England call up for Pontefract pair

Pontefract Squash Club's Sam Todd.
Pontefract Squash Club's Sam Todd.

Pontefract Squash Club’s Ellen Cooper and Sam Todd have both been selected to represent England at under 15 level in the Six Nations Championships in Edinburgh in March.

Cooper sealed her selection with an outstanding win in Birmingham and what is remarkable about Todd’s selection is that he is still only 11, playing in an age group where physical development is a major factor.

Elliot Ridge is the third of the club’s current junior internationals but there are younger girls and boys showing sufficient promise to suggest there will be more.

James Willstrop’s exertions in Sweden when he played two tough matches within 18 hours after hip surgery and five months out of action on the World Tour made things difficult for him at the British Championships in Manchester. Although he survived his first match against Lyell Fuller (Devon) 3-2 his movement at no point looked comfortable and he withdrew from his second round match.

The problem does not concern the hip directly and he will head for Chicago next week for the Windy City Open.

He will miss this week’s National League encounter with the Coolhurst Club in London and Pontefract will travel with a side missing not only Willstrop but Laurens Anjema, the injured Dutch number one, and Indian number one Saurav Ghosal.

England’s Nick Matthew became the all time most successful British squash player by winning his record seventh national title in Manchester.

Matthew surpassed his own and Cassie Jackman’s previous record of six National Championship wins.

Pontefract’s Yorkshire League first team are at home to Barnsley and will include the promising South African Kyle Maree. The second team go to Hull and East Riding and will include George Wileman, just graduated from Nottingham University.

The club’s junior coaching systems are renowned from the players they have produced and the Sunday morning sessions for children from four years old and upwards are available to non members.