RL stars enjoy squash sessions at Pontefract

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THE strong link Pontefract Squash club has with Super League RL clubs saw Warrington Wolves pay their second visit for a morning’s squash as a break from their usual training.

Warrington coach Tony Smith (pictured), the former Leeds Rhinos boss, is a squash enthusiast and when at Leeds he was the first to bring his players to Pontefract.

Since then Castleford Tigers, Bradford Bulls and Hull have all followed suit.

The coaches of all three clubs Terry Matterson (Castleford), Richard Agar (Hull) and Mick Potter (Bradford) all play squash and Bradford Bulls captain Andy Lynch is a member at Pontefract.

Warrington stars such as Adrian Morley, Brett Hodgson, Michael Monaghan, Matt King and Micky Higham were all in action on the squash court and they were put through their paces by James Willstrop, Simon Parke, Kirsty Mcphee, Deon Saffery and Alex Hodgetts.

Rugby league players are famed for their toughness and athleticism but they have never been slow to show respect for squash which, apart from the hits, is as hard on the body.

RL legend Ellery Hanley is another squash enthusiast, often seen at tournaments.He was friend and advisor to John White, the former world number one, who hit the ball harder than anyone in the game’s history at 160 miles per hour.

Former Greta Britain and Wigan prop Neil Cowie’s wife is an international player and they have two promising squash playing children.

Many of the Super League players who have visited Pontefract have shown promise on the court and there is little doubt that they have the capacity to become capable players if time allowed them.