Squash: Phoenix on top of the table in Yorkshire League
Nov 18 2010 by David Lockwood, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
EVERYTHING is looking pretty rosy at the Phoenix Club at the moment.
The men’s squash team are top of the table in the Yorkshire First Division, having won seven out of seven games to date this season, on top of which the first team have recorded back-to-back wins in the Racketball League as they bid to retain the title.
And on the individual front, Jim Lord (inset) and Matt Baker successfully defended their National doubles title and Lord and partner Julie Lawton were just pipped in the final of the Mixed doubles.
In the Yorkshire Squash League, Phoenix opened with a 4-1 win over Wigginton (Lord the only loser), before thrashing Chapel Allerton 5-0 when Craig Martin was the only player to drop a game.
Phil Powell, Neil Rushworth and Martin sealed a 3-2 win over Scunthorpe before the Holme Valley side knocked over Pontefract’s third team, which included three of the country’s top-ranked ladies, Dionne Saffrey, Kirsty McPhee and Sarah Bowles.
Dave Allen fought back from 2-0 down before losing 3-2, while Phil Bowker was at 2-2 when his opponent McPhee had to retire with an injured foot.
Phoenix then completed a super period for them by beating Harrogate, and Scunthorpe again to keep them in prime position. Tomorrow night they tackle Barnsley and follow up with a clash against their nearest rivals Abbeydale on Wednesday, November 24.
In the Kirklees and Calderdale League, the men have pulled off 3-2 wins at Queens, where Lord won the decider, while David Lord, James Bedford and Bowker claimed wins over old rivals Huddersfield LT & SC, Richard Woodings and Allen the two to miss out.
Down at Devon and Exeter, Lord and Baker won the men’s Racketball title for the second year in succession after beating Gavin Perret and Mike Gregory in the final.
But Lord’s hopes of adding the Mixed with Lawton were ground to dust when they lost to No1 seeds Perret and Lauren Selby, who are ranked No10 and No2 in the country at open age level.
Still on the racketball scene, Phoenix 2 had a good start to the season after being promoted to the top flight with a 3-0 win over Queens, with victories for Bedford, Gary Culverwell and Les Done.
As well as hosting Barnsley tomorrow, Phoenix are holding an Open Day at the club, linked to Children in Need Day, where all the facilities are free and people are invited to go and have a try-out.
There are free gym classes for the ladies, as well as stalls, massages, manicures and gifts, coffee and cakes throughout the day, while at night as well as the Yorkshire clash, there is also a band performing, plus triathlon presentations, a quiz and supper.