Gibraltar Open 2012
28-30 Jun, Gibraltar, $5k
Gib Open over but it will be back ...
has gone home now so it is left to me to round up the event.
The Gibraltar PSA Open was combined with a number of local
competitions running over 7 days. Apart from the PSA professionals
there were also teams from the Army and the Andalucian Federation.
Over 140 matches were played culminating in final between the number
1 seed, Peter Creed and the number 2 seed Arthur Gaskin
of very high quality ending in a hard fought 3-0 win for Peter.
In the semi finals Johan Bouquet had to retire with a damaged
shoulder in his match against Peter and Dan West finally ran out of
steam against Arthur after two five game matches the day before,
Earlier in the competition Gibraltar's two regular coaches Jakob
Dirnberger (who got of his sick bed to travel to Gibraltar) and
Ben Ford (in his last ever PSA event) surprisingly lost in
the first round which was a great disappointment for the home
supporters and players.
This disappointment as made easier to accept due to the high quality
of squash provided by the PSA players and the excellent way all of
them integrated into and supported remainder of the Gibraltar Open
competitions and socialised with all the other players and
It is alleged but not proven that the winner found himself on one of
the Gibraltar beaches in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Surprisingly he cannot remember anything that happened after leaving
the club at 3am!!!
This was an excellent tournament, thoroughly enjoyed by all the
local, Army, Andalucian and PSA players and supporters and played in
an excellent spirit with a perfect balance between fun and
professionalism. All players should be congratulated
This is the first time Gibraltar has held a PSA event; it won't be
Creed claims second title on the rock
Welsh top seed Peter Creed claimed his second PSA title with
victory in the inaugural Gibraltar Open.
It was a great experience for the local players to take on seasoned
professionals in the qualifying competition, but none made it
through to the main draw which saw four rounds played over Friday
Creed came through to the final with two straight game wins followed
by a quick semi-final over Johan Bouquet, who had beaten
third-seeded compatriot Geoffrey Demont on Friday. Bouquet was
forced to retire after one game, putting Creed through to the final.
In the bottom half of the draw Irish second seed Arthur Gaskin also
enjoyed untroubled progress to the semi-finals, where he met
England's Dan West, who like Bouquet had beaten a seeded compatriot
on the first day. West's 80-minute 12-10 in the fifth win over Ben
Ford was followed up with a 74-minute comeback win against Reuben
Phillips, so he could probably be excused any tiredness in the
semi-final, which Gaskin won in straight games.
Creed sneaked home 13-11 in the first game of the final, then took
the next two 11-7, 11-5 to claim victory in just under the hour
"Very happy to come home with my 2nd title," said the champion on
Twitter. "Tough match, but fought hard. Win meant allot with Papa In
the crowd #emotional."
Then this morning he added: "Little rough this morning, but I'm
smiling. Winning cures hangovers."
28-30 Jun, Gibraltar, $5k
 Peter Creed (Wal)
11/1, 11/5, 11/2 (27m)
Ondrej Ertl (Cze)
 Peter Creed
11/8, 11/5, 11/6 (42m)
 Peter Creed
11/2 rtd (11m)
 Peter Creed
13/11, 11/7, 11/5 (57m)
 Arthur Gaskin
Andre Haschker (Ger)
11/7, 11/4, 11/6 (31m)
[Q] Hugo Varela (Esp)
Michael Harris (Eng)
13/11, 6/11, 11/8, 11/8 (46m)
Johan Bouquet (Fra)
11/9, 11/7, 11/5 (37m)
 Geoffrey Demont
 Geoffrey Demont (Fra)
11/8, 11/2, 114 (25m)
Anthony Brindle (Gib)
Dan West (Eng)
9/11, 10/12, 11/5, 13/11, 12/10 (80m)
 Ben Ford (Eng)
11/4, 11/13, 6/11, 11/7, 11/6 (74m)
11/5, 11/1, 12/10 (33m)
 Arthur Gaskin
Reuben Phillips (Eng)
12/10, 8/11, 11/4, 11/6 (46m)
[Q] James Simpson (Eng)
David Haley (Wal)
11/5, 13/11, 11/9 (45m)
[Q] Joe Chapman (Ivb)
11/5, 11/7, 11/4 (25m)
 Arthur Gaskin
[Q] Tom De Mulder (Bel)
11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (45m)
 Arthur Gaskin (Irl)
28-Jun, Qualifying Finals:
Joe Chapman bt Kim Are
Killingberg 11/6, 11/5,
Hugo Varela bt Jakob
11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (35m)
James Simpson bt Pablo Rawden
14/12, 9/11, 11/7, 11/5 (42m)
Tom De Mulder bt Neill
11/6, 11/4, 11/8 (30m)
28-Jun, Qualifying Round One:
Kim Are Killingberg bt
11/2, 11/5, 11/4 (17m)
Joe Chapman bt Francis Molina
11/6, 11/9, 11/6 (27m)
Jakob Dirnberger bt Christian Navas
11/5, 12/10, 6/11, 12/10 (45m)
Hugo Varela bt Marcus Hall
11/4, 11/7, 11/6 (25m)
James Simpson bt Kiko Frias
11/6, 11/1, 11/5 (20m)
Pablo Rawden bt Steven Shacaluga
11/2, 11/8, 11/7 (21m)
Tom De Mulder bt Ivan Vinales
11/1, 11/5, 11/5 (21m)
Neill Mccarron bt Jonathan Geekie
11/7, 5/11, 11/9, 11/3 (47m)
Adam Newnham and Anthony Brindle
report on Day Two ...
