Gallivan wins men’s final in handicap tournament

James Willstrop is seeded to meet Nick Matthew in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic in London.
James Willstrop is seeded to meet Nick Matthew in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic in London.

The finals of Pontefract Squash Club’s popular Tom Abbott handicap tournament produced several close finishes.

In the men’s final, 18-year-old Brad Gallivan beat long term member Paul Bibb 3-2.

The women’s final was between two of the club’s best juniors, Megan Kaye and under 13 England international Ellen Cooper. Cooper won 3-0 which was an unusual scoreline because matches between the pair are invariably close.

Ben Sockett won the junior title, beating Tiffany King 3-0.

The plate competition winners were Tony Kaye, Jen Dale and Tom Sockett.

RESULTS- Men’s: Brad Gallivan beat Paul Bibb (+8) 3-2. Women’s: Ellen Cooper (+2) beat Megan Kaye 3-0. Junior: Ben Sockett beat Tiffany King (+9) 3-0. Men’s plate:Tony Kaye (+9) beat Adam Taylor 3-2. Women’s plate: Jen Dale (+3) beat Cathryn Beaumont 3-2. Junior plate: Tom Sockett beat Jordan Stewart (+8) 3-2.

AJP Pontefract lost 4-1 to Nottingham in the National League. The late withdrawal of Sarah Kippax through injury did not help the team’s cause but Siddharth Suchde, leading the team, played well to win 3-0 .

Thoboki Mohohlo and Lee Beachill both lost 3-1.

The final match of the season is at Chapel Allerton next Tuesday.

Pontefract turned out four teams on one night in the Yorkshire League, no mean achievement with ten regulars missing. Though none of them won the third and fourth teams both came close, losing 3-2.

Pontefract second team’s unbeaten run in 2013 came to an end when they lost 4-1 to Abbeydale second team. Yorkshire champion Adam Taylor provided the side’s only win.

Pontefract’s Sam Todd and Ellen Cooper go to Le Mans in France to represent England at under 13 level. Nine year old Todd is the youngest player ever to represent his country.

James Willstrop’s remarkable shot against Ramy Ashour in the semi final of the North American Open in Virginia has been attracting world wide attention on YouTube.

Willstrop reached the last 16 of the Kuwait Cup, beating Frenchman Gregoire Marche 3-0. He plays Tarek Momen (Egypt) in the second round with the prospect of a semi final against another Egyptian Karim Darwish.

Surav Ghosal beat world junior champion Marwan El Shorbagy 3-0 and then, having led 2-0, lost narrowly to world number 10 Borja Golan (Spain) in the fifth.

On his return from Kuwait, Willstrop plays the Canary Wharf Classic in London where he is seeded to meet Nick Matthew in the final.

Yorkshire’s over 50 team, which included Julie Nevins, retained their County Championship title, beating Kent and South Wales both 2-1 to meet Surrey in the final.

With the score at 1-1 the match rested on the second string match and the experienced Julie Field was able to win the match comfortably 3-0.