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Squash


by Nick Taylor TEAM MANAGER/COACH


Jersey Squash Team


The Jersey squash team returned home on Friday 15th October 2010 in good spirits and very motivated after competing well during their 16 day stay in Delhi. The Team participated in all categories, singles, doubles and mixed doubles. The event was extremely strong with all the world’s leading squash nations competing, the only squash country missing was Egypt. The Jersey team got on very well with all the other countries players and learned a lot to take back home to improve their games and those of others mainly the younger players.


General Comments on the Games: Despite the bad media the Games was not as bad as we thought. The games village was badly constructed but was clean and comfortable thanks to Paul and Diane Huddlestone's hard work preparing the room for team Jersey. The food hall was


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fantastic and the food even better.. I am not sure I will beat my 12 consecutive curries in a row! and 5 pounds heavier on my return home. The games got under way with a stunning opening ceremony and something the team will remember for ever. India did a fantastic job with the venues and the games in general and it’s just a shame that some of the bad press took some of the limelight away from one of the best Commonwealth Games ever!


General Comments on the Squash team’s performance: Jeannine Cowie played extremely well and ended the event with a WSF (World Squash Federation) gold medal. Mike Hopkins reached the semi-final of the men's plate and Kate Cadigan lost in the quarter-final of the ladies consolation plate. Kate also took a game off the World number 50 ranked Canadian player in the first round .


Mike and Jeannine played a mixed doubles game to remember against silver medallists


team performs well at the 19th Commonwealth Games in New Delhi


in the individual and mixed doubles James Wilstrop and Jenny Duncalf (current world numbers 5 and 2 respectively), Jeannine Cowie looking extremely tired after doing most of the work on court!


After a very tiring but fantastic event and having played and trained for 14 consecutive days we finished our Delhi experience with a trip to the Taj Mahal.. what can I say! A picture speaks a thousand words!


So what’s next for squash in Jersey? We are in the process of identifying players for the next Commonwealth Games, Glasgow in 2014. The 2010 Commonwealth Games has really put squash on the map in Jersey and is inspiring young players to improve their games not only for future Games but for future Jersey squash events, Island Games, Inter-Insular and British Championships.. a final big thank you to the GCAJ committee and all the support staff for all their hard work.


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