North West of England Masters 2015-16

Friday 18 December - Sunday 20 December 2015

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Event Hospitality

  • There will be a 'Shepherds Pie Night' on Friday night. This will be served from 8pm -11pm in the President suite and will hopefully be a chance for players/guests to eat/drink and chat informally.
  • Food including paninis, sandwiches and baked potatoes will be available throughout the weekend.
  • The club has a fully licensed Bar with freshly brewed tea, coffee and a range of soft drinks also available.
  • Free WI-FI is available throughout the club. The wi-fi code is "grovepark"
Registration Fees: £15.00* for ESM Members.
£10.00* for members of Grove Park Squash Club.

Note there is a small transaction fee when paying by the PayPal.
Age Groups: Men's O35 O40 O45 O50 O55 O60 O65 O70 O75
Women's O35 O40 O45 O50 O55 O60
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Draw Type 
Finalists / Top Two 
Mens Over 3516 DrawNick Wall bt Jamie Goodrich3-1 (11/5, 8/11, 11/6, 11/7)
Mens Over 4016 DrawJoss Hargrave bt Matthew Stephenson3-2 (6/11, 10/12, 11/5, 11/5, 11/4)
Mens Over 4532 DrawYawar Abbas bt Stephen McLoughlin3-2 (11/5, 12/14, 11/5, 14/16, 11/4)
Mens Over 5032 DrawDarren Withey by Peter Lonsdale3-0 (9/0, 9/1, 9/6)
Mens Over 5532 DrawGrant Miller bt Neil Harrison3-0 (9/5, 9/6, 9/4)
Mens Over 6016 DrawStuart Hardy bt Paul Reader3-0 (9/6, 9/3, 9/6)
Mens Over 6532 DrawIan Graham bt Derek Collins3-0 (9/4, 9/7, 9/5)
Mens Over 7016 DrawAdrian Wright bt David Hardern3-2 (2/9, 9/5, 0/9, 9/6, 9/3)
Women Over 35/402x3 Pool Zoë Shardlow bt Sam Mueller3-0 (11/9, 12/10, 14/12)
Women Over 454 Pool1st Izzy Tyrrell; 2nd Amanda WarrenPool
Women Over 50/552x3 Pool Rachel Woolford bt Shelly Walsh3-0 (9/2, 9/3, 9/3)
Women Over 603 Pool1st Jane Law; 2nd Celia ToogoodPool
Mens Over 35 Plate3 Pool1st Nick Bishop; 2nd Chris DunkerleyPool
Mens Over 45/50 Plate4 DrawTony Hedley bt Nigel Stewart 3-1 (11/13, 11/5, 11/4, 14/12)
Mens Over 55 Plate4 DrawRichard Bower bt Harjinder Chayra3-0 (9/1, 9/1, 9/5)
Mens Over 60/65 Plate4 DrawPeter Marsden bt Alistair Swift3-0 (9/1, 9/6, 9/5)
Mens Over 70 PlateFinal OnlyAllan Whittow bt Dudley Bostock3-1 (9/2, 9/6, 6/9, 9/1)
The event was overshadowed by the tragic loss of Glen Ragou and the weekend was held in his honour.

With weather more like early Autumn than mid Winter the travel to the Southern Manchester urban sprawl was as hazardous as ever. But there were only a dozen dropouts out of a total entry of 139. Pretty good considering.

WO60 – Winner Jane Law, parked up her Porsche, hood down no doubt and narrowly beat newcomer Celia Toogood, 4/9  7/9  9/4  9/7  9/6. The latter also beat Patricia Appleton.

WO50/55 – Karen Hume won the battle for an England place in the WO55 overcoming Lesley Sturgess easily 3/0. In the combined event, Rachel Woolford took out Hilary Kenyon 9/6  9/5  10/8 and then Shelley Walsh in the Final, 9/3  9/2  9/2.

WO45 – Izzy Tyrell, a rare refugee from either the Tennis, Racketball, Badminton Courts entered and took out Kay Fallows 3-0, Amanda Warren 3-1 and Alison Goy 3-0. All on the Saturday, no doubt back on the Tennis court on Sunday.

WO35/40 – Some tough battles here, especially Kate Bradshaw and Zoe Shardlow, nip and tuck until 8-9 in the fifth and Kate hits the easiest shot down, with Zoe stranded. Zoe won the Final v Sam Mueller, lots of rallies, 9/11 10/12 12/14.

MO70 – One or two surprises: Badrul Khan overcoming a lacklustre Brian Hardwick 9/0 in the fifth and David Hardern beating Mike Clemson, although the little dabbler did a ‘’ me**in ‘’ and claimed injury, 7/9  9/4  3/9  7/9.  Chris Ansell came back from the dead to lead 7/4 in the fifth v Wrighty, but the latter’s wrist cocked into prime form at exactly the right time. 9/7 to A.Wright. Match to A Wright. The Final saw BFD lead his weekly playing partner (I get a phone call when BFD wins. I had one last year) 9/2  5/9  9/0. An upset on the cards. Umm no, our soon to be 75 ex World Champ upped a gear or two and sailed through 6/9  3/9. However, IF THIS MATCH HAD BEEN PARS BFD would have won 3-0 easily!!

