Last Friday and Saturday saw the Finals of this years Squash & Racketball Competitions and we saw some great matches from the juniors U12s all the way to the O40s Handicapped competition and some new names for the Honours boards.
On the Friday night we saw the Plate Finals.
In the Ladies defending champion, Raj Williams lost out to newcomer, Hannah Douglas with the younger players strength proving too much for Raj.
The Men's event was between Anthony Tetley and Sean Marshall with Tetley winning in his first Final of this year.
On the Saturday morning we had the Girls Finals.
First up was defending U17 champion, Milly Bairstow facing another one of the Williams clan, Jessica. Milly's experience brought her through but Jess showed great improvements - and she ran!
In the younger age category, Nanami Westerby played yet another Williams. This time it was Jenna, but the result went the same way with the third runner up spot for Family Williams (but they all have their name on the boards before their Dad!)
The afternoon kicked off with the Boys U12 competition between the two top seeds, Joseba Bilbao and Jamie Pyle. The extra experience of match play through being in the leagues paid off for Joseba, winning in 3. It was great experience for Jamie and we are sure these two will have many more battles ahead.
In the Boys U15, James Aram's extra age, power and calmness, saw him overcome Max Wilson. Both boys had also reached the semifinals of the U19 competition so have a great future ahead of them.
We then saw the Mens Final featuring a former U19 winner, Hayden Tetley, against Kevin Simpson, who had played in the County O35 Final the night before. The youthfulness of Hayden, who had beaten Martin Gear on Saturday morning in the semi final, saw him take the Tobin Cup.
In the Ladies Final, defending champion Laura Holding, who had had a great 3-2 win over former champion, and last years other finalist, Ruth Sleigh the night before, was up against Karen Ward, in her first Final at the Club. Karen was playing on the back of narrowly being defeated 15-13 in the 3rd game in the O40s Handicapped semi final. Karen's experience showed beating Laura 3-0.
Next up we saw the U19 Final between Bradley Crane and Will Smith. Despite having not played much recently, left handed Bradley won the game fairly comfortably.
We then had the Racketball Handicapped Final between club chairman, Steve Avil, who had beaten last years winner, Pete Ross in the semi final, and Anthony Tetley. Both players were a bit under the weather, but Steve played with great control to win 2-0.
The evening finished with the O40s Handicapped Final between Kevin Simpson in his second final of the night, and Simon Turner. In a great game, Kevin's precision shone through allowing him to lift the trophy. It was great to see Ken Martin there to present his Trophy (well a trophy - if anyone has the Trophy please give it back!)
The O55s Trophy Final is still to be played - between Steve Avil and Steve Cousins - Counsens being away for the Final!