Stillington Squash club Finals Night 30th March 2019
This year there were 6 finals featuring various categories: Main Open, Open plate; Vintage; Veterans, Intermediates and Ladies.
Veterans: This was a very hard fought game between Jon Walker and giles Bilton with Jon eventually keeping Giles at bay winning: 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6
Open plate: This was youth over experience with at least 40 years between Mike Williams and Ophelia Watson. With Mike’s unique style didn’t enable Ophelia to get going and Mike won: 11-4,11-7,11-5.
Vintage: A very close game between Giles Bilton and Jon Wright. A very close first game Jon winning 16-14. The match went to five games with Giles winning through:14-16, 11-9,11-7,8-11, 11-2.
Intermediates: John Dunford was favourite for this match and comfortably won the first two games, but Susie Lee did not give up and won the the third game, Jon taking the fourth game winning: 11-4,11-2,6-11,11-1.
Ladies: This was a hard fought game between Marie Elcock and Ophelia Watson. this was a hard fought match with both players favouring a fast, hard hitting game. the first three games were 11-5, 6-11, 11-8 giving Ophelia a 2-1 lead. A very close fourth game with Ophelia at match point only to have Marie scrape back to win 12-10 to force a fifth game shoot out. Marie won the final game 11-6 to take the title. A good game to watch with few refereeing decisions to make.
Main Open: Anthony Baines (defending champ) v Jamie Dunsmore.
With both players are known for their fast pace and retrieving skills this match did not disappoint.Anthony off to a good start won the first game 11-6. this warmed Jamie up who took the next two games 11-4,11-2 to lead 2-1. Anthony had to really find form with Jamie pushing all the way, winning the fourth game 11-9 to level the match.
In the last game both pushed themselves to some great squash and was very much in the balance. Anthony managed to win this epic match 11-8 in the fifth to retain the tropphy!.