Pontefract youngsters are in dominant form

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PONTEFRACT Squash Club’s juniors dominated the Yorkshire Junior Championships at Ilkley, providing four winners and three runners-up, as well as a third of the entry.

England junior internationals Tamindar Gata-Aura and Katie Smith won the under 19 titles and at the younger end, talented pair Sam Todd, eight, and Ellen Cooper, 11, won the boys under 11 and girls under 13 titles respectively.

Eliot Ridge (under 13 boys), Emma Campion (under 13 girls) and Megan Kaye (under 15 girls) were runners-up.

Jack Cooper (under 17 boys) lost in the semi final to eventual champion James Peach on a tiebreak in the fifth so he can be counted unlucky not to have made the final.

Many of the other Pontefract players who did not reach the finals performed with credit, all of which augurs well for the future of the club.

Considering the club’s resources have been split btween the first and second teams, both of whom are in the Yorkshire Premier League, the first team have made a remarkable start to the season, winning their first three matches, all 3-2.

Phoenix were the latest opponents and after 3-2 wins by Alex Hodgetts and Simon Gittins had levelled the match at 2-2, the outcome depended on the top string match between Neil Cordell (pictured) and Austrian number one and world tour player Aqeel Rehman who would have been clear favourite to win.

Cordell, however, had different ideas and playing exceptionally well he won the first game on a tiebreak and breaking the Austrian’s resistance gradually ended up winning 3-0 in fine style.

The first team go to Queen’s (Halifax) this week with the same team and hopes of extending their winning run to four.

The second team, without the services of Gata-Aura who is playing in a European under 19 event, are at home to Barnsley.