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England Crowned European Champions In Amsterdam

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England Crowned European Champions In Amsterdam

English Squash celebrated double success in the 40th European Team Championships in Amsterdam last night, when both the menís and womenís teams retained their titles in hard fought battles over France and Ireland respectively.

Both matches went to the wire. In the womenís best of three format, Jenny Duncalf secured a hat-trick of titles for Englandís women when beating Laura Mylotte (11-4, 11-5, 11-2) in just 23 minutes. Duncalfís success was the decider following an opening match win by world number two Laura Massaro (beat Madeline Perry 11-7, 11-5, 11-2) and a defeat for Alison Waters by Aisling Blake 5-11, 9-11, 6-11.

The menís final against old foeís France was predictably tense and the French looked like causing a crashing upset to Englandís double title hopes when they went two-nil up in the match with surprise defeats for James Willstrop by veteran Thierry Lincou and Nick Matthew to French number one Gregory Gaultier.

However, in the four-man team system, hope remained alive with Essex pair Daryl Selby and Peter Barker both starting their matches aware that a team victory remained a possibility if they could both win their matches without dropping a game. Straight 3-0 successes for the pair eventually sealed the title for England on games count back after the tie ended all square at 2-2. 

Final scores

Womenís Final

Laura Massaro (ENG) beat Madeline Perry (IRE)                                 11-7, 11-5, 11-2 (29 mins) 

Alison Waters (ENG) lost to Aisling Blake (IRE)                                  5-11, 9-11, 6-11 (28 mins)

Jenny Duncalf (ENG) beat Laura Mylotte (IRE)                                   11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (23 mins)


Menís Final

James Willstrop (ENG) lost to Thierry Lincou (FRA)            11-4, 12-10, 5-11, 9-11, 5-11 (67 mins)

Nick Matthew (ENG) lost to Gregory Gaultier (FRA)                            11-13, 6-11, 12-14 (82 mins)

Daryl Selby (ENG) beat Lucas Serme (FRA)                                         11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (48 mins)

Peter Barker (ENG) beat Gregoire Marche (FRA)                                  11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (53 mins)


Following Report Courtesy Of Irish Squash

Ireland lost out to current European champions England this morning 2-1. Playing against a very strong English team with the number 2, 4 and 8 players in the world Ireland did themselves proud by reaching the final for a 2nd year in a row and bringing England to 2-1. Madeline Perry had a tough start losing to Laura Massaro 3-0 but Aisling Blake from Sligo had a superb victory over Alison Waters ranked 20 places higher than her, in world rankings. Aisling played strong controlled squash, full of confidence and showed her determination to level the match, winning 3-0.

Her fellow Connacht team mate Laura Mylotte (Left with racket down) a part time player playing the number 8  player in the world Jenny Duncalf lost 3-0. Just too far for Laura after her superb victory in the semi final to get Ireland to the final.

So another silver medal for Ireland after some great squash from the Irish team.