Bymac Leinster Open 2006
19 - 22 Oct,
Dublin, Ireland, $6k
Jonathon Harford bt Luca Mastrostefano
11/10(3-1), 11/7, 4/11, 11/1
Harford Claims Maiden PSA Title
Ray Byrne reports
This final was poised for a thriller and
before it got under way it was a fifty fifty match. The last time that
these two met each other it was so tight and it was a five set thriller
with Harford being crowned the eventual winner.
But it seemed like
there was wanted revenge for the young Italian
after he took the first game 14-12 in what was a fantastic start
to this final. With some pulsating rallies and precision play
the Italian saw out the first game but it did indeed leave Harford
with a point to prove after taking so long to get into the match. Harford
lost the first five points and after doing that against an opponent like
Luca he was always going to have an uphill battle.
But Harford shook off his shaky start and
produced some fine squash from the moment he stepped onto the court for
the second game. The young Englishman always looked like he was in control
and played precision shots to outsmart his opponent. With some fabulous
drops and perfect lobs Johnny ran Luca ragged and as a result he took the
second game 11-7.
However in the third set the
Italian fought back
capitalising on some unforced errors to win the third and take it 2-1
then on Harford was always in control and it seemed to be clear sailing
for Johnny to the finish line.
Harford was starting to play exhibition
stuff and was hitting some fine nicks with brilliant technique. Luca never
really found himself after having such a bright opening and as a result
Jonny's athleticism and technique saw him
through and gave him a well deserved Leinster Open title.
Jonathon Harford bt Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda
11/7, 11/8, 11/6
Luca Mastrostefano bt Derek Ryan
11/6, 10/12, 11/4, 11/3
Top seed crashes out of
Ray Byrne reports
The Egyptian top seed Mohammed Ali Anwar Reda has been knocked out of
this years Leinster Senior Open Championship at the semi-final stage by
number four seed Jonathan Harford from England in straight sets, 3-0.
Reda never really got going but that was mainly due to the fact that
Harford wouldnít let him. Harford started the brighter of the two and
took an early 5-1 lead. He played a patient game, rallying Reda a lot
and forcing the young Egyptian starlet to make mistakes.
Reda did claw his way back into the set and at 8-6 down looked to be
very much so back in the match. However, a combination of fine shots by
Harford and sloppy errors by Reda meant that Harford took the first set
11-7 in 16 mins. To the second set and Reda started it strong with some
delightful winners but Harford produced some gems of his own producing a
tight and competitive second set. However, midway through the set, we
had a break in play so as that Reda could adjust his footwear and this
seemed to have broken his rhythm.
Subsequently, he conceded two cheap points to give Harford the upper
hand. As the set wore on, Reda became frustrated at refereeing decisions
and a lack of concentration saw him lose the second set 11-8.
To the third set and things didnít get much better for Reda. A
combination of persistent hard work by Harford and unfavourable
refereeing decisions towards Reda meant that Harford took the third set
11-6 and the match 3-0. The number Four seed will look forward to the
final on Sunday with optimism after defeating the top seed.
Mastrostefano defeats a tired Ryan to progress to the final
The number two seed from Italy, Luca Mastrostefano took on Irelandís
very own Derek Ryan, who came through the qualifiers, in the other
semi-final of the Leinster Open Championship.
The Italian took the first set comfortably 11-6 after Ryan had made a
large number of errors to hand the second seed the first set and the
upper hand. However the second set didnít go according to plan for the
Italian. Ryan was trailing the set 6-1 when the referee made a
controversial call that left Ryan fuming. He did however use that anger
to his advantage and gained a remarkable comeback to take the set on a
tie break, 12-10.
That burst of energy was short lived though as Ryan ran out of steam.
