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Legacy Wealth Belfast Open 2016
 23-28 Aug, Northern Ireland, $5k

28-Aug, Finals

Fallows & Pomportes emerge as the winners of the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open 2016

Laura Pomportes vs. Rachael Chadwick

On the way to the final, Laura Pomportes from France, returning after 9 months from injury, had put together a great run of matches - beating the number one seed in the first round and surviving a five-setter in the semi-finals.

In the final she faced Rachael Chadwick of England who had also been impressive in winning all her matches 3-0 in the run-up. The first set proved to be a tight affair, both players working each other around the whole court, barely more than a point separating the players throughout the game. In the end it was Laura who took the first game 11/9.

In the second set Laura came out strongly building an early lead. Though Rachael had some opportunities, her earlier accurate hitting - particularly of winners from open positions – deserted her and Laura ran through to win the second set 11/3.

In the third set Rachael tried hard to work herself back into the match but was frustrated at being unable to find any of her earlier rhythm. Laura kept concentration and maintained the pressure to take the third set and the title.

As Laura commented sometime after the match as she and Hana Moataz enjoyed the great Belfast weather: “Today is a sunny day”.

Richie Fallows vs. Lyell Fuller

In the other final Richie Fallows, having survived a bruising 2 hour 5-set encounter the night before, started as top seed and favourite against fellow English player Lyell Fuller, appearing in his first PSA final.

Whilst Richie’s performance in the semi-finals had been at times tense and edgy, a new day brought a different story. Right from the start Richie sought to dominate the match, with heavy driving and accurate shots to the front putting Lyell under pressure immediately. Despite Lyell’s efforts to disrupt Richie’s game, Richie allowed very few opportunities and made no errors in the first game. The relentless pressure pa id off with an 11/5 first game.

The second followed a similar pattern – long tiring rallies as the players used all corners of the court but again few chances for Lyell to break Richie’s stranglehold on the match.

At the start of the third set and 2-0 down, Lyell stepped forward with some great attacking drops to finally get into the lead. However this window of opportunity was quickly shut – with Richie again stepping forward to control the rallies and forcing Lyell on to the defensive. To Lyell’s credit, he never gave up, doggedly covering the full court to stay in rallies. But in the end it proved too hard, and a couple of quick strokes brought the match to a close.

Richie:I was much more relaxed and comfortable today on court and really pleased with how I controlled the game.”

Legacy Wealth Belfast Open 2016
 23-28 Aug, Northern Ireland, $5k
Round One
25 Aug
26 Aug
27 Aug
28 Aug
[1] Richie Fallows (Eng)
11/2, 11/6, 11/4
Joeri Hapers (Bel)
[1] Richie Fallows

11/9, 11/7, 11/13, 11/5

[8] Yuri Farneti
[1] Richie Fallows


[3] Dougie Kempsell

[1] Richie Fallows 

 11-5, 11-6, 11-6

[4] Lyell Fuller

[8] Yuri Farneti (Ita)
11/4, 14/12, 11/5
[Q] Owain Taylor (Wal)
[6] Brian Byrne (Irl)
 11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 11/7
Bradley Masters (Eng)
[6] Brian Byrne

11/1, 11/9, 11/5

[3] Dougie Kempsell
[3] Dougie Kempsell (Sco)
11/2, 11/3, 11/6
[Q] Sam Ellis (Eng)
Elliot Selby (Eng)
11/7, 11/2, 11/8
[4] Lyell Fuller (Eng)
[4] Lyell Fuller

11/9, 11/8, 11/8

[7] Tristan Eysele
[4] Lyell Fuller

12/10, 12/10, 11/3

[2] Chris Fuller

[Q] Marc ter Sluis (Ned)
 6/11, 11/2, 11/8, 12/10
[7] Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
[Q] Michael Craig (Nir)
7-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (68m)
[5] Sean Conroy (Irl)
[5] Sean Conroy

11/9, 9/11, 11/4, 11/9

[2] Chris Fuller
[wc] Stephen Hearst (Irl)
 11/2, 11/4, 11/3
[2] Chris Fuller (Eng)

