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British National Masters Squash Championships 2018

Wednesday 14 February - Sunday 18 February 2018

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Age Group 
Draw Type 
Finalists / Top Two 
Result 
Men's Over 3532 DrawPeter Billson bt Andrew Whipp3-0 (11/5, 11/2, 11/4)
Men's Over 4032 DrawJamie Goodrich bt Mick Biggs3-0 (11/5, 11/2, 11/4)
Men's Over 4532 DrawNick Staunton bt Rob Staunton3-2 (12/10, 12/10, 8/11, 10/12, 11/8)
Men's Over 5032 DrawDavid Youngs bt Yawar Abbas3-0 (11/3, 11/4, 11/3)
Men's Over 5532 DrawMark Woodliffe bt Greg Loach3-0 (11/6, 11/7, 11/2)
Men's Over 6032 DrawAllen Barwise bt Ian Bradburn3-1 (15/13, 5/15, 15/10, 15/7)
Men's Over 6532 DrawJohn Goodrich bt Terry Belshaw3-2 (7/15, 9/15, 15/13, 15/9, 15/9)
Men's Over 7032 DrawBarry Featherstone bt Philip Ayton3-0 (Philip Ayton retired injured)
Men's Over 758 DrawWilliam Wilson bt Adrian Wright3-0 (15/6, 15/6, 15/9)
Men's Over 804 DrawPatrick Kirton bt John Woodliffe3-1 (9/16, 15/8, 15/8, 15/12)
Women's Over 358 DrawLauren Briggs bt Amina Helal3-1 (5/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/8)
Women's Over 408 DrawRachel Calver bt Keeley Johnson3-2 (5/11, 11/4, 11/6, 7/11, 11/5)
Women's Over 4516 DrawShayne Baillie bt Andrea Santamaria3-1 (11/6, 11/9, 6/11, 13/11)
Women's Over 5016 DrawRachel Woolford bt Kay Fallows3-0 (15/13, 15/7, 15/11)
Women's Over 558 DrawMandy Akin bt Jill Campion 3-0 (15/9, 15/10, 15/6)
Women's Over 604 Pool1st Sian Johnson; 2nd Karen HumePool
Women's Over 654 Pool1st Faith Sinclair; 2nd Bett DryhurstPool
Men's Over 35 Plate4 DrawNathan Miller bt Paul Carter3-1 (8/11, 11/6, 11/9, 11/8)
Men's Over 40 Plate4 DrawNick Hargreaves bt David Robertson3-0 (11/3, 11/4, 11/6)
 Final OnlyJulian Wilson bt Andrew Statham 3-0 (11/7, 11/9, 11/3)
Men's Over 50 Plate4 DrawAntony Perrett bt Mal Leech3-0 (11/4, 11/4, 11/3)
Men's Over 55 Plate8 DrawBarry Watkins bt Graeme Braithwaite3-0 (11/4, 11/1, 11/0)
Men's Over 60 Plate4 DrawRipley Oyler bt Rob Ballingall3-0 (15/4, 15/8, 15/7)
Men's Over 65 Plate8 DrawDerek Canham bt Colin McNestrie 3-2 (15/13, 5/15, 13/15, 15/10, 20/18)
Men's Over 70 Plate4 DrawJames Dubois bt Norman Allen3-1 (15/12, 12/15, 16/14, 16/14)
Men's Over 75 Plate4 DrawNigel Belle bt John Blurton3-1 (11/15, 15/11, 15/9, 18/16)
 Final OnlyLance Kinder bt Malcolm Furness3-0 (15/13, 15/13, 15/11)
 Final OnlyAnna Vaughan-Hawkins bt Natalie Townsend 3-1 (11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/9)
Women's Over 40 Plate4 DrawKrissy Burkin bt Kate Bradshaw3-1 (6/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/1)
 4 DrawLinda Pritchard bt Rhian Davies3-0 (11/2, 11/2, 11/1)
 Final OnlyBev Vatcher bt Ashley MearsAshley Mears withdrew
 Final OnlySarah Howlett bt Lesley Sturgess3-2 (18/16, 11/15, 15/10, 7/15, 15/9)
The National Championships were for the first time run by England Squash Masters and there being no room at the National Centre, went down the road to the excellent facilities of Manchester Northern Tennis and Squash. There was a healthy entry of over 250 from all parts of the country and a great five days of competitive Squash.

