2012, The Finals
M50: [3/4] Willie Hosey (Irl) 3-0 Dominic
11/7, 11/4 (20m)
W45  Michelle Martin (Aus) 3-1 
Sarah Nelson (Aus)
11/8, 5/11, 11/6, 11/6
M70:  Adrian Wright (Eng) 3-0
Brian Phillips (Wal)
11/6, 11/7, 7/11, 11/2 (26m)
M75:  Pat Kirton (Eng) 3-1 [3/4] Malcolm
11/8, 11/7, 9/11, 11/5 (31m)
M80  Peter Fahrenheim (Rsa) 3-0 [3/4] Alex
11/2, 11/2, 11/7 (14m)
M45:  Craig van der Wath (Rsa) 3-0 [5/8]
Yawar Abbas (Eng)
11/9, 11/5, 11/6 (30m)
W40 [3/4] Simone Korell (Ger) 3-0 Linda
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (21m)
W60:  Sue Volkze (Aus) 3-2 [3/4] Faith
11/4, 10/12, 7/11, 11/5, 11/2 (40m)
W65: Ann Manley (Eng) 3-0 [3/4] Bett Dryhurst
11/7, 12/10, 12/10
W70:  Barbara Sanderson (Irl) 3-1 
Glenda Erasmus (Rsa)
10/12, 11/2, 11/5, 11/5 (22m)
M40  Craig Rowland (Aus) 3-1 [3/4] Nick
11/6, 11/5, 5/11, 11/7
W50: Susan Lawrence (Jam) 3-0 [5/8] Theresa
11/8, 13/11, 11/8 (25m)
W55:  Julie Field (Eng) 3-2 [3/4] Anne
11/7, 4/11, 3/11, 12/10, 11/9 (33m)
W35  Sabine Schoene (Ger) 3-1  Wendy
Maitland Jones (Sco)
11/3, 11/4, 9/11, 11/3
M55:  Pierr Roodt (Rsa) 3-0 
Peter Alexander (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 11/8
M60: [9/16] John Macrury (Cay) 3-1  Keith
Jones (Eng) v
3/11, 12/10, 11/1, 11/3 (31m)
M65:  Philip Ayton (Eng) 3-1 [5/8] Roy
11/5, 11/9, 10/12, 11/9 (33m)
M35  Renan Lavigne (Fra) 3-1 [3/4] Stefan
7/11, 11/7, 11/8
Over 750 started out,
only 18 were left standing
M50: [3/4] Willie Hosey (Irl) 3-0 Dominic Hughes
11/1, 11/7, 11/4
too quick for Dominic
first World Masters Champion is Wille Hosey, who
proved too quick and too accurate on the day for
Dominiic Hughes, perhaps understandably given their
differing routes to the final with Hosey generally
winning quickly while Hughes survived a series of
Hose went 10-0 up in the first, 7-1 in the second,
and 7-0 in the third, and try as Dominic might,
there was no coming back from that - when your
interceptions are intercepted you know you're onto a
told you I'd win it on day one!" [he did, he really
"It's been a great week here, and it was lovely to
play my good friend Dominic in the final.
"I told him yesterday that 'enough is enough', those
marathon matches took the sting out of him today.
"It's been an exhausting week but I'm very happy,
very happy indeed!"
 Michelle Martin (Aus) 3-1  Sarah Nelson
11/8, 5/11, 11/6, 11/6
Another one for Michelle
that the former world champion and number one needs
any more trophies, Michelle Martin added the World
Masters O40 title to her collection with a four-game
win over Australian training partner and team-mate
Sarah Nelson, who apparently persuaded Michelle to
enter this event.
Generally in control, Martin couldn't pull back the
8-1 lead that Nelson built in the second on the back
of a series of winners - some meant, some not - but
shrugged that off to take the three games she
"She stepped it up when she had to," admitted Sarah,
"but it was great fun and a great experience, I
really enjoyed it."
"It's been a great
week, and a good chance to catch up with so many of
the old faces in the UK who helped me through my
M45:  Craig van der Wath (Rsa) 3-0
[5/8] Yawar Abbas (Eng)
11/9, 11/5, 11/6
collects a fourth
South Africa's Craig van der Wath collected his
fourth World Masters title with an impressive
performance against home favourite Yawar Abbas.
