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Finals Weekend 2014!

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This weekend saw the culmination of three weeks of competition at the Club, with a fantastic entry of 60 people entering the adult competitions and 35 juniors entering the junior competitions.

There were 6 adult cups up for grabs and 5 junior cups.

The junior competitions had their finals spread out over the week and provided some encouraging signs of improvement in all age groups.

In the U12 Girls Milly Bairstow won both her games in the round robin format with a tight 2-1 match against Isabelle Burke sealing her victory.

The U12 Boys provided the closest fought of the junior finals with 10 year olds Giaan Mann and James Aram competing in their first Final. The opening games went 1-1 before a mammoth third game saw both boys serve out on game point several times as the pressure got to them, with eventually Aram taking that game 20-18. Mann managed to pull himself together and took the 4th to force a deciding game. Both boys played well, despite having never played that long before, with Mann managing to edge it, taking the match 3-2.

The U15 boys was won by Bradley Crane, beating Adam Stamp. Crane, who is climbing up the U15 rankings in the country, then went on to win the Sutton Junior Open Competition on Sunday to seal a great weekend of squash for the Cranes.

The Girls U16 competition was won by Freddie Marlow who beat last years winner Lulu Pemberton 3-1, the first of many encounters they are likely to face!

Despite a promising start to the first game which saw George Brown match Hayden Tetley with accuracy, the Boys U19 competition was won by Tetley 3-0.

In the adult competitions, Friday night saw Ruth Sleigh retain her Ladies title, beating Lin Leach 3-0.

This was followed by the Judy Moys’ O55 Handicap Final which saw club chairman, Steve Avil playing the first of his three finals this weekend, competing against Gary Aram. Avil had 13 points to make up but he managed to overcome this and come out winner 3-1.

Saturday saw the remaining Finals, starting with the Men’s Plate Competition, introduced this year due to the number of entries. Billy Oliver managed to come from 2-0 down to force a fifth game against Earl Harrison, but Harrison’s experience showed in the end with him taking the 5th and the match.

In the Ken Martin O40s Handicap Final, Steve Avil couldn’t repeat his success of the previous night, with Melvin Crane winning 3-0 adding to the Crane silverware haul.

The Racketball Handicap saw newcomer to the sport, Steve Ward, competing against Avil, defending his title. The game was always going to be hard for Avil, who is coming back from injury, and in his third Final, and Ward managed to take it 2-0 in the best of 3 game format.

We then saw the main Final, the Mens Closed, with County O35 and 45 Champion, Martin Geear, trying to defend his title from 19 year old Jack Turney. Turney has been training hard this year with the Birmingham University team and managed to come from 2-0 down to secure victory in a well fought out final.

It was great to have the support of one of the Club Presidents, Ken Martin, who came along and presented the trophies. The Chairman's Cup went to Mark Christison for all the work that he did in running this years competition.

 All in all it was a great end of season for the club, let's hope next year the crowd can sit and watch through a glass back court rather than standing on stools trying to see!

winners 2014 crowd

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