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Commonwealth Video games Dwell Weblog: Two nice finals in prospect with Gina Kennedy v Hollie Naughton adopted by Paul Coll v Joel Makin

Gold medals on the road in tonight’s two finals in Brum
By ALAN THATCHER (Squash Mad Editor)

After 5 days of drama we’re by way of to the finals of the singles with two gold medals up for grabs later at present on the College of Birmingham.

Prime seeds Joelle King and Sarah-Jane Perry didn’t count on to be assembly within the bronze medal play-off however that’s the primary of the singles matches on the primary showcourt at 4pm after a morning of doubles meant an early begin for lots of the gamers.

Nice mates Saurav Ghosal and James Willstrop will probably be assembly within the males’s bronze medal play-off an hour later.

These two, at 35 and 38 years outdated, are senior statesmen of this glorious recreation of ours and can wish to entertain the gang in addition to choose up what may very well be a closing Commonwealth Video games medal.

From these two season campaigners we then flip our consideration to 2 vastly gifted newcomers to the highest desk when Georgina Kennedy and Hollie Naughton meet for the ladies’s singles gold medal.

Surrounded by household and mates, what a mix of pleasure, anticipation and big-match nerves have to be going by way of their minds. However each will know that they’ve a job to do that night as they put together for the most important match of their careers, up to now.

From their performances this week, it’s affordable to imagine that we are going to be seeing many extra high-profile occasions akin to this lighting up their SquashInfo profiles.

The boys’s closing guarantees to be an enormous battle between two phenomenal athletes in Paul Coll and Joel Makin.

The highest seeds have related types of play primarily based on risk-free, medical accuracy and constructing relentless stress by way of hitting their targets primarily based on line and size.

Each, nevertheless, have added a lot extra to their recreation on the entrance of the courtroom and that would be the deciding issue ought to any occasional shot stray from its meant goal.

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4pm: Ladies’s Singles Bronze Medal Play-Off:
(1) Joelle King (NZL) v (2) Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

5pm: Males’s Singles Bronze Medal Play-Off:
3/4 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v 5/8 James Willstrop (ENG)

6pm: Ladies’s Singles Gold Medal Closing:
(3/4) Gina Kennedy (ENG) v Hollie Naughton (CAN)

7pm: Males’s Singles Gold Medal Closing:
(1) Paul Coll (NZL) v (2) Joel Makin (WAL)


Full official schedule for at present:

Ladies’s Plate Closing:
Sunayna Sara Kuruvilla (IND) beat Mary Fung-A-Fats (GUY) 11-7, 13-11, 11-2 (19m)


Mike Dale and Mohamed ElShorbagy take to the mini courtroom as rumours swept Birmingham that they’re rehearsing for the doubles in 4 years’ time

Battle Of The Beards

In what’s going to certainly go down in folklore because the Battle of the Beards, CWG head of squash information and Squash Participant editor Mike Dale took on England No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy on the mini courtroom exterior the world.

As Mr Squash Mike Harris took a break from selling the game, and the gang have been distracted by the departure of HRH William and Kate from the adjoining hockey enviornment simply 10 yards away, Dale took the chance to whip the previous world No1 right into a humiliating defeat.

The day received worse for the previous Egyptian when his associate Joelle King suffered a shock defeat to Hollie Naughton within the girls’s semi-finals.


Lichfield Squash Membership donates gear to Uganda

Mike Kawooya receives a Kaarakal bag from Lichfield’s James Roberts (proper) and Mark Davey

Lichfield Squash Membership has made hyperlinks with gamers from the Ugandan group at the moment competing in Birmingham. This has led to the beneficiant donation of surplus squash gear to assist develop the sport in Uganda.

Membership member James Roberts initially linked up with Ugandan No.1 participant Mike Kawooya, who’s making his fourth Video games look this yr.

Mike is busy attempting to develop the sport by working free teaching periods in his residence metropolis of Kampala.

Nevertheless, Mike’s largest problem has been the shortage of appropriate squash gear, with rackets, balls, sneakers and clothes all being laborious to come back by.

After conversations between James and Mike on social media, Lichfield determined to donate a few of its personal surplus gear, consisting of an entire Karakal squash and racketball teaching set supplied by England Squash in the course of the 2019 World Squash Day.

This set consists of six junior squash rackets, six grownup rackets and 6 racketball rackets, all contained inside a Karakal racket bag, which by glad coincidence is in yellow, black and crimson, the colors of the Ugandan nationwide flag!

James and fellow Lichfield participant Mark Davey handed over the bag to Mike on the Birmingham 2022 squash venue this week.

James stated: “Mike is so obsessed with growing squash in Uganda so we’re delighted to have the ability to assist him as a lot as we may.”

Kawooya made it to the second spherical of the singles, the place he met tonight’s finalist from Wales, No.2 seed, Joel Makin.

This Saturday (August 6) Lichfield Squash Membership are holding a ‘Uncover Squash’ occasion as a part of the Lichfield Pageant of Sport working all through the Video games.


Footage courtesy of James Roberts and Canary Wharf Squash Basic 




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