With Ryan having played more games that his opponent, the effects took
their toll on the 36 year olds legs and he was blitzed in the third and
fourth 11-4 , 11-3 to compound a 3-1 loss to the second seed, Luca
A bit of a scare for Mastrostefano in the second set but in the end it
was a comfortable 3-1 victory. He now must fancy his chances in the
final on Sunday with the number one seed, Egyptian Reda out in the other
semi. However, he will have a tough test against an impressive Jonathan
Mohd. Ali Anwar Reda bt Jason Barry
11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Jonathon Harford btJohn Rooney
11-3, 11-6, 13-11
Derek Ryan bt Stewart Crawford
11-3 6-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-7 (85m)
Luca Mastrostefano bt Yann Perrin
11-8, 3-11, 11-6, 11-5
Ryan's Run goes on
Ray Byrne reports
In the last match of the night a partisan Irish crowd were thrilled by
some vintage Derek Ryan in what may be his swansong ??
Ryan as usual at this stage of his career started by playing his full
array of shots which seemed to be some sort of warm up and got the jump
on his opponent as some audacieous shotmaking came off to give him the
first set .
However Crawford stormed back by upping the pace and forcing Ryan to the
back corners nullifying his great short game to take the next two sets.
Ryan supported by his by now legendary Irish Groupies was not finished.
He slowed the game to a standstill infuriating his opponent to win the
next set 11-9 and set himself up for a classic 5th set.
Ryan quickly took a 5-1 lead keeping Crawford stuck to the back wall and
having given everything with severe cramp having set just managed to
hold onto a an 11-7 win in classic style, in an hour and 25 minutes!
In the first match of the evening top seed Mohd AA Reda went 7-1
up in the first set, however Barry came back to 5-7. Reda took control
again to take the set 11-5. The Egyptian took a 6-2 lead and at handout
at 3-6, he seemed to get a bit agitated, especially after seeing his
cross-court lob go above the red line and out of court.
Reda was stretched a bit in this set but took the second game 11-8. Reda
started out well in the third and hit an irretrievable cross-court
volley nick (his second of the match) early in the third game. This game
finished 11-7 and 3-0 to Reda.
This match between Luca Mastrostefano and Yann Perrin, again,
started with a high pace. A lot of lets and quite an intense first game,
with service going back and forth. Luca eventually took the game, 11-8.
Luca quickly ran away with the second game 11-3. In the third set, there
was an excellent point at 6-5 (Perrin loosing) with a very long rally
that was a turning point for Perrin, who took the third, 11-6.
Final set started off very close, point for point and still lots of
calls, keeping the referee Mr. OíConnor very busy throughout. Turning
quite scrappy at this stage of the match, Perrin loosing the head. And
it did no good to his squash. In the end the Italian won out 3-1.
Both John Rooney and Jonny Harford began very well in their
match, making few mistakes. Harford maintained a length game with Rooney
trying to mix it up a bit. After loosing a very long Rally, Rooney
seemed to have felt the impact, by hitting three tins in a row. He went
on to loose that set 11-3. The Irishman came fought back in the second
and showed that he had better technical ability by displaying a range of
quality shots. But coming to the end of the second he looked to be
tiring and Harford took advantage by lengthening out the rallies.
Going into the third at 2 down, Rooney had nothing to loose and after a
very long rally the referee gave a dubious decision at 4-5. In fairness
to Harford he did show some quality squash to take a 7-4 lead. It was
all very close; it could have gone either way. With Harford taking a
10-6 lead and John coming back to 10-10, with Rooney saving four match
balls. In a dramatic climax, Harford took the third and final set.
suffer in Leinster
additional material and quotes from Daniel Zilic
Locals Derek Ryan and John Rooney both
caused upsets in the Leinster Open in Fitzwilliam.
Ryan, visibly tired after two grueling five setters in the qualifiers,
pulled out all the stops to beat the Czech Republicís number 3 seed Jan
Koukal in 4 sets.
Ryan took a tight first set on the tie break 11/10 (2-0) but struggled
in the second set as Koukal upped the pace. A serious of well worked
rallies from Koukal and unforced errors from Ryan saw the Czech square
the game at one set all. Ryan took control in the third set using all
his experience to prevent Koukal gaining any momentum. Ryan slowed down
the pace of the game and frustrated Koukal taking the set 11/6.
The final set was a tense affair seeing Ryan come from behind to take
the set 11/8 after Koukal had opened up a 8-4 lead.