24-Aug, Finals:
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-2 Miles Jenkins (Eng)   11/4, 12/10, 7/11, 6/11, 115 (71m)
Sam Ellis (Eng) 3-1 Chris Leiper (Sco)                  3/11, 11/6, 11/8, 11/9
Michael Craig (Nir) 3-0 Dan Bergin (Wal)                       11/6, 11/9, 11/2
Marc ter Sluis (Ned) 3-1 Phil Nightingale (Eng)          3/11, 11/6, 3/2 rtd

23-Aug, Round One:
Miles Jenkins (Eng) 3-1 David Ayerst (Irl)                   11/3, 11/5, 12/10
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-0 Darren Waring (Irl)                11/5, 11/4, 12/10
Chris Leiper (Sco) 3-1 Matthew Broadberry (Eng) 11/9, 9/11, 11/9, 11/2
Sam Ellis (Eng) 3-0 David Noone (Irl)                         11/5, 11/5, 11/4
Michael Craig (Nir) 3-1 Oliviero Ventrice (Ita)    11/5, 16/14, 5/11, 11/8
Dan Bergin (Wal) 3-1 Mike Lowrey (Eng)             11/7, 8/11, 11/6, 11/9
Marc ter Sluis (Ned) 3-0 Peter McNeice (Irl)                 11/7, 11/7, 11/4
Phil Nightingale (Eng) 3-1 Matthew Sidaway (Eng) 11/4, 11/8, 7/11, 11/7

Legacy Wealth Belfast Open 2016
, 23-28 Aug, Northern Ireland, $5k
Round One
25 Aug
26 Aug
27 Aug
28 Aug
[1] Alison Thomson (Eng)
11-5, 11-4, 11-3
Laura Pomportes (Fra)
Laura Pomportes

11/9, 11/8, 11/9

[6] Elin Harlow
Laura Pomportes

7/11, 11/8, 12/10, 3/11, 11/6

[5] Hana Moataz

Laura Pomportes

 11/9, 11/3, 11/5

[7] Rachael Chadwick

[6] Elin Harlow (Wal)
 6/11, 11/5, 14/12, 11/7
Nia Davies (Wal)
[5] Hana Moataz (Egy)
11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (23m)
Jenny Haley (Wal)
[5] Hana Moataz

10/12, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5

[4] Ineta Mackiveca
[4] Ineta Mackiveca (Lat)
12/10, 6/11, 11/8, 11/9
[Q] Hannah Craig (Irl)
[Q] Sanne Veldkamp (Ned)
11/5, 11/3, 11/2
[3] Anna Klimundova (Cze)
[3] Anna Klimundova

11-8, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7

[8] Tessa Ter Sluis
[3] Anna Klimundova

13/11, 11/6, 12/10

[7] Rachael Chadwick

Stephanie Walton (Eng)
11/2, 11/6, 11/6
[8] Tessa Ter Sluis (Ned)
[Q] Sophir O'Rourke (Irl)
 11/2, 11/2, 11/8
[7] Rachael Chadwick (Eng)
[7] Rachael Chadwick

11/9, 11/8, 11/7

[2] Tinne Gilis
[Q] Elise Romba (Fra)
11/6, 11/6, 11/4
[2] Tinne Gilis (Bel)

Elise Romba (Fra)   bye
Hannah Craig (Irl) 3-0 Emma Custance Baker (Eng)                11/7, 11/3, 11/4
Sophie O'Rourke (Irl) 3-1 Ellie Mc Veigh (Irl)                  11/6, 11/8, 8/11, 11/4
Sanne Veldkamp (Ned)   bye

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26-Aug, Quarters:
TWomen's seeds fall in Belfast, men's through to semis
Jeff Hearst reports

The top seeds continued to fall in the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open Women’s event. English player Rachael Chadwick of England put in a dominant performance against the number two seed Tinne Gilis of Belgium, reaching the semi-finals with a 3-0 win.

The highest remaining seed Anna Klimundova was made to work hard for her 3-1 victory over Tessa Ter Sluis. The first two games were shared, with Tessa winning the second with a mixture of hard hitting and excellent short shots. However in the next two games Anna kept up the higher pace to win.

