Looks like a hat-trick of qualifications for the National Finals in the midlands TBC on June 22/23 for our talented masters’ sides! This, of course, is awaiting confirmation from ES who are currently preoccupied with the National Schools’ Finals in Nottingham – crossfingers for more glory for Truro School in the KS3 & 4 finals. We certainly punch above our weight! For full reports click on COUNTY TEAMS…..
Newquay’s Phil Thomas won the National Deaf Squash Championships last weekend in Nottingham by emphatically beating the reigning and World Champion (and friend!) Matthew Hewitt 3-0. Phil has been in fine form this season and is certainly not a stranger to squash finals having played in both the Cornish Closed O35 and Senior finals. The tournament was played alongside the National Masters’ Championships in Nottingham. This means that two national categories were won by players from our Cornish leagues, Neil and Phil. Well done both! Time to celebrate!
The 2019 County Closed Champs were a huge success in terms of the quality of matches and finals, the number of spectators over the two days and the very convivial atmosphere enjoyed by all at the host club, Truro SRC. For a full report click on the attachment below but here are the main results: Men’s Final Jared London (Bristol Uni) beat Phil Thomas (NQY) 3-0. Ladies’ Final Katy Brickell (York Ladies) beat Katrina Thomas (Falmouth Club) 3-0. Men’s Plate Jon Wills (Truro SRC) beat Rob Irish (Bude SC) 3-2
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Last Friday Truro school and Truro Squash club were privileged to receive two of England’s best ever Squash players to this hub of Squash activity. James Willstrop is the former World No 1, the European and the current Commonwealth champion. Daryl Selby is the former World no 9, World team champion and Commonwealth silver medallist. They are the top two British ranked players and still occupy positions at the very top of the World ranking system. These professionals have amassed nearly 300 England caps between them and are part of our Golden Generation of home-grown global Squash stars. The visit began with an exciting masterclass at Truro school where they showed their skills and abilities to 30 of our rising Squash pupils and even brought their medals to inspire our fast developing youngsters. Truro school is challenging very hard for the National Schools Squash title, and this pro-session will only encourage our talented players even further in their bid to bring back the title. We then transferred to Truro Squash club for further junior training followed by “The Battle of Britain” challenge match between the Pros. The evening saw a sold-out auditorium enthralled and entertained by the speed, dexterity and awesome determination of the players to earn pre-Xmas bragging rights. In the event the match went to a full five sets with James sneaking the win 12/10 in the decider. At the end of the proceedings James and Daryl expressed how impressed they were with the school and club and the depth of our junior talent pool here in Truro. We have superb facilities, a healthy school and club coaching structure and both internal and County-wide events and leagues throughout the entire season. For more information see www.truroschool.com and the club’s and our county’s Facebook Pages. Just search both on FB.
Another vintage year for the veterans of Cornwall! The 2018 Cornwall Squash Masters’ Closed was held at Truro HQ on the weekend of the 24th/25th November. There was a good turn out from all corners of the county and a new category was added, the Over 65s, by popular request! Those who were crowned county champs: Dave Owen (St Ives) in the 65s; Dave ‘The Master’ Matthew (Truro) in the 60s; Mike Morgan (NQY) in the 55s; Tim Smith (Truro) won the 50s and 45s, and newcomer to the county Jamie Lang (NQY) won the 35s title in dramatic fashion V Launceston’s Phil Thomas in a spectacular 3-2 final in which both players had match ball. Indeed it was an epic battle and will go down as the most thrilling final in the Masters ever witnessed! For more go to the EVENTS TAB and click on COUNTY MASTERS’ CLOSED……and see even more photos Facebook @ Cornwall Squash & Racketball!
A great weekend of RB at the FAlmouth HQ has just concluded with four new county crowns being awarded. In the O70s it was an all-Falmouth affair with ‘youngster’ and county president Terry Becket taking the title against defending champion Mike Fernilough. Both players showed great agility and skill in front of an appreciative audience to showcase why RB has a lot to offer after the squash rackets have been hung up. In the 60s, favourite and reigning champ Tony Bowyer really had his work cut out against a determined and extremely mobile Nick Banfield. In the end the 3-1 scoreline reflected more the merits of steadier play and fewer unforced errors. In the 50s it was an all-Pirate affair with Chris Davel taking on Ian ‘The Dive’ Hatch. The rallies were long and hard and most in the gallery felt for Hatchy who only and hour or so before played our a grueling 3-2 in the semi against Dave Smith from Truro SRC (Match of the Tournament). Chris put Hatchy to the cutlass in a ruthless display of errorless RB. The 40s final was fast and furious with Truronians Pete Ellicock and James Green taking centre stage. James did extremely well and probably won the more exciting rallies but Pete, as a hardened RB practitioner, showed his true class at the age group – quite an exhibition!
Thanks are extended to The Falmouth Club for generously hosting the event. The famous club is in good health at present with an active and forward thinking committee which is a delight to see again. By far the biggest thanks go to Mark ‘Sir’ Newton whose return to these shores and The Falmouth Club is surely great news for everyone in the squash and RB community in Cornwall. A great event!
Cornwall Masters’ Championships 2018 @ Truro SRC 24th/25th Nov. To enter, simply contact Brian G – email@example.com
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