Monday, 15 August 2022

Domnick secures title after missing out at last attempt

KEITH DOMNICK, Ruby Borg and Hilary Lunn all ran out winners at Henley Junior Squash Club’s annual championships held last

KEITH DOMNICK, Ruby Borg and Hilary Lunn all ran out winners at Henley Junior Squash Club’s annual championships held last weekend.

Due to the club’s increasing membership, there were three competitions this year in which 25 players competed — one for players of primary school age, an A competition for the more experienced secondary school players and a B contest for the less experienced secondary school players.

The preliminary rounds consisted of a series of league-based round-robin matches, followed by the finals and third/fourth place play-offs.

The final of the primary school aged competition saw nine-year-old Beth Ireland and 11-year-old Hilary Lunn battle it out.

After a close start to the first game, Lunn rattled off nine consecutive points to take the game 11-4. Ireland fought back in the second, only narrowly losing 11-9. Lunn re-asserted himself in the third, taking it 11-3 to secure the championship.

The third/fourth place play-off saw James Dunning and Ewan McCracken, who have been playing for less than a year, battle it out, with Dunning edging the tie 11-5, 8 11, 11-5, 11-6.

There were similarly close results in the third/fourth place play-off in the secondary-school competition with Jake Ireland beating Helen Henshaw 3-11, 11-6, 11-7 and 12-10 in the A competition. In the B competition play-off Ewan Watkins beat Lewis Coles 12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 11-5. The B competition final saw Ruby Borg beat Morgan Zolkwer. Zolkwer used his powerful shots to great effect to take the first game 11-9 before Borg fought back with some well-placed shots to take the next two games.

The score see-sawed in the fourth with there never being more than two points between the players. Both players had opportunities to take the game before Borg converted her third match point to win the tie 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 14-12. Keith Domnick ran out winner in the A competition final as he beat Max Djemil 3-1.

After losing the first game, Djemil fought back strongly to take the second with well-executed trick shots. Domnick, who finished third in last year’s competition, used his greater experience to take control in the third and fourth games to secure the championship 11-5, 8-11, 11-7, 11-6.

Prizes were awarded by the senior club’s treasurer Roger Booker.

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