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Yorkshire Over 60’s – Inter County Finals

22nd/23rd June 2019.

Birmingham University provided the venue for this year’s Inter Counties Finals, with Essex being Yorkshire’s opponents for their quarter final tie.

First on court for Yorkshire at No.3 was Steve Forster. After a slow start, he gradually clawed his way back into contention, only to lose the first game narrowly.  From this point forward he took control of a relatively tight match to run out a 3/1 victor.

At No.1 was Phil Wakefield and he also found himself well down in the first, however, he remained patient and eventually closed out the game. From there on the result was never in danger, as he won the second and third comfortably to secure a 3/0 win.

Although the match was now won, Mark Shipley played out the number two string game. Mark continued the trend of his colleagues by starting slowly. Mid way through the first, he began to find his length and from this point forward the result was never in doubt, as he went on to win 3/0.

This set up a semi final against current champions, Lancashire, who sadly due to injuries were only able to field two players, but both were International standard.

Steve Forster sat this one out claiming a walkover at 3, meaning that if we could win one of the remaining matches it would take us through to        Sunday’s final.

Unfortunately this was not to be the case as the Lancashire players showed their true class to win these two matches convincingly.

At 1 Phil was never able to find his rhythm against Allen Barwise and the same applied to Mark at 2, who found Steve Johnson in fine form.

This left Yorkshire to contest the 3rd/4th play off against Northamptonshire on the Sunday morning.

The play off began with Steve Forster at No.3 and right from the start he dominated his opponent, playing and moving extremely well, giving Yorkshire the ideal start with a 3/0 victory.

Next on court was Phil Wakefield facing England International, Simon   Evenden, a re-match of their British Open semi final encounter and this proved to be the game of the weekend.

Having narrowly lost the first, Phil managed to up his game taking the next two to lead 2/1. Despite having one match ball in the fourth, sadly it was the Northants player who took the set to level at 2 all.

The fifth set was a tense and nervy affair with both players playing some very good squash but equally making mistakes. The writing looked on the wall form the Yorkshireman as Evenden opened up a 4 post lead. However, the best was still to come as Phil stormed back to reach match ball, but was unable to close out the match. After a series of opportunities Phil eventually won the set 20/18, to secure 3rd place for Yorkshire.

Mark Shipley played out the 2nd string game against Ian Holmes, and after levelling his game at one all, he lost his rubber 3/1.

A great weekend and perhaps with a better draw, the team could quite easily have made the final.

Well done to everyone.

Steve Everitt  23.06.2019.

Womens Over 50 Intercounty Finals

Yorkshire ladies were in action at the weekend, at Warwickshire Squash club, defending the WO50 title which they took in 2018. Unfortunately the team was missing several key players due to holidays and injuries so with a squad  of Andrea Santamaria, Julie Field and Julie Nevins, all from Pontefract, the ladies travelled down on Friday for a match at 9am on Saturday morning. Up first against Hertfordshire and in a 3-1-2 order of play, Julie Nevins- more used to playing the doubles game for the last 5 years- was catching up on the singles game again.  Andrea  dispatched her opponent followed by Julie Field who won and gave the match to Yorkshire. Saturday afternoon and a tougher match against a strong Welsh team, who have been champions many times in the past. However Yorkshire showed their true grit with victories from Andrea and Julie Field.

Following a lively evening at  the Warwickshire captain’s house where all the teams had been invited, Yorkshire then played old rivals Kent on Sunday morning. Julie Nevins just lost out to the experienced Karen Hume and Andrea then beat Mandy Aitkin. Again  the pressure was on Julie Field against  the youthful Candy Wilson. An exciting match with  a win for Candy gave Kent the title. 

An enjoyable weekend , played in the true spirit of the game.

Yorkshire v Hertfordshire
Andrea beat Gillian Lilico 15/4   15/7   11/15   15/2
Julie Field beat Isobel Smith  16/14   8/15   15/8   15/12
Julie Nevins lost to Sheila Blake 9/15   9/15   9/15

Yorkshire v S. Wales
Andrea beat Helen Barnard  15/2   16/6   8/15   13/15   15/10
Julie Field beat Gill Campion 15/10   15/11   6/15   15/13
Julie Nevins lost to Sian Johnson 9/15   6/15   7/15

Yorkshire v Kent
Andrea beat Mandy Aitkin  17/15   15/9   15/5
Julie Field lost to Candy Wilton  10/15   6/15   13/15
Julie Nevins lost to Karen Hume  3/15   5/15   8/15


Venue: Chapel Allerton Tennis and Squash Club

OPEN EVENT – Saturday 21st September – ONE DAY EVENT from 12pm


AGE CATEGORIES – Sunday 22nd September from 10.30am Over 45s / 55s BLACK BALL
Over 60s /65s and 70s BLUE BALL

£15 one event | £20 for two events

To enter any of the above please email Peter:
Mobile No 07957 6653237

To enter and pay is £15 / £20

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

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


Northern cup, Grove Park squash club Cheadle. 

