Pontefract pair win titles at Humberside Open

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PONTEFRACT Squash Club’s juniors were out in force for the Allam Humberside Junior Open at the Hull and East Riding Club.

The championships were sponsored by Dr Allam who recently undertook a three-year sponsorship of the British Open which was played in May at the 02 Arena in London.

Next year it moves to Hull, where Dr Allam lives.

Two Pontefract players Eliot Ridge (under 13 boys) and Jed Nowell (under 11 boys) won their championships, the rapidly improving Ridge without dropping a game in his four matches.

Nowell won his first open title after a promising performance at the English under 11 championship at Manchester Sports City earlier this month.

The under 13 final was an all Pontefract affair as nine-year-old Sam Todd, giving up to three years away in age to most of his opponents, reached the final in fine style. His cousin Ridge proved too strong in the final but not before Todd had led 10-6 in one game, without being able to clinch it.

Lewis Southward, also playing up an age group at under 15, did well to reach the semi final.

Pontefract’s Poppy Jaram, Eve Perrin and seven-year-old Layla Johnson, who has gained much experience this year, all performed with much credit.

With Jack Cooper, Katie Smith and Tamindar Gata-Aura already having represented England at junior level and the talented Ellen Cooper waiting in the wings, the strength of Pontefract junior players is as good as ever.

Gata- Aura has been called up to represent England under 19s at the World Junior Championships which are about to get underway.

Originally first reserve, he replaces injured Sheffield player Ashley Davies.

James Willstrop retained his world number one spot in the July rankings, this being his sixth month at the top of the world.

He has just returned from Colorado where he has been training at altitude but heads immediately for Poland to play exhibition matches.

The charity doubles held in memory of his mother Lesley will be held at the end of September and a main beneficiary of the popular and successful event will be Jaiden Worrell, a serioulsy ill young boy who lives locally.

It is intended that as part of the tournament several rugby league celebrities will take on the might of Pontefract’s girl players.

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith (pictured) has already pledged his support.