The annual squash championships took place on the 27th May, 2012.
Following the successful introduction of pools to decide the tournament finalists, a late flurry of games in the final week resulted in the numerous changes to the expected line-up for finals nights itself.
Again, as per the previous year the juniors kicked-off the evening with a MONRAD tournament organised by Bill Jeffries. The eight juniors competing on finals night had played a number of qualifying games over the preceding weeks and organised by Nic Davies. A high standard of ability was demonstrated and indicated that the club might have a number of promising young players in years to come. The final game to finish on the night was also the junior final. Watched by a good crowd of seniors, Dominic Moorhead, and Cameron Baker played out a fantastic match demonstrating that squash at the Southdown Club has a promising future. The final order: Cameron Baker, Dominic Moorhead, Adam Lansley, Jacob Prosser, Eddie Botting, Sam Worlidge, Hal Knoy, Drew Wain.
As the juniors played their games the seniors arrived and watched a number of their future opponents. The first senior’s game to be played was a straight-forward battle for the under 50 Handicap between regular finalists John Sheppard and Andy Gray, with John coming out on top 3-1.
The first doubles tournament of the evening was the ‘Drawn Doubles’ between Josh Wilson and Chair, Magda Bannister v Dudley Hume and Nigel Phillips. An eventful game was won by the Dudley and Nigel 3-1.
By this time the evening was in full swing with competitive games on all four courts. In the over 50’s Handicap, Ian Wilson crept over the line first in besting Chris Partridge 3-2. Fred Furner defeated Spencer Prosser for the Mid-Level tournament 3-0, and John Sheppard collected his second trophy in beating Russ Coope 3-0 in the Plate. Alistair Bridge comfortably defended his lower-level title against Steve Clarke 3-0, whilst in the Upper Level Ross Sutton overcame defending and long standing club champion Willie Boone, to become the new champion.
The final senior match of the evening the Handicap Doubles match between regular pairings of Sam Wilson and Nev Carter, & Andy Gray and Spencer Prosser. A favourable handicap based on an early season injury to Nev probably accounted for the difference with Sam and Nev running out winners 3-1.
Despite some long matches the members were back in the bar by just after 9 O’clock, for well earned refreshments, and presentations by chair Magda Bannister.blog comments powered by Disqus
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