Corcoran Crowned Youngest Ever Champion
Winchester has a new squash champion, 17 year-old Adam Corcoran (pictured) becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted title, overcoming last year’s winner Phill Bull in a thrilling final in front of a packed Bereweeke Road crowd. Although Bull took the first game 11-7, Corcoran’s relentless court coverage allowed him to claw back the next two games. A real ding-dong battle ensued in the fourth, Corcoran racing into a 6-0 lead, only for Bull to pull back to 6-6 with a series of stunning winners. But England junior Corcoran wasn’t to be denied, edging ahead again, and finally returning with interest what had looked to be a winning drop shot from Bull to clinch the game 11-9 and claim the title. A fabulous win for Corcoran then, but a hard fought and extremely sportingly contested performance from both players which did great credit to both themselves and the club.
Elsewhere Bev Mackay was simply too strong for Hannah Sinclair, winning the Ladies title in straight games, Ben Thomas chalked up his third victory in the Men’s O35 tournament, Phil Ashman claimed the O45 title in his first year with the club, the evergreen Chris Wilson regained the O55 trophy and, not to be outdone by her husband, Yvette Ashman took home the Ladies O35 trophy.
The night before his squash final the versatile Phill Bull had overcome Wes Cusick in a two hour marathon to capture the racquetball trophy, whilst Monica Finlayson eased to a more comfortable victory in the final of the ladies event.
Head Coach Gary Hinton handed out the tournament awards at the annual club dinner, and club captain Paul Thomas presented the Player of the Year award to the ageless Jon Foster (pictured) who recorded an extraordinary return of 23 wins from 24 matches for the Men’s and Veterans’ first teams.
So a fitting finale to the club’s most successful season ever, with the Men’s first team winning the Hampshire Premier Division, the second team winning the Hampshire Championship without losing a match to return to the top flight, the Veterans first team also remaining unbeaten to win their title by 40 points – and the 7th team chipping in to take the Division 5 title.