WELSH MASTERS CLOSED 10TH TO 12TH MARCH 2006 AT SWANSEA LAWN TENNIS & SQUASH RACKETS CLUB

 

Roundup in brief

-                  Swansea LTSRC host the Event for the 10th Year

-                  Over 100 Entries

-                  Workman Family Double

-                  Steve Evans achieves 5th Title in succession at Over 35

-                  David Bennett travels from the USA to take Over 40 Title in a 75 minute thriller against Gary Hales

-                  Pat Harris takes the Over 50 Ladies Title

 

It’s not only the juniors that are playing top squash in Wales – The “Masters” are achieving remarkable standards as well.

 

For the last 10 years Geoff Thomas and Alan Crocombe from Swansea LTSRC have been hosting the Welsh Masters Tournament for Squash Wales. Gathering  all the best ladies and men in age categories from over 35 to over 65 in 5 year gaps.

 

Many have been Welsh Internationals in the past and will again represent their Country in the Masters Home Internationals next month. For others with less formidable records, the Masters events provide the opportunity to gain that previously elusive Welsh Cap.

 

Age was not a barrier to the exertion shown by all competitors.

 

Karen and Mike Workman achieved notoriety. Never before have husband and wife won Masters Titles. Karen Workman (St Mellons) overcomes former Welsh International Sian Johnson with over 100 caps (Cardiff SRC) in a thrilling skilful ladies Over 35 match. Mike (Worky) from St Mellons played old adversary Mike Phillips, now coaching in Cornwall, in the men’s over 45 final and won a very explosive closely fought match.

 

Steve Evans from Milton Keynes, previously from Cardiff won in the over 35 category for the 5th consecutive year beating Mark Jones from St Mellons in a very competitive match, repeating the 2005 final.

 

The over 40 men’s final saw David Bennett from Baltimore USA born in South Wales beat Gary Hales (Redrice) in a 75 minute thriller. Gary formerly coach at Cardiff SRC is well known for his staying power, pleasant nature and absolute fairness. The spectators were treated to this enthralling match where the balance of power changed hands many times.

 

Swansea born Brian Phillips (Newbury) brought a touch of class to the men’s over 65 event beating Len Thomas from Merthyr in the final. Brian ranked in the world top 4 and was a British Open finalist last year.

 

The Men’s over 55 event was won by Richard Packham from “Pointfore” beating Mike Morrell both players now living in the Bristol area in the final.

Alan James from Cardiff SRC and ex President of Squash Wales won the men’s over 50 event beating Nigel Rees (Neath) in the Final.

 

Two Blasts from the past Geoff Trenchard (Pontypool) and Des Williams (Porthcawl) battled it out in a delicately poised final comprising high skill and low oxygen intake, Geoff just edging it.

 

The other Ladies event finished with Pat Harris ( Neath) running out the winner over Lynne Thomas from Cowbridge.

 

A big thank you must go to all the Masters competitors who participate every year and make the tournament one to remember .

 

Thank you to Swansea LTSRC for another great weekend

 

See you Next Year

 

 

 

Squash Wales Masters 2006 Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEN

WINNER

R/UP

PLATE WIN

PLATE R/up

O65 M

Brian

Phillips

Len

Thomas

John

Turner

Paul

Leonard

O60M

Geoff Trenchard

Des

Williams

Jeff

Jackson

Wynford

Davies

O55M

Richard

Packham

Mike

Morrell

Geoff

Perrett

Leighton

Jenkins

O50M

Alan James

 

Nigel Rees

Phil Barry

Steve Baber

O45M

Mike

Workman

Mike

Phillips

Nick

Johns

Jeff

Thomas

O40M

David Bennett

Gary Hales

Mark Huxtable

Alan Mackey

O35M

Steve Evans

Mark Jones

Andrew Jones

Keith Richards

LADIES

 

 

 

 

O50W

Pat Harris

Lynne Thomas

 

 

O35W

Karen

Workman

Sian

Johnson

Carolyn

Staines

Kath Horler-Clee

 

SEE BELOW FOR TOURNAMENT REPORT IN FULL

 

Click here to see all the winners from 1997 to 2006

 

TOURNAMENT REPORT

 

INTRODUCTION

The tournament has been consecutively held at Swansea for ten years since 1997.  This year the number who wished to enter was 100, of which 92 played.[see Table 2].  The event  remained in March to avoid school half terms and coincided with Wales v Italy in Cardiff, which was not damaging.  In fact the rugby internationals kept the club full on Saturday and Sunday afternoons although the rugby viewing is noisy and distracts spectators from good squash.  On balance we should choose a weekend free from rugby if possible – this year the Welsh Junior Open took the possible weekend before.

