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Gloucestershire County Closed 2018
Gloucestershire County Closed 2018 review:
Well, what a turn out?!? 62 entries over 5 draws with 3 draws in the Men's with 44 entries, 8 entries for the 045s, but more importantly, the re-ignition of the ladies draw with 10 entries. It has been 3 years in the making to grow this event to what it has become and boy did it deliver. With 4 professional players and a former Pro who showed he's still well in contention, mixing in with the squash enthusiasts of the domestic county league and club players alike right down to the absolute beginners and the juniors throwing their weight around on the squash court throwing their hat into the ring to become the next name on that covetted trophy in years to come.
The Friday evening saw the beginning of the tournament kick off with some hotley contested matches, the highlight of the evening being between Jonny Taylor vs Sam Davidson in the A grade with the end result going 3-0 to Sam followed up by: "you're right, he has got a lot fitter and faster" and a sense of relief coming off the court in 3.
Saturday saw the full entry list of players desend into the East Glos Club for their timetabled matches who were fantastic hosts for the weekend and made people feel welcome from start to finish (a huge thank you for their help during the event). The environment was surreal at first, "there's just so many people here to play squash" I couldn't have wished for anything better "this can't be real". Matches got underway and played in the best of spirits with so many people offering to help as and where they could. some well anticipated matches came through with the davidson brothers coming to contest 1 of the quarter finals and Sam proving with the marginal experience of age over his brother callum, came through with the upset in the seedings to make his way into the semi finals to take on the no1 seed; Nathan Lake. The O45s 2nd round set the scene for an old skool rivalry between Ian Bloomfield and Craig Webb in the final the following day. The ladies round robin gave all those players an opportunity to play a top 50 professional player and to see how they fair their game against them.
Sunday did not dissapoint at all! semi-final matches were eagerly anticipated and drew crowds like the final last year. Upsets were coming through with Jack Bloomfield dispatching no1 seed in the B draw Martin Pashley to set himself up for final contest with Matt Boal and Jim Musto doing the business against No2 seed Simon Boucher in the C draw to set up an all junior final between Joe 'the 18th birthday boozer' McGrath and Jim Musto. The Ladies Draw looked fantastic to behold, With Ellie and Rebecca doing their best to upset the 2 professionals with rebecca working immensly hard against Julianne Courtice and playing some determind squash but the strength was just too much from pros to establish a final between Julianne Courtice and Haley Mendez. The A grade saw Nathan Lake dispatch Sam Davidson 3-0 with Sam posing the question "I don't know how I didn't get a point" in the first game as the shots he was coming out with would out do most players in the county league, but not for the class of World number #48 Nathan Lake. Jonny harford was given a tough battle through Mark Broekman; world ranked #181 but Jonny showing why he was former world number #59 and coming through 3 games to 1.
The Finals showed the class of players this county has to offer, each final to their own, hotly contested from start to finish with the battle of the day going to the C grade final between Jim Musto and Joe McGrath with Jim edging out Joe 11-9 in the 5th. The B grade final Saw another Junior Prevail and knockout the numer 2 seed Matt Boal, Jack Bloomfield playing like a man possessed picking off shot for shot that Matt could through at him. Finally, the 9 year wait was over, the ladies final was of the highest caliber with the first 2 games going in Juliannes favour 11-9, 12-10 that saw a rather large boo given to the referee that could have seen Julianne come off the court a little sooner in the 2nd but prevailed anyway. At this point, Julianne was reading the game so well she put the afterburners on and managed to see the match out in 3 and becomes the Gloucestershire county closed ladies champion of 2018. With this match getting everyone pumped up and a record breaking crowd in for the evening, Jonny Harford, last years reigning champion came up against the number 1 seed, Nathan Lake. The first game was well fought and the first rally set out what we were all gearing up for, some high quality, face paced squash of world class standard. Unfortunately for Jonny, Nathan picked his moments well and established a well earnt 2-0 lead. With Jonny, not willing to give in and the crowd geeing him on (including the referee) the battle continued into the third but Nathan showcasing why he is #48 in the world and rising, saw out the match in 3 to bring the trophy to a new owner. Nathan Lake, Gloucestershire County Closed 2018 champion.
A send off:
The weekend was a great success with a record breaking crowd coming to watch the finals, a record breaking event for participation and the re-ignition of the ladies title made this weekend spectacular. This couldn't have been achieved without all the help and assistance of our Sponsors: Travis Perkins, AmPm247, Parker SW Ltd, The Eyewear Company and the Good Beer Company. It was truely emotional for myself to run the event and see all the hard work being appreciated and enjoyed by the people who took part and hopefully managed to inspire the next generation of squash players to achieve their own successes in life. Here's to next years event!
Many Thanks to everyone,
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