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Club Championships 2017
The annual Squash and Racketball Championships concluded with the finals on May 13th ahead of the end of season BBQ. There was a very good entry, with more than 50 individuals playing more than 150 matches.
Finals' week was very busy, with around 20 matches played on Tuesday's QF night and another full programme of SFs on Thursday. In Saturday's main finals, Ben Turmel retained his Open title with Kris Day as runner up and Pam McCartney won the Ladies' Championship with daughter Helen as runner up. Pam also collected the Handicap title as well as winning the Open Plate event.
Pam with Chairman Kris Day
Earlier in the afternoon, Ben and Kris had won the Doubles by the narrowest of margins, taking the last two games on sudden death points at 10/10.
Ben and Kris with Ali Livingstone
All the completed draws are all below.
The trophies were presented during the BBQ following the finals along with the two special awards. Young Player of the Year is Sam Stinton and Club Player of the Year is Phil Shaw, a well respected Club member of many years' standing who sadly passed away a few weeks ago.
Event Winner Runner up
Under 9 Cole Harms Bonnie Elvin
Under 11 Harry Griffith Emma Logan
Girls' Under 13 Emma Logan Amelie Clarke
Boys' Under 13 Harry Griffith Oliver Scrivener
Boys' Under 15 Nero Harms Will Steward
Under 17 Sam Stinton Will Steward
Under 19  
Racketball Open Adrian Meredith Mike Muncaster
Racketball Handicap Nigel Griffith Allan Norman
Racketball O50 Denis Groualle Mike Muncaster
Racketball O60 Jeff Arnold Allan Norman
Ladies' Open Pam McCartney Helen McCartney
Ladies' Handicap Pam McCartney Helen McCartney
Doubles Kris Day/Ben Turmel Stuart Lipscombe/Andrew Ramsey
Squash O55 Mike Stokeld Mick Castleton
Squash O45 Tom Ison Mike stokeld
Squash O35 Tom Ison Stuart Lipscombe
Squash Handicap Richard Whitfield Nigel Griffith
Squash Plate Pam McCartney Darren Jenkins
Squash Open Ben Turmel Kris Day
Young Player Sam Stinton  
Club Player Phil Shaw  

Ipswich Junior Open (Silver) Tournament 2017
The Ipswich Silver Junior Open was held on the 3rd, 4th & 5th February at Ipswich Sports Club and Martlesham Leisure. The event was one of a handful of England Squash Silver events which are mandatory for any junior looking for national selection. That coupled with the success of last year's tournament produced a bumper entry of around 240 with many of the events  oversubscribed.
U13 U15 U17 U19
Girls Winner Amy Royale Torrie Malik Eve Coxon Lucy Turmel
Runner-up Amelie Haworth Lydia Robinson Keira Marshall Jazz Hutton
Plate W Alyx Kelleher Ellie Hewes Lotty Taylor-French Charlotte Davies
Plate R-u Mikayla Mann Florrie Edwards Darcie-Rose Mounter Jasmin Kalar
Boys Winner Ben Beachill Adam Goad Sam Todd Harry Falconer
Runner-up Finnlay Withington Ben Smith Oscar Beach Adam Corcoran
Plate W Joseph Royale Jack Bloomfield Owen Ledger Josh Owen
Plate R-u Nero Harms Alfie Green Luke Credland Ben Merchant
The final draws with every match result are available below. 
Boys' U19 Champion Harry Falconer with England Team Manager Chris Robertson
Boys' U19 Runner-up Adam Corcoran
Girls' U19 Champion Lucy Turmel

East Regional Junior 2016
The East Regional Junior Championships was held at Ipswich Sports Club on Friday 5th and Sunday 6th of November. ith over 130 entrants in all age groups from U9 to U19 it was a busy weekend. A full report will be here shortly, but in the meantime . . . .
Boys' U19 Champion was Aaron Allpress who was two up when his opponent had to retire injured. Lucy Turmel was the Girls' U19 Champion winning 3-0 against Alice Green in the final.
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
All the event results are here.

Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open 2016
Arthur Gaskin, last year's champion, headed the field for this year's Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open a PSA $5k Challenger event.

