Saturday 25th June marked the first time MHSRC held their Finals on the new courts and allowed more people to come along and support the players.
The Competitions had been running since the middle of May with the Junior comps kicking off with a big entry into the boys competitions and 7 of the girls entering their competitions.
Thanks to the Just Harborough Campaign we had enough ladies entering their closed that we were able to run a plate competition for the first time as well.
In the Junior Competitions there were some great games notably in the Boys U15 Quarter Finals where Charlie Dean narrowly lost out 2-3 to Spike Marlow and Oli Myers had to come back from behind against Will Green to win 3-2 also.
The Junior Winners and runner ups were:
U19 Boys - Winner - Alistair Geear
Runner up - Will Rhodes
U15 Boys- Winner - Bradley Crane
Runner up - James Aram
U12 Boys - Winner - Max Wilson
Runner up - Jake Pearce
U16 Girls - Winner - Milly Bairstow
Runner up - Jessica Williams
U12 Girls - Winner - Milly Bairstow
Runner up - Nanami Westerby
In the Ladies Closed Plate competition Raj Williams beat Donna Bee - both ladies playing in their first competition after starting to play in the last year.
In the main Ladies Competition for the Hilary Hearnshaw Cup we saw Ruth Sleigh defending her title against Laura Holding a a match which was a repeat of last years close semi final. The match saw a very focused Laura win 3-0 meaning the end of an era as Ruth had won the title for the last 7 years.
In the handicapped competitions we saw David Stamp come up against Earl Harrison in the Ken Martin O40s. In a tighter match than the score suggests Stampy won 2-0 (15-10,15-8)
In the Judy Moy O55s we had a repeat of the last two finals with Steve Avil defending his title against Gary Aram. The Chairman was able to win again, adding the club title to his County O55s this year.
In the Racketball Handicapped we saw another defending champion. Pete Ross, recovered from his tight quarter final in the mens' main competition, up against Rob Smith (on his wedding anniversary - thanks Ali for letting him out to play!) Rob was cheered at every point, but he couldn't cope with Pete's endless retrieving. Pete narrowly won 15/10,15/13
In the Men's Plate Competition, we saw a repeat of the O40s semifinal held earlier in the week with David Stamp up against Pete Rhodes. Rhodes was up for revenge, and Stamp was slightly tired from his game against Earl earlier but that didn't stop it going to 5 games with Pete coming out on top 4/9, 8/10,9/4.9/4,9/4.
In the Final game of the evening we saw defending champion, and County O45 champion taking on Jack Turney, the winner from 2014. Jack was away at University last year and unable to defend his title so he was keen to get it back. Jack had had a clinical run into the Final, not dropping a game, and dropping very few points on route. Jack continued to not drop a game, winning 9/2, 9/5, 9/2 but the scores don't demonstrate the quality of the game with both players playing great squash.
It was a great way to finish the evening and thanks go to all the members that came along to support the night and especially those that marked games.
More photos available in the 2016 Club Competition Gallery