World success for Pontefract Squash Club

James Willstrop.
James Willstrop.

It has been a remarkable 10 days for Pontefract Squash Club and it all began when the club’s outstanding juniors won no fewer than five Yorkshire junior titles, as well as clinching six runners-up spots.

Greater things were to follow as Julie Field, seeded 3/4, playing in the World Masters Championships in Johannesberg, won the World Over 60s title, beating the top two seeds in the process.

Her Pontefract team-mate, Andrea Santamaria, also reached the final of the Over 45s, where she faced one of the sport’s all time greats, Sarah Fitzgerald, former Australian Sportswoman of the Year, who also played for Pontefract while in England.

Santamaria lost 3-0, but will be happy to have reached the final and played Fitzgerald.

While the World Masters was in full flow James Willstrop was in San Francisco for the Netsuite Open.

He began by eliminating the third seed Miguel Rodriguez (Columbia), came from 2-0 down to beat sixth seed Simon Rosner, Germany’s best ever player, and beat Peruvian former World Junior Champion Diego Elias 3-0 to reach the final.

There he lost 3-0 to World number two Gregory Gaultier (France), having held three game balls to take the match into a fourth game.

Willstrop now heads for Philadelphia for the US Open.

Meanwhile on the domestic front the club has won all its Yorkshire League matches so far this season.

The first Premier League side beat Chapel Allerton 3-2, with wins from Evan Williams, Lewis Doughty and Alex Hodgetts, and the second Premier League team beat Abbeydale seconds, also 3-2, with wins from Elliot Ridge, Adam Taylor and Ben Sockett.

The experienced third team began with a 5-0 win over Hull and East Riding seconds, Chicago’s Millen Randell making a winning debut.

This week the first team go to Dunnington with Sam Todd making his first appearance of the season and the seconds are at home to Hull and East Riding firsts.