Strivers 2008

Strivers Tournament   Saturday and Sunday 29/30 March 2008

The Cornwall Squash ‘Strivers’ competition was held last weekend with sixteen players from all over the county traveling to “The Garden Sports and Leisure Club” at Torpoint for the tournament which is for players outside of the top fifty in the county squash rankings. The main competition was won by the first seed, Mark Priem from the Newquay Squash Club, while the Plate Competition was won by fifteen year old Tony Pepperell from the Bude Squash Club.

Most the first round matches were predicable though there was one match between two Garden players which went all the way to the wire, with Martin Baggaley beating Kev McSherry 10-9 in the fifth! The seeds made it through to the semi-finals with the exception of Graeme Crowder who was beaten 1-3, by one of Truro’s young hopefuls, Chris Lawrance, in the second round. Another unseeded player, Dale Diment looked like he might upset a few people but unfortunately drew the first seed in the second round and proved to be no match for Mark Priem.

Preim made his way to the final by beating Joel Brickell (Falmouth) 3-0, Dale Diment (Truro) and Chris Lawrance (Truro), both by three games to one. Third seed, Russ Jameson (Penzance) was in the other half of the draw and made his way to the final by beating Ben Fairclough (Bude) and Martin Baggaley (Torpoint) by three games to nil, he then defeated the second seed in a tough five game match! The main final was fairly one sided, Preim had the power and the speed to take the first two games comfortably 9/5 and 9/4, a major effort by Jameson managed to steal the third game 10/9 but he was unable to endure any more pain to gain! Preim kept up the pressure in the fourth to win the match 3-1.   Mark Priem (Newquay) beat Russ Jameson (Penzance), 3-1 (9/5, 9/4, 8/10, 9/1)

In the plate Competition, the two finalists were both from the Bude Squash Club, Tony Pepperell lost his first round match (1-3) to the Chris Lawrance (Truro) while David Fairclough went down 1-3, to Gary Lobb (Newquay). Fifteen year old Pepperell, then made his way to the plate final by beating Terry Deacon (Torpoint), 3-0 and then Andrew Hadfield (Truro) 3-1. Fairclough beat two more Torpoint players; Tom Peters-Deacon, 3-0 in the second round and then Kevin McSherry by a margin of 3-1. The Plate final was quite straightforward, hard hitting Pepperell overcame the experience of his opponent by keeping the pace high and preventing Fairclough from playing his own game. Tony Pepperell (Bude) beat David Fairclough (Bude) 3-0. (10/8, 9/2, 9/6)

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