Yorkshire Premier League is the main attraction on the squash scene at Chapel Allerton this season, with top class squash on our show courts every week. Everyone is invited so bring your friends, and we welcome visitors from other local clubs. All the players tend to join us in the bar afterwards and it is always a well attended night with a great atmosphere. Chapel A 1 finished the 2016/17 league as Champions, but they just struggled to maintain their hold for the 2017/18 season, finishing second in the league. This year sees two teams in Premier Division once more so we can host top level squash every Wednesday.
Owain has enjoyed a reasonably successful year of squash, (despite having two months off mid season with injury). Whilst balancing university and professional squash he has reached his highest psa ranking to date of 250 and reached his first psa QF, domestically he’s played some of his best squash though, going almost unbeaten all season in yorskshire league, beating players ranked twice as high as him, and also snuck two games off the world number 24 at the time Chris Simpson. He’s also captained the university team to a silver medal in the national cup and league where he was unbeaten and finished an impressive fourth in the BUCS (British universities) individuals tournament where he beat players ranked top 120.
Simon Parke will again be player/manager this year, bringing up the average age somewhat and playing his own style, giving 100% against his younger opponents. Simon is a former World No3 and British Champion.
I’ve been playing since the age of 9. 5 time Yorkshire junior champion, 2 time North East of England junior champion and British junior open quarter finalist. Currently #17 in England U19s
Niall Mckinnon is one of our loyal club players, reaching the final of the club champs a few years in a row now. He lives in Chapel Allerton and regularly trains at the club. Bringing his Scottish flare to the court, he’s one to watch!
Cameron Ward, age 19, is currently in his second year of study at Leeds College of Music. A very active young player, he could be found inside the top 8 of the national rankings in each age group before a series of injuries halted his progress at 18. He is now back at peak physical fitness and feeling the strongest he ever has.
Chapel A 1 v Queens
When: Wednesday 29th January 2020 7.30pm
Where: Chapel Allerton LTSC
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PARKEY’S MATCH REPORT
YPL CHAPEL A 1 beat CHAPEL A 2 3/2 (16/7)
5. ALEC FOSTER beat ROSS WILLIAMSON 3/0.
This was the first match back after the holiday period and it’s always interesting to see who’s been working on their fitness on the court and who’s been working on their fitness in the pub! Williamson looked like the latter and by his own admission was not looking forward to the “Foster boast”. To be fair, Williamson started at a blistering pace, racing to a 5-0 lead, taking Alec by surprise. Alec though, stayed composed, and gradually found his rhythm. He also found better lines and extended the rallies, testing the Williamson engine. Alec was using the lobs too keeping the ball away from potential volleys, and in the end came through comfortably 8,6 and 6.
4. CAMERON WARD lost to SAM CANTLE 1/3.
Cameron played a pretty decent first game, playing very purposeful squash, forcing Cantle into some difficult positions. Cantle is a clever player though who looks like he’s playing a little more these days. This extra practise helped him turn things around in this match, extending the rallies, and forcing errors from a not quite at peak fitness Cam who was taking balls short too early.
3. PAUL ALLEN beat LUIS NORTH 3/0.
Paul went into this match looking like one of the few who has actually trained over Christmas, hitting the ball crisply, and not giving North much time. Paul’s line and length was good and when he had attacking opportunities he took them. north struggled to get Paul away from the T and mid way through each game Paul pulled away as North fatigued.
2. JAMES WILKINSON lost to IAN CHAPPELL 1/3.
Of all the matches tonight, this was the one people thought might be really tight. It started though with Chappell schooling James in line and length, taking the first. James is a fighter though, and managed to be a lot more positive in the second, volleying and attacking more, taking it 11-6. The third was tight and could’ve gone either way really, but it was probably Chappell’s experience in the big points that saw him through the crucial third. This seemed to dampen James’ spirits a little as he fatigued in the fourth and couldn’t really regain his form losing it 11-3.
- MARK FULLER beat DECLAN CHRISTIE 3/1.
Christie has improved a lot this season playing at 1 for the seconds and it showed tonight against seasoned pro Mark “Mad Dog” Fuller. In the first Christie was very attacking, especially drop shots into the front left area which were very accurate. Christie was playing out of his skin actually, anticipating crosscourt with volley winners all over the place and Mark was starting to look a little concerned! The second was tough too with Mark raising his game (he had to), but it still went to a tie break, Mark just squeezing through 14-12. After that, the difference in fitness was apparent and Mark came through in 4.
Our next home game is Wednesday 29th January 7.30pm v Queens Halifax.
Please come and support!!