Hana Moataz and Ineta Mackevica also shared the first two games in their quarter-final match. In each of these games, one player built up a significant lead only to then lose the game with a run of points. From this position Hana went on to stretch away from Ineta and secure her semi-final spot.

In the last quarter-final, the unseeded Laura Pomportes continued her excellent run to beat Elin Harlow of Wales 3-0.

The Men’s event has so far gone to form with the top four seeds all reaching the semi-finals. Lyell Fuller and Tristan Eysele exchanged a lot of tough rallies, with Lyell just maintaining the edge in each set to win 3-0. Douglas Kempsell played a very controlled and fast paced game that proved too much for Irish player Brian Byrne.

After dominating the first game, Doug was pushed much harder in the second. Brian began to get back into the match, leading 9-7 before an attempted winner just clipped the tin at the end of a long rally. From here Doug closed out the second game and then dominated the third to take the match 3-0.

The other Irish player in the quarter-finals, Sean Conroy, put in an excellent effort against the number two seed Chris Fuller of England.

Both players showed great control and movement about the court, producing some tremendous rallies as they worked each other very hard. The first two sets were shared 11/9, 9/11. In the third, Chris began to exert more dominance in the rallies, again working Sean very hard, and was able to build and maintain a lead. This continued up until match point 10-6 in the fourth – only for Sean to put in one final effort to claw back to 9/10, before a high quality winner from Chris finished the fight-back.

Top seed Richie Fallows was also pushed very hard by Italian player Yuri Farneti. Richie built a solid 2-0 lead but Yuri did not stop competing. To his credit he fought for every point in the third and was rewarded for his efforts by taking it 13/11. In the fourth, Richie re-imposed his control on the match closing it out at the end with a quick run of points.
This sets up an appetising series of semi-finals for Saturday.

25-Aug, First Round:
Laura upsets the seedings in Belfast

Jeff Hearst reports

The first match of the day also brought the first upset in the seeding as Laura Pomportes of France beat Alison Thomson of England. Laura was sharp and attacking from the very first point of the match. Despite Alison’s efforts to work her way back into the game, Laura never let her control slip taking it 3-0.

Ineta Mackevica of Latvia faced local Irish player Hannah Craig in what turned out to be a closely fought contest. Ineta’s early lead in the first disappeared as Hannah began to test her opponent.

Ineta however held on with some decisive final shots to take the first 12/10. Hannah bounced back quickly in the second to level the match. The next two games were again highly contested but Ineta kept in front to secure a 3-1 win.

Elin Harlow similarly held out against fellow Welsh player Nia Davis to win a tight 3-1 match. Hana Moataz of Egypt completed the bottom half of the quarter-final draw with a 3-0 win over Jenny Haley of Wales.
The top half of the Women’s draw went very much accord ing to seeding with Tinne Gilis, Rachael Chadwick, Tessa Ter Sluis and Anna Klimundova all securing 3-0 wins over their respective opponents.

In the Men’s event, Tristan Eysele of South Africa faced a strong challenge from Dutch player Marc ter Sluis. In a physically demanding match, with hard hitting and long rallies, Tristan recovered from losing the first game to just cross the line 12/10 in the fourth to win 3-1.

Irish players Sean Conroy and Michael Craig faced each other in a “local derby” for a quarter-final spot. In front of a large crowd of local supporters for both players, Michael settled into his rhythm quickly, benefitting from some loose errors from Sean to build an early lead. Sean then worked Michael very hard to level at 7-7 before Michael again capitalised on a couple of opportunities to close out the first set.

The second set proved stop start with Sean unable to get a rhythm and Michael picking off points. In the third set with Michael tiring, Sean was finally able to find the game and pace that suited him better – edging the third and continuing right through for a well-earned 3-2 win.

There was also great local interest in Ireland’s Brian Byrne who faced Bradley Masters from England in the evening session. After two games of fast paced squash the players were level 1-1. The third proved decisive as Brian worked his opponent very hard to build a 2-1 win. Though Bradley fought hard and kept it tight with Brian in the first half of the fourth set, a quick run of points towards the end brought a 3-1 win.

