Queens stars team up for impressive England

A host of players linked with Queens Sports Club were involved with the England set-up which beat Egypt 2-1 to win the World Squash title in Mulhouse.

The team, coached by Greetland-based David Campion, were seeded second for the tournament where they progressed through to beat the number one seeds in a repeat of the final two years ago when Egypt emerged victorious.

It was a Queens favourite, and world number four James Willstrop who secured the victory, beating Karim Darwish for the deciding rubber.

Nick Matthew was beaten 3-1 by number one seed and current world champion Ramy Ashour while England’s Daryl Selby beat Tarek Momen.

England booked their place in the final following a dramatic last four encounter with number three seeds France in front of a 2,000 strong partisan crowd.

The match was keenly fought and did not finish until 1.30am, Matthew beating world number two Greg Gaultier in a monster two hours 18 minutes match.

Both players suffered severe cramp but Matthew managed to save three match points at 10-7 down in the fifth game.

Gaultier could hardly walk and although Matthew was also suffering, he held his nerve and battled to victory.

Willstrop then went on to secure the match and put England through to the final by beating former world number one Thierry Lincou 3-1.

“It was a dramatic final and a truly memorable experience,” said Campion. “I feel extremely proud to be a part of such a professional set of people.

“It was a phenomenal effort by the players and without doubt, the highlight of my coaching career”

Campion has enjoyed a storming year having won the treble at the European Junior Championships in Zurich in April; girls Indvidual winner, boys Individual winner and the team title beating France in the final.

England then won the men’s and women’s European team championships in Amsterdam in May and now the world men’s title.

Campion has now turned his sights on preparing for the Commonwealth Games. He was the coach at the last Games in Delhi in 2010 where England won seven medals in the squash including two golds. Matthew and Willstrop won gold and silver respectively in individual competition with Matthew teaming up with another Queens member Adrian Grant, who was reserve in Mulhouse, in the mens doubles.

Campion’s wife, Sarah Kippax, is in the England women’s team. She competed in Delhi and is now getting ready for Glasgow 2014.