The Northumberland Masters Squash 19/20th March 2011
The competition was held for the 5th year at the Northumberland Club and this year, the prizes were sponsored by Whitfields Building Services Ltd.
For the Mens 045 and the combined 050/55 draws, a monrad system of 8 players in each group ensured all players had 3 matches over the weekend.
For the 045’s, Jon Evans was seeded 1 with Peter Lonsdale seeded 2 but as is often the case someone comes along to upset the seedings. Jon’s 1st round match against John Hansen from Yorkshire proved the point and provided a fantastic match for everyone to enjoy. There wasn’t a great deal between them in the 1st 3 games with John leading 2-1 but it seemed in the 4th John found an extra gear and took it 9-1. At the bottom of the draw, Peter progressed to the Final against John Hanson beating Mark Haigh 3-1 and John Peacock 3-0.
The 045 final was quite a battle with the score not really reflecting how long and competitive each of the games proved to be with John constantly attacking and Peter throwing up lob after lob after lob! A great match with John winning 9-5,9-3,9-3.
There were few surprises in the 050/55 with both Kevin Whitfield and John Laidler seeded 1 & 2 progressing to the final. In the final John started like an express train taking the 1st 9-0 but thereafter, it turned into a battle with Kevin 2nd 9-4, John 3rd 9-2, Kevin 4th 9-2 and at 3-3 in the fifth it was too close to call. Kevin knowing 1st prize was a 10 year Bushmills malt then found some extra energy and took the match 9-3.
Final Positions are outlined below;
1 John Hanson 1 Kevin Whitfield
2 Peter Lonsdale 2 John Laidler
3 John Peacock 3 Jim Douglas
4 Tony Hedley 4 Alan Coates
5 Jon Evans 5 Steve Blake
6 Carole Page 6 Mike Cherryman
7 Mark Haigh 7 Mike Atkinson
8 Jason Follin 8 Dave Barnett Snr
Gen Mgr – The Northumberland Club