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ICC (over 55) Masters

Captains Match Report

Well whoever decided that playing 4 matches in one weekend using PAR scoring to 15 at our age needs taking aside and shooting!


We all hated the 3 county format admittedly but a 5 county format is sadistic! Although much better socially with other age groups also playing the same weekend.

There were some brutal matches and the overall standard, particularly at first and second strings, was ridiculous. Steve Smith had an epic match on Saturday against his Cheshire opponent coming back from 2-0 to win 3-2. And Andy Tuck had a murderous 5 setter against his Cumbrian opponent before squeaking home in the 5th.

After the first matches on Sunday morning Northumberland had 3 wins from 3 with 2 counties (Cumbria, and Yorkshire)  having won twice and lost once so there was everything still to play for. The undefeated Northumberland team was strong with Jon Evans at 1, Paul Millington at 2 and Glenn Ward at 3. Luckily Brian Beeson was on holiday! Andy Hall played the previously unplayable Glenn Ward (who had destroyed all his other opponents) in a pulsating 5 setter that left both men literally on their knees, with Ward just edging the 5th. A fresh Ged Martin who arrived (like the Cavalry) on Sunday morning hit the ball too accurately and too hard for Millington and won his match 3 – 1. Jon Evans (recently crowned over 60 National Champion) was wily and cunning and prevailed over Steve Martin at 1. But Prem was too clever for his 5th string opponent and Blacksell lobbed and dropped his Northumberland opponent to death on the cold glass show court. So we defeated the previously undefeated Northumberland 3-2.

Which left Yorks to play Lancs and Cumbria to play Cheshire. If we beat Lancs we would come top. If we lost to Lancs we would come third if Cumbria then beat Cheshire – which was expected.

And we did scrape by in the Roses match with Steve Martin having a great win at first string against Alan Day, Prem again being too skilful for his opponent and Blacksell (stuffed full of Ibuprofen), too mobile and quick for the 6 foot 3 inch Lancashire unit playing at 4th String.

So Yorkshire topped the 5 County Group with Cumbria second and Northumberland third.

Which means we go through to the finals on the 22 and 23 June – venue to be confirmed, but please put in diaries. 

Thanks to all the Yorkshire players who travelled variously from London, Harrogate, York, Bradford, Doncaster and Sheffield to be there. Thanks to Giles for keeping all the matches on track.

And thanks to our Yorkshire sponsor Allam Marine. 

Stephen Blacksell 

Inter-County O65s Stage 1

02 AND 03 MARCH

England Squash tried a new system that saw several age-groups playing at the same venue.  The venues on each day though differed.  In addition, there was yet another design of team shirt for Yorkshire players to wear.  Universal approval for any of the three was not apparent.

However, the team ventured over to Grove Park for their first match.  The opponents were Merseyside.  Start time was an early 10:00.

First up at three was team captain Edward Winter from Sheffield.  He was under treatment for a problem with his right hip.  Seeing as you ask, not the joint but the imaginatively named greater trochanteric pain syndrome.  Although he moved gingerly, he beat Les Callow 3-0 (15-11, 15-13, 15-6).

Next up was first string, Scot now York resident Brian McRobbie against Pete Sharples.  Brian sneaked the first 16-14, was less troubled in taking the second 15-8 but had another close one in the third although it went his way 17-15.

So two up; good start.  Last on was two string: Barnsley’s Steve Williams against Ian Sheard.  In his characteristic unflappable style, Steve cruised through 15-9, 15-13, 15-7.

After an excellent beginning the team now faced old adversaries Lancashire. The match began at 14:40.  Edward Winter continued where he left off and countered the challenge from Phil Shacklady with a near pain-free 17-15, 15-13, 15-9.
Similarly, Brian McRobbie resisted Robert Holdsworth 15-13, 15-13, 16-14.
Steve Williams completed the clean sweep with a 15-13, 20-18, 15-12 victory over Geoff Wilcock.

What a Saturday.

