Pontefract defend their European title

Kirsty McPhee (left) and Katie Smith are members of Pontefract's women's team.
Kirsty McPhee (left) and Katie Smith are members of Pontefract's women's team.

Pontefract Squash Club’s women’s team are in Riccione, Italy, this week to defend their European Clubs Team Championship.

The team will be led by England International Emma Beddoes and Welsh International Deon Saffery.

Team manager Kirsty McPhee and Katie Smith make up the side.

Pontefract’s world number three James Willstrop will also be in Riccione representing the French team Mulhouse.

He goes there on the back of two exhibitions in Cambridge and Leicester where that long established club was celebrating the opening of two new courts, one of which was a glass back with viewing for over 100.

The Yorkshire League season gets underway this week when Pontefract’s fourth team will play Chapel Allerton’s third team at home.

Youngsters Eliot Ridge and Sam Todd, both of whom gathered much experience in the league last season, will be playing and are likely to make an impact this year.

The experienced second team go to Hallamshire and the youthful third team play Chapel Allerton’s second team at home.

The International Olympic Committee may have rejected squash once more but in addition to the world tour there is much to look forward to this season. The world championships are in Manchester at the end of next month and the quarter finals onwards will be played at the Manchester Arena.

The Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow in 2014 when the powerful England team will be among the medals.

Willstrop already has two Commonwealth silver medals and will be looking for gold and Yorkshire’s Nick Matthew and Jenny Duncalf will be major contenders.