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Pontefract Courtcare Open 2016
09-14 Aug, Pontefract, UK, $10k

14-Aug, Final:
Coleman captures Courtcare Crown
Malcolm Willstrop reports

The final of the Courtcare Open brought together the top-seeded Ben Coleman and 4th seeded Karim el Hammamy.

The Egyptian had had the harder route to the final with Coleman's semi final opponent Chris Fuller having had to withdraw injured. El Hammamy didn't help his cause by making a flood of unforced errors early in the first game, five in all, which gave Coleman a 7-1 lead.

Coleman was not likely to make errors with his sound game and he was never in danger of losing the first, running out an 11-5 winner.

El Hammamy balanced errors with winners in the second, level at 5 all, though he was never in front at any time. A stroke at 10-8 gave Coleman a 2-0 lead, El Hammamy unhappy at the correct decsion, as he was unjustifiably with several decisions in the match.

It was hard to see him recovering from 2-0 down against the consistency and athleticism of Coleman and although he went 4-1 down in the third he battled back to lead 8-7. It was Coleman, though, who took the match, 11-9, again on a stroke

The Egyptian resisted for an hour, but at no stage did he threaten to beat Coleman, who will have been well pleased with the way he played.

Courtcare owner Richard Ingle made the presentation to the finalists and Coleman, in his winner's speech, thanked the sponsor for his support and Tournament Director, Terry Dudley and his team for their help and organisation.

Courtcare Open 2016
09-14 Aug, Pontefract, UK, $10k
Round One
11 Aug
12 Aug
13 Aug
14 Aug
[1] Ben Coleman (Eng)
11/2, 11/6, 11/7 (41m)
[Q] Ondrej Uherka (Cze)
[1] Ben Coleman

11/5, 11/9, 11/6 (47m)

[wc] Patrick Rooney

[1] Ben Coleman 

w/o injured

[6] Chris Fuller

[1] Ben Coleman


11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (62m)


[4] Karim El Hammamy

[5] Piedro Schweertman (Ned)
11/9, 12/10 9/11, 11/5 (53m)
[wc] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
[6] Chris Fuller (Eng)
11/4, 11/7, 11/5 (39m)
[Q] Sam Ellis (Eng)
[6] Chris Fuller

10/12, 11/9, 11/8, 11/9 (75m)

Ashley Davies

[3] Tom Ford (Eng)
6/11, 14/12, 5/11, 11/9, 11/8 (74m)
Ashley Davies (Eng)
[Q] Lyell Fuller (Eng)
11/3, 12/10, 14/16, 12/10 (68m)
[4] Karim El Hammamy (Egy)
[4] Karim El Hammamy

11/8, 11/9, 12/10 (50m)

[7] Jan Van Den Herrewegen

[4] Karim El Hammamy

11/7, 11/6, 7/11, 11/5 (48m)

Matthew Hopkin

[Q] Martin Svec (Cze)
11/6, 11/8, 8/11, 13/11 (60m)
[7] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Bel)
Matthew Hopkin (Aus)
11/5, 11/9, 13/11 (33m)
[8] Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
Matthew Hopkin

8/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/1 (57m)

Mark Fuller

Mark Fuller (Eng)
9/11, 11/7, 11/2, 9/11, 11/7 (79m)
[2] Eddie Charlton (Eng)
Qualifying, 09-10 Aug:

Lyell Fuller (Eng) 3-0 Bradley Masters (Eng)                      11/7 12/10 11/3 (37m)
Ondrej Uherka (Cze) 3-2 Tristan Eysele (Rsa)      11/7 11/9 10/12 7/11 11/5 (75m)
Sam Ellis (Eng) 3-1 Miles Jenkins (Eng)                   12/10, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8 (56m)             Martin Svec (Cze) 3-2 James Peach (Eng)      7/11, 11/7, 11/13, 11/9, 11/6 (61m)

Round One:
Lyell Fuller (ENG) v Mattew Sidaway (ENG) 3/1 11/7 8/11 11/3 11/8 (41m)
Bradley Masters (ENG) v Lewis Doughty (ENG) 3/0 11/5 11/2 11/5 (31m)
Ondrej Uherka (CZE) v Owain Taylor (WAL) 3/1 11/9 6/11 11/5 11/7 (67m)
Taminder Gata-Aura (ENG) v Tristan Eysele (RSA) 1/3 6/11 15/13 5/11 7/11 (36m)
[4] Nick Mulvey (ENG) v Miles Jenkins (ENG) 2/3 7/11 11/1 11/9 9/11 11/7 (51m)
Sam Ellis (ENG) v Julian Tomlinson (ENG) 3/0 11/9 12/10 11/8 (40m)
James Peach (ENG) v Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3/1 11/6 11/7 8/11 11/3 (43m)
Cai Younger (ENG) v [2] Martin Svec (CZE) 1/3 11/9 8/11 11/4 11/3 (42m)

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12-Aug, Quarters:
Rooney bows out as Hopkin comeback stops Fuller
Terry Dudley reports

Wild card Patrick Rooney, first round conqueror of fourth seed Piedro Schweertman, could not quite reach the consistency against number one seed Ben Coleman.

Although Rooney lost in three games he competed strongly but Coleman kept him under pressure with a strong all round game.
Fourth seed Karim El Hammamy progressed to the semi-finals by beating seventh seed Jan Van Herrewegan 3-1.

