Sam Clark was victorious against Linda Prichard in the final of the 2019 Squash Open competition – winning the Club’s most prestigious individual squash title for the first time.
Having previously defeated Joel Reed in his semi-final, Clark managed to seal the title 3-0 in a well-contested final against Linda Pritchard, who was taking part in her first Open final – the first female player in the Club’s history to achieve this feat.
Sam managed to seal the Open title at the second-time of asking, having previously finished runner-up in last year’s final to Anthony Vrahimis.
A huge thank you to all the players who took part in this year’s competition and look out on the Club noticeboard and website for the next round of tournaments which will be launching later in the Spring.
You can view all of our previous Club champions – stretching all the way back to the 1970’s – here.
The draws for our two most prestigious annual Club tournaments – The Squash and Racketball Open – have now been made.
Both tournaments are played entirely ‘off scratch’ without the use of any handicaps (i.e. both players start at 0-0) and first round losers will automatically be enrolled into the respective plate competitions, which guarantees each entrant a minimum of two matches to play.
The tournaments, which will crown the best Squash and Racketball players in our Club, will be played through until the end of the calendar year.
The best of luck to all players taking part and you can find out more about tournament dates and the draws here.
It was a double celebration for Gary Westwood this season, as he won two of the three available Spring competitions, sealing the Robson Squash (+40) and John Perry (Handicapped) Racketball titles against two strong fields of opponents.
Westwood’s first success came in the final of the Robson Trophy, which is a squash competition played off-scratch (non-handicap) and open to players aged 40+. Gary played Steve McClelland in the tournament final, edging the contest 3-1.
Gary followed this title up with another just days later against Andy Reed in the final of the John Perry Racketball Trophy, which is an open handicapped tournament named in honour of former Club member John Perry, who sadly passed away a few years ago aged 70.
In a well-contested matched, Gary came out the winner against Andy in straight games 3-0 to showcase his ability across the two sports.
Having just missed out in the Robson final, Steve McClelland managed to go a step further and claim the final title on offer this Spring – the Dave Fox Trophy, which is a handicapped squash tournament open to all members.
Steve faced Stuart Moore in the final and came through the match 3-0, despite giving his opponent a +6 handicap advantage. Stuart played very well on the day, but Steve showed exactly why he won three Club titles last year.
The next round of Club Tournaments will begin in September 2019 and all members are welcome to take part, whatever their ability. Look out for the entry sheets on the Club Board nearer the time.
You can view a comprehensive list of all our former Club champions (going all the way back to the 1970’s) here.
Steve McClelland and Anthony Vrahimis were among the tournament winners as the last club competitions of 2018 were settled at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
Steve secured his second tournament title of 2018, following on from his success in the Squash Plate final a few weeks previously against Joel Reed, with a well-earned 3-0 victory over Kevin Redstone in the Racketball Open final.
The Racketball Open competition, organised by Club Chairman Paul Evans, featured 16 of our club’s best racketball players. Kevin Redstone defeated Ian Roberts, Pete Langston and Adrian Smith on his way to the final. Steve overcame the challenges of David Frost, Gary Westwood and Keith Hansell on his journey to meeting Kevin in the final showdown.
Anthony Vrahimis secured his maiden Squash Open title after he was awarded with a walkover victory in the grand final against Sam Clark. Anthony, who is originally from South Africa, had an incredibly tough test in his first round match against Steve McClelland, but came through strongly with a 3-0 win and he then went on to defeat Don Tennant and Tim Collins, a former Open champion, on his way to the final.
Sam Clark defeated Dave Frost, Pete Howells and Adrian Smith on his pathway through the tournament draw, but he unfortunately suffered an ankle injury over the Christmas period which led to him having to concede the Open title to Anthony. This was a great shame, as many club members had looked forward to watching two of the club’s best players battling it out on court for the title.
Meanwhile, the Jordan Trophy, which is awarded to our club’s highest performing individual within our internal squash ladder, measured over a 12 month period (i.e. the player who has been ranked #1 for the most consecutive weeks), was recently awarded to Keith Hansell. Huge congratulations to Keith.
Andy Reed and Dave Frost met in the Racketball Plate final on Weds 23 Jan and following some superb rallies and closely contested games, it was Andy who sealed the inaugural title with a 3-0 victory.
The Racketball Plate tournament, which was launched by the Club for the first time last year, was open to preliminary and first round losers of the main Racketball Open competition. Andy and Dave lost their first round Racketball Open matches against Pete Langston and Steve McClelland respectively, but then worked their way through the rest of the Plate field to face-off in the final. Andy and Dave defeated Tony Waldron and Tim Mansell respectively in their semi-final matches, prior to the final showdown.
Steve McClelland and Joel Reed lined up in the Squash Plate final on Sat 26 Jan, with both players contributing to a high-quality match which showcased a series of tactical well-crafted rallies.
Joel missed the opportunity to convert three game balls in the opening game of the match, with Steve making him rue his errors, as he took the first game 20-18. Steve then went on to seal the title, edging the next two games 15-13 and 15-11, to complete a well-deserved 3-0 win.
The Squash Plate tournament was open to preliminary and first round losers of the Squash Open competition. Steve battled past Hardip Sahota and Stuart Clark in the earlier rounds to reach the final, having lost his Squash Open preliminary against Tony Vrahimis. Joel was previously beaten 3-0 by Pete Howells in the opening round of the Squash Open, but went on to defeat Dave Diss and Dave Frost on his way to the Plate final.
The highly anticipated Squash Open final had been due to be contested by Sam Clark and Tony Vrahimis last week, but it was postponed due to a recent injury picked up by Sam. The game will be rescheduled very soon.
Steve McClelland will be involved in final action once again, when he plays Kevin Redstone in the Racketball Open final, which is due to be played in the next few weeks.
The respective draws for the Open Squash and Racketball tournaments were made earlier this afternoon throwing up some intriguing matches between now and the end of the year.
Details of the full draw can be found here, along with further information from Chairman, Paul Evans.
Entrants should be aware that Preliminary and First Round losers will automatically be entered into the Plate competitions for Squash and Racketball and these tournaments will run concurrently along with the main Squash and Racketball Open draws.