East Glos ProAm Squash Doubles Tournament 2021: Preview
By Mark Toseland, East Glos Squash Manager
The East Glos ProAm Squash Doubles Tournament is taking place at East Glos Club here in Cheltenham. It’s just one week away and promises to be another fun weekend of bonkers squash.
The junior category is new this year, with six junior pairs. There are 24 adult pairs with an entry of over 18 professional standard players. On Saturday afternoon, the second round of the draw becomes hotly contested for players to find their way into prize money positions in the main draw from the quarter-finals onwards.
Matches of interest
Second round pros fighting for the quarter-finals: Craig Webb & Nick Mulvey (2019 event winner) vs Tom Walsh & Jordan Warne (Saturday 18th at 1:30pm)
Simon Spencer & Isaac Rawcliffe vs Tayne Turnock & Gareth Naidoo (Saturday 18th at 2:15pm)
The quarter-finals of all the draws are split for evenly contested matches throughout. Matches start with the first-round losers at 3:45pm, second-round losers from 5:15pm and the main draw from 6:45pm.
Key matches for anticipated quarter-final pros
Harry Anderson & Jack Mitterer vs James Peach & Sean Conroy (not if myself and Jamie Carmichael have anything to say about this, however). Harry has demonstrated his calibre in doubles play in the exhibition with Tayne, myself and Jack Bloomfield. His threat to play doubles exceptionally well makes this a potential spectacle to watch. Plus, his trash talk suggests he’s backing himself and his partner. (Sat 18th at 7:30pm).
Elliott Morris-Devred & Emyr Evans vs Jamie Ttophie & Peter Creed. This all-Welsh battle will see the Welsh number two, three and four battle it out to see who should lead the Welsh team ready for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Expect fireworks galore and plenty of personal banter too. (Saturday 18th at 6:45pm).
The finals will be played after a traditional Saturday ProAm doubles night out in Cheltenham, which we encourage all evening spectators to get stuck in with!
Sunday morning will see hungover pros find a quick way to re-energize themselves, ready for battle once more. Sunday will also see the juniors take centre stage throughout the day. This will provide onlookers with an opportunity to see the future talent within Gloucestershire on show and prepare them for main event doubles action in future years.
The finals on Sunday 19th start from 3pm, with the main doubles finals kicking off at 5:15pm. Don’t plan on coming in for just the main final, though. We can’t guarantee you’ll get a seat and the calibre of players on show certainly filter down into the plate, barrel, and junior draws.
Lastly, we don’t even have an event to run without our sponsors and the kind donations of members and invested people who support this event. A big thanks goes to Safran, Perry Bishop Estate agents, FPC, Karakal and Gravit8 clothing.
If you get a chance to speak to a representative of the companies, please do, and thank them for supporting such a highly regarded event by the Gloucestershire squash community.
We look forward to seeing you all there.