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Rhiwbina Welsh Open 2018
07-12 May, Cardiff, $10k

12-May, Final:
Fallows dashes home hopes in Cardiff
Richard Murphy Reports

A packed house saw Richie take the title and culminate in a great week for the English star.

Peter Creed gave everything he had but it was evident from the start that despite his efforts there was very little left in the tank from previous weeks including European championships and Commonwealth games exploits. He remains a true legend at Rhiwbina.

Richie did what he had to do to claim his second world ranking title. He has been superb all week and ran out a deserved victor. His variety of play across the court was immaculate as was his show of humility of the court after the match had finished.

He was a credit to himself and his family during the week although he may have to work on his winner’s speech!! It will be great to welcome him back to Cardiff - Wales as defending champion in 2019.

It has been a pleasure to host such great players. Club members and supporters have been fully behind the whole event. Thanks to the sponsors, Wales Squash and Squashsite for the coverage.

Good luck to both players in their week ahead at the British Open.

Rhiwbina Welsh Open 2018
07-12 May, Cardiff, $10k
Round One
09 May 
10 May
11 May
12 May
[1] Peter Creed (Wal)
11-4, 11-8, 16-14 (43m)
[Q] Vini Rodrigues (Bra)
[1] Peter Creed

11-6 11-5 11-7 (39m)

Lyell Fuller
[1] Peter Creed

 12-14, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9 (56m)

[8] Patrick Rooney

[1] Peter Creed


11-4 11-2 11-9 (36m)


[3] Richie Fallows

[7] Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor)
11-8, 11-5, 11-5 (38m)
Lyell Fuller (Eng)
[8] Patrick Rooney (Eng)
7-11, 11-7, 6-11, 13-11, 11-4 (69m)
[wc] Emyr Evans (Wal)
[8] Patrick Rooney

6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (46m)

[4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal
[4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)
11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6 (57m)
[Q] Mike Harris (Eng)
[Q] Lewis Walters (Jam)
11-3, 11-6, 11-7 (37m)
[3] Richie Fallows (Eng)
[3] Richie Fallows

 9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (50m)

[6] Ahsan Ayaz
[3] Richie Fallows

11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 11-3 (55m)

[2] George Parker

[Q] Miles Jenkins (Eng)
11-6, 11-7, 12-10 (43m)
[6] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)
Carlos Cornes (Esp)
11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (47m)
[5] Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)
[5] Ammar Altamimi

11-6 ,11-7, 11-7 (38m)

[2] George Parker
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11-8, 11-3, 13-11 (38m)
[2] George Parker (Eng)

08-May, Finals:
Vini Rodrigues (Bra) 3-1 Tom Walsh (Eng)      11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 (53m)
Mike Harris (Eng) 3-0 Owain Taylor (Wal)                11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (45m)
Miles Jenkins (Eng) 3-2 Nick Wall (Eng)   11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 (62m)
Lewis Walters (Jam) 3-0 Matias Tuomi (Fin)            11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (45m)

07-May Round One:     
Tom Walsh (Eng) 3-0 David Haley (Wal)                         11-1, 15-13, 11-5
Vini Rodrigues (Bra) 3-0 Owen Heyes (Wal)                      11-3, 11-1, 11-4
Owain Taylor (Wal) 3-1 James Peach (Eng)            5-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7
Mike Harris (Eng) 3-0 Phil Nightingale (Eng)                      11-3, 11-7, 11-2
Miles Jenkins (Eng) 3-1 Elliott Morris (Wal)               11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7
Nick Wall (Eng) 3-2 Chris Leiper (Sco)             11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5
Lewis Walters (Jam) 3-0 Lewis Poole (Wal)                      11-5, 11-6, 11-8
Matias Tuomi (Fin) 3-0 Frazer Richards (Wal)                    11-3, 11-4, 11-2
11-May, Semis
Creed and Fallows through to final
Richard Murphy Reports

Peter Creed 3-1 Patrick Rooney

Where to begin to tell the tale of this “just ridiculous” epic encounter. Spectators were treated to a fantastic match which ebbed and flowed but ultimately fell to Creed.

The skill, athleticism, fitness and control was superb from both but after a brutal 56 minutes Peter emerged victorious to progress through to his home town final. He will take some stopping and will have the crowd behind him.

Patrick played a great game and it was on a knife-edge for him at the end. Congratulations to both men on a great tussle.