MO65 – Derek Collins no 1 seed and expected No 2 Barry Featherstone, unbelievably at a Salvation Army Tournament arranged by his manageress........    (Barry was distraught). Ian Graham, upped to no 2 seed and the rest a very strong draw. So much so, three 2015 England players went home on the Friday, all easily beaten, Messrs Norman, Pearse and Hendry...... Peter Smith (and Graham) are actually now playing their best ever squash, having both retired, and their match was a cracker, with Graham eventually coming through 9/1 in the fifth. Scot John Rae came unstuck against Collins and in the Final the latter found Graham just as fast and crucially the latter’s reverse angle won him many vital points. A big upset, in truth, but Graham was the worthy winner – 9/4  9/7  9/5. Plus, it was his first ever Regional title.

MO60 – A small draw and no Cowley or Alexander. However, after a tricky opener with newcomer Robert Hickson, World Squash Traveller and 2015 Trophy Lifter Stuart Hardy overcame the fist pumping, Strictly Come Dancing ballet machine, the one and only Simon Evenden, 7/9  10/9  (lucky Stuart) 9/5  9/10  9/1..... before taking out Paul Reader in the Final, 9/6  9/3  9/6. Earlier, Reader had gone some length to cementing an England place with a 3-1 victory over Ian Holmes, especially as Duleep Adihetty is 60 any day and requires his usual International Cap.

MO55 – Many missing here, but in truth will be interesting to see how newcomer, a blast from the past, Grant Miller fares later on this season, an easy winner here (his first Regional). In fact Miller only dropped 27 points all weekend, beating effervescent Neil Harrison, 9/5  9/6  9/4 in the Final. However, soon to return, Messrs Ockwell, Hurford and possibly Goulding for early 2016.  

MO50 – Again a lull here, Pricey badly wounded, his wrist, and others not here. However, Ray Burke (better not forget the MBE) will still be uttering swear words as he led Peter Lonsdale 9/1 and 5/0. And then the wheels came off. Darren Withey at no 2 was unhindered all the way through and was too good for Lonsdale, in the final  0/9  1/9  6/9.

MO45 – Andrew Cross and David Youngs were obviously in Panto playing Santa because they were not at Stockport. But Yawar Abbas and Steve McLoughlin were, and both progressed to the Final, the latter not without some problems from Andy Normile, 11/8  6/11  11/13  2/11. The Final was on hot court no 1 and the rallies were relentless, but Yawar finally clinched the match 11/4 in the 5th after having at least 3 match balls in the fourth.

MO40 – Most players missing in the 35’s for varying reasons, but Joss Hargrave and Matt Stephenson took full advantage to gain valuable points, the latter beating Jago Nardelli, 4/11  11/7  2/11  9/11. In the Final, Hargrave won 6/11  10/12  11/5  11/5  11/4  to record his first win. Congratulations!!

MO35 – "Tyson" Gliddon entered the 35 as he wanted to be knocked out before he trie d to do the same in his white collar Charity boxing match on the Sunday in Plymouth. He was removed  11/4 in the fifth by Tom May. All to no avail as Nick Wall was in the draw, as was Jamie, 44 years old, Goodrich, starring as Peter Pan at Gorleston Empire Panto ....... He earlier nearly came unstuck v Jon Hunter 5/11 in the fifth, but the Final Wall edged the crucial points, 11/5  8/11  11/6  11/7.
And readers will all be pleased to know that Tyson knocked down his opponent in the first, before the result was declared a draw after 3 bruising rounds. Female/ Male supporters will be pleased to know the Devonian features were basically unmarked. See on YouTube.

Finally some thanks to all below:
  • Sponsors: Mark Davenport, Ben Harris, Andy [email protected], North West Counties Squash League, Best Western, The Pinewood Hotel, Total Fitness (for the use of courts to play Plate matches)
  • Referees: Joss Garvey, Steve Eccles, Dave Eastwood and Tony and many volunteers like Dudley Bostock, Robbie Blair, Ian Schofield, who stepped in to cover.
  • Physio: Mark Campbell.
  • Impact Catering: Carol and her team for looking after us
  • Photographer: Shaun Knight ably assisted by Alastair Atkinson (who puts the photos onto the Grove Park website)
  • Volunteers and Helpers:
    • Firstly to the Squash Committee who are really helpful and proactive with ideas for making tournaments run as smoothly as possible.
    • Secondly to all the people who have helped in one way or another over the weekend, such as, Dave Cochrane Andy Light, Hilary Kenyon, Alistair Atkinson, Dudley Bostock, Noel Gill, Richard Clark and of course Brian Brock for all the work at the Tournament Desk.
Martin Pearse

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