Caffrey’s Open 2006
The 2006 Newport Squash Open, sponsored for the 13th year in succession by Coors Brewers through their brand Caffrey’s took place over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of April. Each and every year the tournament has attracted a large entry of the finest squash talent Wales has to offer, and this year was no exception. A strong field of 110 players competed for various titles. Great to see a lot of new faces from far and wide.
One of the great things about the Caffrey’s Open is its diverse age range of players. A sizeable group of juniors competed strongly for titles as did the veterans of the game. The efforts of the Newport Club Professional Greg Tippings along with Rob Sutherland and others with the Newport Junior development programme was in great evidence as David Haley (14 yrs) and Kane Newall (13yrs) won the Mens D and E main competitions respectively.
Gavin Jones World number 38 and Newport 1st team number 1 headed a strong Mens A field with Tippings number 2 seed. The final saw Gavin defend his title against Ricky Davies Welsh number 5. The B title was won by Dylan Davies from North Wales against David Price from Bath University. These two competitors put on a fine display of squash for the final, which was appreciated by the capacity crowd.
The C event was won by Dallas Hayvice from Cardiff against Newport’s own Rian Pitt. This was another top quality final. The Mens 0’35 final was an epic 5 setter between Andy Jones of North Wales and Richard Murphy of Caerphilly, Andy edging home to take the title.
The Mens O’45 final was between two old warriors of the game. Terry Casagrande of Newport, a past winner on several occasions, beat Alan Hughes of Risca by the slenderest of margins 10-9 in the fifth.
The Ladies event was won by Chichester’s Hannah Wright Davies against Gemma Davies of UWIC. These players will be competing for Wales in The European Team championship later this month; they will be joined by other competitors Rob Sutherland, Gavin Jones, Ricky Davies and Jethro Binns.
Overall a great weekend and a great advertisement for squash, the Newport club and Squash Wales for whom this is one of a handful of ranking tournaments outside the National Closed and Open events. This year’s event was of the highest quality and the sheer volume and standard of the juniors participating assures that squash in the Principality has a fine future. Again, special thanks must go to our long term sponsor, Caffery’s without whose support the event simply would not take place.
Newport Squash Club would also like to express their thanks to Sam Williams, founding member of the Club and President of the club for the past 12 years. Sam sadly passed away recently and everybody associated with Squash, on the local, Gwent, Welsh and even international stage will miss his enthusiasm for the sport. Our thoughts go out to Sam’s family. We are sure Sam would be very proud of the achievements the club has made on the National and International scene at both Junior and Senior levels.