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Market Harborough Club Championships - the results!

A great evening of finals rolled out over the weekend allowing the strengths of this growing club to be put on show to an appreciative audience.

The Friday evening started with the junior closed competition final.

Jack Turney, the holder, managed to win three games to one but only after losing the first game to his younger challenger Tim Arthur. Tim was voted as the most improved player, at the clubs presentation night and with continued improvement should push hard for the title next year. It was closely contested with long rallies of good quality squash.

 The over 55's handicap competition was up next and saw Brian Johnson, with a useful handicap score, beat Steve Tew by 2 clear games at his first try to get the Judy Moys Trophy.

Steve was the unfortunate runner up last year and hopes to be there next year for third time lucky.

 In the over 40's Ken Martin Trophy event, Pete Rhodes managed to ease out Mark Brown in his first appearance. The last game went to 17-16 and illustrated how close the handicapping had made the contest.

 In the racketball handicap competition the defending champion, Charlie Dewey, had to retire hurt after 2 gruelling games and concede to Mark Christison. Charlie had come into the final with a back injury which worsened the longer the game went on. Sense prevailed giving his Welland Valley Blinds Trophy to his opponent on his first attempt.

 The ladies competition saw the holder, Ruth Sleigh, play Lin Leach and manage to hold onto her title once again with a three love win. There were some good long rallies but Lin's error count eventually helped Ruth to her 4th  successive title.

 The men's final saw a second appearance of the night for Jack Turney.

He was up against the holder Martin Geear and offered up a high quality game for the pleasure of the appreciative audience. Martin, recently called up to the over 45's England team, showed why by playing some stunning controlled squash to take the first game 9-0.

The games were tighter in the 2nd and 3rd but Martin maintained his control and came out a 3 games to love winner to retain the Tobin Cup.

 On Saturday morning, following on from the club championships the under 11 and junior handicap competitions took place.

The Under11 Mike Turney Trophy was being played for the first time in 14 years and emphasises the increased numbers of under 11's at the club.

Squash of a good quality was played and Tom Conboy won the deciding game against Miles Jacklin to clinch the title. This made a pair of cup titles for the family as Brian Johnson, his  granddad, had won the O55's the night before.

 In the junior handicap, for the Green4 cup Billy Oliver won out in the final beating Will Rhodes with controlled squash against a committed opposition.


Market Harborough Squash and Racketball Winners 2012, L-R

Pete Rhodes, Ruth Sleigh, Jack Turney, Martin Geear, Billy Oliver, Mark Christison, Brian Johnson.

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