The Guernsey Open 2016 sponsored by Aero Pacific took place 26th – 28th February and saw 57 players competing for five separate events. The event included players of all standards from recreational to semiprofessional players and involved local, UK and junior players.
In the grade A event top seeds Scott Legg from Essex and Martin Watts made their way to the semi finals to take on Stephen Le Ray and Janick Radford. Legg comfortably defeated Le Ray 3-0 while Watts was made to work much harder to overcome Radford in a close 3-0 match. In the final the crowd was treated to some high level squash as Legg showed the high paced squash he is used to in the UK, taking the ball early and attacking to make Watts work very hard to stay in the rallies. Watts used his experience to fight back in the second working Legg around the court but was unable to take advantage of a 9/7 lead as Legg fought back to take a 10/9 lead, Watts saved four game balls, however Legg took the game at his fifth opportunity. Leading 2-0 Legg used his confidence to go and and take the game 11/7 and the match 3-0.
Matt Robilliard defeated Zak Parsons 3-0 to win the Grade A plate event.
Leigh Radford and Lara Harvey were both made to work very hard in the semifinals to get to the final. Radford came back form 2-1 down against Karen Millard to take the fourth and fifth games 11/8 11/7, while Lara Harvey came back form 1-0 to beat Lauren Ker. Radford went on to win the Ladies title in a close 3-0 final against Harvey. Louise Grayland came back from a first round defeat to win her next to match and take the Ladies plate final against Emilie Marsaudon.
The grade B saw an impressive Issey Norman-Ross take the title against Kevin Murphy. Norman-Ross secured her place in the final after a close battle against James Grosvenor in the semifinal, and in another close battle Murphy came through two tie breaks to beat Pete Robinson 3-1. In a five game thriller Nick Maunder claimed the grade B plate beating Natalie Dodd 3-2.
Shane Cotter won the grade C event for the third year running. In the final Andrew Rigden battled hard to come through a second game tie break and take a 2-0 lead against Cotter, however the two times winner of this event was hungry for another title coming back to level the match at 2-2. The fifth game saw Cotter get off to a quick start before Rigden came back, after a tight contest Cotter claimed a run of points and went on to take his third consecutive title. It really was a day of five setters and none were closer than the grade C plate final between Igor Pirnau and Mateusz Samolyk. Pirnau twice took a lead in the match before Samolyk levelled setting up the fifth game which saw both players saved match balls to take the game to a tie break which Pirnau won 13/11.
The grade D final was between Max Trouteaud and Mick Le Noury. Trouteaud fought his way through 13 games to make his way to the final, while Le Noury had a slightly easier route playing 10 games. Trouteaud controlled the middle of the court in the final, cutting the ball off early and frustrating Le Noury and went on to win 3-0. Graeme Neal took the grade D plate final beating Richard Warwick 3-1.
Guernsey Squash and Racketball Director, Martin Watts said “the number of UK players has increased for the past three years which always adds to the event, it’s also great to see new local players entering. The age range for this event was 62 years and we had a wide range of standards competing which is always nice to see”
With Thanks to Aero Pacific for Sponsoring and Beau Sejour for allowing us to host the event.