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2011 BCQS International Squash Masters Open held in Barbados

BCQS_Squash_Open_2011There was a standing ovation as the curtain fell on the 2011 BCQS International Masters. Top international players delighted the packed crowd at Barbados Squash Club who had gathered to watch the finals.

It was ladies first onto court as World Over 45 Finalist Bea De Dreu-Spitse took on Caribbean number 7 Rhea Khan who has only recently joined the Over 35 ranks. This was a match between the two stand out players in the tournament. Despite nervy ends to both the second and third games both games always looked to be going in favour of the Dutch player. Ultimately it was a 3-0 for De Dreu-Spitse.

Top seed Errol Pilgrim withdrew injured from his much anticipated rematch with Tortola's Ken Adamson in the men's Over 65 age-group.

In the Over 55 it was an all Barbadian final with the unseeded pair of Orson Simpson playing the home club's David Foster. Simpson had shown good form in his semi-final win over top seed Carlos Barbosa. The final promised to be a close encounter with both players keen to seize the opportunity of winning the title with one more victory. After Foster took a close first game it was Simpson who looked more in control thereafter as he advanced to a 2-1 lead and held match balls in the fourth. Foster was not done yet and duly saved those crucial points to force the match into a fifth game. Simpson again regained control and took the championship with an 11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 win.

It was the Over 45 match that most spectators were looking forward to with top English players Ian Bradburn and Chris Harland doing battle. And they did not disappoint. The match was a shining example of how to play squash. Both showing a superb level of tenacity and competitive spirit but rarely were any lets called. There was not one before the third game with both players keen to play the ball. Bradburn, a two time British Open Champion, plays a unique style of hard hitting with sublime boasts and will finish the rally off as soon as he can. Harland plays a smart, efficient and good tactical game and is constantly looking to outmanoeuvre his opponent.

The first two game were shared with everyone who was packed into the court one gallery delighted with the spectacle. Bradburn appeared to be pulling away after a one sided third game. Harland pulled out all the stops in the fourth and it was anyones right up until the end. Bradburn seems fearless on the big points and perhaps this is a big part of his career success. It certainly was here as the BCQS International Masters Open was added to his trophy cabinet. It is a very rare that you see a standing ovation at a squash match but both players worth worthy recipients as the crowd rose to the feet in admiration.

In the final match of the tournament, Barbados National Coach Jonathan Gallacher was involved in a hard fought 55 minute five game win over St. Vincent's James Bentick to retain the Over 35 title.

National Sports Council Chariman Seibert Straughn presented the prizes to all the players. A superb week of squash, entertainment and camaraderie was brought to a conclusion with an excellent catamaran cruise on Jammin' on Sunday afternoon where the drinks were certainly flowing.

We look forward to welcoming all players back for the 2012 event and our thanks go to all our sponsors:

BCQS International - Regional Quantity Surveyors and Real Estate consultants.

And sponsors Jammin' Catamaran Cruises (Bdos) Inc, Black Knight (USA), Pinnacle Feeds Ltd, Ocean Fisheries Ltd., River Bay Ltd and Pirates Inn, COURTESY Rent-A-Car

Finals Results:

Ladies O35 Final:

2) Bea De Dreu-Spitse (Netherlands) beat 1) Rhea Khan (T&T) 3-0 (11-7, 11-9, 11-9)

Men's O35 Final:

1) Jonathan Gallacher (Eng) beat 2) James Bentick (SVG) 3-2 (10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 11-5) 55 mins

Men's O45 Final:

2) Ian Bradburn (Eng) beat 1) Chris Harland (Eng) 3-1 (11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9)

Men's O55 Final:

Orson Simpson beat David Foster 3-2 (11-13, 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6)

Men's O65 Final:

2) Ken Adamson (BVI) beat 1) Errol Pilgrim (Bar) w/o

All the photos can be found at the following link:

Report by Jonathan Gallacher. Photographs by Stuart Tippleston