Katie does double in Pontefract squash doubles

Katie Smith
Katie Smith

The Lesley Willstrop Memorial Doubles represents all that is good about the game of squash and epitomises Pontefract Squash Club

This year’s event, played over three days, brought together the club’s leading senior players and many talented juniors.

The final of the men’s doubles saw the 12-year-old world class junior Sam Todd partnered by Alex Hodgetts against Adam Taylor and Tom Bamford.

Despite the quality of his seniors Todd was the outstanding player on court and he and Hodgetts served for the match in the second game, lost it 15/14 and Bamford and Taylor went on to win 2-1 after a high class match.

Katie Smith, partnered by Hannah Shipley in the women’s doubles and by Matt Godson in the mixed, was a two time winner.

Results: Men’s - Adam Taylor and Tom Bamford beat Alex Hodgetts and Sam Todd 2-1; women’s - Katie Smith and Hannah Shipley beat Keeley Grindle and Nicola Beachill 2-0 : mixed - Katie Smith and Matt Godson beat Ben Beachill and Hannah Shipley 2-0: men’s plate - Rod Erridge and Anthony Baines beat Brad Gallivan and Matt Godson 2-0: women’s plate -Millye Stone and Layla Johnson beat Joanne Copley and Owd Stewart 2-0; mixed plate - Stuart Hargreaves and Keeley Grindle beat Harry Anderson and Nicola Beachill 2-0.

The trophies were presented by Rod Erridge, who lives in York and who has been a long time supporter of the club.

He was an appropriate winner of the men’s plate and the tournament was run by the doyen of tournament organisers, Terry Dudley.

It was a big weekend for the club’s juniors as they won six events in Manchester and Halifax.

Amber Copley and Asia Harris were successful at both venues – Copley at under 15 and Harris at under 13 level.

In the final in Manchester Copley achieved the best win of her career, beating Sussex’s Torrie Malik, the outstanding player of her age in the country, 2-1.

Harry Anderson(under 17) and Sam Todd (under 15) were the other winners.

The Yorkshire League begins this week when the Pontefract fourth team visit Phoenix,Rotherham.

The Premier League sides will be in action on October 7 and the National League team will play Birmingham at home on the 6th. James Willstrop is more than likely to play and newcomers Fiona Moverley and Patrick Rooney, one of the country’s leading juniors will make their debuts for Pontefract.