New student champions at BUSA Individual Champs
by Daniel Busby
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The University of Birmingham was once again the venue for the BUSA Individual Squash Championships. Entrants from 35 different universities competed in a bid to win the prestigious titles won last year by Jethro Binns (L’boro) and Emma Beddoes (Notts).
There were no shocks to the seedings on the first day of the men’s and women’s A events, with the top 8 seeds making it through to the quarter finals with relative ease.
The first quarter Final of the women’s event was between Lotte Eriksen (Birm) and the top seed, Jenna Gates (Sheff). Lotte took the first two games 9/4, 9/3, before Jenna dug deep to take the third. The fourth was very close up until 5-5, before Lotte caused the biggest upset of the tournament, winning the next four points to take the game 9/5, and defeat the top seed.
Leonie Holt (Birm) had a tough match to make it to the semi finals, having gone 2-1 down to Gemma Davies (UWIC), she fought hard to come through in 5 games. The other quarter finals resulted in comfortable wins for Rachel Willmott (Surrey) and Sarah Bowles (Leeds).
The men’s quarter finals followed the women’s matches on Courts 1 and 2. Top seed, Joel Hinds (Birm) made light work of Neil Desai (Notts), winning in 3 straight games. Second seed, Alan Clyne (Edin) followed suit, beating Steven London (Birm) 3-0. Peter Creed (UWIC), a ¾* seed, found his all welsh quarter final match much harder than the top two seeds, after sharing the opening two games with Alistair Mutch (Birm), Peter struggled to keep up with his younger opponent, eventually losing out in 4 games. Chris Tasker-Grindley (Manc) also had a tough quarter final against Federico Torres (Imperial), with three tie-breaks in this match you can see just how close it was. It was Chris however, that won the points that really mattered, beating his opponent 3-1.
The women’s semi finals started with Sarah Bowles v Leonie Holt. Sarah started unbelievably quickly, winning the first 9/0, at 8/0 in the second, it looked as though their wasn’t going to be a real contest, however, to Leonie’s credit, she fought hard to make it a respectable score line, but Sarah was just too good on the day, 3-0. The second semi final was a 71 minute, five games thriller. Rachel Willmott won the first two games against Lotte Eriksen, 10/8, 10/8, but Lotte did not give in, coming back to take the next two games 9/4, 9/5. This seemed to take it out of Lotte as she didn’t have enough to finish the comeback, eventually losing the 5th 9/2.
The men’s semi finals were next, an all Birmingham affair between the clubs 1 and 2, Joel Hinds and Alistair Mutch. As expected, the number 1 seed was just too good for his team mate, winning in straight games. Alan Clyne followed that with a 3 game win over Chris Tasker-Grindley.
The women’s final then was between Sarah and Rachel. Sarah made the better start, racing into a 1-0 lead. She soon doubled her lead, winning the second 9/5. Rachel starting firing in the third, playing lovely squash, won a tightly contested third on a very dubious stroke, much to Sarah’s dismay. She didn’t let that game affect her though, as she romped to the title 9/0 in the fourth.
The men’s final was eagerly anticipated, the last time these two met Joel won 3-1. After winning the first pretty comfortably, Alan’s style of play began to get to Joel, as he gradually became more and more tired. Alan just had that little bit more in the tank, winning the next 3 games 11/8, 11/8, 11/8 to take the title.
Men’s A Semi-Finals:
1* Joel Hinds (Birm) bt 5/8*Alistair Mutch (Birm) 3-0 9/4, 9/5, 9/5
2* Alan Clyne (Edin) bt ¾* Chris Tasker-Grindley (Manc) 3-0 11/8, 11/6, 11/7
2* Alan Clyne (Edin) bt 1* Joel Hinds (Birm) 3-1 5/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/8
Women’s A Semi Finals:
2* Sarah Bowles (Leeds) bt ¾* Leonie Holt (Birm) 3-0 9/0, 9/6, 9/3
¾* Rachel Willmott (Surrey) bt 5/8* Lotte Eriksen (Birm) 3-2 10/8, 10/8, 4/9, 5/9, 9/2
2* Sarah Bowles (Leeds) bt Rachel Willmott (Surrey) 3-1 9/3, 9/5, 5/9, 9/0
Men’s B Semi Finals:
5/8* Oliver Pickering (L’pool) bt 9/16* Paul Bell (L’pool) 3-1 4/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/8
¾* Ian Chappell (Birm) bt 9/16* David Price (Bath) 3-1 11/6, 8/11, 12/10, 11/8
¾* Ian Chappell (Birm) bt 5/8* Oliver Pickering (L’pool) 3-2 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 11/13, 11/8
Women’s B Semi Finals:
Sahar Abdul Rahim (Bristol) bt 5/8* Nicole Walters (Bath) 3-0 11/8, 11/6, 11/7
9/16* Claire Tamblyn (Notts) bt Chantelle Day (Bristol) 3-2 8/11, 11/1, 11/9, 7/11, 11/9
Sahar Adbul Rahim (Bristol) bt 9/16* Claire Tamblyn (Notts) 3-0 11/6, 11/3, 11/4
Men’s C Semi Finals:
5/8* Kavan Jayawardhana (Kings) bt Daniel Busby (Leeds Met) 3-1 11/1, 11/13, 11/7, 11/7
Harry Beeston (Imperial) bt 9/16* Jack Coode-Bate (S’ton) 3-0 11/3, 11/2, 11/9
5/8* Kavan Jayawardhana (Kings) bt Harry Beeston (Imperial) 3-0 11/8, 12/10, 11/7
Men’s D Semi Finals:
9/16* James Barlow (Leeds Met) 5/8* bt Sam Yallop (Leeds Met) 3-1 9/11, 11/2, 11/7, 11/9
2* Sam Carr (L’boro) bt ¾* Stephen Parsons (Bristol) 3-1 8/11, 11/1, 11/3, 11/2
9/16* James Barlow (Leeds Met) bt 2* Sam Carr (L’boro) 3-1 11/8, 11/6, 7/11, 11/7