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.
We are indebted once again to Charlotte and Shane Morrison of Christchurch Vets who are the event's headline sponsors, as well as Vanessa Penn of Penn Commercial and Andy Isles of Isles & Storer.
Entry List at April 25th
Player Country WR
Arthur Gaskin IRL 84
Chris Fuller ENG 91
Douglas Kempsell SCO 99
Matthew Hopkin AUS
Mark Fuller ENG
Youssef Soliman EGY
Sean Conroy IRL
Ben Ford ENG
Nick Mulvey ENG
Ondrej Uherka CZE
Arthur Gaskin Joel Hinds Chris Fuller Douglas Kempsell
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Tuesday 26th April – Qualifying Round 1

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

[1] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 3-0 Varun Johnny (IND) 11/0, 11/1, 11/1 (13mins)

[6] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-0 Ben Turmel (ENG) 11/9, 11/6, 11/7 (28mins)

[8] Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0 Joshua Turmel (ENG) 11/7, 11/7, 11/3 (25mins)

[4] Claudio Pinto (POR) 3-0 Gary Nisbet (ENG) 11/4, 11/3, 11/3 (18mins)

[3] Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-0 Jamie Goodrich (ENG) 11/6, 11/9, 11/8 (24mins)

[5] Joeri Hapers (BEL) 3-0 Cai Younger (ENG) 11/8, 11/7, 11/6 (33mins)

[7] Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-0 Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (42mins)

Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-1 [2] Elliot Selby (ENG) 11/9, 11/7, 7/11, 11/8 (44mins)

The battle for the final qualification slots in the main draw produced some entertaining and closely contested matches. Phil Nightingale was first man through with an hour long tussle with Julian Tomlinson. Nightingale got the first two games and Tomlinson just had to work too hard to square the match, losing 11-3 in the fifth. Kyle Finch and Joeri Hapers produced another hugely entertaining 3-2, full of the fast and furious hitting and retrieving the youngsters are renowned for. It was Hapers who took the early 2-1 lead but Finch fought back with the more controlled squash to take the match and secure a place in the main draw against 2nd seed Chris Fuller. The other two to make the main draw were Claudio Pinto and Bradley Masters.

Final Qualifying

[6] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-2 [1] Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 11/7, 13/11, 7/11, 8/11, 11/8 (61mins)

[4] Claudio Pinto (POR) 3-0 [8] Sam Ellis (ENG) 11/7, 12/10, 11/6 (40mins)

[3] Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-2 [5] Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11/7, 10/12, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5 (67mins)

[7] Bradley Masters (ENG) 3-0 Owain Taylor (WAL) 11/5, 11/4, 11/7 (50mins)


Kyle Finch


Thursday 28th April – 1st Round

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

[1] Arthur Gaskin (IRL) 3-0 Ondrej Uherka (CZE) 11/3, 11/7, 11/5 (37mins)

Patrick Rooney (ENG) 3-1 [8] Ben Ford (ENG) 7/11, 11/8, 14/12, 13/11 (54mins)

[6] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-0 [Q] Claudio Pinto (POR) 11/5, 11/6, 11/8 (27mins)

[3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 3-1 Nick Mulvey (ENG) 11/4, 11/6, 3/11, 11/4 (35mins)

[4] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 3-1 [Q] Bradley Masters (ENG) 11/13, 11/5, 11/8, 11/6 (41mins)

[5] Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0 [Q] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 11/8, 11/8, 11/4 (32mins)

[7] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-0 Robert Dadds (ENG) 11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (29mins)

[Q] Kyle Finch (ENG) 3-0 [2] Chris Fuller (ENG) 11/8, 11/8, 11/8 (50mins)



Youssef Soliman (EGY, left) v Claudio Pinto (POR)


Friday 29th April – Quarter Finals

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 [1]Arthur Gaskin 11/3, 11/3, 4/1 rtd (23mins)

[6] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1 [3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 11/8, 8/11, 12/10, 6/4 rtd (73mins)

[5] Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0 [4] Matthew Hopkin (AUS) 11/7, 12/10, 11/7 (45mins)

[7] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-1 [Q] Kyle Finch 11/3, 7/11, 11/4, 11/5 (40mins)


Saturday 30th April – Semi Finals

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

[6] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1 Patrick Rooney (ENG) 11/4, 8/11, 11/6, 11/7 (53mins)

[5] Mark Fuller (ENG) 3-0 [7] Sean Conroy (IRL) 11/8, 11/5, 11/8 (38mins)


Sunday 1st May - Final

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.”


[6] Youssef Soliman (EGY) 3-1 [5] 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

Super Cup 2016
The Super Cup was contested on Saturday, April 23 at the Sports Club for the top four finishers in the two Divisions of the Winter squash league.

