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 MATCH REPORT. 20.3.19
CHAPEL A 1 v HALLAMSHIRE (We come 2nd with a win…..)
- PAUL ALLEN beat SAM DAVEY 11/7, 8/11, 11/1, 11/2.
Paul was making his debut appearance for us in the last match of the season and was a little nervy early doors. Nothing like winning the first game though to dispel those feelings. Davey is only 17 but fought hard in the second taking that one. But even Davey’s youthful exuberance couldn’t counter Paul’s accurate play after that, our No5 taking the rubber in 4.
- JAMES WILKINSON beat JACK SMITH 11/4, 11/5, 11/5.
You could tell even in the knock up that our James was the stronger player, and he proved that throughout the match. From the word go, James was stepping high up the court, pressing and volleying, leaving no time for Smith to settle. And that’s the story of the match really, James just too good.
- MATTY POWELL lost to LUCAS HUGHES 8/11, 9/11, 7/11.
Matty is in the middle of his dissertation and surviving on Mars Bars and Pro Plus, not the ideal diet for an athlete! But it was great he could play for us, just unfortunately for him, Hughes was on a mission. Hughes is 21 but looks around 15, and takes the ball very early with a lot of fizz. This is especially difficult to play against when you’re not at you’re fittest and so it proved for Matty. Our No3 gave it everything as always, almost scraped the second, but when that was lost the writing was on the wall really with Hughes winning in 3.
- OWAIN TAYLOR beat OSCAR BEACH 11/3, 11/2, 11/2.
Owain recently reached the semis of the Welsh Nationals and had been playing a lot of good squash. Straight away Beach was no match for Owain’s precision to all four corners of the court, and really just had no answer to his opponent. Owain has been working on being more attacking and clinical and it was definitely paying off, with an easy 3-0 victory tonight.
- MARK FULLER beat ALEX CUTTS 11/8, 11/5, 11/4.
Hallamshire were missing a few of their top players so their usual No3 Cutts had to make the leap up. Cutts didn’t disgrace himself though against our “Mad Dog” Fuller, who put in a typically hard working performance, with a few exhibition type rallies thrown in. Cutts has improved over the last 3 or 4 years but struggled with Fuller’s guile and speed, Fuller coming through in a comfortable 3 games.
So, we finished second again behind Dunnington, who had Chris Simpson turning out for them 11 times with only 2 losses! Thanks to Greg Lobban for turning out for us 5 times, only losing once (to Nick Matthew!). And a huge thanks to all the regulars, Fuller, Owain, Declan, Matty and everyone else who played for us this season.
Also, many thanks to Dave Jones and Tom Flannery of Reward Finance, who yet again have supported us so well this year.
Let’s try win the thing again next season!!!
Simon Parke. 1st team captain/coach/player.