Richie Fallows 3-1 George Parker

This was match full of raw power, great retrieving and the odd outrageous winner. Richie pulled ahead by two games only to turn his ankle and receive and injury time out.

George fought back such as the champion he is and took the third game but Richie regained his composure to take the match and inflict the first defeat for George on the Rhiwbina courts.

He will come again. Richie moves on now to face Peter in the final and we will crown a new champion tomorrow.

It’s a sell-out crowd for the final and there will be a great atmosphere at the club and it was great to see so many people there tonight including many of the other players who took part in the event.

It’s going to be a great final tomorrow

10-May, Quarters
Home favourite Creed joined by three Englishmen in the semis
Richard Murphy Reports

Peter Creed (Wal) 3-0 Lyell Fuller (Eng)

This was Pater at his sublime best. Attacking in parts solid in other areas and he stifled the play of Lyell with telling depth and soft hands drops. A large crowd revelled in the play of both players but Peters level tonight was very high and he ran out a comfortable winner.

The next match up is a repeat of last year’s semi-final which Patrick took ending Creeds hopes of an inaugural win. Will the tables be turned tomorrow. It should be a super match to watch.

Patrick Rooney (Eng) 3-1 [4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)

Patrick gets better with each match and this encounter delivered a high level of long rallies and deft touches. Mohd started strongly but was pegged back by Rooney who pulled away to set up this eagerly anticipated “rematch” with Peter in tomorrow’s first semi-final.

A big crowd is expected to watch this one and it should be one for the connoisseurs.

Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-1 [6] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak)

Rising English star Fallows went head to head with the speedy Ayaz and triumphed after a tough four gamer battle. It was nip and tuck for much of the match but Richie always manged to get in front of Ahsan to dictate play more often.

The battle of the English titans is on for tomorrow night and it will be a match to saviour as Fallows takes on Parker for a place in the Rhiwbina Final. Bring it on guys. !

George Parker (Eng) 3-0 [5] Ammar Altamimi (Kuw)

Crowd pleasing favourite Ammar - hitting cross courts nick from everywhere pleased the spectators – many of whom had never achieved this feat once in their whole careers.

He was unable though to break down the solid and skilful Parker who kept his score ticking along in each game with great width, depth, length and anything else good in the game to take victory.

Big English match up for tomorrow against Richie where no quarter will be asked for or given. A great match up in prospect.

09-May, Round One
Richard Murphy Reports

[1] Peter Creed (Wal) 3-0 [Q] Vini Rodrigues (Bra)

Creed played a totally controlled first two game denying his Brazilian opponent time to execute his powerful accurate shots. The third was a very tight affair which balanced on a knife edge but Peter held his nerve to progress on to a quarter final place tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming Vini back to Cardiff in the future.

Lyell Fuller (Eng) 3-0 [7] Mohammad Alsarraj (Jor)

The first in theory upset of the day but in truth Lyell was dominant in the match and will welcome the opportunity to test himself further tomorrow against Pete. With nothing to lose he will be a dangerous opponent and is playing some great stuff at present.

[8] Patrick Rooney (Eng) 3-2[wc] Emyr Evans (Wal)

This was a superb match to watch and the crowd were right into it from the start. These two youngsters will no doubt make their way much higher up the rankings and it was Rooney who came out on top despite Emyr being within a whisker of victory. Great squash from the youngsters with both playing the ball, giving each other fair access and producing real quality. Congratulations both but Patrick makes his way into the next round

[4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas) 3-2 [Q] Michael Harris (Eng)

This was a match within a match with the outcome decided with a few points here and there. Kamal produced two clear winners to take the fourth game and then proceeded to hit everything in the fifth to take the win. Mike though deserves great credit for pushing the fourth seed so close.

[3] Richie Fallows (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Lewis Walters (Jam)

Richie was in sublime form to close out Lewis’ ambitions right from the start. In very good form of late Falllows will take some stopping in this event as he has all the speed power and touch needed to go a long way in the game. He seemed to read Lewis’ shots and be that one step ahead and always in front from which he was able to create that shot making platform. He will now play Ayaz in the quarter finals.

[6] Ahsan Ayaz (Pak) 3-0 [Q] Miles Jenkins (Eng)

Ahsan ended Miles great run to progress but not without a scare in the third game. Although a general free flowing game the referee had to intervene on a few occasions to sort out traffic across the T area but this did not affect the result and for all Miles ‘great endeavour and retrieving Ayaz moves on.

