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Following on from our fantastic World Squash Day Charity Squash Competitions in October which featured Junior, Ladies and Mixed Open Graded events, alongside a Squash and Racketball Exhibition between Club Pro Mike Harris and Somerset Number 1 Luke Bishop, we were really pleased to be able to donate the total proceeds from the event to the Louisa Cary Ward in Torbay.
This cause has a special significance for the section as Ioan Sharpe spent time at Torbay Hospital as a baby and then again, at the age of 7. Ioan, who is now a prominent junior squash player, playing for the club, Devon and Wales, contracted meningitis just after his first birthday in 2006. The nurses on the ward saved his life and continued to care for him over the course of 7 years, recovering from the meningitis and then a form of skin cancer when he was 7.
Ioan and his dad, Jon, who also plays for the club, returned to the hospital just before Christmas 2019 to present the cheques to the ward.
Already in 2020 we have had a number of other Squash competitions take place, most notably on the weekend of the 10-12th January where we hosted three different competitions over the same weekend. These included:
It was a brilliant weekend of matches from start to finish, particularly in the professional event which had a number of incredibly close battles in each round, with the local players (Mike Harris, James Snell and Luke Bishop) all keeping the home crowds interested with some top performances. In the end however it was the top two seeds who made it through to the Final, with Miles Jenkins (wr 169) upsetting the standings by beating top seed Mark Fuller (wr 163) 3/0. It was a very impressing performance from Miles who didn’t let his opponent get going at all in the match with a display of clinical and positive gameplay.
One to watch moving up the rankings this season! It was also nice to see Miles take the title as he has supported and competed in this tournament for the last 3 years and has reached the semis each time, great to see him go that step further and take the win!
Click here for the full draw and results for the Men’s Professional event. tournament organiser Mike Harris has also posted full replays of the matches on Youtube on: ‘’Devon Squash Events at Exeter Golf and Country Club’’ why don’t you take a look to see how they panned out!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and billets for supporting the event. Without your help it wouldn’t be possible to get these high class players down to showcase the game at the highest level, so it is greatly appreciated.
Finally, our next event in 2020 is going to be a change of scene as we look at Racketball.
On Saturday 21st March we will be hosting a One Day Racketball Open Graded with support from Karakal UK, for players from County/National level, down to Club Box League level.
Entries are filling up fast so don’t miss out! Cost of entry is £10 per person and you will be guaranteed 3 matches in the day. Contact Mike Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to enter or if you have any queries.
We look forward to seeing you all down at the courts at some stage in the near future!
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