Sam fitting winner of junior title

Elliott Ridge (left) won the under 17 title.
Elliott Ridge (left) won the under 17 title.
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There was plenty of success for Pontefract players at the Pontefract Junior Open for under 17, 15 and 13 age groups, sponsored by Mr J M Todd, father of Mick Todd, the club’s owner.

Fittingly the under 15 championship went to Mr Todd’s grandson Sam, the English under 13 champion, who staved off a strong challenge from clubmate Ben Sockett in a match of high quality, both boys showing remarkable athleticism.

Elliott Ridge, 14, has had a season to remember and he won the under 17 boys championship, beating the top seed and 13th ranked under 17 in the country Jamie Todd (Northumbria) impressively 3-1 in the final, his persistence and accuracy being the deciding factors.

The talented 13 year old Ellen Cooper won the girls under 17 title and Amber Copley was the fourth Pontefract winner when she took the under 13 girls championship, beating Laura Longfield on a tiebreak in the fifth and final game.

Mr Todd presented the prizes and the tournament was run by the doyen of tournament organisers T erry Dudley.

RESULTS: Under 17 boys: Elliott Ridge (Yorks) beat Jamie Todd (Northumbria),no relation to the sponsor, 3-1;Under 17 girls: Ellen Cooper (Yorks) beat Emily Westall (Northamptonshire) 3-0. Under 15 boys: Sam Todd (Yorks) beat Ben Sockett (Yorks) 3-2: Under 15 girls: Katie Wells (Lincs) beat Poppy Jaram (Yorks) 3-1. Under 13 boys: Andrew Shipley (Northumberland) beat Zac Toes (Yorks) 3-0. Under 13 girls: Amber Copley (Yorks) beat Laura Longfield (Yorks) 3-2.

Meanwhile, Pontefract juniors Layla Johnson, Ben Beachill, Milly O’Toole and Aisha Harris were in action at the England Under 11 Championships in Nottingham.

All performed with credit and nine-year-old Johnson showed that she will be a major contender next year when she finished fifth, winning three of her her matches.

The Pontefract over 35 women’s team, with two age group internationals Andrea Santamaria and Julie Field in its ranks, won the the National Over 45 team championship to add to the Women’s title and Pontefract may make it three national titles with the under 19 mixed final yet to be played.