Squash: Seven up for a ‘unique’ tournament

Simon Parke
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The seventh Lesley Willstrop doubles championships took place at Pontefract squash club last weekend and again the event was strongly supported.

For three nights the club had quite a buzz about it. Ever since the event began we have been thrilled at the support and the unique atmosphere it generates.

A whole range of characters turned out, from present day age group internationals and champions, to former world number three Simon Parke, to beginner players and younger children.

It’s a testament to the club, all organisers, and of course to Lesley herself whom many members knew well, that this weekend is always a memorable and fun one.

The doubles format is not widely played but it can be very enjoyable to play, and at times exciting to watch, especially at club level. Since they changed the rules for the Commonwealths even the professional game looked better as a spectacle this year, so maybe there’s a future for it somewhere.

There’s a strong chance it will remain part of the future in Pontefract anyhow, after it has proved to be an exciting occasion on the club’s calendar over the last years.

The winners of the mixed event were Tom Bamford and Andrea Santamaria, who chalked up a double by also winning the women’s event with Katie Smith. Simon Parke and Eliot Ridge won the men’s event. Plate events were won by Sam Todd and Ben Beachill, Jim Pugh and Jackie Anderson, and Jackie Anderson and Jen Dale.

James Willstrop, lefvt, in action against Mohamed ElShorbagy in Dubai. Picture courtesy of PSA

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