A fabulous weekend of stunning squash played by all the competitors in this very old competition. 

The venue in Cheadle Hulme was full of players from , Yorkshire , Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Durham & Cleveland , Cheshire, Northumbria.

Categories were in school year groups , Yr 5 , Yr6, Yr7/8 , Yr 9/10.

The year five team of three players, James Townley , Seth Rudd and Leon Codrai. 

The year 9/10 players 6 players, Rahul Raglopar, Angus Robinson, , Emma Wilkinson, Zak Shaw, Jackson  Smalley, Cameron Mannon. 

First groups to play were Yr 5 and Yr9/10 on the Saturday Yorkshire v Lancashire to start off for both teams. A great start for both without dropping a game. Year 5s going straight towards the final without dropping a game.

 The Yr 9/10 having two new players to team squash, Jackson and Cameron both winning their first matches for Yorkshire.  Strong teams in this age group meant it was sometimes down to the Yorkshire number2 Zak Shaw in the last match to take the win for  the team . In the semi final the match against Ben Sugget of Durham and Cleveland , probably the hardest match of the day for team 9/10. It went to a final game of the final match for Zak and the team to get into the final. Zak fought hard to win 11/9 in the 5th game. 

In the final against the home side Cheshire it again came to the wire Cameron Mannon playing at 4 winning a vital match in final  match taking the win 14/12 in the 5th. Two games all and the 2s went onto court after Zak having won his match in the semi final , gave it everything but hadn’t enough to turn the match to Yorkshire , Cheshire win but a fabulous effort from everyone. 

in the pictures Year five and year 9/10

Day 2 Sunday at Grove Park.

Today the competition is the Yr 6 and 7/8 . 

Year 6 team are Tommy Simpson, Josh Wood, Jack Walker ,Tolisha Wanarkulasooriva , Louis Bolsover. 

The very strong Yr 6 team taking on teams of Northumbria, Cheshire, Cumbria, first up was Cumbria and a great start a full team player win. The next match up against a Great Cheshire side and taking them into the final placing . A win against Northumbria gave the year 6 team the Yr 6 northern cup trophy. Fabulous effort from them all.

Year 6 with myself.

The final match of the Northern Cup the year 7/8 were all up for the days matches against Cheshire , Northumbria,Lancashire, Merseyside.

The yr7/8 team were , Tom Smith, Will Holmes, Jacob Mullins-Brown, Holly Shepherd ,George Fearn and Thomas Hughes. 

First up was Cheshire and first team call up for Thomas Hughes meant nerves played a big part in his loss as the rest of the team went through the match winners at 4-1 . Next up a fabulous 5-0 match against Northumbria Thomas more relaxed and taking it 3-0 . 

Into the year 7/8 final with Merseyside ,Holly Shepherd starting with a 3-0 win and set the rest of the team off in winning ways. A huge 5-0 win for year 7/8 and an overall win for Yorkshire Squash. 

Narrowly beaten last year by Cheshire but it was almost a clean sweep for our juniors in Cheadle this year. Lots of new players entering this unique event , clubs represented by these great players, 

Collingham , Hallamshire, Fulwood, Pontefract, Harlow, CAS academy, HJSA Hull, Wiggington, Abbeydale, Clifton York. 

I also chose 9 new players to team squash for this weekend , they all played as a team and they all behaved impeccably both on and off the court. They also looked great in the team shirts. 

Derek Norris 
Yorkshire Junior Project Organiser,
Level 3 Advanced squash coach. 
Tel: 07882440329 


DATE Friday 30th August / Saturday 31st August / Sunday 1st September

Please complete the attached form and return it to the tournament organiser at the time of payment.

ENTRY FEE        The entry fee is £20.                                

Closing Date for entries: Friday 23rd August


One match Friday two matches Saturday one match Sunday


B Grade         County League   
C/D Grade    Local League and club players 
(Two matches Saturday two matches Sunday)  


1st Place £500                               2nd Place £300               3rd Place £150  

4th Place £100                              5th place £50                  6/7th Place £20

Please email your entry details to  tournament organiser Peter Edwards


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


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

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

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.

Inter-County O65s Stage 1


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