Ryan now faces fellow qualifier Stuart Crawford in the Quarter Finals
who caused another upset beating Carlowman Arthur Gaskin 3/0. Gaskin
seeded 8 had high hopes coming into the tournament never really got to
grips with his opponent. A series of unforced errors didnít help Gaskins
cause in the first set as Crawford stormed into an early lead taking the
set 11/2. Gaskin motivated as ever tried his best to force his way back
into the game but it was not to be as Crawford shut him out and won the
following two sets 11/6 11/6.
Wildcard entry John Rooney faced number 7 seed Martin Szaboky from
Hungary. Rooney was never troubled as he saw off his opponent in 3 sets.
The Galway man who was ranked in the top 60 on the PSA tour seemed to be
back to his best as he dominated the early exchanges working Szaboky
around the court. Rooney took the first set easily 11/2 but had to work
harder to take the second and third sets which he won 11/7 11/9, Rooney
now goes on to face Englandís Jonathan Hartford in the Quarter-Finals.
Hartford came through after a tough 1st round game against Egyptís Ahmed
Gamel Swaify. Both players played extremely tight squash leading to long
grueling rallies and very few errors. Swaify took the first set 11/8 but
Hartford struck back in the second taking it 11/9 and never looked back
from there as he closed out the game 11/6 11/7 to guarantee himself a
place in the Quarters.
Number 1 seed from Egypt Mohammed Ali Anwar Reda had to hold off a brave
challenge from fellow country-man Omar Abdul Meguid to book his place in
Friday evenings Quarter Finals. Reda proved too fit in the end for his
opponent as the 17 year old came out on the right side of a 11/7 5/11
11/7 8/11 11/4 score-line.
Italyís number 2 seed Luca Mastrostefano won a five-set thriller with
Egyptian Mohammed Elkeiy. Elkeiy was on top for long periods of the
match and his finishing was impeccable, the Egyptian however seemed to
get tired as the game wore on and Mastrostefano took full advantage
winning the decider 11/9.
Yann Perrin of France came from behind to defeat number 5 seed Campbell
Grayson of New Zealand in another 5 setter. Perrin found himself 2-0
down as Grayson took the first two sets 11/7 and 11/9 Perrin however
came back strong and took a breathtaking third set 11-10 (5-3) as
Grayson had seven match balls. Perrin visibly confident began to find a
rhythm and won out in the fourth set 11/8. Grayson was then forced to
retire with a complaint of an ankle injury with Perrin 6/1 up in the
Perrin now takes on South African qualifier Jason Barry who made light
work of Englandís number 6 seed Jago Nardelli. The final game on court
was a scrappy affair with a lot of let calls. Barry took an early 4-0
lead in the first set and while Tardelli dug deep to recover it was a
little too much to ask of the Englishman.
Nardelli again fell behind at the start of the second set as Barry
opened up a 4-0 lead. Tardelli drew level at 6-6 all but from there
Barry took control and saw out the set 11/8 and taking the third set
The Daniel Zilic
John Rooney had a comfortable win
over the Hungarian Marton Szaboky. John looked comfortable and had
just too much to offer for the Hungarian, who put up a valiant effort and
retrieved some good shots. John was always in control and is looking sharp
Arthur Gaskin, one of three Irish in the main draw was out of sorts
playing Stuart Crawford. I think Arthur will be disappointed with
his showing here but there was just a sparkle missing in his match to do
anything against the very precise and good all-round game of Stuart's, who
to his delight, is for the first time in a position of having to change
flights due to beating the seedings by quite a bit.
Campbell Grayson and Yann Perin battled it out on the
side-court. Campbell took a 2-0 lead and seemed to have the edge on the
Frenchman, although it was a fiercely contested match. Towards the end of
the third game Campbell tripped and was struggling with this movement. He
gave it his best shot in the third game tie break but lost 13/15. Campbell
had to retire in the fifth. Nevertheless, Yann did well to stay in the
game and will certainly be no push-over...
Then came the big bang of the evening as veteran top ten player Derek
Ryan took the court against Jan Koukal. While Derek had scored some
good results qualifying for the main draw, Koukal was favourite for the
match as he is always tough to beat. Everything looked to go well for Jan
as he went 9/4 up in the first but Derek found some special shots and
found his game taking the game suddenly 11/9.
