40th Finals Day
Celebrating the 40th Finals day at Stamford Squash Club, there were finals consisting of a mixture of experienced and inexperienced Squash players producing their finest Squash in a bid to get their names on the prestigious honours board. Alongside Club greats such as Tania Bailey, Michael Ferreira, Martin Brewin, Ian Burnham, Dave Robinson and Paul York.
The event started with the Copperstore Trophy a handicap competition for those players unlucky enough not to be a finalist. With sixteen players split into two groups,participants playing each other, this not only is a competitive format but also gruelling in its nature. Tournament favourites Mike Pares and Tony Spice set the early pace in each group, with Bob Ball overcoming a nervous start producing some fine shots to run seasoned campaigner Paul Partington close. Shane Clash eventually took group A with some fine Squash and Jason Van Der Westhuizens power game took group B even overcoming youngster James Stevenson in a close battle. The final again proved to be a close affair with Jason taking the game 15-14, a credible performance after two and half hours Squash.
The Over 55’s was anything but a gentle affair between two club stalwarts Mark Davies and Robert Miles, Robert giving his all but the calm Davies took it 3-0.
The over 45’s between the experienced and holder Dave Spooner against the fast improving Neal Cooke produced Squash of the highest level with Spooner taking the tie 3-1 again a close match with one game going to 17-15.
The Ladies final between the experienced Debbie Bowen against, the up and coming Hannah Yogasundaram, Hannah took a game off the favourite Debbie in a gutsy performance, that will no doubt give a lot of confidence to her which will no doubt see her win this tournament in the future. Debbie produced her “A” game to take the final 3-1.
The Vivian Cup Final, generated a lot of interest from club members, which saw seasoned campaigner Will Vergette play against relative newcomer, sporting all rounder Jai Nairn in a handicap competition, this final did not disappoint with Will starting on -6 and Jai on + 6, Will set the early pace quickly overcoming the handicap to take the first game 15-12, Jai summoned up all he had learned over the past 18 months, playing 8 games a week, Monday to Thursday, over that period he has taken his game to a new level, pushing Will deep to the back of the Court, Jai took the second game 15-11 an upset was on the cards, Will rallied though taking two very close games 15-13 a new and worthy winner for the Honours Board.
The Mens single final between two former winners Mark Smith and Bez Beresford, saw Bez subdue and overcome Mark in a very strong display, Bez who has competed for Combined Services and played in the British Closed in the past year, made his opponent work hard, Mark to his credit never gave up but succumbed 3-0.