Fuller wins Pontefract Squash Open

Pontefract Open title winner Chris Fuller receivies the TD Travel Trophy from Ian White CEO of the TD Travel Group. Photograph: Prosquash uk
Pontefract Open title winner Chris Fuller receivies the TD Travel Trophy from Ian White CEO of the TD Travel Group. Photograph: Prosquash uk
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Second-seeded Chris Fuller won the TD Travel Pontefract Squash Open Championship for emerging young professionals.

Fuller beat top-seeded James Earles, the former Pontefract player, 3-1 in the final.

Fuller won the first two games and although Earles fought back to win the third, Fuller took the fourth comfortably to win the match and the championship.

Pontefract juniors have been winning many open tournaments recently and the excellent run continued at the Allam Junior Open in Hull.

Eliot Ridge, who is maintaining his improvement, won the boys under 15 title.

He won 3-2 against top seeded Yussef Forster, grandson of the event sponsor Assem Allam, who also sponsors the British Senior Open.

Ridge has been advancing up the national rankings and this latest win will see him make further progress.

Another improver Emma Campion is living up to the family name and she won the under 15 Girls Championship, confirming her improvement.

The Pontefract under 19 junior mixed team came close to winning the National Championship staged at the West Warwickshire Club.

Having beaten Diana’s (Northampton) 4-0 in their first match they lost narrowly to Bexley Heath 3-2.

Wins by Taminder Gata-Aura and Tom Bamford saw the scores level at 2-2 and Jack Cooper lost 3-2 in the deciding match.

In the final match against Wycliffe College, Pontefract lost 3-1 with the fifth rubber not played.

Hannah Shipley won for Pontefract and Bamford failed narrowly to take it to a decider, losing 3-2.

This week Pontefract hosts a sportsman’s dinner to raise funding to provide local children with squash coaching and visits to the theatre.

Already Airedale Junior School have benefitted from several visits to the club for coaching and over 40 children have been involved.

Guests will include Super League coaches Brian Noble (Salford City Reds ) and Richard Agar (Wakefield Wildcats).