Copeman wins Cromer squash title

Matt Copeman proved himself to be the leading Over 35 player at Cromer Squash Club when he stormed to victory in the final of the annual Jeff Morris Memorial Trophy.

He beat the 2009 and 2010 champion, Henri Paul 6-9 9-1 9-1 9-2 in a final which was nowhere near as one sided as the scoreline might suggest.

Copeman, who was runner-up in the 2011 club championships, started with all guns blazing as he opened up a 5-0 lead in the first game before Paul clawed his way back to take the game 9-6 and open up a 1-0 lead.

This was as good as it got however for the man who has also won the club's veterans' tournament for the past two years, as Copeman was determined not to let any more leads slip. He played the percentages well whereas Paul was frequently guessing where the ball was going to go.

The second, third and fourth games all followed a similar pattern and despite a number of long and entertaining rallies which kept the crowd on their toes Copeman was always in control.


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In the semi-finals Copeman, who was only seeded at No.3, had defeated the No.2 seed Alec Burrows whilst Paul beat the surprise semi-finalist John Pelton who in turn had his moment of glory when he defeated last year's beaten finalist and No.4 seed, Adam Sexton in the quarter-finals. The 2011 champion Stephen Watts was not able to defend his title owing to other commitments.

n Rossis of North Walsham welcomed North Norfolk for the fifth week of the Winter Squash League. After a close 3-2 win over Fakenham the week before, Rossis were looking to maintain some momentum.

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Rob Whiting was first on court against Ed Smith and there will not be a better match played by fifth seeds all season. The games were lasting a long time but Ed claimed the first two. Then at 6-0 down in the third, Rob, under instructions to keep the ball in play, finally saw his opponent begin to tire. He capitalised, securing the third 9-6. Maintaining the same tactics till the end of the match, Rob recovered from 2-0 down to claim a fantastic victory with his best performance of the season.

Phil Slack, whose performances are steadily improving, was next on court against Tim Perry. In a very close opener, Phil pinched it 10-8. Tim then began to get the advantage and used a variety of serves, which bamboozled Phil, and he went on to win the match 3-1.

Matt Sumner, the number two seed, followed Phil on court against Martin Guppy. This would be Matt's performance of the season so far. As usual, Matt hammered the ball to the back of the court but this time with accuracy and good width as he clinched a fine win.

Local coach Tom Smith played Simon Watson in the battle of the number one seeds. Simon played some great squash in the first game to take it 9-4. Tom came back strongly in the second, using all four corners of the court. It was fitness that seperated the two men and Tom went on to win the match 3-1.

Roger Hannant then went on court against Martin Pearse. In a great match of thinking squash, Roger closed out the match 3-1 to give Rossis a fantastic 4-1 win.

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