Strivers Tournament Saturday and Sunday 24/25 January 2004
The Cornwall Squash Rackets Association ‘Strivers’ competition was held with twenty seven players from all over the county traveling to Truro Squash Club for the tournament which is for players outside the top fifty in the county squash rankings. The main competition was won by number two seed, Mike Honey from the China Fleet Squash Club, while the Plate Competition was won by Joe O’hara from the Truro Squash Club.
Mike Honey had a bye in the first round and went on to beat Martin Braithwaite (Truro), Peter Ellicock (Truro) and Dave Lillie (Falmouth) all in three straight games to earn his place in the final. In the other half of the draw, unseeded Dale Diment from the Truro Club beat fellow club mate Bob Chorley 3-0 in the first round, he then drew another Truro player, Chris Parkin in the second round who he also beat three nil. Things got tougher for the youngster but his still rose to the challenge, beating first the third seed, Siobhan Garland (Falmouth) by three games to nil and then the number one seed, Russ Jameson of the Helston Club in a tough five set match. The main final was worth watching, Honey always looked in control but the youngster took the second game to make the score even at 1-1. Honey’s fitness was the main deciding factor and he went on to win the next two games to win the match. Mike Honey (China Fleet) beat Dale Diment (Truro) 3-1 (9/3, 5/9, 9/5, 9/5)
In the plate Competition, Joe O’Hara (Truro) lost his first round match (1-3) to Chris Parkin (Truro) while Dave List (China Fleet) also went down 1-3, to Peter Ellicock of the Truro Club. Joe then made his way to the plate final by beating Truro\s Bob Chorley by three games to two, Richard Garland (Falmouth) three one and another epic battle with another Truro player, Mort Seale in the semi-final which he won by three games to two. In the other half of the draw, Dave beat Peter Tatlow (Truro), 3-1 in the second round and the promising youngster Matthew Pooley (Truro) also 3-1. He had a tough semi-final encounter with Bodmin’s Mike Robinson which he won by three games to two. The final was quite straightforward, Joe won the first two games by a comfortable margin and was troubled by Dave’s straight drives in the third which made them go to the wire, O’Hara kept his cool and his concentration to win the third and the match in three straight games. Joe O’Hara (Truro) beat Dave List (China Fleet) 3-0. (9/2, 9/5, 10/8)