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.
Last Match Report
Parkey's Match Reports
PARKEY’S YPL Match Report. 27.2.19
CHAPEL A 1 beat PONTEFRACT 2 (h) 5-0 (20-5)
- SIMON PARKE beat MATT GODSON 11/6, 11/8, 9/11, 12/10.
After a pretty horrific match last week, I was looking forward to playing hyper-fit and all round good guy and fair player Godson. I knew it would be tough physically as Godson gets a lot of balls back but in the first I managed to take an 8-0 lead without exerting myself too much. Godson got into it a little too late as I took the first two fairly comfortably. The rallies got increasingly tougher though in the third as I tired a little around 9 all, letting him back into the match. The fourth was also quite tough, with Godson making some fantastic pickups, and one rally in particular where I literally couldn’t believe he won it under that pressure. Luckily, Godson tinned out in the tiebreak handing me the match 3-1.
- MATTY POWELL beat BILLY HAWES 11/5, 7/11, 11/6, 11/1.
(In Matty’s own words) After the word had spread down the M62 that we were bringing out the big guns at No4 the Ponte lineup changed post haste with young Ben Beachill apparently “falling ill” on the day. Big dog Billy Hawes stepped up the order to take on resident scouser. The first game was tightly contested for all the wrong reasons, both players struggling to get a length but Matty scrapped a bit better and managed to clinch the opener. The second was tighter from both players but Hawes proved to be the more consistent player and took it 11-7. Matty was up for it now and returned back on court eager to get the win, it was mostly one way traffic from here as Matty upped the pace and worked Hawes much more securing the tie in four.
- JAMES WILKINSON beat DOM PEGG 11/8, 11/6, 20/18.
This was James’ second match for us as he got off to a great start, keeping Pegg under a lot of pressure, making very few mistakes and winning the first two games convincingly. However, Pegg made a great comeback as he went up in the third game, playing quite a few winners off serve in a carefree style. It ended up becoming one of the longest tie breaks I’ve ever seen in Yorkshire Prem with James eventually coming through 20-18!
- OWAIN TAYLOR beat ADAM TAYLOR 8/11, 11/3, 11/6, 11/4.
Owain two hours earlier, had just shaken hands with a fellow student after a five-setter BUCS match in Nottingham (which Owain won) , and then raced up the M1 to play for us. Now thats serious commitment! Needless to say, he was a little slow starting early doors losing the first game to his very tricky namesake. Owain played much better there on in though, finding the back of the court better and penetrating the front two corners with more fizz. Adam tends to make correct “calculated guesses” a lot, anticipating the crosscourt, but Owain was equal to this, hitting extra wide crosscourt and lobbing when required. This proved successful for Owain coming through in four.
- MARK FULLER beat SAM TODD 11/6, 11/3, 6/11, 10/12, 11/8.
Mark played a really solid first couple of games but Todd didn’t look a hundred percent. There were rumours of a stomach problem, however, in the third and fourth Todd played with the talent that we know he possesses and caused Mark a lot of problems, especially in the front left hand corner. Mark had a match ball stroke in the fourth which he very charitably asked the ref to change to a let, and ended up losing it! Mark stayed resilient as always in the fifth and made the rallies long and tough for the best 15 year old in the world, emerging the victor 11/8.
Three matches to go, all at home, please lend your support!!
6th March Chapel A 2
13th March Dunnington
20th March Hallamshire
We are 5th on 193 points but Hallamshire are second on only 211 points. Dunnington are 1st with 242 points and will be difficult to catch….but you never know….
PREM CAPTAIN,COACH, MANAGER.