 

PREPARATION

The address database prepared and held by GT was used to print labels for entry forms distributed from the Squash Wales Office to 2004 and 2005 entrants.  Full coverage of previous entrants is therefore obtained, although the first batch of envelopes did not reach their destinations.

The entries were again sent to the Tournament Director (GT), with regular liaison with the Squash Office.  The final entry list was discussed the day after the closing date with Mike Workman and David Jenkins to decide suitable seedings as far as possible.

 

The entry form asks for an e-mail address to which almost seventy responded, and is now established as a proven communication method.  However this does lead to some players paying on arrival [about 25]; there were no defaulters but there could be difficulty in the event of ‘no show’. Selection of T-shirt size could be included on the entry form. 

The draws have been completed electronically and sent to players after the event.  We have a full results record and player contact details in separate Word tables, plus the Access database ready  for entry forms in 2007.

 

DETAILS OF PLAY

Design of the schedule is always a challenge.  Sunday is fixed with semi-finals and finals [50 matches this time].  Only 13 matches were scheduled for Friday, beginning at 6pm.  The remainder must therefore be played on Saturday, making the schedule stretch to 8.40pm after beginning at 10.00am.  The late timing of quarter-final plate matches discourages participation, so the respective plate quarter finals followed directly after the main quarter finals.  The Over 40 quarters were at 6.20pm which was acceptable. In practice the scheduled Plate matches for draws between 8 and 12 entries are not necessary unless the any of the top 4 seeds lose their first match. [in which case they often go home]. That is why such plate events are scheduled last in the day and were not required this year. 

Table 1 shows the scheduled and actual numbers to accommodate 100 entries.  The similarity across the five years is striking.  The apparent loss of 26 matches is misleading as just explained and is illustrated in Table 2.

 

TABLE 1 COURT SCHEDULES 2006 [05] {04} (03), [02]

 

Scheduled

Actual

Friday

15  [20]  {17}  (20)  [18]

13  [18]  {16}  (16)  [18]

Saturday

69  [69]  {68}  (72)  [64]

54  [55]  {60}  (58)  [62]

Sunday

50  [48]  {50}  (48)  [44]

41  [42]  {42}  (41)  [42]

Total

134 [137]{135} (140)[126]

108  [115] {118}(115)[122]

 

There was again some dropout on Sunday from the Plate events.  The combined Ladies event was fully played, as was the embedded Over 50 round robin for three players.

A draw for between 10-13 invariably leads to a spasmodic Plate competition – this worth repeating.

 

FINANCE

The costs at the club, for referees and buffet were settled on the spot by Mike Workman.

Entry fees of £12 for 93 players were paid in.

The provision of a buffet is very much appreciated and enhances the closing period of the weekend. 

This time spectators and players were invited to partake while the compelling final matches were still playing.  Some needed to leave for long journeys home and waste of the food was avoided.

 

REFEREEING

This year notices were posted requesting wining players to referee the next match.  This worked very well since all players are accustomed to refereeing in team matches.  On Sunday Paul Thomas officiated throughout the day with assistance from Adrian Davies.

Club members notably Bill Ace, Clive Dawkins and Hugh Griffiths came early for the first matches

 

SUMMARY OF EVENTS

Men Over 35

A small entry of 9, produced good matches throughout.  Steve Evans has now won five times, which is the first time the clean sweep has been achieved in this sequence at Swansea. 

 

Men Over 40

A high quality entry of 17, with three new names, including the brothers Watkins, made this the biggest event and all games were played.  David Bennett, the eventual winner, who lives in Baltimore, was not properly seeded.  He played the 2004 winner, Mark Thomas, in the first round.  Mark unfortunately suffered a muscle strain and retired in the third game.  The final with Gary Hales was a compelling 75 minute display of accuracy, patience and stamina. [9/7, 7/9, 9/0, 9/10, 9/5]

 

Men Over 45

In a reduced draw of 12 with three newcomers, Mike Workman overcame Mike Phillips in an energetic final.

 

Men Over 50

Alan James won for the fourth time; unfortunately finalist Nigel Rees could not play the final due to injury.  In a small draw of 11, 5 players were injured and could not play their matches.  The event was therefore inconclusive.

 

Men Over 55

The overall entry rose to 19 and once started all 15 players, including the plate, completed the schedule.  That reflects the fitness of this group.  However number one seed, Haydn Jones, was unfit to play.  Richard Packham beat Mike Morrell in the final.  Both are from Nailsea.  See Table 3 for withdrawal details.

