Squash: Phoenix flying high on two fronts
May 13 2010 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
PHOENIX Squash Club have been flying high this year and one of their members, Jim Lord, soared to victory in the National Racquetball Championships.
Lord retained the Over 35 and Over 40 titles in the Championships, held at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Priory Club – the third time he has completed the double – having fought his way through eight matches in the tournament.
And the achievement was made more remarkable by the fact he had to contest both finals within the space of half-an-hour of each other.
Unfortunately’s Lord’s doubles partner Julie Lawton had to pull out of the event due to a knee injury, which dashed her hopes of retaining the Over 40s title she won last year.
Others from the club who competed included Graham Stacey, who reached the semi-finals of the Overs 50s Plate event, and Dave Lord (Jim’s brother) and Gary Culverwell, who both made the quarter-finals of their age groups.
Jim Lord will be in action again on Saturday, when Phoenix are hosting the inaugural West Yorkshire Racquetball Team tournament when the area’s top players will be performing. Six teams have entered the contest, which is being sponsored by the England Squash and Racquetball Association and Emereo Window and Doors company.
Two teams have entered from Leeds, one from Edgerton, two from Honley and another from Halifax Queens. The teams are mixed with three in each, and matches are of 30-minutes duration, with the aggregate scores determining the winners.
Supporters are welcome, particularly those interested in taking up the game, while the club are also running ‘taster sessions’ for beginners with coach Dave Hymas.
On the squash front Honley have completed a fine season landing four titles in the Kirklees and Calderdale League.
Richard Woodings’ first team won Division I, while Jan Roberts skippered the Ladies team to the Division I title and Neil Rushworth led the club’s Yorkshire League side to third place in Division I. Julie Lawton captained the Mixed Racquetball side to the title in Division I, while Carl Tinson did the same in Division II.
At club level, domestic titles went to Dave Allen (men’s squash), Jane Lees (ladies squash), Dave Lord (mixed racquetball), Simon Parry (squash plate), Richard Branchy (mini league), and Colin Berry (most improved player).