National title for Queens

Queens Sports Club: Matt Sidaway, James Earles, James Lynch, David Hymasd, David Campion
Queens Sports Club: Matt Sidaway, James Earles, James Lynch, David Hymasd, David Campion
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Queens Sports Club won the national racketball title at the weekend, having won the event the last time they entered in 2004.

David Campion, the former coach at the Halifax club, was in the team on both occasions and played at top string when the semi-finals and final of the 2013 competition were held at the Hallamshire club in Sheffield.

Queens had beaten Abbeydale and Phoeix (Huddersfield) by 4-1 scorelines to win through to finals weekend, which has previously been staged in Nottingham.

In the semi-finals Queens thrashed Nottingham 5-0 without dropping a game thanks to 3-0 successes by Campion, James Earles, Matt Sidaway, current Queens coach David Hymas and James Lynch.

In the other last four match Bishop’s Stortford were 3-2 winners against Edgbaston Priory, who had won the event for the previous three years.

Queens’ prospects of final success were boosted when Daryl Selby, the world number 14 at squash, had to withdraw from the Bishop’s Stortford team to play on Sunday due to other commitments.

That left the Halifax side to lift the trophy with a 4-1 success. Lynch lost 3-0 to Mark Thornley but wins for Hymas and Campion gave Queens the upper hand and Sidway beat Matt Cutchey 3-0 put the game out of reach for Bishop’s Stortford. Earles then won the dead rubber 3-0.

Hymas said: “It was a fantastic weekend. We took a load of people from Queens to Sheffield - we were the only club which had any real support.

“It rounds off a good season for us after the Yorkshire League title success.”

Racketball, which claims to be the UK’s fastest growing sport, is played on any regular squash court but with a larger ball and a shorter racket than squash.

The fact that the ball is bigger, bouncier and moves slower, means that the rallies last longer.