Pontefract squash star Todd enhances reputation

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

Pontefract Squash Club’s 12-year-old Sam Todd enhanced his reputation when he won the Sheffield Under 15 Open from a top class field.

Winning five matches and giving up to two years away in age, he beat Nathan Mead (Wycliffe College) 3-2 in the quarter final, Keane Appleton (Cumbria) 3-1 in the semi final and Richard Hall (Lancashire) in the final 3-0.

By defeating Hall he was reversing a recent defeat against the same opponent and he did it in style.

At no point did it look likely that Todd would be beaten in the final.

Already ranked five in the country at under 15 level, Todd’s ranking will rise after this win, guaranteeing him a place in next season’s England under 15 team.

He is without doubt the outstanding young talent in the country, indeed that England has had for some time and his performances in Sheffield confirmed his promise.

Several other Pontefract juniors performed with credit. Elliot Ridge lost 3-2 in the semi finals of the under 17 boys.

Asia Harris and Amber Copley reached the semi finals of the under 13 girls.

Harris did particularly well to reverse her recent defeat to Emma Bartley (Suffolk) in the England under 11 final.

Grace Clark had a fine win over seventh seed Lucinda Cross (Teesside) and Millen Howard, a visiting American, also acquitted himself well.

The next junior tournament of consequence is the West Yorkshire Junior Open, sponsored by Mr J M Todd, father of the Pontefract club’s owner Mick and grandfather of Sam.

The tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5.

It will include boys and girls under 17, under 15, under 13 and under 11.

Airedale Junior School have resumed coaching at the Pontefract club on Stuart Road.

It involves 20 children and the coaching is provided free .

Many of the youngsters are already showing promise as well as setting high behavioural standards,which are a credit to their school and staff.