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.
Moreton Hall 1 retained the Div 1 Cup, defeating Lexden 2 in the final after a semi-final win over their own 2nd team.
Lexden 4
Moreton Hall 1

Club Championships 2016
This year the Club Championships were run from Monday, April 25th with the finals held on May 20th.
Event Winner Runner up
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
Tournament finalists
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
Ladies' Open
Racketball Racketball Handicap Racketball O50
Mixed U11

Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open 2015
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. The Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open is a PSA $5k event and as such has attracted some of the best competitors from the UK and beyond in a spectacular conclusion to the season.
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. 
We are indebted to Charlotte and Shane Morrison of Christchurch Vets who are the event's headline sponsors, as well as Andy Isles of Isles & Storer, Vanessa Penn of Penn Commercial and Ian Head of Bristo's.
Arthur Gaskin, the top seed, is the new Christchurch Vets Ipswich Open Champion after a 3-2 win over Chris Fuller – the best PSA Tour final Ipswich has hosted. Of course, this was something of a homecoming for Gaskin who spent a year as the Club’s Head Coach but the slightly partisan crowd were quick to appreciate the fantastic performance of his opponent in a match whose outcome was in doubt until the very end.
Perhaps it was playing in front of a ‘home’ crowd, but Gaskin got off to a shaky start with three complete mishits in the first game. Even so, there was never much in it and he steadied to take the game 11/8. Fuller upped the pace in the second and frequently wrong footed Gaskin, pulling him into the front corner before catching him with a pacey crosscourt. 1-1.
The third game was crucial. Gaskin was catching his opponent with quick boasts and seemed comfortably up at 6-3. But just a few quick rallies later his opponent had reeled off a fistful of points to reach game ball. This was the crunch. If Fuller could take the third, did Gaskin have enough to come back? We never found out because Gaskin dug deep, squared the game, went on to win it 12/10 and was a game up, not a game down.
Although Fuller won the fourth, and they were tied at 5-5 in the 5th, the tide was beginning to flow Gaskin’s way and despite the match having lasted well over the hour, suddenly there were quick points – a deft volley nick from Gaskin followed by a serve that hit the nick and Gaskin had a handful of match points. Although Fuller got one of them back, Gaskin wasn’t going to give this one up and ran out the winner. A truly excellent match much appreciated by the spectators.
“I’ve seen Arthur play and the game went pretty much as I expected. I shouldn’t be too hard on myself, I think I played well – but it would have been nice to have won.” Chris Fuller.
“I’ve had a great couple of weeks. The Europeans were special and then to have time back in Ipswich was fabulous. And, of course, a win to round it off in front of a ‘home’ crowd.” Arthur Gaskin.
Finalists Chris Fuller and Arthur Gaskin
Round 1 Quarter Final Semi Final Final
May 7 May 8 May 9 May 10
[1] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)11/9, 11/3, 11/4 (33mins)Rui Soares (POR)
Arthur Gaskin
11/6, 11/3, 11/6 (29mins)
Lyell Fuller
[1] Arthur Gaskin
11/8, 6/11, 11/3, 11/9 (52mins)
[Q] Patrick Rooney
[1] Arthur Gaskin
11/8, 4/11, 12/10, 8/11, 11/6 (89mins)
[3] Chris Fuller
[WC] Joshua Turmel (ENG)5/11, 8/11, 6/11, (28mins)[8] Lyell Fuller (ENG)
[6] Joel Makin (WAL)8/11, 9/11, 7/11 (40mins)[Q] Patrick Rooney (ENG)
Patrick Rooney
13/11, 12/10, 11/2 (32mins)
Michael Harris
Micah Franklin (BER)7/11, 11/8, 4/11, 8/11, (43mins)[4] Michael Harris (ENG)
[3] Chris Fuller (ENG)7/11, 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (48mins)[Q] Nick Mulvey (ENG)
Chris Fuller
11/8, 5/11, 11/3, 11/8 (59mins)
Robert Downer
[3] Chris Fuller
13/11, 11/3, 6/11, 11/6 (83mins)
[2] Douglas Kempsell
Ashley Davies (ENG)1/8, 2/11, 7/11, 6/11 (36mins)[5] Robert Downer (ENG)
[7] Mark Fuller (ENG)14/12, 11/7, 11/5 (36mins)[Q] Tristan Eysele (RSA)
Mark Fuller
10/12, 4/11, 11/7, 11/8, 7/11 (88mins)
Douglas Kempsell
[Q] Jaakko Vähämaa (FIN)
9/11, 9/11, 9/11 (54mins)
Round 1 Quarter Final Semi Final Final


Suffolk Championship 2015
The Suffolk Squash and Racketball Championships were held at the Club on 24/25th of January.
Men's A Championship; Runner-up, Nick Ramsey; Winner, Ben Turmel
Men's B Championship; Winner, Andrew Ramsey; Runner-up, Richard Whitfield
Over 45; Winner, Jasper Goodwyn; Runner-up, Rob Marsh-Feiley
Racketball; Winner, Denis Groualle; Runner-up, Mark Cracknell
Mens Over 60; Winner, John Goodrich; Runner-up, Alec Livingstone

Graded Tournament - May 24-25, 2014
Jaclyn Kemp won the Ipswich Graded Tournament run alongside the 2014 PSA tour event. In the final she beat Kris Day 3-0.
'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