The top seed Richie Fallows, Yuri Farneti, Douglas Kempsell, Lyell Fuller and Chris Fuller completed 3-0 wins to leave all top 8 seeds through to the quarter-finals.

24-Aug, Qualifying Finals:
Craigs qualify at Belfast Boat Club

Jeff Hearst reports

Day 2 included the start of the Women’s Qualification. In a reduced qualification field, local Irish player Hannah Craig kept up the pace in her match against Emma Custance Baker of England.

The first half of the set was well balanced between the players before Hannah stretched away. Once ahead, Hannah kept in control for an excellent 3-0 win. The remaining qualification match brought together two local Irish players Sophie O’Rourke and Ellie McVeigh. Sophie started well in the first two sets and took a 2-0 lead with some fast paced play. In the third, Ellie’s accurate hitting enabled her to take control and reduce the lead to 2-1. However, Sophie raced away at the start of the fourth set and secured the overall match.

Highlight of Round 2 of the Men’s Qualifying matches was a 71 min five-set match between the top seed in qualification Miles Jenkins and Welsh player Owain Taylor.

The match was characterised by tough rallies stretching both players. In the first two games, Owain managed to keep the upper hand with good control with Miles working his back into the match, just narrowly losing the second. From 2-0 down, Miles then managed to control the match in his favour picking up the next two sets. In the deciding set though, a final push from Owain secured an early lead and from there closed out the match.

In a topsy-turvy match Chris Leiper of Scotland raced ahead to a 9-0 lead in the first set against Sam Ellis of England, before Sam turned the tables in the second to quickly level the match. In the third both players settled into a better rhythm with longer tougher rallies. Some great winners, a few errors – but eventually Sam edged ahead to take a 2-1 lead. Sam maintained this in the fourth to win 3-1.

Michael Craig of Ireland joined his sister Hannah in qualifying for the Main Draws by beating Dan Bergin of Wales. After Michael took the first set, the second proved decisive, with both players neck-and-neck, exchanging winners and some tough long rallies. A couple of errors at the end was the only difference and from a 2-0 position Michael finished the match in control.

The final match of the evening featured Phil Nightingale of England and Dutch player Marc ter Sluis. Unfortunately an injury brought retirement for Phil in the third set, with the match tied 1-1.
23-Aug, Qualifying Round One:
Craig delights Belfast Boat Club faithful

Jeff Hearst reports

The Legacy Wealth Belfast Open got off to a great start today with the Lord Mayor of Belfast attending the opening match. Squash professionals from both the Men’s and Women’s PSA World Tour are competing for a total $10k prize money at the Belfast Boat Club over the next six days.

Local player Michael Craig produced an excellent result winning 3-1 in the opening round of the Men's Qualifying to the delight of a large crowd of supporters.

Michael, home from college in the US, took the first game of his match against Oliviero Ventrice of Italy.

The second proved to be a real struggle between the two players, with tough rallies and nothing between them – Michael just edging the game 16/14. Oliviero recovered faster from this effort, opening up a lead and taking the third comfortably 11/5. However, by the fourth Michael once again got in front and succeeded in closing out the match.

In earlier matches Miles Jenkins from England proved too strong for local David Ayerst, winning the first two games comfortably and making David work very hard. David had a better start in the third game, taking an early lead and holding this to reach a game point. However he was unable to take this opportunity and Miles finished the match 11/3. 11/5, 12/10.

The next match between Owain Taylor of Wales and local player Darren Waring followed a similar pattern. Owain took a 2-0 lead before being pushed hard in the third set. Final score 11/5, 11/4, 11/8. Sam Ellis of England completed a 3/0 win over Irish player David Noone as did Dutch player Marc ter Sluis with a 3/0 over local player Peter McNeice.

In the remaining matches, Matthew Broadberry and Chris Leiper fought a close first 3 sets before Chris closed out the match 3/1. Dan Bergin from Wales secured a similar 3-1 win over England’s Mike Lowrey. In the final match of the evening, Phil Nightingale completed a 3-1 win over fellow English player Matthew Sidaway.


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