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Akira Beds Junior Open 2014 - a huge success
The Akira Financial Beds Junior Open took place over the weekend of the 5th and 6th April. There were 86 entrants and the highlight for the Club was Sam McCoy's third place in the Under 17s. Click here for the full report.
National Team Competition
The Nationals Team are now in the SEMI Finals after a 4-1 win against Dulwich.
Many thanks to Daryl Selby, Adrian Waller, Mike McLaughlin, Joe Green and Steve Davies for a tremendous performance.
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Bedfordshire County Closed
Luton and Dunstable squash players dominated the County Championships in October 2013 taking 3 of the 4 categories up for grabs.
Players from all across the County attended Lewsey Sports Park where it was a true festival of squash as adults and juniors fought out some very hard matches over the weekend. The senior title was last contested 3 years ago, whilst no one remembers the last time Beds Junior titles were contested.
The very junior category could not have been tighter with the winner, LDSC’s Natalie Main, winning on a countback as all opponents beat each other with the same score! Biggleswade’s Fred Steer came second a solitary point ahead of LDSC’s Sophia John.
The only non-LDSC winner came in the older junior category, where Mowsbury’s Arjun Vaingankar prevailed without dropping a game all day, whilst his fellow club member Manu Ratnayake came second.
In the men’s B Grade tournament, LDSC’s Paul Main beat Mowsbury’s Phillip Hale in the final. However, Main can count himself lucky in two regards, having scraped through his semi-final against veteran Steve McCoy who had taken a 2-0 lead, before Main’s superior fitness told. The final was shaping up to another titanic struggle before Hales suffered a foot injury which severely impeded his movement, but he battled bravely before going down 3-1.
In the main elite category, LDSC’s Steve Davies was imperious as he regained his title without dropping a game over the whole weekend. He was made to work very hard in the final against his much younger opponent Nathan Derrick, but experience prevailed in the end. Derrick had made the final after a very heated affair earlier in the day against fellow youngster Joe Elfasi. The referee had his work cut out not just with the players, but parents too as tempers frayed.
Perhaps the tie of the tournament took place in the 4th/5th play-off where Matt Mulara somehow clawed back from 2-0 down against Trevor Keddo to win 3-2.
County Tournament Organiser, Steve McCoy said, “It was a great weekend of squash. As a County we have seen the rise of LDSC, both locally and nationally and it’s clear that, with their help, we can roll out their template to regenerate the sport across the County. It was especially gratifying to see all the youngsters on the Saturday, they are the sign that a positive future is ahead with trials for the County squads on
Winners: Steve Davies, Natalie Main and Paul Main
Quality and drama served up at LDS Junior Championships
Saturday the 20th July 2013 saw Luton and Dunstable Squash Club hold it’s second annual Junior Club Championships and by the end of the competition there were new names on all the trophies.
The event kicked off with the minis competing in a variety of fun challenges such as ball-catching, balancing and court sprints (Ed: court sprints fun, really?) From the contestants, relative new comer, Musa Meer emerged victorious.
On the other courts the Under 11s began their matches, closely followed by the other players in the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 categories.
Whilst Sam McCoy, still qualified at U15 level, won the U 17 event fairly comfortably, the match to determine his opponent in the final was a classic, with Kurran Sharma eventually prevailing in a 5 game thriller against Amy Rigby during which time both players spurned match balls. Amy recovered well to take 3rd place against Sean Davies, whilst twin siblings, Hannah and Daniel Stevens, contested the 5th/6th place play-off, with Hannah triumphing 3-1.
At Under 15, two new members Ross MacKenzie and Thomas Allwright contested a classic final. Ross and Thomas have played against each other on numerous occasions, but this was the first time under proper competitive pressure and Ross entered the match as marginal favourite. However, Thomas upset the odds and much to his adversary’s annoyance prevailed in 5.
It was a similar story at U13 where close friends Aran Flynn and Connor Seymour contested the final. Whilst the records will show that Aran won 3-0 it doesn’t tell the whole story as all three games could have gone either way and Aran picked up an injury deep in the third and showed real courage to hang on for the win.
As with last year’s tournament theU11 category was full of drama. Of the contestants it was felt that any one of four contenders could win it and whilst only three of the players were in the mix at the end, a degree in pure maths was almost required to determine the finalists as each of them had beaten each other during the round robin phase. Once game difference was accounted for, then the head-to-head result, it transpired that Natalie Main and Sophia John were the final contestants. Whilst Natalie took a 2-0 lead the momentum appeared to swing decisively for Sophia as she clawed back to 2 each and Natalie looked out on her feet. 7 year-old Natalie was having none of it and remarkably regrouped to triumph 3-2.
Callum McGeorge, the unlucky member of the trio (who had beaten Natalie in the round robin earlier) was at least consoled by receiving the “Practical Car and Van Hire” player of the tournament for his effort and attitude.
LDSC Herts Champions
On a tense night at Lewsey Sports Park LDS won their final match of the season to clinch the division 4 title of the Herts League in their debut season, but it was far from plain sailing. On paper, with Radlett 2 already relegated, the casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that on paper it would be stroll in the park with LDS not even requiring a match win just 8 points.
Winning Team Left to Right: Kachinga Kabwe, Steve Wells, Paul Main, Craig Basham and Scot Adam
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The ladies squash night continues to take place on Wednesday evening at 6.45pm. Please spread the word if you know of anyone that may wish to take part as we are always looking to grow this section of the club.
It is with huge sadness that we have to announce the untimely and tragic death of Harry Faulkner at the tender age of 18. Harry died doing what he loved, playing squash in St Albans in the Herts league on Thursday 7th Feb, from what appears to be a massive cardiac arrest.
Harry, pictured below second from left, has represented the club in the last two rounds of the National Club Championships and although not a regular at the club he is well known by many as a charming lad, who played the game in the right spirit and appeared to be destined for great things as he embarked on his professional career.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Stefan and Donna and his younger sister Charlie.
A full obituary will appear in due course.
Harry Faulkner RIP
Want To Play More Squash?
LDSRC welcomes squash players of all abilities from complete beginners to experienced League players.
Membership is £30 for adults and £10 for Juniors. Part of this fee is passed to England Squash and part of it is used to pay for an Active Luton Go4Less card which enables members to get reduced price squash courts.
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