GVA & British Land triumph at the Newton Perkins Squash Tournament 2013
In its 38 years, the Newton
Perkins’ Squash Tournament has rarely witnessed two more eagerly anticipated
matches than at the 2013 Finals on 1st May. British Land squared up against CBRE in the
Plate Tournament whilst serial champions Cushman & Wakefield were defending
their 2012 Trophy versus GVA.
London’s RAC Club in Pall Mall
was host for the Finals Evening. First
up was BL’s Tony Braine who out-witted the agent’s third string, Tom Webb to
capture a 3-1 win. BL Captain, Ben Grose
showed all his deceptive control to out-score a determined James Horrocks of
CBRE. Theo Holmes of CBRE played to the highest
level in defeating BL’s new entrant, Will Hobman, but it was not enough to stop
the BL team winning the Plate Trophy by a 2 v 1 margin.
The events with the Main Trophy
were unfolding on the adjacent court. Cushman’s Ollie Slack had a bruising
humdinger with GVA’s no. 3, James Maskey.
Maskey levelled to 1-1 before Slack’s competitive juices kicked in to earn
the win. Marcus Hayes, Cushman’s previously
unbeaten no. 2, found the remorseless energy of GVA national league player
James Pickles irresistible as the GVA man fought to level the match score at 1
With spectators taking every
possible vantage point, 4 months of competition between 29 teams therefore came
down to the very last match. GVA’s
Adam Wildig, another national league player met Cushman no. 1 Matt Sampson in
an absorbing, endlessly creative game.
With both players showing staggering court coverage, Wildig dug in to
triumph 3-1. His success led GVA back to
the top step of the podium as 2 v 1 winners of the Tournament for the first
time since 2002.
Trophies were presented in the
Committee Room with Guest of Honour “David Brent” of
“The Office” fame flying in from Slough.
For further details of the Finals and 2014
Tournament, please visit www.newtonperkins.com
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