With the European Squash Championships on the horizon the Ogier Squash Island Championships, which came to a close on Sunday, has become a key part of the selection criteria. It’s the first time Guernsey Squash will enter the competition and with players fighting for the chance to represent the Island we were treated to some very competitive and top quality squash throughout the weekend.
Henry Birch stole the headlines as he managed to fend off Martin Watts for the first time in this final after a tightly contested match. Watts took the first game and looked like he would carry the momentum through to take the match but with Birch looking to claim the number 1 spot for himself he came back fighting to take the match 3 – 2, 6/11 16/14 12/10 6/11 11/6.
Birch commented that “it was a tough match which turned into a bit of a war, but I was always confident and eventually managed to get the better of him.”
Natalie Dodd took the ladies title without dropping a game whilst also competing in the Men’s B draw where she finished runner up to Harry Martel.
Andrew Rigden and Alex Rowles won the Men’s C and D titles respectively.
Martin Watts, Director of Guernsey Squash and Racketball, said “It was really pleasing to see the high standard of squash on display with the European’s fast approaching. It provides a real incentive for both our elite and junior players. If they can see our top players really training for that it will inspire them in the future. It’s a real bonus that we’ve managed to get a team into it.”