Pontefract's New World Champion

It has been a remarkable ten days for Pontefract Squash Club, which began when the Club's outstanding juniors won five Yorkshire Junior titles, as well as providing six runners-up.  Greater things were to follow; Julie Field, seeded 3/4,  playing in the World Masters Championships in Johannesburg, won the  World Over 60's title, beating on her way the top two seeds. Her Pontefract teammate, Andrea Santamaria, also reached the final of the Over45's,where she faced one of the sports’ all time greats, Sarah Fitzgerald, former Australian Sportswoman of the Year, who also played for Pontefract whilst in England. Santamaria lost 3-0 but will be happy to have reached the final and played Fitzgerald.    

 

Whilst 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 no 2 Gregory Gaultier [France] having held 3 game balls to take the match into a fourth game. He 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 1st Premier League side beat Chapel Allerton 3-2, with wins from Evan Williams, Lewis Doughty and Alex Hodgetts and the 2nd Premier League team beat Abbeydale 2nd's, also 3-2 with wins from Elliot Ridge, Adam Taylor and Ben Sockett. The experienced 3rd team began with a 5-0 win over Hull and East Riding 2nds, Chicago's Millen Randell making a winning debut.. 

 

 Altogether ten days of unparalleled success with pride of place going to World Champion Julie Field.