Sat 26th & Sun 27th January 2002 at FALMOUTH Squash Club
Open to all players with a CCSRA ranking of 51 or more (January ranking lists)
Striving for Success!
The Cornwall Squash Rackets Association ‘Strivers’ competition was held last weekend with one of the best turnouts on record. Twenty eight players from all over the county traveled to Falmouth for the tournament which is for players outside the top fifty in the county rankings.
The main competition was won by number one seed, Richard Warne from the China Fleet Club in Saltash, while the Plate Competition was won by 14 year old Harry Barnes from the Truro Squash Club.
In spite of being seeded one and getting a bye in the first round, Richard had some tough opposition, he only just beat Adrian Cruse (Penzance), 3-2 in the second round (10/8 in the fifth game) before dealing with another Penzance player, Ian Hatch who was probably the tournament favourite, a little easier (3-1). In the Semi-final on Sunday he was again taken to five games with Paul Dixon of Truro. The final was a strange game, Richard won the first game 9/0 and Russ Jameson (Helston) didn’t know what had hit him! The tables turned and the China Fleet player found himself 0-8 down in the fourth game with Jameson serving for the match. His determination managed to pull him through, pegging back the deficit to take the fourth 10/8 and then the fifth 9/5 to deservedly lift the Strivers title. Richard Warne beat Russ Jameson 3-2. (9/0, 2/9, 9/10, 10/8, 9/5)
In the plate Competition, Harry Barnes (Truro) lost his first round match (1-3) to Liz Cowley (Helston) while Michael Morgan (China Fleet) also went down 1-3, to the number two seed Chris Shaw of the Bodmin Dragons Club. Harry then made his way to the plate final by beating another youngster, Ben Maundrell (Falmouth) 3-2, Dave Matthews (Falmouth) 3-2 and Mark Sykes (Bodmin Dragons) 3-1. Michael dispatched Paul Brannan (Newquay) and Kirk Parker (Truro) both with convincing 3-0 wins on the Saturday but had a very tough semi-final with the experienced Barrie Thomas (Falmouth). The final was very exciting, both players digging deep into their energy reserves, the Truro youngster played very well and showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Harry Barnes beat Michael Morgan 3-2. (8/10, 5/9, 10/8, 9/0, 9/7)