Wednesday turned out to be pretty special for Queens Sports Club coach David Hymas with proud moments at the start and end of the day.
Hymas’s wife Mary gave birth to their second child, Elizabeth, at 2.45am and in the evening he saw the Halifax club’s squash team nail down the Yorkshire League title.
Queens have had Dunnington breathing down their necks for the last month but four successive 5-0 wins, the latest against Phoenix in Huddersfield, has made them Premier Division champions.
The visitors needed 16 points out of a possible 20 on Wednesday to be certain of lifting the silverware and their only moments of anxiety came in the second string contest.
Phoenix were spearheaded by Danny and Laura Massaro and world number two ranked Laura, playing Kiwi Evan Williams at second string, fought hard before losing 3-2.
Eddie Charlton, James Earles, Ollie Holland and Matt Sidaway all won 3-0 to give Queens the title for what Hymas believes is the first time for 12 years.
David Campion was a member of the last successful Marcus Berrett-led side and he has been part of a tremendous squad effort this year with Madeline Perry, Sarah Kippax, James Lynch, Tom Gudzelak, Tom Ford and Hymas also playing their parts.
Hymas said the sponsorship of club member Robert Lutener from Elcons employment law specialists in Ripponden had been vital in being able to field a strong side.
He also thanked his understanding wife after hot footing it to the Huddersfield club once he had delivered Mary and Elizabeth safely home from hospital. “I asked her what the chances of me sneaking out were and she said ‘go on then’,” he revealed.
Hymas has only been at Queens for two years but he hopes the success will be generally well received.
“When I was at Heaton it was packed to the rafters every Wednesday and Queens was another club which always made a big thing out of the Yorkshire League.”
Queens will receive the trophy when the British Open is staged at the KC Stadium in Hull from May 20 to 26.
They now turn their attentions to racketball with the national semi-finals next month.