The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7AD
|Gerrards Cross Squash Club|
|Winter Handicap Plate|
|2017||D Scott||D Sledge|
|2016||R Patrick||D Sledge|
|2015||T Tyson||M Kapusniak|
|2014||I Swallow||R Foskett|
|2013||J Lyon||R Gulati|
|2012||R Patrick||N Patel|
|2011||C Hockin||V Paul|
|2010||D Sledge||S Hanover|
|2009||D Colwill||P Adams|
|2008||B May||C Fox|
|2007||D Williams||J Lyon|
|2006||C Hockin||D Sledge|
|2005||R Clark||G John|
|2004||C Hockin||P Sutcliffe|
|2003||J Woodford||A Gulati|
|2002||D Williams||R Hyde|
|2001||C Hockin||T Hindley|
|1998||P Adams||R E Jeffrey|
|1997||D Caldwell||P Brady|
|1996||J Ives||T Collins|
Richard Patrick took the honours in a thrilling Plate final to the 2016 Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament on Sunday 6 March beating David Sledge, beaten finalist in last year's main event.
Starting on 65 to David's 75, Richard, a previous winner of the plate in 2006, took the first 7 points of the evening with a series of perfect lengths and devastating widths. Having finally managed to get on the scoresheet, David reached the 80 point milestone just 2 points ahead. Starting from this position, he was able to claw himself back into the match with some desperate retrieving backed up by a series of long range backhand dropshots which allowed him to reach every 5 point milestone ahead of Richard and even open up a significant lead in the mid 90's.
Richard did not throw in the towel though and battled back to reach 98 before David gained matchpoint. After successfully defending the matchpoint on David's serve, it seemed a mere formality that he would land the coup de grace on the next point which proved to be the case. It was a terrific end to an exciting final that had initially threatened to be a very mundane affair.
The Plate competition in the 2015 Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament pitted newcomers Tom Tyson and Martin Kapusniak against each other. The pair had just swapped places in the league with Tom dropping down from 2 to 3 and Martin climbing to take his place. A 5 point margin separated them as they started on 75 to Tom and 70 to Martin. An intriguing battle ensued with the pair trading point for point in the early stages before Tom pulled ahead to lead by 7 points as Martin reached the 90 mark. This prompted a renewed effort from Martin and he clawed back several points against the now tiring Tom before finally succumbing 100 – 98.
Ian Swallow took the honours in the Plate competition of the Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament on Sunday 2 March by beating Dick Foskett in the final. Starting from a score of 60 – 80, Ian took the match 100 – 95. Dick made a good start winning several of the opening salvos but once Ian got into his stride, he slowly reeled in the handicap. Dick scored a few points here and there but was never able to mount a sustained attack. Ian drew level in the early 90s and went on to take the trophy with 5 points to spare.
The Plate competition of the Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament was won by Joe Lyon who beat Rakesh Gulati in an entertaining final. The starting handicap was 75 – 50 and Joe (currently playing in League 7) won the match to 95 points although the final result was never certain.
Joe has previously been runner-up once in the Winter Plate tournament and twice in the Summer Plate competition. Rakesh, a League 1 regular currently playing in League 2 has previously won both the Summer and Winter Handicap titles and been runner-up in the Summer tournament twice.
In the plate final of the Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament, Richard Patrick beat Naren Patel in a good tight match with neither player ever enjoying a lead of more than 3 points. The competitors, who both play in league 4 of the March 2012 leagues, started level on 70 points and after a good solid game, Richard reached the 100 mark with Naren on 98.
Stephen Hanover took the 2011 Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament on Sunday 13 March by beating Michael Jacobs 100 - 94 in the final. The pair started with an opening handicap of 80 - 60 and with Michael taking the first 5 points, it looked at first as if the handicap was not going to be enough. Stephen took the next three points to redress the balance.
The pair then traded points for a while with Stephen edging closer to the magic 100 points all the time. Michael managed a couple of late flurries of points whilst Stephen was in the 90's and even strung together a sequence of 9 consecutive points with Stephen on 98 but it was just too late.
You can see the full tournament results by following the link below:
In the plate final, Chris Hockin beat Vince Paul 100 - 93 after starting at 70 - 75. Chris and Vince are regular sparring partners in the top two leagues and at the top of the ladder.
Robert Rickman won the Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament by beating Ian Nunn 100 - 92 in the final on Sunday 7th February.
Starting from an initial handicap of 45 - 85, Robert overcame a shaky start which saw the first 6 points shared equally (making his task 18% harder). Having recovered his composure, Robert piled on the points to make up the deficit, eventually passing Ian's score in the early 90's and powered on to take the title with an 8 point margin.
In the Plate final, David Sledge gave an energetic display of running and stretching to beat Stephen Hanover 100 - 92. Starting from 75 - 65, the match progressed over a series of long rallies which kept the small crowd entertained. Both players went just about point for point but Stephen allowed David to play his own game which he did in a remarkably mistake-free manner to take the spoils.
Karl Wingfield won the Ken Hewison Cup for the 2007 Winter Handicap Tournament on Sunday 4th February beating Kevin Popely in an explosively decisive final.
In a match that neither looked nor sounded like any that I have ever played in, Karl seized the initiative from the outset. Starting on a surprising initial handicap score of 80 to KP's 75, Karl ruthlessly drove Kevin around the court to end the match on a score of 100-88.
Presumably, some insider knowledge was brought to bear on the selection of the handicap and 20-20 hindsight leads me to suspect that it was of a similar quality to that which lead us into war in Iraq but whatever the case, it would have had to have been seriously wrong in the other direction for the outcome of this match to have been any different.
In the final of the plate competition, Don Williams overcame tremendous industry from Joe Lyon to take the honours 100-98 after starting level on 70 points each.
This was an intriguing match where the competitors were rarely more than 2 points apart and with both parties sharing the lead at various stages. Don held the upper hand going in to the business end of the match but having come back from 88-99 earlier in the day he may not have felt unduly concerned if Joe had held the lead in the late 90's.
Well done all round and this time we all got home to watch the telly.
The annual Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament was won last night by Michael Jacobs who triumphed over Rory Fisher in a fiercely contested final. The small crowd were treated to some tremendous squash in a classy final.
Starting with a handicap of 55 to Michael's 75, Rory took the first 6 or 7 points on the trot and looked very much like a man keen to get back home to catch something on the telly. However after his sluggish start, Michael recovered to stem the flow and battle to get back into the match. From this point he was able to defend his handicap advantage against Rory's challenge and held on to take the match with a 6 point cushion. (I hope Rory remembered to set the video!)
Earlier in the evening, the reigning Winter Handicap champion, Chris Hockin beat off a late challenge from David Sledge in a masterful display of synchronised running about to win the plate competition. Starting on a handicap of 60 to David's 75, Chris won the match to 97. Chris has won the plate on several occasions in the past and probably has enough to make a set now though the club website is strangely vague on the subject (perhaps we should inspect his kitchen cupboards).
Congratulations go to Chris Hockin who held his nerve to take the final of the Ken Hewison Winter Handicap Tournament. A number of people saw Chris prevail in a tense match against past winner, Steve Woods. Starting from 65 to 75, Chris saw half of his starting advantage whittled away before taking charge to win the match to 89 points.
The Plate trophy went to Rod Clark after an excellent final against Gwyn John. Starting on 60 points to Gwyn's 70, Rod took the early initiative and overhauled Gwyn's tally in the mid 80's only to see Gwyn rally. The match ended with both players trading point for point and with Rod taking the all important match point to win 100 to 99. They don't get closer than that."