Brian with wife and travelling-supporter Margaret, stayed over. Steve and Edward returned to their respective homes.  All three contemplated the match against Cumbria the following day.
The four arrived safely at Manchester Northern ready for a 12:10 start.
A slightly sore Edward Winter eased past Roger Furniss 15-13, 15-9, 15-12.

Brian had a tougher encounter against England international Terry Belshaw.  Having let slip a lead at game ball, Brian lost the first 16-18.  He then lost the second 15-11 but took the third 15-7.  However, Belshaw came back strongly in the fourth that he captured 15-12
This was the first rubber the team had lost in eight matches.

Steve Williams began well against Chris Lilly and secured the first 15-13.  In the second though, Lilly had a string of the-ball-could-have-gone-anywhere type shots that turned out to be winners and took the second, also 15-13.  Lilly started the third with another run of winners in the third but the run petered out.  Besides, Williams is a tough opponent.  He held in and then eased to take the game 15-11.  His opponent was now tired and Steve pressed home his advantage to take the fourth 15-8 and the rubber 3-1.

Against the ante-post odds perhaps, Yorkshire had beaten all three of their opponents.  Each of the three-man team had acquitted themselves well.

The finals scheduled for 22 and 23 June now beckon, at a venue to be decided.

Edward Winter

Yorkshire Womens Over 45 team

The first match played was against Worcestershire.
In her debut Yorkshire appearance Clare played at 3 winning comfortably 3-0. Also playing her first match, Vicky then continued the winning streak with a 3-1 victory playing at 1 on a very slow and cold court. Nicola cemented the victory playing at 2 with a 3-0 impressive win. After a good first match win.

Our second match was against a much stronger Warwickshire squad. Vicky got the team off to a good start with a 3-0 win at 2 with a much harder and faster game on a warmer court suiting her fast pace game. Second on court was Sarah Wood playing at 5 and making her debut Yorkshire squash appearance against the experienced Warwickshire captain. After a hard fought, close game sarah was unlucky to lose 3-0 which didn’t reflect the evenly matched abilities of the 2 players. Clare played next at 4 and had a similar evenly matched contest, being 10-6 up in the 2nd game but the experience of her opponent unfortunately resulted in a 3-0 loss. Feeling the pressure of the team being 2-1 down, Nicola went on court at 3 with a fighting spirit. Nicola played 3 very closely fought games, again against a very evenly matched player & was very unlucky to lose all 3 games by the narrowest of margins. Finally, Sarah Percy played at 1 against a very young and energetic opponent. Still recovering from a viral infection Sarah worked hard to secure the first game. Struggling to breath Sarah continued to work hard, playing some long & tiring rallies and was frustrated that her inability to play her A game lead to a 3-1 defeat. 

The team kit was by far the best on show and all the players enjoyed their day out and are looking forward to the next team performance.

Thank You
Vicky

Open Racketball Doubles

Venue : Chapel Allerton Tennis and Squash Club
Date : Saturday 13th April
Times : 1pm to 6pm

Closing Date for Entries : Friday 29th March 

Three categories 

  • A Grade Open to All – Black Ball
  • B Grade Club players  – Blue Ball
  • Mixed Doubles – Blue Ball 

Entry fee £16 per pair

To enter please Email edwardsquash@msn.com
With the following details
Name Player A   Player B
Email address
Mobile No
Event

Payment can be made by BACS 
Sort Code  05 00 40  A/C No 10031233


Peter Edwards 
07957665323
Head Coach for Squash & Racketball 
Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash & Gym
Academy of Rackets Director
Racketball Tournament Series For All
www.racketsacademy.com

Title defence looks assured for Dunnington

Barring a Devon Loch style collapse, the 2018/19 Yorkshire Premier League title is certain to stay in Dunnington’s hands after another convincing win for the York club on Wednesday night.

Dunnington’s 4-1 (17-9) triumph at Abbeydale, combined with another damaging defeat for second-placed Hallamshire, means the defending champions now have a 31-point lead with only three matches of the season remaining.

Chris Simpson, straight off the plane from his second-round exit at the World Championships in Chicago, wrapped up the win for the champions-elect with a marathon win over Lewis Walters which ended 13/11 in the fifth.