 

Men Over 60

An entry of 8 was pleasing.  All Main matches were played, but Gerry Davies and Norman Ratcliffe were unfit to play in the plate on Sunday, making team selection harder.  Finally newly graduated Geoff Trenchard beat revived Des Williams in a repeat of the 2001 Over 55 final, emphasizing the continuity of this event.

 

Men Over 65

All main matches were completed in a draw of 8.  The curiosity, of 8 Over 65s playing squash at 10am on Sunday was almost repeated [Ahmed Jamil was taken ill overnight].  Garry Greenhalgh withdrew on Friday with injury. Brian Phillips beat Len Thomas in the final.

 

Ladies Events

All were played in one draw of 13, producing some close matches and a memorable victory for Karen Workman against Sian Johnson in the final.  An Over 50 round robin of 3 was incorporated. A knockout competition requires less court time. All main and plate matches were completed.

 

Ladies Over 35 – 2 players           Ladies Over 40 – 1 player             Ladies Over 45 – 7 players

 

Ladies Over 50 – one pool of 3;

Sue Davies unfortunately withdrew injured and the several other eligible Ladies could not play for various reasons.  Pat Harris overcame Lynne Thomas and Beverley Bunn.

 

·        The overall numbers are similar to previous years. Several consistent players were unavailable but replaced by newcomers visiting the website

·        94 shirts can be accounted for:  XL/L/M/S = 14/55/18/13 as noted.  Remainder for sale at £5

·        The number of first round withdrawals on the day is zero again

·        Maintaining numbers at Over 55 60 and 65 is impressive


 

 

COLUMN HEADINGS FOR TABLE 2:  A - F

               A Entries received                                 B Number who actually played

               C Number of ties actually played        D The maximum number of ties based on B

               E Plate entries                                       F Plate ties played

Table 2 gives full details of the matches scheduled and played.  It demonstrates that very few matches did not take place in the Main events, which is a good signal for the organiser.  Table 3 provides a record of total withdrawals, which are outside the control of the organiser, but can have a demoralising effect on players who suddenly find themselves without an opponent.

 

TABLE 2             2006 WINNERS AND ANALYSIS

 

 

PLATE or [3rd / 4th ]

MAIN

ENTRY

MAIN

PLATE

 

 

R/U

WIN

R/U

WIN

A

B

C

D

E

F

O65M

8-dr

Paul

Leonard

John

Turner

Len

Thomas

Brian Phillips

9

8

7

7

3

2

O60M

8-dr

Wynford

Davies

Jeff

Jackson

Des

Williams

Geoff

Trenchard

8

8

7

7

2

1

O55M

15-dr

Leighton

Jenkins

Geoff

Perrett

Mike

Morrell

Richard Packham

19

15

14

14

7

6

O50M

11-dr

Stephen

Baber

Phil

Barry

Nigel

Rees

Alan

James

11

10

8

9

2

1

O45M

12-dr

Jeff

Thomas

Nick

Johns

MIke Phillips

Mike

Workman

12

12

11

11

3

2

040M

17-dr

Alan

Mackey

Mark Huxtable

Gary

Hales

David

Bennett

17

17

16

16

6

5

O35M

9-dr

Keith

Richards

Andrew

Jones

Mark

Jones

Steve

Evans

9

9

8

8

3

2

O50L

1*3-rr

 

Beverley

Bunn

Lynne

Thomas

Pat

Harris

5

3

3*

3

RR

1*3

O45L

5-rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O40L

5-rr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O35L

13-dr

Kath

Horler-Clee

Carolyn

Staines

Sian

Johnson

Karen

Workman

10

13

12

12

5

4

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

100

92

85

87

31

23

               C + F = 85 + 23 = 108 matches played

 

TABLE 3             SUMMARY OF WITHDRAWALS

 

 

WITHDREW etc

SUBSTITUTE

PAID

T-SHIRT

O65M

 

Garry Greenhalgh

 

no

no

O55M

Haydn Jones – injured

Rod Bowden – fallen wall

John Kavanagh – rugby

John Giles - injured

Jon Phillips

no/yes

no

no

no

no/yes

no

no

no

O50M

Philip Thomas – injured

 

 

yes

 

yes

 

O50L

Sue Davies

Sue Morgan

 

no

no

no

no

 

The Swansea Club likes to host this Tournament and will accept the invitation to continue for an eleventh year.  Thank you.

The attraction of International selection remains a strong incentive to play. The tournament followed by internationals provides a good package for our Masters and Mistresses.

 

G Thomas, 21 March 2006

 

 

 

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