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- East Regional Junior 2016
- Christchurch Vets Open 2016
- Super Cup 2016
- Club Championships 2016
- Christchurch Vets Open 2015
- Suffolk Championships 2015
- Graded 2014
|Aaron Allpress and Aspire Manager Adam Fuller||Lucy Turmel and Aspire Manager Adam Fuller|
|Plate R/U||Plate W||Runner Up||Winner|
|BU9||Aiden Fillmore||Reuben Thain|
|GU11||Emma Logan||Natalie Main|
|BU11||Mason Miller||Ethan Duncan||Alex Banhidai||Mumin Bilen|
|GU13||Lily Main||Olivia Broderick||Hannah Morley||Aliza Sheikh|
|BU13||Euan Turner||Hugo Andersson||Joel Braddock||Thomas Ramsey|
|GU15||Jodie Dowe||Ella Hall||Emma Bartley||Ellis Miller|
|BU15||Joshua Martin||Harry Robson||Oliver Green||Josh Perkins|
|GU17||Piper Rose Tatum||Aramelia Prothero||Nyah Williams||Bonnie Butler|
|BU17||James Carroll||Sujan Srindran||Isac Andersson||Harry Kitchens|
|GU19||Alice Green||Lucy Turmel|
|BU19||Robert Thirst||Scott Drewery||Hasnaat Farooqi||Aaron Allpress|
- Qualifying Draw
- Main Draw
- Day 1 - Qualifying
- Day 2 - Final Qualifying
- Day 3 - First Round
- Day 4 - Quarter Finals
- Day 5 - Semi Finals
- Day 6 - Final
The PSA (Professional Squash Association) is the governing body of men's professional squash and has a World tour calendar with events over all five continents and a total tour prize fund of over $3,000,000. As a $5k event the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open attracted some of the best competitors from the UK and beyond in a spectacular conclusion to the season.
Qualification started on Tuesday, April 26th. The main draw started on Thursday, April 28th with Quarter finals on Friday 29th, Semi Finals on Saturday 30th and then the Grand Final on Sunday, May 1st.
|Arthur Gaskin||Joel Hinds||Chris Fuller||Douglas Kempsell|
A straightforward evening with a string of 3-0 matches – until the end. Prior to the last match all the results had gone to plan but there were some exciting encounters on the way. Notable was the match between Cai Younger and Belgian Joeri Hapers, with spectacular retrieving by both players, the powerful hitting of Hapers probably being the difference in a closer encounter than 3-0 indicates. The upset of the evening was saved for the end when Owain Taylor knocked out the seeded Elliot Selby. It didn’t look as if that was going to be the outcome as Selby got off to a great start while Taylor made a lot of unforced errors to put Selby 9/7 up in the first. But that was about as good as it got for Selby, Taylor winning the last few points to take the first and take control of the match. Although Selby did win the third, Taylor looked to be in control and eventually took the match to put him in tomorrow’s final Qualifying Round.
Selby under pressure
 Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0 Varun Johnny (IND) 11/0, 11/1, 11/1 (13mins)
 Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-0 Ben Turmel (ENG) 11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (28mins)
 Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0 Joshua Turmel (ENG) 11/7, 11/7, 11/3 (25mins)
 Claudio Pinto (POR) 3-0 Gary Nisbet (ENG) 11/4, 11/3, 11/3 (18mins)
 Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-0 Jamie Goodrich (ENG) 11/6, 11/9, 11/8 (24mins)
 Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0 Cai Younger (ENG) 11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (33mins)
 Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-0 Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (42mins)
Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-1  Elliot Selby (ENG) 11/9, 11/7, 7/11, 11/8 (44mins)
 Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-2  Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 11/7, 13/11, 7/11, 8/11, 11/8 (61mins)
 Claudio Pinto (POR) 3-0  Sam Ellis (ENG) 11/7, 12/10, 11/6 (40mins)
 Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-2  Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11/7, 10/12, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5 (67mins)
 Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-0 Owain Taylor (WAL) 11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (50mins)
The first round of the main draw produced a good mix of steady squash, inventive squash, robust squash – with a couple of surprises along the way to thoroughly entertain the Ipswich audience. Top seed and defending champion, Arthur Gaskin had a straightforward win in front of what he still thinks of as a home crowd, although it is a few years since he was Head Pro at the Ipswich Club. In the quarters he will meet Patrick Rooney who probably had the best squash match of the evening against Ben Ford, dropping the first then finishing with a couple of very close games. Youssef Soliman of Egypt will meet Scot Douglas Kempsell who played a blinder in the first, fell asleep in the third and still won a reasonably comfortable match. Matthew Hopkin of Australia will meet Mark Fuller in the third quarter and the real surprise of the evening is that Chris Fuller won’t be joining them. Last year’s runner-up and 2nd seed Chris went out in straight games in the first match of the evening, beaten by the Wycliffe boy Kyle Finch, the only qualifier to make it to the quarters. Finch ought to have been a bit tentative against his much more experienced opponent, but certainly didn’t act like it. He showed no inhibition at all to produce attacking, inventive squash and played the high risk shots that, more often than not, came off. Tomorrow’s audience will be hoping for more of the same against the other Irishman left in the draw, Sean Conroy.
