The York Open for 2017 will be held at York Squash Club from 19th to 24th February 2017. The draw and details are on SportyHQ.
York and District Veterans and Vintage Championships 2016/17 held at Wigginton Squash Rackets Club
Congratulations to Marc Thomas (Veteran) & Paul Robson (Vintage) who are the Y & D Champions for 2016/17.
The finals night was a most enjoyable occasion at Wigginton with players from 4 clubs represented. Although a small competition entry , the matches were played, as always, in an excellent spirit with some competitive squash. Hopefully with a little more planning from all Y & D clubs we can better support these competitions in the future. A 16 draw in each competition should be a target for next year!
Needless to say there was nothing left in the locker room when the players went on court for the matches through the week.
The Veterans final was won by Marc Thomas (Railway Institute) who beat Angus Clapham (Wigginton) 3-0 . A high standard of squash which the score does not reflect, Angus was well up in two of the games only for the experienced Marc to claw his way back and pip Angus to the winning post.
The Vintage was won by Paul Robson(York) who beat Nicky Horn(Stillington), the first lady to reach a Vets or Vintage final. Paul has not been playing much team squash this year but did not really put a foot wrong in his 3-0 win over Nicky, who’s racket control and shots are second to none but is obviously struggling with a knee problem. Hopefully an operation later in the year will put her back in full action! Then we (the Lads) are in trouble again!!
The Veterans plate was won by Chris Codrai (Wigginton) who beat Andy Sewell (York) 3-0. The same score line saw Duncan Cook (Stillington/Wigginton) beat Mal Bruce (Wigginton) for the Vintage plate.
Well done to everyone and thanks for making it a very enjoyable social night at Wigginton SRC.
The York Open Vets (O40s) and Vintage (O50s) competition will be from Sunday 13th to Friday 18th November at Wigginton Squash Club. There is an A and B event for the O40s, so all standards welcome.
Entries direct to Nick Clifford please. More details on the poster.
Thirty five years ago, Mike Riley of Wigginton Squash Club donated a magnificent trophy to the Men’s York and District League as a team handicap trophy & this was soon to be followed by the Ladies Riley Rosebowl.
Needless to say Wigginton men have always failed at the final hurdle and failed to win the trophy in three final appearances. Until now! In fact four clubs that no longer exist have won the Riley Cup..Magnets, South Milford, Oval Ball & St John’s Students before Wigginton SRC!
The final of the Riley Cup was due to be played at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon at York, but Stillington, who’s courts were being refurbished, graciously and very sportingly agreed to play at Wigginton on the Sunday evening to make more of a night of the finals. Wigginton put on food for the main & plate finals and a good night was had by all.
Stillington 5 V Malton 4 (Plate Final)
P.Coates V R.Harper 15/12, 15/14, 15/9 45 V 34
D.Cook V K. Goddard 15/10, 15/12, 15/9 45 v 31
J.Hartley V M.Hammond 14/15, 14/15, 8/15 36 V 45
F.Howell V T.Moore 15/8, 15/10, 15/11 45 v 29
J.Gill V A.Drabble 15/9, 15/10, 15/8 45 v 27
Stillington 216 points Malton 166 plus 30 handicap = 196
The final was a tense affair, a new 4th team player, Steve Drake for Wigginton, playing as a reserve in his first competitive match got 2, 4 & 9 points against Giles Bilton. Wigginton were on the back foot but then Mackenzie Nichol playing Dominic Pegg conceded 7, 8 & 9 points.
Probably all even stevens at this point in the match but with Tom Howell, Marc Thomas & Anthony Baines at 2,3 & 4 , all of whom have played no 1 for Stillington over the last few seasons it looked a rather gloomy prospect for Wiggy! Was it a slow start by Stillington players or really pumped up Wiggy players…the picture is painted by the side of fence you were on! But Mark Wilson , Nick Clifford & Chris Codrai all won the first of their three games…..in the following games although the legs were weary they all managed to put in very respectable performances.
In the Club that night was Mike Riley himself, although he still lives in the village he rarely gets into the Club. He kindly stayed for the presentation as Ian Ball announced that with a 45 point handicap on their score of 161 , Wigginton had beaten Stillington by 12 points!
Mike was obviously, over the moon to present the Trophy to Wigginton after all these years & he himself admitted that even though he set the handicaps for 10 years…his team could never win it !
Wigginton 3 V Stillington 1 (Main Final)
M.Nicholl v D.Pegg 15/7, 15/8, 15/9
M.Wilson V T.Howell 15/12, 4/15, 11/15
N.Clifford V M.Thomas 15/11, 13/15, 11/15
C.Codrai V A.Baines 15/12, 6/15, 8/15
S.Drake V G.Bilton 4/15, 5/15, 9/15
Have a good squash season in 2016/17.
The draw for the Riley Cup is now available here. The first round should be played by the end of May. Home captains, please contact your away counterparts to arrange.
Any questions, please contact Ian Ball at email@example.com.
Congratulations to Ed Shannon, who beat Mathhew Stephenson in an all-Dunnington 2016 York Open final at Clifton Park. Shannon had beaten Jonny Duffield in a hard fought semi, before overcoming Stephenson 3-1 in the final.
In the plate, Joe Twigge beat Gus Clapham 3-2.
In the new ‘B’ competition, York’s Tom Sewell beat Stillington’s Martin Pepper 3-0 in the final.
The full results are here.
The 2016 Men’s York Open Squash Championship will be held at York Squash Club, Clifton Park from Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th February (no games on Wednesday 24th).
There is both a Men’s A (open to all) and Men’s B (open to those ranked in Div 3 Y&D or below).
The entry fee is £6 and the losing date is Tuesday 16th February.
Enter only online at www.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/York-Open
The York & District Men’s Veterans & Vintage Championships were played at Wigginton Squash Rackets Club last week. There was a week of well contested matches played in an excellent spirit, which had entrants from most Y & D club’s. A special point of note & thanks should go to Thornton Le Dale who had 3 entrants in the Vintage, two of whom came from Whitby & Scarborough. Well done lads!
Bearing that in mind , rather disappointingly only 6 players entered the Veterans O40 competition but a healthy 12 the Vintage O50, which was run for the first time in a number of years. Let’s hope we get a better supported Veterans next year!
But to more positive notes… The Men’s Veteran final was between two Wigginton players and a re-run of Wiggintons last Club Championships. The result was the same with Simon Middleton beating Ian Tooms 3-0 to win the Veterans Championship.
The standard of squash on the finals night was excellent and in the Vintage final Neil Chambers of York Squash Club beat Steve Toas of Dunnington 3-0. The Vintage plate was won bt Jon Wright of Stillington beating Rob Cooper of Wigginton.
The York Vets (O40) and Vintage (O50) champs are to be held at Wigginton from Mon 23 Nov and Fri 27 November this year.
Please see the poster.
Entries direct to Nick Clifford please.