afternoon saw the commencement of the main draw at the Gibraltar
Top seed Peter Creed was first to progress as he defeated Ondrej
Erti – 'Czech Mate'. He was swiftly followed by Andre Haschker who
delighted the German nation following their recent defeat in the
Euro's by defeating Hugo Varela of Spain.
Next on to court was local student and trainee physio Anthony
Brindle. With the home crowd behind him Anthony tried everything
against the number 3 seed Geoffrey Demont but in the end he was
given a real rubbing down and ended up being defeated 3-0. Overseas
veteran and Gibraltar favourite Ben Ford was next to play and with
the galleries behind him he raced into a 2 game lead. Unfortunately
Fordy's engine began to overheat as he ran out of fuel eventually
being defeated by 3 games to 2 by English counterpart Dan West.
Also in to the quarter finals were Johan Bouquet (France), Rueben
Philips (England), David Haley (Wales) and Arthur Gaskin (Ireland).
It was not long until the winners were back on court for their
Quarter Final matches on the Friday evening. The winners would find
themselves in the Semi Finals of this inaugural event and in with a
chance of making the final.
The first quarter final saw an all French affair between Johan
Bouquet and Geoffrey Demont. After a bucket load of sweat on a
sweltering court Johan came out on top thus securing the first
semi-final spot. Dan West then succeeded in maximising his court
time by battling out another 5 game match in defeating Reuben
Philips. Also to join West and Bouquet in the semis were the two top
seeds Peter Creed and Arthur Gaskin who had straight game wins
against Andre Haschker and David Haley respectively.
The Semi- Finals will take place in the Saturday afternoon heat so
there are sure to be some interesting contests to come before the
evening final and the end of tournament shin dig.
Gibraltar stars face up to the Pros
On a beautiful summer's day after four days of pre-qualifying rounds
Gibraltar's local stars pitted their wits against the travelling
multi cultural professionals.
In the most notable matches of pre-qualifying the local fireman
Christian Navas easily hosed down his opponent to secure the
first local spot for qualifying. He was joined by seven other local
hopefuls who all commenced their destiny into the unknown.
First through the qualifying was the Scandinavian Viking Kim Are
Killingberg who defeated Richard Jones of the forces who had
only just arrived to his accommodation 8 hours prior. Also club
overseas favourite Jakob Burnburger thwarted the Gibraltarian
progress by defeating the previously mentioned firefighter 3 games
to one. Finally Irishman Neil McCarron from up the coast put
a smile back on the Irish nations faces by upsetting seed Jonathan
Geekie....he thought he new it all!
In the second round of qualifying Joe Chapman from the
British Virgin Islands defeated the Viking from Norway in a hard
fought 3 games. Overseas favourite Jakob then lost to Hugo
which could lead to more Spanish success following the Euro result
last night. Also progressing were Englishman James Simpson
and the Belgium flier Tom De Mulder.
We all look forward to the first round of the main competition that
commences tomorrow afternoon. With the thermometer set to hit 100 it
promises to be a tough and energy sapping day of squash.
Adam Newnham & Anthony Brindle