Hat trick of titles for Gill

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 

Andy Gill successfully defended his Club Championship title at the Gala Squash Club last night, the now 3-time champion triumphed 3-1 over 2013 Champion John Sharratt.  Andy was in amazing form and hardly missed a shot while in contrast John had an out of sorts performance and lost several points with loose shots and unforced errors.

Andy’s near faultless display seen him take the first two games pretty convincingly 9-0, 9-1.  John was annoyed with himself and knew he wasn’t playing with his usual prowess.  Indeed John had fought off the Pre-Tournament favourite Pat Spence 3-2 in a thrilling semi-final but it just didn’t click for him in the final.

A good fightback by John in the third, with a more controlled performance saw John recover from 8-5 down to take it 10-9.  But it was short lived as Andy cleaned up 9-1 in the fourth and took the title.

Andy becomes only the third person in the history of the club to win 3-in-a-row and joins club greats such as Reg Slater and Ian Hogg.

The match was marked by one-time member Andy Waddell who made his first appearance in the club house for several years.

Club Captain Del Sharratt said “It was a good game to watch, John kept snatching at the ball and it just wasn’t to be for him tonight.  But both players respected the opponent and it was a good advert for squash.”

Andy presented with the trophy by club captain Del

Andy presented with the trophy by club captain Del

The prizes on display motivated the players...

The prizes on display motivated the players…

The gallant runner up John Sharratt gets his trophy from son Del

The gallant runner up John Sharratt gets his trophy from son Del