After Koukal took the next
one easy and Derek started looking tired it seemed certain Koukal would
stroll through, but Derek really is not easy to play at all. He cuts and
spins the ball around, has great reach and caught Koukal on the wrong foot
often. It also didn't help Koukal that he was hitting quite a few tins.
Koukal was getting really frustrated and Derek was using all of his
experience and furthermore creating some great shots. He was 8/5 in the
fourth but turned that game around.
At 9/8 Ryan and a harsh no-let call
against Koukal it was certain he was out and Ryan closed the game 11/8.
Jason Barry made light work of Englandís number 6 seed Jago
Nardelli. The final game on court was a scrappy affair with a lot of let
calls. Barry took an early 4-0 lead in the first gameand while Nardelli
dug deep to recover it was a little too much to ask of the Englishman.
Nardelli again fell behind at the start of the second set as Barry opened
up a 4-0 lead. Nardelli drew level at 6-6 all but from there Barry took
control and saw out the game 11/8 and taking the third game 11/3.
"I needed a solid performance today
and that is what I did. Maybe at times I played a bit too negative but
it got me there in the end.
"The courts here are very warm so the
rallies go on for a bit and that worked in my favour. Tomorrow I am
playing the local boy John Rooney, which I am looking forward to as it
is always nice playing in front of a bit of a larger crowd.
be great if I could win and get to the semis. The year for me has gone
really well, I made two finals and some semis and I have another
tournament coming up straight afterwards in Poland.
"If I do well there
and here I should be top 100 after this month, which is my aim. Well,
my main aim is to stay ahead of my arch nemesis Chris Ryder really,
and he just got to the finals of a $10k tournament, so I need
something big to happen."
"Well, I won 3-2 but it was nothing
to write home about.
"We are sharing rooms here too so I think maybe we
were just mucking around too much before and not taking it serious
"Anyway, I am happy to get through and will be either playing
Campbell or Yann tomorrow. I haven't played Campbell but I have beaten
Yann twice, so lets see.
"I don't care too much and I don't feel any
pressure being number two seed as I am more playing for fun and not
"I got my degree in law, I am part-time coaching and I am
going to do an MBA in Sports Management, so if I have the possibility
to play some PSA I will, but as said, I am enjoying it a lotÖ"
"I beat Omar 3-2 but believe me, it
was a tough match. We play each other in Egypt a lot and we are even
sharing the same room together here, so yesterday, as the draw was
made, he said to me
"Why do we two have to play?" Due to his height he
is tough to play as he is very fast and tough to get around, you can
never access the ball directly.
It is also the first time we played in PSA against each other and I think for me it was the toughest
qualifier to get. He is also more experienced than me as he is 18 and
a half!! Towards the end I had to go around him a lot but I didn't
want to take a let just so I could keep the rallies going because I
could see he was very tired.
I am number one seed for the first time and I feel the pressure, I was
never number one seed in PSA before. But it is good to have a tough
match in the first round to be prepared for the next matches. At the
moment I am training in Cairo with Anthony Hill (who is club coach)
and all the Egyptian guys, also Shabana.
After this tournament I am
heading back to Cairo and then playing in Nairobi later on. As for my
next opponent, it is either Jason Barry or Jargo, who have both been
around quite a bit, so it could be tough.
Anyway, I am happy I got
through against Omar and we are still good friends."
Lets see if he can keep the Egyptian flag waiving after all other
faltering earlier on..."