Unseeded Ashley Davies finally succumbed to sixth seed Chris Fuller in four well contested games.

Davis took the first 12/10 but after a fifteen minute contributory break to Fuller he eventually took the second 11/9 and completed the win taking the next two games 11/8 11/9 in 75 minutes,

Mark Fuller raced into a two games to love lead over Matthew Hopkin 11/8 11/9, but could not maintain it losing the next three 11/8 11/9 and 11/1 in a 57minute match.

11-Aug, Round One:
Save the best for last
Terry Dudley reports

Save the best for last - this certainly happened in the first round of the main draw for the Courtcare Open.

Two qualifiers Ondrej Uherka and Lylell Fuller against top seed Ben Coleman  and Karim El Hammamy respectively. Coleman beat Uherka 3-0 in 41 minutes, Fuller though gave 4 seed Hammamy a tougher game. Fuller lost the first 11/3 narrowly lost the second 12/10 and took the third 16/14. Having game ball in the fourth to level the match he just lost out 12/10 losing 3-1 in 68 minutes.

Chris Fuller ended Sam Ellisís fine run winning 3-0 in 39 minutes. The fourth qualifier Czech Republicís Martin Svec looking a little overwhelmed to be in the main draw did not find is rhythm and form until the third game losing the first two to Jan Van Den Herrewegan of Belgium 11/6 11/8.

Taking the third 11/8 he looked a lot stronger than is opponent in the fourth but Herrewegan somehow found how to win the last couple of points to secure the game and match 13/11 in one hour. Matthew Hopkins just one place behind Ammar Altamimi in the world rankings dominated the match completely and posted the shortest match of the night winning 3-0 in just 33minutes.

Pontfract's PSL player Patrick Rooney delighted the Pontefract crowed beating 5th seed Piedro Schweetman Netherlands 3-1, In a tight match Rooney took the first 11/9 and the second game 12/10 Schweetman replied by taking the fourth 11/9 but Rooney was not in any mood to lose and won the fourth 11/5 and the match in 53 minutes.

Last two Matches on court 2nd seed Eddie Charlton versus Mark Fuller, Ashley Davies against third seed Tom Ford.

Ford took the first game 11/6 Davies replying with a 14/12 second game, Ford dominated the third 2-1 to Ford with a 11/5 game win. Davis winning both the last two games 11/9 11/8 in a very entertaining 74 minute match.

Eddie Charlton won the opening game against Mark Fuller 11/9, Fuller taking the second 11/7 and amazingly the third 11/2. Charlton fought back and won the third 11/9. All the exertion in the fourth game started to show on Charlton taking longer to recover between rallies.

Fuller took an early lead only for Charlton to claw his way back into the game. Fuller though was not to be denied and with the aid of some beautiful executed volley drops and tight length balls deep down the side walls kept Charlton under tremendous pressure winning the game 11/7 and the match 3-2 in 79 minutes.

A good night of quality squash we know look forward tomorrow's quarterfinals.

10-Aug, Qualifying Finals:

Sam Ellisís athleticism once again showed through, on his way to the main draw by beating Miles Jenkinson 3-1 in a 56 minute match. Ellis took a hard fought tight first game 12/11, followed by a 11/9 game. Jenkins dominated the third to claw a game back 11/5. Some early exchange of points in the fourth before Ellis secured the game 11/8 and the match 3/1, Ellisís first main draw in a 10k competition.

Lyell Fuller dominated the match against Bradley Masters winning in straight sets 11/7 12/10 11/3 in37 minutes.

The next games on court 1 & 2 saw two cracking matches. Tit for tat in the James Peach match against Martin Svec. Peach won the first 11/7 Svec replied by winning the second with the same score 11/7. A really hard fought third went to Peach 13/11 trading points like boxers trade punches until Svec finally pulled away to win the fourth, two all, all to play for with the added bonus of a first round draw, Svec proved to be the stronger and won the match 3/2 with a 11/5 fifth game score in 61 minutes.

The longest match so far in the tournament was between Ondrei Uherka (ZCE)against Tristian Eysele(RSA) with similar styles from the offset you censed a long match and the crowed was not disappointed. Uherka won the first two games 11/7 11/9, Eysele responded taking the next two 12/10 and 11/7 and looking the stronger, Uherka had not travelled from the Czech Republic for nothing and with great determination won the last five points on the bounce to win the game 11/5 and match in 75 minutes.

09-Aug, Qualifying Round One:

Under way at Ponte

The $10k PSA Courtcare Open, being hosted for the first time at Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club as attracted a quality and international field with players from far afield as, Czech Republic, Kuwait,USA and Egypt.

Top seed Ben Coleman and fourth seed Karim El Hammamy will play qualifiers in round one. Eddie Charlton seeded 2 and 3rd seed Tom Ford have tough opening match against Mark Fuller and Ashley Davies respectively.

Qualifying first round got under way on Tuesday evening with some very competitive matches.

This was clearly evident in the match between Julian Tomlinson and Sam Ellis, in one rally Ellis fell over, lost is racket did the splits recovered gained his feet and racket and amazingly won the rally, and ultimately went on to win the match.

The longest match of the night went to Ondrej Uherka of the Czech Republic beating Owain Taylor Wales 3-1 in 67 minutes.


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