Van der Wath, moving as silkily smooth as ever, took
the last two points of a close first game before
establishing winning early leads in the next two
"I first played Yawar
when I was based in Manchester," said the champion.
"We were both 18 then, we're in our twenties now so
things have moved on a bit!"
[3/4] Simone Korell (Ger) 3-0 Linda Shannon (Rsa)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5 (21m)
keeps the title
champion Simone Korell, probably incentivesed by
being seeded 3/4, kept the women's O40 title in
German hands as she overcame unseeded Linda Shannon
in straight games.
The South African ran willingly, but made too many
unforced errors as Korell won two tight first games,
then pulled away from 4-all in the third to her, and
the German entourage's, delight.
won the title in Cologne, but I knew it was going to
be more difficult coming away to Birmingham.
"Linda is very fast, and plays such a lot to the
front, I had to be very careful and keep
concentrating all the time.
"It's a very good day, and it's been a very good
week, we've all had such fun here in Birmingham!"
 Craig Rowland (Aus) 3-1 [3/4] Nick Taylor
11/6, 11/5, 5/11, 11/7
crowns a tough week
second seed Craig Rowland looked as though he was
going to have - for one - a relatively quick and
straightforward match as he took a two-game lead
over local favourite Nick Taylor.
Rowland stretched away at the end of the first, and
took the second comfortably with Taylor looking
The Manchester-cum-Jersey man stormed back in the
third, playing solid and determined squash, and the
fourth was nip and tiuck, at times contentions but
always hard fought, up to 6-all.
It was Rowland who played the better end game
though, as he delightedly clinched the title.
played Nick a few times over the years so I knew it
would be tough. It's been a really hard week, I've
had a few tough games but I'm ecstatic to win.
"When I heard the event was on here in the UK I was
keen to come, and it's been a great couple of weeks,
I'm staying on for a couple more weeks to enjoy it
 Sabine Schoene (Ger) 3-1
 Wendy Maitland Jones (Sco)
11/3, 11/4, 9/11, 11/3
does the Double too
Schoene did a Simone Korell in the last women's
final of th day as she retained the title she won
two years ago in Cologne.
Comfortable in the first two games, the former world
number five was pegged back by a determined
third-game performance from Wendy Maitland-Jones,
but stepped on the gas again in the fourth, opening
out to 7-1 and shortly thereafter claiming a second
World Masters title.
was on the circuit for many years but I really
didn't like the travelling, so when I retired I
didn't play events like these. But when it was in
Germany two years ago I really had to enter, and I
had to defend the title here, didn't I!
"It's so different from playing normal matches,
where even after a hard game your body feels ok
afterwards. Here, even though my first matches
weren't too difficult or too long, I was really
stiff the next morning, it's just a different level
"It's been a such a fun week here, and I'm thrilled
to win the title again."
Sabine gave the audience the biggest laugh of the
week when explaining the after so many years as
Germany's number one she stopped playing with the
girls because she wanted to play for fun with the
boys ... sorry Sabine, we couldn't not mention it!
 Renan Lavigne (Fra) 3-1 [3/4] Stefan Leifels
7/11, 11/7, 11/8
Seven days and 3000+ matches after it began, the
last match was one of the toughest of all, as it
should be. Renan Lavigne and Stefan Leifels have
known each other since they were eight, and they
fought out a five-game battle in the European
Masters final a few months ago.
Lavigne was the winner then, and so he was this time
too, but once again it was far, far from easy,
particularly the long, long first game.
Having lost that Leifels struck back immediately to
level, but Lavigne bounced back to regain the lead.
The title looked to be heading to France as Renan
went 5-1 and 6-2 up in the fourth, but a couple of
errors gave Stefan renewed hope, and he closed in,
getting to 7-6 before a tin of his own with the
court gaping gave Renan a cushion again.
