Willstrop’s win voted top match of season

James Willstrops 3-1 win over world number one Mohammed el Shorbagy at the World Championships in Seattle last November  came out clearly on top. Picture: Steve Line/SquashPics.com
James Willstrops 3-1 win over world number one Mohammed el Shorbagy at the World Championships in Seattle last November came out clearly on top. Picture: Steve Line/SquashPics.com

Pontefract Squash Club received the Squash Club of the Year award from the Squash Player Magazine and now more recognition for the club has come from the PSA Awards.

PSA is the governing body of the professional players.

Ten matches throughout the 2015-2016 season were nominated for the match of the year accolade to be voted on by the squash public and James Willstrop’s 3-1 win over world number one Mohammed el Shorbagy at the World Championships in Seattle last November came out clearly on top.

Added to that Pontefract’s former world number one Willstrop has been nominated for the best actor award at the forthcoming Wharfedale Festival of Theatre Amateur Oscar Awards for his role as Captain Stanhope in the famous World War One drama Journey’s End.

Adding to the recent open wins of Asia Harris and Amy Royle, Pontefract players took four titles at England squash’s silver event in Hull last weekend. Two of the club’s under 15 junior internationals, Ben Sockett (under 17) and Sam Todd (Under 15), Amber Copley (under 15) and Ben Beachill (under 13) were the winners, the last two both winning in the fifth and final game, Beachill having been 2-0 down.

Alex Hodgetts and Lewis Doughty were in Riccione, Italy, for the First Division of the Italian Team Championships and they helped Bologna to success, adding to James Willstrop leading Castagna to victory two weeks ago in the Premier Division, also in Riccione.

Airedale Junior School and De Lacey resume their squash and educational programme at the Pontefract club after half term as international players arrive for training at Stuart Road. Nadia Pfister, leading Switzerland player, has already arrived and she will be joined next week by Misaki Kobayashi, Japan’s number one woman player.