[5] Ammar Altamimi (Kuw) 3-0 Carlos Cornes (Esp)

What a great performance from Ammar. This was anticipated to be the tie of the night but Carlos could not get into the match and was stung so often by the outright winning shots of Altamimi. Rolling nicks on both sides compounded Carlos’ frustrations with the referring calls but make no doubt about how well Ammar played. He will be a test for George tomorrow night. This is Cornes’ second year at the event and we would welcome him back again next year for another go!

[2] George Parker (Eng) 3-0 Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)

Defending champion Parker took the match in straight games with his usual accurate high tempo squash but Jamie made him work hard throughout the encounter. A close third game raised some eyebrows in the crowd with Parker getting a conduct stroke given against him but moved on to finish the game off in style and declare his intentions to not leave Cardiff without another Rhiwbina Welsh Open Trophy.

08-May, Qualifying Finals
Richard Murphy Reports

Vini Rodrigues (Bra) 3-1 Tom Walsh (Eng)

What a match to kick off the night. A good crowd saw some superb squash from both players. Rodrigues full of power but with touch to add to it took control over Walsh who himself played a superb part in this game with his speed and movement. The match turned when Walsh was up 10-5 in game three only to lose it 12-10. This gave Vini the impetus to push through to the finish and set up a mouth-watering clash with top seed and home boy Peter Creed. It should be a cracker.

Michael Harris (Eng) 3-0 Owain Taylor (Wal)

Mike always seemed in control of this encounter but the young Welshman gave a great account of himself and hopefully this can give him the confidence he needs going forward on the circuit after his studies are completed. Harris impressively moves on to a tough match with Mo Kamal in the first main round. Another to look forward to.

Lewis Walters (Jam) 3-0 Matias Tuomi (Fin)

A contrast in styles with this one. Lewis with all the touch needed to go further in the event verses the fitness and endeavour of Matias. A good spectacle but one that Lewis was always in control of and he marches forward to big clash with rising English star Richie Fallows. We look forward to welcoming Matias back another year.

Miles Jenkins (Eng) 3-2 Nick Wall (Eng)

The longest match of the night saw Miles run out victorious but not without a great fight from Nick. Numerous clashes across the T area saw the referees tested but there was plenty to admire in between these exchanges but Jenkins rolls on to a clash with Pakistan’s Ahsan Ayaz in what could be a long and physically testing match.


07-May, Qualifying under way
Richard Murphy Reports

A red hot day in the nation’s capital city saw some great early qualifying matches.

Tom Walsh 3-0 David Haley.  Rising star Walsh began like a house on fire and powered his way to an 11-1 first game. Haley fought back brilliantly to have 2 game balls in the second but he could not finish this off and Walsh took the crucial second and ran out a deserved 3- 0 winner. Some very tough rallies and the score does not reflect on what a quality match this was.

Vini Rodrigues 3-0 Owen Heyes. Great experience for the Rhiwbina youngster as he fought bravely against his quality opponent. Spurred on by his entourage of family and friends Owen gave everything and put together some constructive points. His face at the end of the match though showed evidence of how hard he worked. Vini moves on to the next round.

Owain Taylor 3-1 James Peach. Another quality match with James taking the early spoils only to be pegged back by the steadiness of Taylors drives. Some punishing points saw Owain come through in four games and sets up and intriguing clash in the next round with Mike Harris.

Mike Harris 3-0 Phil Nightingale. Phil arrived after a late call and entered the court to face a man on form. Mike full of attack and constructive squash eased to victory in three straight games. On to tomorrow.

Nick Wall 3-2 Chris Leiper. A topsy turvey match littered with stoppages saw the young talented Englishman just overcome his scots opponent in five games. This again sets up an interesting encounter tomorrow with Miles Jenkins.

Miles Jenkins 3-1 Elliott Morris. A bruising game of tough rallies saw Miles come out on top. The court was mopped a few time to dry the floor soaked after so many long and tough rallies. Miles progresses.

Lewis Walters 3-0 Lewis Poole. Young welsh champion Poole gave a very good account of himself in this cracking match. Walters was always in control but Poole made him work on occasions and finished off many rallies with skill which shows he has real promise in the game.

Matias Tuomi 3-0 Frazer Richards. Frazer fresh from a wedding weekend and a few too many champagnes struggled against a very solid opponent. Great effort from the Rhiwbina man but Tuomi moves on to face a tougher match against Walters for a place in the main draw.

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