Warwick players dominate the Marsa Squash Open

Sunday, April 8, 2012, 16:05

The Marsa Squash Open was recently held at the Marsa Sports Club with a full day of action-packed exciting matches played out on the club’s 5 courts.

The Marsa Junior Open saw 12 players taking part with players from the Marsa Squash Section Junior Development Programme dominating the top five places. The 2 semi-finals were quite contrasting. Jordan Debono and Adrian Farrugia played an entertaining and enjoyable match that was decided in the final set with Debono winning by the narrowest of margins 3-2 (11-9 / 8-11 / 12-10 / 8-11 / 11-9).

The second semi-final saw young Nicholas Falzon play his heart out against Marsa number 1 Kimberley Cauchi. Falzon, aged only 10, had two excellent victories in the first and second round but against Cauchi was unable to match the experience and power of his Marsa team mate losing 3-0. Nicholas went on to finish third overall in his first ever squash tournament and looks like being one to watch in the future.

The final between Cauchi and Debono was as expected with Cauchi controlling the game from the start and never allowing Debono to get into any rhythm with Cauchi winning 3-0 (11-3 / 11-0 / 11-3), adding the Marsa Junior Open title to the Malta Junior Open title won last year.

The ‘C’ event for division 6-8 players saw young Kimberley Cauchi reaching her second final of the day.

In the final, Cauchi came up against Andy Borg and produced a remarkable composed performance winning in straight games 3-0 (11-5 / 11-8 / 11-6) and taking her second Marsa Open title of the day.

The ‘B’ event saw several players from the Marsa Sports Club reaching the latter rounds.

Maria Atanasova (Marsa) did well beating Sarah DeCesare (Cynergi) 3-0 in the second round and giving Marsa division 1 regular Robert Sultana a scare in the quarter finals. Sultana hung on to win 3-2 and then managed to scrape past Jonathan Sammut (LivingWell) to reach the ‘B’ final.

In the bottom half of the draw Adrian Camilleri played well to win against Paul Borg (Marsa) in the quarters before edging out Christer Gustafson (LivingWell) 3-2 in the semi-final to set up an all Marsa final. The ‘B’ final was a close and evenly matched encounter and could have gone either way. In the end Camilleri managed to overcome Sultana winning 3-1 (11-5 / 6-11 / 11-7 / 11-8).

The main ‘A’ event was dominated by players from Warwick University with 6 of their players reaching the quarter finals. Marsa players Carl Camilleri and Nigel Dunkerley managed to fight their way through to the semi-finals with close fought victories over Martin Thompson and Shawn Gubbin from Warwick.

In the first semi-final Dunkerley put in his usual gusty performance only to lose out in the fifth and final game to Jonathan Reed from Warwick (11-6 / 8-11 / 12-10 / 8-11 / 11-6).

The second semi-final saw Marsa number 1 Camilleri up against Warwick’s Tom Trower. After four closely fought games Camilleri edged out the Warwick youngster and booked his place in the final winning 3-1 (11-8 / 11-9 / 9-11 / 11-9).

The ‘A’ final produced the match of the tournament and provided a fitting finale to a full day’s top squash.
The match was played at a furious pace with both players evenly matched. In the end Reed was able to hang in longer and with youthful exuberance on his side took the Marsa Open Squash title 2012 back to Warwick beating Camilleri in 5 close games winning  3 -2 (10-12 / 11-9 / 11-8 / 4-11 / 11-8).

After the final presentation the usual after squash social event was held at Marsa with competitors and guests enjoying an evening fenkata rounding off a thoroughly enjoyable day and bringing to an end the 2012 Marsa Squash Open.

 





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