Thursday 7th May 2015 will see some of the world’s finest squash players compete for the most prestigious club title in world squash at the Hunts County Squash Club, in Hemingford Grey Cambridgeshire. This will bring to an end a stunning month for the club, which has seen the quality and magnitude of event build on a weekly basis since Sunday 12th April.
The Sports Academy 2015 “Court Challenge” began the sequence on the 12th April, with 48 players of all ages and standards from clubs across the county playing against the club’s two professional coaches (Colin Griggs – Head Pro, and Rob Dadds – Assistant Pro’) as well as the top juniors from the programme in 9 hours of continuous match play. Promotion of future events (namely the British Under 23 National Championships) and inter-club relations was the aim of the initiative, and it was a great social event for the sport internally as well as externally. Click here to Colin and Rob
Following this saw the first season of the club hosting the Redmayne, Arnold and Harris Cambridgeshire Senior County Closed, with 85 players contesting 9 categories over 3 intense and high quality days of squash from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April. Rob Dadds (Hunts County SC) and Ali Hemingway (Cambs’ University) prevailed as the Men’s and Women’s Champions for the season in a competition that marks the beginning of a new and reinvigorated chapter of squash in the county as part of the development programme lead by the counties governing body.
Next up, and another step up in class, was the 2015 Synergy British Under 23 National Championships. 42 of the very best young professional and semi-professional players that the British Isles has to offer battled over three days from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April for the last age category title available, and the standard was some of the best seen in the seven years that The Sports Academy has been hosting the event at Hunts County SC. Declan James (World No’ 67, from Nottinghamshire) and Millie Tomlinson (World No’ 59, from Derbyshire) won the two events in front of over 100 spectators on finals day, in a wonderful display of the mental and physical demands of the game at the highest level. Click here to see the Finalists
Completing the Cambridgeshire County season for 2014/15’, Saturday 2nd May brought together the 6 best club sides to contest the three senior cup competitions for Cambridgeshire at Hunts County. Peterborough Town SC (reigning Champions) played Hunts County in the Light Blue Cup (Men’s Divisions 1 & 2), with the home side securing an unexpected 3-2 victory by winning all 3 of the first matches at 5th, 4th and 3rd strings against the favourites. Cambridge SC beat Hunts Counties 4th team convincingly 4-1 in the Hereward Cup (Division 3 and below) turning out a very strong team that combined two of their league sides. Hunts County Ladies (reigning Champions) again faced Comberton SC Ladies in a repeat of the 2013/14’ Portway Perpetual Cup final. Hunts County recovered brilliantly from losing the first 2 strings to record a 3-2 victory in a tight fixture. Travelling and home support made for yet another great afternoon of squash for the county, and a fitting end to a season of battles across the counties courts.
All of these events have escalated in size and quality week on week, and the The Sports Academy and Hunts County Squash Club are delighted that the sequence ends this Thursday 7th May with the 2014/15’ Premier Squash League (PSL) Final. The biggest title in world club squash, with some of the world’s greatest players making up the five player teams (4 men and 1 woman per team) will compete in the biggest event the club has ever staged in its 50+ year history. PSL legends Duffield Squash Club will take on either St. George’s Hill (Surrey) or Coolhurst London (semi final to be played on Tuesday 5th May) in a truly world class showdown that could see Nick Matthew (former World #1, 3 x World Champion, former British Open Champion, and current world #2 on the PSA circuit) leading the multiple PSL Champions Duffield into another final. It’s a massive privilege for the club, and a great reward for the dedication and hard work the team of professionals and volunteers have put into the club recently.