No.2 Julian Tomlinson also won an epic, 12/10 in the decider against Adam Turner, while Danny Hockborn and Ed Shannon-Adams were the visitors’ other victors on the night, with Nick Wall Snr grabbing a consolation three points for the Sheffield side.

Abbeydale’s cross-town rivals Hallamshire suffered their third defeat in four games which has seen their title aspirations crumble.

Their latest setback at lowly Hull & East Riding saw them missing usual No.1 Nick Wall Jnr, with Charlotte Jagger and Sam Davey drafted in at Nos. 4 and 5. Both went down to quick defeats, to Matty Craven and Mike Reid respectively, and Hull’s Yusef Forster pulled out a five-gamer against Dan Lawrence to seal the five winning bonus points.

Stand-in top string Harry Falconer did get three points on the board for Hallamshire with a 3/0 toppling of Glyn Saunders and 20-year-old Dylan Martens got a further three consolation points by beating Paul Norton.

Pontefract 1’s title hopes are now only notional as they trail the leaders by 40. They had to fight back from a shock early deficit against bottom side Chapel Allerton 2 in order to seal victory.

Ben Milner and Richard Hinds put lower-order wins on the board for the visitors, and when Chapel A 2’s Cameron Ward went 2/0 up on George Wileman, a second win of the season looked assured for Chapel A 2.

Back came Wileman though to topple Ward 11/7 in the fifth, then Taminder Gata Aura beat Kieran Wardman in four and Ponte’s top string, Merseysider Patrick Rooney, dished out a thrashing to Dom Hamilton to complete the comeback and a 16-9 win.

There was another Chapel Allerton v Pontefract clash on Wednesday evening, with the north Leeds club’s first team running out comfortable winners against Ponte 2.

James Wilkinson won in straight games at five, then Matty Powell, former world No.3 Simon Parke and Welshman Owain Taylor all won in four. Mark Fuller’s duel with the prodigal Sam Todd was an absolute cracker, with the 15-year-old battling back to parity from two games down before succumbing 11/8 in the decider.

Much-improved Queens have designs on a second-placed finish after posting a sixth win in seven games, the latest a 15-7 success at Barnsley.

It was the Halifax club’s lower order who orchestrated their win, with Danny Bray, England National Performance Coach Josh Taylor and Charlie Cowie putting the crucial early Ws on the board in South Yorkshire. Although Wales international Elliot Morris-Devred and top string Miles Jenkins posted rapid wins for Barnsley, they were too late to affect the match result.

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The 2019 Allam Yorkshire County Senior and Masters Championships have been re-scheduled to 11-12 May at Pontefract Squash Club.

You can enter here: https://yorkstournaments.leaguemaster.co.uk/cgi-county/icounty.exe/showtournamentlist?

Junior Inter County

Five counties shared the spoils at the 2018/19 Junior Inter County Championships in Nottingham at the weekend as players from Yorkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Lancashire lifted the coveted titles.
Girls Under 19

Yorkshire and Surrey claimed three titles each with Sussex lifting two and Lancashire and Hampshire clinching one.

Boys Under 19

There were fist pumps and screams galore as 467 players representing 124 teams cheered on their fellow county team mates in the main draw and plate finals with competitors demonstrating remarkable team spirit and sportsmanship throughout the weekend.


FIRST SECOND THIRD
Girls U11 Sussex Northumbria Hampshire
Boys U11 Surrey Oxfordshire Sussex
Girls U13 Lancashire Northumbria Essex
Boys U13 Surrey Yorkshire Warwickshire
Girls U15 Hampshire Yorkshire Warwickshire
Boys U15 Sussex Yorkshire Essex
Girls U17 Yorkshire Northumbria Kent
Boys U17 Surrey North Wales Kent
Girls U19 Yorkshire Hampshire Sussex
Boys U19 Yorkshire Sussex Hampshire

View the final results: LeagueMaster

Girls Under 17


Congratulations

James Willstrop

AJ Bell British National Squash Champion

James Willstrop held off a stern challenge from second seed Daryl Selby to claim his third championship title with a 11-5, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 victory.