1st Round Results
 Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 3-0 Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 11/3, 11/7, 11/5 (37mins)
Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-1  Ben Ford (ENG) 7/11, 11/8, 14/12, 13/11 (54mins)
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-0 [Q] Claudio Pinto (POR) 11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (27mins)
 Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 3-1 Nick Mulvey (ENG) 11/4, 11/6, 3/11, 11/4 (35mins)
 Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 3-1 [Q] Bradley Masters (ENG) 11/13, 11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (41mins)
 Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0 [Q] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 11/8, 11/8, 11/4 (32mins)
 Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-0 Robert Dadds (ENG) 11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (29mins)
[Q] Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-0  Chris Fuller (ENG) 11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (50mins)
Youssef Soliman (EGY, left) v Claudio Pinto (POR)
Quarter Finals’ night in the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open produced some surprising twists and turns that might even have ramifications that go beyond the event itself with the European Championships looming. In an earlier round we had already lost the 2nd seed, and tonight we lost the top seed, Arthur Gaskin, with a suspected broken toe when he was clearly struggling against Patrick Rooney who looked sharper than he had against Ben Ford in the last round. Then we lost the 3rd seed when Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell retired when 2-1 down against Egyptian Youssef Soliman with a cramped hamstring after 73mins on court. Thankfully the other two pairings produced good, entertaining squash that even managed to see their matches to completion. Mark Fuller was too strong for Australian Matthew Hopkin although Hopkin had staged a bit of a recovery to get to game ball in the second only to lose it with a couple of cheap points and never really threatened again. And qualifier Kyle Finch’s run finally came to an end against an extremely proficient performance from Sean Conroy. Although it was the end of the tournament for Finch on this occasion, there will undoubtedly be other more successful tournaments in the future. So as a result of the two retirements and the earlier results the semis are wide open with the loss of all top four seeds. And hopefully the injuries to Gaskin and Kempsell don’t impact on their participation in the Europeans for Ireland and Scotland respectively.
Arthur Gaskin sadly retires from the event
Quarter Final Results
Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-0 Arthur Gaskin 11/3, 11/3, 4/1 rtd (23mins)
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1  Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 6/4 rtd (73mins)
 Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0  Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 11/7, 12/10, 11/7 (45mins)
 Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-1 [Q] Kyle Finch 11/3, 7/11, 11/4, 11/5 (40mins)
Saturday saw two excellent semis played in a fine spirit. Youssef Soliman was the first to book his place in Sunday’s final with a 3-1 win over Patrick Rooney. Soliman took the first with some great attacking play from difficult positions and it looked as if the match could be over quite quickly. But Rooney has been around long enough not to be flustered and upped the pace to storm into a 6-0 lead in the 2nd and although he was pegged back a bit, the pressure paid off to give him the game and square the match. From that point on though Soliman took control; an elegant, athletic player. Retrieving well and constantly putting the pressure back on Rooney he eventually ran out a comfortable 3-1 winner.
|Mark Fuller||Youssef Soliman|
Joining Soliman in the final will be Mark Fuller who had a straightforward 3-0 win over Sean Conroy. This was a great demonstration to the younger players in the audience of how to win by doing the basics very, very well. Fuller hit good consistent length, recovered well when he had to and dominated the centre of the court. Conroy ran and ran but it was never going to be enough. So an exciting final in prospect, the experience and resilience of Fuller versus the dynamic youthfulness of Soliman.
Semi Final Results
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1 Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11/4, 8/11, 11/6, 11/7 (53mins)
 Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0  Sean Conroy (IRL) 11/8, 11/5, 11/8 (38mins)
Youssef Soliman continued his impressive start to 2016 with his second PSA title in as many months at the Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open.
