Dove Marsa Ladies Squash Open

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 8:00

The Dove Marsa Ladies Squash Open was held last weekend at the Marsa Sports Club. With the temperature rising outside, the players were able to enjoy and appreciate the fully air-conditioned courts at Marsa. The tournament was held in 4 groups, with the winners of each group progressing to the ‘A’ event and the remaining players participating in the ‘B’ event. This format gave new players the chance to play against more experienced players.

The first ‘B’ event semi-final was between Maria Duffy (Marsa S.C.) and 15 year old Samira Caruana (Luxembourg). Samira started well but never really troubled Maria with Maria winning comfortably 3-0. The second semi-final was between Elaine Catania and Maryanne Caruana (both Marsa S.C.). The two friends play together on a regular basis and all the games were very close, but Maryanne eventually took the match 3-1. In the ‘B’ event final, Maryanne started each game well and was able to maintain her lead throughout with Maria always chasing. Maryanne won the match 3-0 and with it the Dove Marsa ladies ‘B’ event title.

The ‘A’ event semi-finals produced 2 completely different games. The first semi-final between ex-national team player Roberta Pace Grima and 12 year old Kim Cauchi (both Marsa S.C.) was a demonstration of how to control a game of squash. Roberta showed young Kim how to place the ball and move your opponent around the court and was always in control of the match. Kim put in her usually gutsy performance but was unable to match Roberta’s experience and precision with Roberta winning comfortably 3-0.

The second semi-final produced the match of the tournament – 10 year old Alina Bushma from the Ukraine against Analise Attard (Marsa S.C.). Alina personifies youthful exuberance and it was a joy to watch her enthusiasm on court. Analise won the first game 11-9 with Alina taking the second 11-8. The two were fighting for every point and some of the retrieving was exemplary. Analise took the third game 11-2 and a 2-1 lead with everyone thinking Alina was showing signs of tiring – she is, after all, only 10 years old! The fourth set was even throughout with both players using all corners and a wide variety of shots. A lucky break at 9-9 gave Alina ‘game ball’ followed by an unforced error from Analise gifting the set 11-9 to Alina. The fifth and final set continued in the same manner as the fourth with neither player unable to break away. In the end Alina managed to find 2 winning shots and took the game 13-11 and the match 3-2. 

The ‘A’ final understandably was a rather one-sided match with Roberta once again controlling the game and Alina looking rather jaded. Roberta was occasionally surprised at the amount of effort and will-power Alina was still showing, but managed to take the match 3-0 and so win her first Dove Marsa ladies squash title.

After the final, Maria Duffy, representing the Marsa Squash Section, presented all the participants with a Dove gift pack and the two winners with a Dove hamper. The evening was rounded off with the usual after tournament social event where the ladies were able to enjoy a small buffet and a well-deserved drink served at the Marsa pool bar. Thanks go to Dove for their generous support and also to Analise Attard and Maria Duffy for all the hard work that went into the organisation and preparation.

The next open squash event at Marsa will be the Dove Squash Challenge in September.





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