At 10-7 Renan thought he'd won it and let out a
roar, only to heat a let called. The stay of
execution lasted a solitary point though, and at
10-8 the Frenchman watch his opponent's shot sail
out of court and the real celebrations could begin.
expected a tough battle against Stefan in the final
and that’s exactly how it was. Everyone from around
the world comes together every two years hoping to
become World Masters Champion, you can't expect it
to come easy.
"As you saw from my celebrations after the last
point, I am extremely happy to win the title.
"It's been a really doog week, very well organised
and a great pleasure to compete and be involved
Champions Crowned in Birmingham
The 2012 World Masters Squash Championships in association
with SUBWAY reached a climax today as eighteen players were
crowed World Champions, including five titles won by English
players, after the week long international event.
More than 750 competitors from 47 nations competed for the
prestigious titles across age groups ranging from Over 35 to
Over 80, with thousands of matches taking place across
Birmingham throughout the week, including finals on the
state-of-the-art glass showcourt in the Bramall Music
Building at the University of Birmingham.
The 2012 Championships, for the first time in the history of
the tournament, included an Over 80 category.
South African Peter Fahrenheim took the historic first title and an
incredible fourth World Masters title, with a 3-0 victory
against Scotland’s Alex Hamilton.
“I felt a bit lucky! No, I was fortunate to catch Alex on an
off day. I watched him on Tuesday and thought I didn’t stand
a chance of beating him. It has been a fantastic tournament
and a pleasure to be involved,” said Fahrenheim.
English players dominated the Men’s Over 70 and 75
categories, with Adrian Wright and Pat Kirton victorious for
the home nation whilst there was also an all-English final
in the Women’s O65 with unseeded Ann Manley playing a
faultless tournament to take the title against
Worcestershire’s Bett Dryhurst.
Newly crowned Over 70 champion Wright commented: “It was a
very tough game, I thought for a moment he was going to come
back in the third, so pleased with the win though.”
Women’s O65 Champion Manley added: “I had a difficult match
considering my racket completely snapped in the second game!
I was ready to get it restrung for the fourth but
fortunately this wasn’t required. It was a very tight game
despite the 3/0 score line.”
The Women’s O45 was an all-Aussie affair with former World
Champion Michelle Martin managing to clinch a 3-1 victory
against teammate and friend Sarah Nelson.
The 45-year from Sydney commented: “It’s always great to win
but it’s amazing to catch up with some old friends. Some of
them I’ve not seen in years so that’s the best part for me.”
In the Men’s O45 number one seed Craig Van Der Wath proved to
be just too strong for England’s Yawar Abbas who was in his
first World Masters event, winning 3-0.
The South African said: “Playing Yawar is tough and I’ve
managed to beat him today and defend my title. I know Yawar
so well, he’s a good friend, and we’ve played in a league
together for many, many years and I always enjoy playing
against him. Delighted to have won today and happy with the
way I played.”
Yorkshire’s Julie Field claimed the Over 55 title after an
incredibly close match against Australian Anne Richards.
Field was 2-1 down before clinching the fourth 12/10 to take
it to a fifth, in a tense last game Field managed to remain
composed, taking the game 11/9.
There were a few surprise winners with unseeded
Jamaican Susan Lawrence coming out on top in her final
against Zimbabwean Theresa Elliot in the Women’s O50 and
Cayman Islander John Macrury beating home favourite Keith
Jones in the Men’s O60.
There was more good news for the host nation in the Men’s
O65 as Phil Ayton justified his number one seeding with a
3-1 victory against Welshman Brian Philips.
Manchester’s Nick Taylor couldn’t manage another upset in
his O40 final against Craig Rowland. Two games down, Taylor
battled back to win the third 11/5 before his opponent found
his rhythm again to take the Men’s O40 title back to
The tournament concluded with the Men’s O35 with second seed
Renan Lavigne, up against German Stefan Leifels – whose route to the final included beating the
number one seed.
Lavigne was not to be beaten today though, and he took the
match 3-1, giving the Frenchman
a well-deserved Over 35 World Masters title.
The ecstatic winner commented afterwards: “I expected a
tough battle against Stefan in the final and that’s exactly
how it was. As you saw from my celebrations after the last
point, I am extremely happy to win the title.”