely breaking sweat, (this weekend was the first time he had represented Yorkshire since the U19’s, 34 years ago !!!). The No 3 strings were already doing battle, with Jason having an tight match with Peter Lonsdale, eventually losing 3-0 with all three games going to tie breaks, it really could have gone either way. No 4 strings had a seesaw match, Tony eventually sneaking it 3-2, so all to play for 2-1 up and no 1 and 2 strings still to play. John had a great match with Yawar, eventually losing 3-0 but a great effort against a super fit opponent, he will be aching for days to come. Richard went on with all guns blazing and despite taking each game close he eventually lost 3-0.
So near and yet so far, to the pub re-group and decide tactics for the next morning.
Brandon Petty and Mark Wilkinson stepped in on the Sunday, and despite a 9.30 start on freezing courts, they both put up great efforts against two very unorthodox players, but the results didn’t go our way.
The exertions of the day before were taking there effect on Graham who has never seen a squash court on a Sunday morning, and the spark failed to ignite, the same with Tony who never seemed to get into the match. Biggest surprise was Richard paying at No1 string and despite numerous fresh air shots in the warm up, took his opponent to 11-9 in the 5th.
A great weekend, the event ran smoothly, and benefited from having other age groups at the venue.
Thanks to everyone who played and gave up their weekends
Maybe next year 😀

Dunnington retain Yorkshire Premier League crown

Dunnington sealed their second successive Yorkshire Premier League title with two matches to spare thanks to a defeat of Pontefract 1 on Wednesday evening.

The east York club have now won the title four times in the last eight years, and this latest success was equally as emphatic as last year’s waltz to the title.

This week’s 19-7 (4-1) victory puts them an unassailable 45 points clear of the chasing pack. Even the presence of British champion James Willstrop in Pontefract’s line-up could not stop the Dunnington juggernaut.

Willstrop fell 3/1 to fellow England international Chris Simpson at top string, but by that time the Dunnington triumph was sealed due to wins lower down the order for Ed Shannon-Smith, Julian Tomlinson and a five-set cracker for Rob Downer over world No.94 Patrick Rooney.

Taminder Gata Aura got three consolation points on the board for visitors Ponte with a five-game marathon triumph over Michael Andrews, but that couldn’t prevent the champagne corks popping upstairs in the bar.

The Dunnington title was confirmed with the news that nearest rivals Hallamshire had lost for the third week in a row.

Queens Club were their conquerors, with England coaches Josh Taylor and David Campion getting them off and running with 3/0 wins and No.3 Charlie Cowie also victorious in rapid fashion.

James Earles was at least taken to four by Harry Falconer at second string and Hallamshire’s only comfort came at the night’s conclusion as Nick Wall Jnr made short work of Connor Sheen. The 17-4 (4-1) victory saw Queens leap above Hallamshire into second place.

Five teams could still grab a second place finish, including fifth-placed Barnsley who won 17-4 (4-1) at Pontefract 2.

At No.5, Millie Tomlinson overcame Dominic Pegg when the latter dislocated his shoulder while 11/9 10/8 in front. Tom Bamford, Wales international Elliott Morris-Devred and Stuart MacGregor then won in more straight-forward fashion, all in straight games.

It was only at top string that Pontefract 2 made any impression, the prodigal 15-year-old Sam Todd dishing out a 3/0 defeat to Barnsley No.1 Miles Jenkins.

Towards the bottom of the table, Abbeydale dished out a 20-2 (5-0) thrashing to Hull & East Riding. Phil Scully, Oli Turner and Adam Turner all won in three, with Nick Wall Snr and Lewis Walters dropped just one game each, to Yusef Forster and Ben Smith respectively.