Soliman had made steady progress through the draw and came up against an inform Mark Fuller who had not dropped a game in reaching the final.
It always promised to be an intriguing match up between the flair of Soliman and the determined, professional squash of Fuller. The Egyptian started strongly, settling into the match quickly and attacking at every opportunity. He raced through the first game with some brutal short shots, winning it 11/5.
The second game followed a similar pattern with Soliman pressing his opponent into the front court and then looking to volley the return. At 7-4 Fuller required an injury time out for an ankle complaint but that had little effect and Soliman maintained his composure to win the game 11/5.
The third game was a different story with the Egyptian having an apparent loss of concentration and Fuller taking full advantage, leading throughout the game. Several times the Englishman sent his opponent the wrong way with deceptive cross course drop shots and despite a late run of points from Soliman, Fuller closed the game out 11/9.
Soliman came out fast and focused in the fourth and was able to stretch his opponent across all four corners of the court before clinically finishing the rallies. He raced through the game taking it 11/2.
Fuller will reflect on a solid event in reaching the final, particularly in light of the strong draw at the start of the week. “I didn’t feel I did too much wrong, but it was a tough final. Youssef was a level up; he is so quick and so fast I always felt one step behind.” Soliman on the other hand was the standout player throughout the event and seems destined to reach the highest echelons of the game. “Now that I’ve started playing PSA events I’m coming up against experienced players and it’s an opportunity for me to learn and improve.”
 Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1  Mark Fuller (ENG) 11/5, 11/5, 9/11, 11/2 (48mins)
Youssef Soliman with Tournament Director Ali Livingstone and Shane Morrison of the event headline sponsor
Lexden 4 won the Div 2 competition, seeing off Trimley in the morning's semi final before winning the final in a very tight match against Ipswich 2 that was decided by three 3-2 rubbers.
|Mixed U11||Emma Logan||Harry Griffith|
|Men's O55||Mick Castleton||Mike Stokeld|
|Men's O45||Rob Marsh-Feiley||Mike Stokeld|
|Men's O35||Adrian Meredith||Tom Ison|
|Squash Handicap||Peter Squirrell||Jared Norman|
|Racketball Handicap||Nigel Griffith||Darren Jemkins|
|Racketball O50||Mike Muncaster||Ron Bromley|
|Racketball||Denis Groualle||Mike Muncaster|
|Doubles||Kristian Day/Ben Turmel||Josh Perkins/Josh Turmel|
|Ladies' Open||Lucy Turmel||Emily Ison|
|Men's Open||Ben Turmel||Josh Turmel|
|Racketball League Champion||Peter Hewitt|
|Racketball League Points Winner||Danny Needham|
|Squash League Champion||Mike Muncaster|
|Squash League Points Winner||Chris Snazell|
|3rd Team Player of the Year||Jared Norman|
|2nd Team Player of the Year||Adrian Meredith|
|1st Team Player of the Year||Lucy Turmel|
|Junior Player of the Year||Ben Turmel|
|Club Player of the Year||Mick Castleton|
The full draws are availble from the links below.
|Men's Open||Men's Handicap||Men's O55|
|Men's O45||Men's O35||Doubles|
|Racketball||Racketball Handicap||Racketball O50|
The main draw started on Thursday, May 7th with Quarter finals on Friday 8th, Semi Finals on Saturday 9th and then the Grand Final on Sunday 10th May.
|Round 1||Quarter Final||Semi Final||Final|
|May 7||May 8||May 9||May 10|
11/6, 11/3, 11/6 (29mins)
 Arthur Gaskin
11/8, 6/11, 11/3, 11/9 (52mins)
[Q] Patrick Rooney
 Arthur Gaskin
11/8, 4/11, 12/10, 8/11, 11/6 (89mins)
 Chris Fuller
13/11, 12/10, 11/2 (32mins)
11/8, 5/11, 11/3, 11/8 (59mins)
 Chris Fuller
13/11, 11/3, 6/11, 11/6 (83mins)
 Douglas Kempsell
10/12, 4/11, 11/7, 11/8, 7/11 (88mins)
|Round 1||Quarter Final||Semi Final||Final|
|'A' Event||Winner||Jaclyn Kemp|
|Runner up||Kristian Day|
|Plate winner||Ben Turmel|
|'B' Event||Winner||Haydon Smith|
|Runner up||Mick Castleton|
|Plate winner||Kevin Balaam|