Pontefract’s young players impress for Yorkshire

Sam Todd, aged 11, led the young under 15 boys team.
Sam Todd, aged 11, led the young under 15 boys team.

Pontefract Squash Club’s youngsters played a significant part in Yorkshire’s three wins at the inter county team championships which were held at Pontefract and organised by Terry Dudley.

All age groups from under 13 to under 19 girls and boys were involved and Yorkshire under 17 boys, under 15 girls and under 13 girls were successful.

Pontefract’s Elliot Ridge led the under 17 boys to a 4-1 win over Hampshire with an outstanding win over Robbie Keefe, who is nationally ranked number two at under 17.

Ellen Cooper, Poppie Jaram and Eve Perrin were the backbone of the under 15 girls team that beat Essex 3-2 and Laura Longfield and Amber Copley were both unbeaten in the Yorkshire under 13 girls team that beat Kent 3-2 in the final.

The under 17 girls almost made it four wins, losing narrowly to Warwickshire 3-2. Emma Campion was unbeaten in her matches.

Sam Todd, aged 11, led the young under 15 boys team, which included Harry Anderson and Ben Sockett, with his usual quality. Todd would be eligible for three more years in the under 15 age group though it is more than likely he will be involved at an older level soon, such is his class.

Layla Johnson and Asia Harris confirmed their promise playing for Yorkshire girls under 13 second team who had qualified for the finals.

Amy Royal would also have been part of that team had her recent win in the Heaton Open come a little sooner.

Pontefract’s young Yorkshire League fourth team, which includes Todd, Anderson and Sockett, beat Wakefield second team 5-0 and there was a welcome return to action after injury for Simon Gittins who won 3-1. They go to Doncaster next week when Gittins will play again.

The Yorkshire League first team lost 3-2 to Hallamshire and there were wins for newcomer Lewis Doughty and Stuart Hargreaves who continues in good form.

The second team found a powerful Queen’s Halifax side too strong and lost 5-0.

The first team go to Hull and East Riding and the second team are at home to Barnsley this week.

Next Tuesday the National League side take on Leicester at home and James Willstrop and Aqeel Rehmann are both expected to play.

Willstrop is building up to his return to the World Tour early in February at the Swedish Open.

Although he decided that the Tounament of Champions in New York’s Grand Central Station had come a little too soon for him, he is in New York commentating for the PSA Live televison channel.