The Women's 65s was won by Scotland's Faith Sinclair with Bette Dryhurst taking second, while in the 60s Wales No.1 Sian Johnson had another success against current World Champion Karen Hume of Kent.

Another Kent star fared better in the Women's 55s as Mandy Akin proved too athletic for former Champion Jill Campion of Middlesex. Warwickshire's Rachel Woolford took her first National title to go with three Regional wins this season. She had a very tight semi against former pro Sue Martin-Downhill scraping home 15/13 in the fifth but overcame Kay Fallows of Lancs in the final in straight games.

Surrey No.1 Shayne Bailley and Yorkshire No.1 Andrea Santamaria won through to the 45s final. Both were previous Champions and in a high class final, the Surrey woman came through 13/11 in the fourth. In the 40s Kent's Keeley Johnson has been unstoppable with National, British Open and European titles falling to her. Leicestershire's Rachel Calver stopped a run of losses here, however, with a gritty five game win in the final.

In the Women's 35s Lauren Briggs looks untouchable and the former circuit player showed her class again here. The only player to match her powerful game is Amina Helal of Lancs and as in the British Open a great quality final went the way of the Essex star in four tight games. Her fifth National in a row.

In the Men's Championships serial winner Pat Kirton of Surrey overcame John Woodliffe of Glos in four games in the over 80s, both men playing some remarkable squash. There was an upset in the 75s however, as top seed Mike Clemson (Yorks) was edged out 15/13 in the fifth by William Wilson of Cheshire who then went on to overwhelm four times World Champion Adrian Wright in the final.

The 70s final ended abruptly when many time champion and former GB No.1 Phil Ayton of Sussex ran into Barry Featherstone's racket in the second game and had to retire. Ayton had narrowly survived against Scotland No.1 and top seed Ian Ross while the Hampshire man had removed defending champion Rod Boswell in four.

The 65s is a very competitive group with a number of contenders. Judge John Goodrich of Suffolk has come out on top most of the season with four Regional wins and was top seed here. Cumbria's Terry Belshaw won through to meet him and at two games up was two points from glory before the Judge overruled him and sent him down in five. His first National title.

In the 60s new boy Allen Barwise of Lancs is making a mark with wins in Portugal and the Northwest Open. He removed Simon Evenden in the semis to set up a final against team mate Ian Bradburn who got through after Stuart Hardy had to concede. Barwise made it three in a row against Bradburn to take his first National title.

Mark Woodliffe is the outstanding player of the 55s and so proved yet again. Only Gary Raw of Herts could take a game and his final opponent Greg Loach of Derbyshire had battled twice as long with five game wins in quarters and semi final. The final was 3/0 to Woodliffe the defending champion.

The Men's 50s is another tight group with any one of four or five capable of winning it.  Norfolk's Dave Youngs, with his vast array of shots and touch outplayed them all. Against former champion Yawar Abbass in the final he played winner after winner to take his first National Championship after 12 years of trying.

The 45s was dramatic as the seeds fell in close, hard matches and the brothers from Ireland, Nick and Rob Staunton won through to the final. Always fireworks with them on court, in a terrific battle it was Nick who took the final in five games.

Another Norfolk star, Jamie Goodrich prevailed in the over 40s. Playing his beautifully controlled game he eased through each round untroubled and beat Mick Biggs of Middlesex in the final who had beaten the Scotland No.1 Stuart Ayton and the England Captain, Jonathan Gallacher on the way.

The Men's 35s had some high quality players and the top seeds Andy Whipp of Cheshire and Peter Billson of Lancashire took their places in the final. It was all Billson on the day, however, as the 2017 Champion could make no impression. 3/0 to Billson.

Thank you to The Northern Manchester and all the team at the Club for hosting such a great event at short notice.  Thank you to the referees - Peter Hindmarsh, Dean Clayton, Paul Clarke, Steve Eccles, Gary Marshall, Ged Shields and Peter Berry.  Thanks to England Squash for their support during the event with reporters, photographers and the presentation team.  And of course thanks to Brian Brock, our Event Organiser and his team of volunteers (Jane Belle, Nick Sheppard and Alison Goy) for another great event.

Stuart Hardy
Vice Chairman




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