Champion Shipley wins all-Pontefract county final

James Willstrop, returning from a five-month absence after a hip operation, will make his comeback at Pontefract in the National League match against Leicester.
James Willstrop, returning from a five-month absence after a hip operation, will make his comeback at Pontefract in the National League match against Leicester.

The Yorkshire Senior Squash Championships were held at Pontefract last weekend and Hannah Shipley became the women’s champion when she beat Andrea Santamaria 3-2 in an all Pontefract final.

Taminder Gata-Aura almost made it a double when he lost 3-2 to Doncaster’s James Peach, having looked the more likely winner when he levelled the score at 2-2.

Laura Longfield and Amber Copley were members of the Yorkshire under 13 girls team which won the recent Inter County Team Championship and they added to that success when they represented the North East Area in the Area Team Championships at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham.

They beat the North West 4-0, East Midlands 3-1 and London and the South East 4-0 to earn a place in the final against the Eastern Area who they beat 3-1.

There is great depth to the Pontefract girl players and there are some very promising younger girl players.

Pontefract’s Yorkshire League first team beat Hull and East Riding 3-2.

Pontefract came out on top thanks to victories from Alex Hodgetts, Sam Wileman and newcomer Lewis Doughty.

They take on Heaton at home this week.

Pontefract’s second team go to Hallamshire, the third team are at York RI and the fourth team are also at Hallamshire and will include the recently returned Brad Gallivan.

James Willstrop, returning from a five month absence after a hip operation, will appropriately make his comeback at Pontefract in the National League match against Leicester.

If all goes well he will then return to the World Tour at the Swedish Open next week in Linkoping.

The promising young Asia Harris is the latest Pontefract junior to make her way to Ackworth School which already houses Sam Todd, Harry Anderson, Ben Sockett and Ben Beachill, four outstanding young squash players.

Jack Cooper will be going much further afield next September when he becomes surely the first Pontefract student to be accepted into Harvard University in the USA.

College sport is so significant in American univerities and Cooper, an English junior international, will become part of Harvard’s squash team.

Harvard’s head coach is Mike Way who originated from Lincolnshire but who achieved fame as the coach of Canadian star Jonathan Power.