Legacy Wealth Belfast Open – Results

Women’s & Men’s Draw/Results

Friday 26th  August


Legacy Wealth Belfast Open Squash 2016 – Day 4 Results


Men’s Main Draw

[1] Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-1 [8] Yuri Farneti (ITA) 11/9, 11/7, 11/13, 11/5
[3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 3-0 [6] Brian Byrne (IRL) 11/1, 11/9, 11/5
[4] Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-0 [7] Tristan Eysele (RSA) 11/9, 11/8, 11/8
[2] Chris Fuller (ENG) 3-1 [5] Sean Conroy (IRL) 11/9, 9/11, 11/4, 11/9


Women’s Main Draw

[7] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0 [2] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 11/9, 11/8, 11/7
[3] Anna Klimundova (CZE) 3-1 [8] Tessa Ter Sluis (NED) 11/8, 4/11, 11/8, 11/7
[5] Hana Moataz (EGY) 3-1 [4] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 10/12, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5
Laura Pomportes (FRA) 3-0 [6] Elin Harlow (WAL) 11/5, 11/8, 11/9

Thursday 25th  August

Legacy Wealth Belfast Open Squash 2016 – Day 3 Results

Men’s Main Draw

[1] Richie Fallows (ENG) 3-0 Joeri Hapers (BEL) 11/2, 11/6, 11/4
[8] Yuri Farneti (ITA) 3-0 [Q] Owain Taylor (WAL) 11/4, 14/12, 11/5
[6] Brian Byrne (IRL) 3-1 Bradley Masters (ENG) 11/8, 7/11, 11/5, 11/7
[3] Douglas Kempsell (SCO) 3-0 [Q] Sam Ellis (ENG) 11/2, 11/3, 11/6
[4] Lyell Fuller (ENG) 3-0 Elliot Selby (ENG) 11/7, 11/2, 11/8
[7] Tristan Eysele (RSA) 3-1 [Q] Marc ter Sluis (NED) 6/11, 11/2, 11/8, 12/10
[5] Sean Conroy (IRL) 3-2 [Q] Michael Craig (IRL) 7/11, 5/11, 11/8, 11/7, 11/7
[2] Chris Fuller 3-0 [WC] Stephen Hearst (IRL) 11/2, 11/4, 11/3

Women’s Main Draw

[2] Tinne Gilis (BEL) 3-0 [Q] Elise Romba (FRA) 11/6, 11/6, 11/4
[7] Rachael Chadwick (ENG) 3-0 [Q] Sophie O’Rourke (IRL) 11/2, 11/2, 11/8
[8] Tessa Ter Sluis (NED)3-0 Stephanie Walton (ENG) 11/2, 11/6, 11/6
[3] Anna Klimundova (CZE) 3-0 [Q] Sanne Veldkamp (NED) 11/5, 11/3, 11/2
[4] Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 3-1 [Q] Hannah Craig (IRL) 12/10, 6/11, 11/8, 11/9
[5] Hana Moataz (EGY) 3-0 Jenny Haley (WAL) 11/9, 11/7, 11/8
[6] Elin Harlow (WAL) 3-1 Nia Davies (WAL) 6/11, 11/5, 14/12, 11/7
Laura Pomportes (FRA) 3-0 [1] Alison Thomson (ENG) 11/4, 11/5, 11/3


Main Draws with Qualifiers
Match Report Day 3

The first match of the day also brought the first upset in the seeding as Laura Pomportes of France beat Alison Thomson of England. Laura was sharp and attacking from the very first point of the match. Despite Alison’s efforts to work her way back into the game, Laura never let her control slip taking it 3-0.

Ineta Mackevica of Latvia faced local Irish player Hannah Craig in what turned out to be a closely fought contest. Ineta’s early lead in the first disappeared as Hannah began to test her opponent. Ineta however held on with some decisive final shots to take the first 12/10. Hannah bounced back quickly in the second to level the match. The next two games were again highly contested but Ineta kept in front to secure a 3-1 win. Elin Harlow similarly held out against fellow Welsh player Nia Davis to win a tight 3-1 match. Hana Moataz of Egypt completed the bottom half of the quarter-final draw with a 3-0 win over Jenny Haley of Wales.

The top half of the Women’s draw went very much accord ing to seeding with Tinne Gilis , Rachael Chadwick, Tessa Ter Sluis and Anna Klimundova all securing 3-0 wins over their respective opponents.


