2017 Squash Tournament
The squash finals took place this weekend (5th & 6th May) and provided a feast of entertainment for the spectators present. In the Open tournament, defending champion Sean O’ Donovan was unavailable, opening the door for a new champion. The competition was fierce with several players fancying their chances. After some excellent matches it came down to Phil Hoyland, fresh from his recent London Marathon, to take on stalwart Ray Semadeni. The match ebbed and flowed and despite Hoyland’s superior fitness, a determined Semadeni finally triumphed 3-2.
In the ladies final Sue Giles won her 35th title in the last 37 years, despite spirited resistance from much improved Mel Booth. The first game went to Booth with a good range of shots, before a slightly more accurate Giles won the next 3 games to triumph 3-1.
The other finals resulted in a hard-hitting encounter in the Open Plate final where Tom Locke overcame Finlay Clegg with a powerful display and a 3-0 victory. New Member Steve Raeburn won the Minor Leagues event, proving too strong for Mel Booth, winning the final 3-0. In the popular Doubles event, the final produced a game of epic proportions where the partnership of Glenn Mousley and Alwyn Fernandes finally triumphed 3-2 over Guy Adams and Mark Beeching in an entertaining and often frenetic match that ebbed and flowed from start to finish.
The Handicap Tournament final featured two new players in Tristan Blackwell and Dan Large. Despite a strong run by Large up to the final, on the day Blackwell triumphed in 3 straight games. The Veterans (045) Handicap final by contrast was a battle between old hands Alwyn Fernandes and Mel Booth, with Fernandes taking the match 3-1. In the Supervets (O55) Handicap final, Steve Jones received 10 points per game over Glenn Mousley. Mousley fought hard to overcome this deficit and managed to reach 2 games all before fatigue allowed Jones to come away as the winner 3-2.
The junior section at the club is currently going from strength to strength and the tournament for this section saw a new winner in Jack Kearns beating James Boakes in a close final 3-1.
Squash & Racketball Chairman