“To achieve a big title like that with so many big players is fantastic. My body got through it. It’s a huge title and a very special thing to be able to achieve, so I’m very, very happy”.

See a peek of the new film “The Marksman”

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Sam Todd

British U23 Open championAND

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15TH MARCH 2019

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Hallamshire hand Dunnington big title advantage

Dunnington took a massive step towards a second successive Yorkshire Premier League title as their victory – and defeat for second-placed Hallamshire – opened up an imposing gap at the top.

With four games of the season left, York club Dunnington now lead by 23 points following Wednesday’s comfortable 19-4 (4-1) triumph over Hull & East Riding.

Although Hull’s Mike Reid got the visitors off to a winning start with his first YPL victory of the season, beating youngster Benjamin Cross in five, Dunnington were dominant thereafter.

Team captain Matthew Stephenson and Ed Shannon-Adams made quick work of Paul Norton and Yousef Forster respectively, before No.2 Julian Tomlinson won a fantastic contest with 17-year-old Jack Mitterer from Kent, making his YPL debut.

Rob Downer, the world No.138, rounded things off for Dunnington with a straight-games rout of England junior Ben Smith, dropping just three points in the last two games.

Hallamshire faced visitors from up the M1 in Barnsley who plundered the five bonus points in a 17-5 (4-1) win to put a huge dent in the Sheffield side’s title ambitions.

Tom Bamford won his fifth YPL match in a row by beating Hallamshire’s Harry Heathcock while Oliver Harris overcome 19-year-old Charlotte Jagger, also in straight games.

Continuing the straight-games theme, Welshman Elliott Morris-Devred beat Alex Cutts in rapid fashion, before Stuart MacGregor took rather longer to see off Harry Falconer, 11/9 in the fifth. It was left to top string Nick Wall, the recent British Junior Open runner-up, to put a win on the board for the hosts by beating Miles Jenkins in three.

Pontefract 1 and 2 faced each other with the first team taking a 17-6 (4-1) victory to move up to third on 186 points, 16 behind Hallamshire.

Stuart Hargreaves was an early winner for the second team, but George Wileman soon levelled matters. No.3 Taminder Gata Aura won an entertaining tussle against Matt Godson in which the latter threw himself all over the court, unable to prevent a five-game defeat.

Lewis Doughty won in the YPL for the first time since October and spectators were then treated to a fabulous match between world No.96 Patrick Rooney and the prodigal Sam Todd, with the elder player from Merseyside taking it in three.There was a mid-table duel between Queens Club of Halifax and Chapel Allerton 1 which was won by the home side. England coach David Campion toppled Jayden Gough in three, Charlie Cowie took out ex-British champion Simon Parke in four and James Earles came out on top in three tough games against Wales’ Owain Taylor.

Fifth string James Wilkinson did get three points back for Chapel Allerton 1 by overcoming former world No.15 Sarah Campion, and by the end of the night the score was reduced to 16-7 (3-2) after the visitors’ top string Mark Fuller beat Connor Sheen.

Two Yorkshire winners in Nottingham

Yorkshire had two winners at the National Masters Championships at the Park Club in Nottingham on 13-17 February.

Andrea Santamaria took the Women’s Over-50s title and Adrian Wright overcame fellow Yorkshireman Mike Clemson in the final of the Over-75s event.

Overall, there was a good entry of 16 men and four women from the White Rose county across all categories.

Ed Winter nearly caused an upset in an earlier round of the Over-65s, having match balls before being edged out by the second seed, and Lexi Panteli, a Yorkshirewoman based in Manchester, reached the final of the Over-35s Plate event.

Attention now turns to the British Open Masters Championships being played at Hull University, on the same site as the main Allam sponsored Open event, on 22 – 26 May.

It is hoped that more Yorkshire players will take the opportunity to pit themselves against the best from the United Kingdom and beyond. Registration for the event will open shortly on the England Squash Masters website.