In the Men’s event, Tristan Eysele of South Africa faced a strong challenge from Dutch player Marc ter Sluis. In a physically demanding match, with hard hitting and long rallies, Tristan recovered from losing the first game to just cross the line 12/10 in the fourth to win 3-1. Irish players Sean Conroy and Michael Craig faced each other in a “local derby” for a quarter-final spot. In front of a large crowd of local supporters for both players, Michael settled into his rhythm quickly, benefiting from some loose errors from Sean to build an early lead. Sean then worked Michael very hard to level at 7-7 before Michael again capitalised on a couple of opportunities to close out the first set. The second set proved stop start with Sean unable to get a rhythm and Michael picking off points. In the third set with Michael tiring, Sean was finally able to find the game and pace that suited him better – edging the third and continuing right through for a well-earned 3-2 win.

There was also great local interest in Ireland’s Brian Byrne who faced Bradley Masters from England in the evening session. After two games of fast paced squash the players were level 1-1. The third proved decisive as Brian worked his opponent very hard to build a 2-1 win. Though Bradley fought hard and kept it tight with Brian in the first half of the fourth set, a quick run of points towards the end brought a 3-1 win.

The top seed Richie Fallows, Yuri Farneti, Douglas Kempsell, Lyell Fuller and Chris Fuller completed 3-0 wins to leave all top 8 seeds through to the quarter-finals.

Wed 24th  August

Legacy Wealth Belfast Open Squash 2016

Day 2 – Qualifying Round 2 Results

Tues  23rd August

Legacy Wealth Belfast Open Squash 2016

Day 1 – Men’s Qualifying Round 1 Results


[1] Miles Jenkins (ENG) 3-1 David Ayerst (IRL) 11/3, 11/5, 12/10

[5] Owain Taylor (WAL) 3-0 Darren Waring (IRL) 11/5, 11/4, 12/10

Chris Leiper (SCO) 3-1 [8] Matthew Broadberry (ENG) 11/9, 9/11, 11/9, 11/2

[3] Sam Ellis (ENG) 3-0 David Noone (IRL) 11/5, 11/5, 11/4

Michael Craig (IRL) 3-1 [4] Oliviero Ventrice (ITA) 11/5, 16/14, 5/11, 11/8

[6] Dan Bergin (WAL) 3-1 Mike Lowrey (ENG) 11/7, 8/11, 11/6, 11/9

[7] Marc ter Sluis (NED) 3-0 Peter McNeice (IRL) 11/7, 11/7, 11/4

[2] Phil Nightingale (ENG) 3-1 Matthew Sidaway (ENG) 11/4, 11/8, 7/11, 11/7

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Match Report Day 1


The Legacy Wealth Belfast Open got off to a great start today with the Lord Mayor of Belfast attending the opening match (see Twitter @BrianKingston). Squash professionals from both the Men’s and Women’s PSA World Tour are competing for a total $10k prize money at the Belfast Boat Club over the next six days.


Local player Michael Craig produced an excellent result winning 3-1 in the opening round of the Mens Qualifying to the delight of a large crowd of supporters. Michael, home from college in the US, took the first game of his match against Oliviero Ventrice of Italy. The second proved to be a real struggle between the two players, with tough rallies and nothing between them – Michael just edging the game 16/14. Oliviero recovered faster from this effort, opening up a lead and taking the third comfortably 11/5. However, by the fourth Michael once again got in front and succeeded in closing out the match.


In earlier matches Miles Jenkins from England proved too strong for local David Ayerst, winning the first two games comfortably and making David work very hard. David had a better start in the third game, taking an early lead and holding this to reach a game point. However he was unable to take this opportunity and Miles finished the match 11/3. 11/5, 12/10.


The next match between Owain Taylor of Wales and local player Darren Waring followed a similar pattern. Owain took a 2-0 lead before being pushed hard in the third set. Final score 11/5, 11/4, 11/8. Sam Ellis of England completed a 3/0 win over Irish player David Noone as did Dutch player Marc ter Sluis with a 3/0 over local player Peter McNeice.


In the remaining matches, Matthew Broadberry and Chris Leiper fought a close first 3 sets before Chris closed out the match 3/1. Dan Bergin from Wales secured a similar 3-1 win over England’s Mike Lowrey. In the final match of the evening, Phil Nightingale completed a 3-1 win over fellow English player Matthew Sidaway.