Sam is top man at championships

editorial image

SAM Wileman and Katie Smith took the top honours in the Pontefract Squash Club Championships.

Wileman (pictured) beat Alex Hodgetts 3-1 to win the men’s event while England junior international Smith defeated Andrea Santamaria by the same score to triumph in the women’s championship.

The B Championship went to the promising 12-year-old Eliot Ridge, who came from 2-0 down to beat Joe Gallagher 3-2, taking the fifth 11-7.

Sam Todd won the boys’ title, beating Ben Sockett 3-0, and Megan Kaye, fresh from success at Queen’s Halifax the previous weekend, resisted a strong challenge from Ellen Cooper to win the junior girls’ championship 3-1.

Elsewhere in the age group categories, Alrick Booth won the over 40s and namesake, but no relative, Steve Booth, the over 50s, while Mick Todd won the over 40 plate, beating Paul Bibb 3-1.

In the Tom Abbott Handicap Adam Taylor beat James Thompson (+3), 3-0 and Jed Nowell won a close five setter with Ben Sockett (level) in the junior handicap.

Club Championship results:

Men’s: Sam Wileman beat Alex Hodgetts 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 11-1.

Women’s: Katie Smith beat Andrea Santamaria 3-1:

Men’s B: Eliot Ridge beat Joe Gallagher 13-15, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7.

Men’s Over 40: Alrick Booth beat Mark Shipley 11-7, 11-5, 11-7.

Men’s Over 50s: Steve Booth beat Chris Phillips 11-6, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4.

Boys’: Sam Todd beat Ben Sockett 11-6, 11-7, 11-8.

Girls’: Megan Kaye beat Ellen Cooper 11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 13-11.

Plate winners - Men’s: Ben Hodgetts. Women’s: Ellen Cooper. Over 40s: Mick Todd. Over 50s: Chris Gallagher.

Men’s B plate: George Pugh. Boys’: Jacob Chegge. Girls’: Tiffany King.

Tom Abbot Handicap Plate winners - Men’s: Paul Simmons. Junior: Tom Sockett.

Main: Adam Taylor beat James Thompson (+3) 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 .

Junior: Jed Nowell beat Ben Sockett 6-11, 11-7, 7-11, 14-12, 11-7 .

Pontefract’s women’s team made sure of their place in the National Club finals in Nottingham in June when they beat Nottingham 4-1, but the men disappointingly failed, when they lost 3-2 to Bowden in the quarter-finals, Adam Taylor losing 3-2 in the deciding match after Alex Hodgetts and Tamindar Gata-Aura had won.

James Willstrop featured in a full page article in the Guardian last week and then appeared on BBC television with Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, highlighting the omission of the sport from this year’s Olympics, when England have the world’s number one and two men and the number two and three women. Medals would have been almost guaranteed in a sport played in almost 150 countries and acknowledged as a real test of an athlete.