Dublin Ireland, 19 - 22 Oct, $6k
| Mohd. Ali Anwar
[Q] Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy)
Mohd. Ali Anwar
11-5 11-8 11-7
Mohd. Ali Anwar
11/7, 11/8, 11/6
11-10 (3-1), 11-7, 4-11, 11-1
| Jago Nardelli
[Q] Jason Barry (Rsa)
| Jonathon Harford
Ahmed Gamal Swaify (Egy)
11-3 11-6 13-11
| Marton Szaboky
John Rooney (Ire)
|[Q] Stewart Crawford (Sco)
 Arthur Gaskin (Ire)
11-3 6-11 4-11 11-9 11-7 (85m)
11/6, 10/12, 11/4, 11/3
|[Q] Derek Ryan (Irl)
 Jan Koukal (Cze)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
 Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-8 3-11 11-6 11-5
|Mohamed Elkety (Egy)
 Luca Mastrostefano (Ita)
Derek Ryan (Irl) bt Ricky Davies (Wal)
6-11, 11-7, 11-6, 2-11, 11-9
Stuart Crawford (Sco) bt
Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
9-11, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-4
Omar Abdel Meguid
Joan Lezaud (Fra) 11-6, 11-7,
Jason Barry (Rsa) bt
Rik Smet (Bel)
11-9, 11-11-3 3-11, 11-1
Aqeel Rehman (Aut) bye
Derek Ryan (Irl) bt Rene Mijs (Bel)
11-8 7-11 11-3 11-13 11-8
Stuart Crawford (Sco) bt Rory Byrne (Ire)
11-7 11-6 11-9
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) bt John Abrahamse (Rsa) 12-10
11-9 7-11 11-8
Ricky Davies (wales) bt Nigel Peyton (ire)
11-7 11-5 retd
Jason Barry (Rsa) bt Tom Phipps (eng)
11-8 11-5 11-13 11-5
Rik Smet (belg) bt Philip Nightingale (eng)
11-6 6-11 11-9 11-5
Joan Lezaud (fra) bt Paul Lenehan (ire)
11-5 11-7 11-5
Ryan wins another thriller
Gerry Callanan reports
Irish stalwart Ryan clinched the match in
the fifth set after an hour and 21 minutes to beat Welshman Ricky Davies
on a controversial stroke. Throughout the match Ryan had struggled with
Davies when he upped the pace however Davies was not able to maintain
this pace and once the pace dropped Ryan made all his years of
experience tell. Ryan now having won both of his matches will feel all
of his 36 years when he places Jan Koukal in the first round of the main
Stuart Crawford beat Agell Rehman in 53 minutes and now plays Arthur
Gaskin (The Irishman based in england).
Omar Abdel Meguid beat Joan Lezaud and now plays his fellow
countryman and number one seed Mohd Ali Anwar Reda.
Jason Barry beat Rik Smet and looked in the sort of form that might just
trouble Jago Nardelli, the number 6 seed who he plays in the first round
of the main draw.
Seven times Irish champion Derek Ryan rolled back the years to
win a five game thriller in the first round of the qualifiers tonight in
Dublin. Ryan clinched his match against Ree Mijs from Holland in the
fifth after an hour and 24 minutes after some pulsating squash.
Ryan is now the only Irish man left in the qualifying draw, with his
compatriots John Rooney and Arthur Gaskin already having secured there
places in the main draw automatically.
Best-ever Leinster in Prospect
Gerry Callanan reports
The BYMAC PSA Leinster Senior Open takes place in Fitzwilliam LTC
attracting players from all over the world some of whom are ranked in
the top 100. It is without doubt the highest level this tournament has
ever reached and there is a high level of Irish interest with the
inclusion of Derek Ryan, John Rooney and Arthur Gaskin.
Seeded at 1 is the World number 84, Egyptian Mohammad Ali Anwar Reda.
Cairo born Reda at just 17 years of age has reached a career high
ranking of 84 this month and comes into the tournament in a rich vein of
Seeded at 2 is Italian number 2 and World number 91 Luca
Mastrostefano. The 27 year old London born Mastrostefano won the
Italian National Title in 2005 and was a quarter finalist at this years
Italian Open losing to Italian team-mate Davide Bianchetti.
Seed at 3 is Czech number 1 and World number 92
Koukal has won 3 PSA events in his homeland this year and having reached
a career high ranking of 39 will be looking to do well in Dublin.
Galway born John Rooney faces number 7 seed Marton Szaboky
in the first round. Rooney an experienced Irish international is no
longer ranked on the PSA but with a few years experience of the PSA
circuit could well cause an upset in Fitzwilliam
Local Player Derek Ryan needs no introduction. The former World
number 7 and 7 times Irish National Champion spent over a decade on the
professional tour and his progress will be followed with keen interest
as the 36 year old attempts to roll back the years and upset the
seedings in the Leinster Senior Open.