Urquhart smashes record

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Mur­ray Urquhart smashed his way to a record 12th Fin­ley Re­turned Sol­diers Squash Club Men’s A Grade Cham­pi­onship on Fri­day night.

Urquhart came up against 2015 Cham­pion Shaun Kable in the fi­nal.

The A and B Grade Championships haven’t oc­curred since Kable’s win due to a lack of num­bers.

This year’s play­ers were keen to par­tic­i­pate in the four-week knock­outs.

Play­ers from all lines from the pre­vi­ous two com­pe­ti­tions were el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the championships.

The game be­tween Urquhart and Kable started very con­trolled from both play­ers as they started to warm up.

Al­though it was close, Urquhart put his game face on and de­feated Kable in a close con­test, 9-7.

The sec­ond game was dom­i­nated by Urquhart with his quick re­flexes and ac­cu­rate hits as Kable could only score hand­outs and no points, 9-0.

The last game for Urquhart pro­vided many ral­lies which proved both play­ers de­served to be in this fi­nal.

Kable tried his hard­est to gain more points with sev­eral hand­outs won, but Urquhart came out on top with the re­sult of 9-6 be­ing the fi­nal game.

Urquhart broke the record pre­vi­ously held by John Lee (dec.), win­ning 11 championships in 12 sea­sons from 1969 to 1980.

Urquhart won his first ti­tle in 2002 but missed 2003, 2012 and the last cham­pi­onship knock­out in 2015.

A mas­sive trib­ute goes to John Lee for his enor­mous ef­fort and a well de­served con­grat­u­la­tions to Mur­ray Urquhart for break­ing this record of 37 years.

Ear­lier in the night was the Mixed B Grade Cham­pion grand fi­nal match.

A new shield was cre­ated to ac­com­mo­date for the num­ber of play­ers so the com­mit­tee de­cided it was fair to Mix B Grade Men and Women to­gether.

First time win­ner Damien Wil­son over­came Lynda Whi­ley in the grand fi­nal and will be first to have his name en­graved on the shield as Mixed B Grade Cham­pion Player.

To start off with Whi­ley pulled all the moves to try and de­feat quick mov­ing Damien Wil­son.

The first game was neck and neck with the game go­ing to Wil­son, 9-7.

Next game, Whi­ley had some trou­ble keep­ing up to Wil­son as he dom­i­nated the court with his pre­cise shots and quick move­ments gen­er­at­ing a re­sult of 9-4.

The third was the game Wil­son had to win to claim the ti­tle but Whi­ley switched on and made Wil­son work.

It came down to a long game with at least five min­utes of pure hand­outs and no points.

In the end Wil­son claimed the match end­ing on 10-9.

B Grade Mixed Cham­pion Damien Wil­son and A Grade Cham­pion Mur­ray Urquhart.

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