County Closed Championships January 2022

CCSRA County Championships 21-22 Truro HQ Jan 22/23 2022

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The future of Cornish squash is very bright, with annual Championships returning in 2022, held as always in the capital at Truro Squash Club, the men’s tournament having a large number of under 20s in the draw of 32 Cornish players. Six times county champion and Bristol based Jared London was once again number top seed and favourite. With some awesome games the U19 players just off the back of a fine weekend in Notts at the National Junior Finals (6th overall) dominated and took some huge scalps with many older ‘legends’ taking a tumble. So it came down to the two top seeds, Jared and the young pretender Louis, and to a packed and raucous gallery they did battle! Louis had previously been beaten by Jared in the league so it was no surprise to see the Bristol student and County Seniors captain take control. Louis may have not produced his best having taken an accidental knock but the on court battle was of high quality and rapier speed much to the pleasure of all present. Well done but hats off to 7x champion Jared!
The plate competition for players knocked out by seeded first round players saw two 17 year olds Ben and Joe contesting the consolation final after despatching some notable, older more experienced opponents in their wake. This match  did not disappoint on finals night. It was an exhausting affair with  Ben eventually winning to put his name on the county plate.
The ladies Final was contested by reigning champion Katrina Thomas and newcomer Zoe Levin. The challenger gave a hard fought account of herself but the Falmouth raised but current Tr4 lady player just outshone with the range and skill to take the final in straight games. Katrina’s parents must have been proud!
Given the average age of player in this year’s champs it all bodes well for the future of Cornish squash. The hotbed of squash that is Truro School certainly is producing the talent we need in our great sport.
The event main sponsor was HatchBox Photography (School & Nursery Photography) – Ian Hatch pictured with champions Jared London and Katrina Thomas. A special word of thanks to organisers extraordinaire Neil Counter and Matt Harford, to SportyHQ for the techno-wizardry, to co sponsors Jon Wills Osteopathy, City Roads Vets and Billy’s building company, Castle Bay Construction, and last but not least, Jonny Newton’s Five Degrees West (Fal).
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Recent archives……..

CCSRA County Championships 19/20 – Truro SRC  25/26 January 2020

Full results and draw: search ‘www.sportyhq.com’ and then search ‘Cornwall County Squash Closed’ on the website.

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THE CORNWALL COUNTY SQUASH CHAMPIONSIPS 2018

The Blue Ribbon event on this years calender was held at Truro Squash Club from January 19th -21st and featured a capacity draw of the top 32 players in the Mens, Ladies and u19 categories fighting for the 4 County titles on offer over the weekend. Our best players travelled from as far away as Leeds and Cardiff Universities to compete in the event which was superbly hosted by the Truro club culminating in a fabulous finals evening on thelast day witnessed by a packed auditorium and in a delirious atmosphere. In the u19 categories the Girls final was fought between Claire Spouse of Truro and Ellie-Mae Field of Newquay and went the entire distance with both girls having match balls before Claire pinched the title in a great match. In the boys division the young 12 year old super-talent Jack Mahon from Truro (world no15 at u13) beat Ben Angilley (Truro) 3/1 in the final with precise and clever play, always putting the ball in difficult areas and selecting the right shots when under pressure. The Ladies final was an intriguing encounter between last years winner Katrina Thomas of Falmouth and the returning Katy Brickell of Truro. These 2 ladies are a massive credit to ladies Squash in the County with lovely racket skills, quick movement and positive competitive mindsets. Katy took the title with slightly superior shot-making on the day and in so doing notched up her 3rd County win at the age of only 20! The final match of the event was the Mens final between defending championJared London (Truro) and former winner Rory Brickell (Truro). This match was fought at a fast and furious pace with long and searching rallies, constantly attacking, defending and countering each other in all areas of the court. Jared eventually took the top honours with a close 4 set victory and in so doing claimed his 4th County title, just one behind the modern era record. Two more highly prestigious awards were awarded at the event with Ben Mcdonald (semi finalist) taking the Mackie trophy for most improved player and Brian Goodman awarded the Gimson trophy for his lifetime of service to the sport of Squash! A very special thank you goes to Linda Brickell for organising the championships, Dave Smith and the Truro committee for providing the club facilities and the exceptional Clare who flew back from Tenerife to run the bar and restaurant!

The sport of Squash is thriving in Cornwall with successful junior programmes at Truro, Falmouth and Newquay as well as Truro school. We have Nationally ranked top 10 players in Jack Mahon and Louis Murray at u13 level and Jared London who has only recently left the u19 category. Phil Tomas, Neil Counter Tim Smith and Jack Halford compete full time on the masters circuit and are Nationally ranked in their age groups and every season 2 of the top professional players in the world hold an exhibition at Truro attracting capacity crowds, BBC radio and live TV coverage!

Katy & Katrina

Katy & Katrina

U19 Boys' Winner & Most Deserving Junior

U19 Boys’ Winner & Most Deserving Junior  Jack M

 

Plate Winner & Boys' U19 R/U Ben A

Plate Winner & Boys’ U19 R/U Ben A

Most Improved Lady Player Emily F (Bude)

Most Improved Lady Player Emily F (Bude)

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