Pontefract juniors dominate Yorkshire Championships

Yorkshire champions: Ellen Cooper and Poppie Jaram.
Yorkshire champions: Ellen Cooper and Poppie Jaram.

Not for the first time Pontefract’s outstanding youngsters dominated the Yorkshire Junior Championships with five winners and six runners-up in the 10 events at under 11,13,15,17 and 19.

The winner of the girls under 17 is from York,but is also coached at Pontefract.

Pontefract champions were Ellen Cooper, under 19, Amber Copley, under 15, Jordan Stewart, under 15, Asia Harris, under 13 and Joe Royle, under 11.

Added to that Pontefract had six runners-up in the championships.

Results: Ellen Cooper beat Charlotte Jagger 3-0; Stuart McGregor (Ilkley) beat Elliot Ridge 3-1; Ben Merchant (Chapel Allerton) beat Ben Sockett 3-1; Poppie Jaram (Dunnington) beat Grace Clark 3-0; Jordan Stewart beat Ben Beachill 3-1; Amber Copley beat Laura Longfield 3-0; Asia Harris beat Amy Royale 3-1; Ali Usman (Queen’s Halifax) beat Ben Parlour 3-1; Keiko Bedford (Selby) beat Anna Clayton 3-1; and Joe Royle beat Michael Hillary 3-1.

Pontefract’s Yorkshire League Premier sides made the best possible starts to the season with the first team beating Abbeydale Park, Sheffield 2nds 5-0 and the second team defeating Abbeydale 1st team 3-2.

A 3-2 win on a tie break by Adam Taylor clinched the victory for the seconds after wins by Elliot Ridge and Ben Sockett.

The first team entertain Chapel Allerton at home this week and the seconds return to Sheffield to take on Abbeydale’s seconds.

Pontefract’s third team, which won promotion to Division One last season, are in action this week and they will have Chicago’s Millen Howard, studying at Ackworth School, in their ranks.

James Willstrop, having completed his 10 performances as Philip Lombard in Agatha Christie’s famous ’And Then There Were None’ at the Ilkley Theatre, is in San Francisco for the Netsuite Open where he will play South America’s top player Miguel Rodriguez in the first round.

He then heads straight for Philadelphia for the US Open.