Grand Prix Finals 2015

The J.W. Cannon Grand Prix Finals are set for 27th to 29th May at Roehampton Club, an exclusive opportunity to see some of the best British players in action.

Fri 29th, Finals

 [1] Alison Waters 3-0 Millie Tomlinson    11/9, 11/6, 11/8 (39m)

 [1] Dary Selby 3-0 [2] Shaun Le Roux  11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (26m)

Daryl’s double delight at Grand Prix Title

Daryl Selby took the JW Cannon BSPA Grand Prix Finals with victory over South African international Shaun le Roux at Roehampton Club.

Defending his title Daryl started the first game patiently as he and Shaun exchanged points but from 4/2 up Daryl then took control building a 10/2 lead before closing out the game 11/4. The second game Shaun looked to play more shots and was now getting himself into the match but at 8/8 Daryl covered the court exceptional well retrieving all of Shaun’s shots and a mix of wonderful shot making and a Shaun error saw Daryl take the game 11/8 and go 2-0 up.

The third game entertained a packed crowd but some unforced errors from Shaun gave Daryl and 6/3 lead with Daryl then seeming more confident hitting some wonderful winners to go 10/4 up and closed out the game and match 11/5 taking the title.

Daryl appropriately thanked those involved in the event at the Roehampton Club, including sponsors JW Cannon, and looked forward to returning next year to defend the title.

Alison takes Grand Prix Title

Alison was clearly happy with her performance to win the JW Cannon BSPA Grand Prix Finals winning in straight gamesover Millie Tomlinson.

A fast start from Ali in the 1st racing to a 5/2 lead gave Millie little time to settle, then 9/6 although Millie was playing well and battling to get back into the game. Millie fought hard to get back to 9/9 but Ali took the first 11/9 with some excellent volleying.

The second game seemed to be a repeat of the first as Ali led 6/3 and Millie made Ali work for every point. The game became littered with decisions but Ali was too tight at the front of the court and held on to take the 2nd game 11/6. The 3rd mirrored the previous 2 games as Ali raced to a 4/1 lead with both players looking to take control of the ‘T’. Ali used her experience to keep her lead despite a spirited fight back from Millie to 9/8. Ali closed out the game and match deservedly 11/8.

Ali was clearly pleased to win thanking the crowd for their support and JW Cannon for the tournament.

Thu 28th, Semi-Finals

[1] Alison Waters 3-0 Georgina Kennedy   11/5, 11/3, 11/6
Millie Tomlinson 3-2 [2] Madeline Perry   1/11, 11/9, 12/10, 9/11, 11/8

[1] Daryl Selby 3-1 [3/4] Robbie Temple   11/5, 11/9, 4/11, 11/5
[2] Shaun Le Roux 3-1 [3/4] Charles Sharpes  11/7, 11/7, 4/11, 11/5


While the top two men’s seeds Daryl Selby and Shaun Le Roux made it through to the final with hard-fought four game wins, there was a significant upset in the Women’s semi-finals as Millie Tomlinson beat Madeline Perry in five games to set up a meeting with Alison Waters.

Wed 27th, Men’s Quarter-Finals

[1] Daryl Selby 3-0 Kyle Finch   11/9, 11/0, 11/0
[3/4] Robbie Temple 3-1 Angus Gillams   11/13, 11/5, 11/7, 11/9
[3/4] Charles Sharpes 3-2 Nick Mulvey   8/11, 6/11, 11/5, 11/6, 11/9
[2] Shaun Le Roux 3-0 Bryan Byrne  11/6, 11/2, 11/8


Sharpes v Mulvey – A slow start from Sharpes and a fast pace from Mulvey saw Nick take a surprise 2-0 lead. Charles soon focused and now concentrating as defeat loomed he took control winning the next two games 11/5, 11/6 and back to 2-2.

Nick then played some lovely squash to go 8-1 up in the 5th but fewer unforced errors from Charles and more attacking play saw him edge back to 9/6 and eventually lead 10/8 before closing out the game and match 11/9.

Entertaining squash for the crowd and Nick may wonder what could have been but Charles lives to fight another day.

Temple v Gillams saw a tight first game with both players using all four corners of the court. Angus staying patient taking it 13/11.

The 2nd Temple started with more purpose taking the ball in short and using his double handed hold to good effect winning 11/5. The 3rd Temple seemed to control with 4/0 and 9/3 leads although a spirited fight from Gillams pushed Temple with Temple winning 11/7.

The 4th saw Temple take a lead 9/4 using his array of shots but some wonderful display of athleticism by Gillams bought it back to 9/8 then 10/9 before Temple regained focus to close out the game 11/9 with a structured performance.

Selby v Finch – Last year’s Finals winner Daryl took time to settle against one of the games young prospects as Kyle showed his racket skills and court craft early on to lead 5/3 and 7/6. At 8/8 in the 1st Daryl settled and then stamped his authority on the game taking it 11/9. Daryl’s experience and quality of shot then came through although Kyle’s effort was faultless but to no avail. A great learning experience for Kyle and display of concentration and how to close a match out form Daryl as he won 3-0.


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