Squash club hosts vets tournament

Over 70s champ Chris Rowlandson, left, meets Rory Healy in the final.

Delia Slater

The South Sound Squash Club held its annual vets tournament, featuring some senior players who literally had to dust off their racquets.

But it did not take long for the players to get back in the game.

There were separate divisions for the over 40s, over 50s, over 60s and over 70s on the men’s side, with each player in at least three matches.

On the women’s side, there were over 40s and over 50s divisions, also playing three matches each.

Derek Tyler, longtime member of the South Sound Squash Club and tournament organizer, and club manager Alex Fraser put together an exciting timetable of matches.

Neil Stone-Wigg, the top seed on the men’s over 40s brought his A game to win this age group against Ashley Gunning. He followed that up with a second win in the over 50s division, beating Richie Hew.

squash-resultsIn the over 60s, Geoff Cuff claimed top spot on the men’s side, and Jan Pereira won in that age group for the women.

Chris Rowlandson beat Rory Healy in the over 70s in a lively three-setter.

In the women’s over 40s competition, Cathryn Hindess battled it out against Janet Sairsingh to win the title in five games.

Cathy MacLean, who claimed the plate for the over 40s, is a relatively new member to the squash club. She said she was delighted to be taking part.

In the men’s over 40s, a match worth mentioning was the surprise result between the experienced Jeff Danter and Simon Cawdery. Danter eventually succumbed to Cawdery’s slick shots and lost 3-2. Cawdery’s victory earned him third place in that age group.

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