This weekend, LLTSC hosted the latest in a series of PSA Closed Satelite and WSA Challenger events.
It was the strongest event so far for the Men with brothers Chris and Mark Fuller top seeds and top England juniors Ollie Holland and Tom Ford looking to upset the Fuller household.
In the Ladies event, top seed was Club member Leonie Holt, world ranked 107 with England juniors Victoria Temple-Murray amongst others looking to upset the rankings.
The tournament proved to be a great spectacle of good quality squash, with the England juniors really impressing the local crowd. As predicted, the Fuller brothers met the top juniors, Holland and Ford in the semi finals. Chris Fuller managed to get past Ollie Holland in style, showing great control and discipline to win 3/0. Second seed Mark Fuller had a much tougher ride, coming up against 18 year old Tom Ford. Ford, European Junior finalist earlier in the year showed great movement and incredible speed around the court and managed to upset the seeding by coming through 3/1 winner.
In the ladies, top seed Leonie Holt came up against Emily Heyes who herself caused a few upsets on the way through to the semi final with some very good squash. Leonie fought off a great effort from Heyes to pull through comfortably in the end 3/0.
In the other semi, another impressive display by 17 year old Anna Kimberley. Definately one to look out for in the future. However, second seed Victoria Temple-Murray managed to secure victory over her younger counterpart with a 3/1 win.
Into the Mens final, Fuller would be the fresher out of the two players, with Tom Ford showing signs of cramp going into the latter stages of the game. Again, Fuller showed great precision and control in his hitting to see off the talented junior 3/1.
For the ladies, Leonie Holt was against Exeter based junior Victoria Temple-Murray. Temple-Murray got off to a great start with Holt being slow out the blocks. However, Holt's class shone through as she battled back to bring the game into a decider. With Temple-Murray showing signs of tiredness, Holt was able to take the final game fairly confortably to win 3/2.
All in all, a great weekend of high level squash. I hope the crowd enjoyed the event, and we hope to be able to play host to similar events in the coming years.
I would like to end by saying a special Thank You to Bruce Staunton for helping out with the refereeing over the weekend, I couldn't have managed without you!
The event was kindly sponsored by a host of members, either through their business or as a personal donation. I am very thankful as without your support this event would not have been possible. Please see a list below of the sponsors;
Steve Bainbridge – SBM Sports Ltd www.sbmsports.co.uk
Jeremy Lim – Architect www.jeremylim.co.uk
Joe Starbuck – Driving Instructor www.starbuckdriving.co.uk
Jolyon Olivier – 3 Phase Productions www.3phaseproductions.com
Pete Staunton – Drapeaux Interior Design Specialists www.drapeaux.co.uk
Sebastian Barth – C4 Logistics www.c4logistics.com
Andrew Dixon – Aspect Financial Advisors www.aspectconsultants.co.uk
Ian Frankton – Frankton Hill Chartered Quantity Surveyors www.franktonhill.co.uk
Richard McCaughan – Commission Free Life Cover www.commissionfreelifecover.com
Simon Stone – Mech Innovation Ltd www.scan3.co.uk
Paul Bennett – Parkroy Ltd Property Developers
John Sullivan – Newbold Buildings Ltd
Neil Staunton, David Flanigan & Barry Alder
Jason Pike, Club Coach