|end of December 2012|
Taylor Handicap Trophy - Season 2006-2007 - 20&21/01/07
There was an entry of twenty six competitors entered into the Taylor Trophy Tournament with handicaps ranging from minus 58 to plus 8. Some excellent squash was played throughout the tournament with many games being decided by just one or two points.
Players beaten in their first round matches went into the plate draw and this produced some close encounters. The first semi final resulted in Donald Pollard winning against Ian Adamson. Ian Started 15 points behind Donald and could'nt quite make up the deficit losing in two sets. Chris Ambrose had to work hard to beat Andy Smith in the second semi setting up a tasty final against the reserved Pollard. Donald dug deep in the final but could not make up his handicap with Chris winning in straight sets.
The main event saw Jamie Henderson take on the in form Dougie Wright in the first semi final. Jamie stepped up his performance playing some tight squash to progress to the final. With Jamie safely in the final, he was awaiting the winner of Alan Scott and his father, James Henderson. James started on minus fifty and proceeded to eat away at Alan's advantage. Alan took the first set but James was determined to setup a family final and eventually progressed 2-1.
The final was watched by a large crowd eager to see the first competitive match between the Henderson boys. James began on minus fifty and it was evident from the start that this was going to be a massive effort from him to catch his young prodigy. Jamie rose to the challenge and played the squash of his life winning the opening game 15 to -22. James came out fighting in the second game and he showed his experience by working Jamie around the court. Jamie survived the pressure with some determined retrieving before sealing the match with a superb forehand drive to win 2-0.
There was excellent squash played over the weekend and more importantly the matches were enjoyed by all who participated in them. Thanks to Carol Paterson for the fine spread of food provided and to Alison Henderson for her organising and marking on both days.
report by Ian Adamson