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Squash: finals of the League Cup

The finals of the League, Cup which this year was sponsored by Famous Grouse whisky, through local agents, Anglo Hispano Company, were played recently at the Squash Centre, South Pavilion Road. The finals determined the winners, runners-up and third and fourth place. The winning team was Aon Attack made up of Martin Lawrence at No.1, Mark Tweskebury, No. 2 and Gino De Haro at No.3 The runners-up were Isis composed of Anthony Brindle (No 1), Carl Gomez (No.2) and Stefan Montegriffo (No.3). The matches were played on the basis of the best of five games, one point being obtained for each game won and the winner of the match being awarded two additional points making it a total of five.

The two teams disputing the third and fourth positions were Baker Tilley, No 1 Steven Shacaluga, No. 2 Charles Bottaro and No 3 Ian Collinson and opposing them was Toyota made up of Nicky De Haro (No1), Denis Clinton (No,2) and Jonathan Zammitt (No.3). First on Court 4 were Zammitt and Collison, the former winning 3-0, thereby obtained 5 points for his team. Next to play were the No.1s De Haro and Shacaluga. De Haro won the first two games quite comfortably and many expected him to win the third. However, Shaca came back with a vengeance taking the next two games before Nicky just managed to win the fifth game thereby obtained 5 more points for Toyota, making it s total of 10 points. Although it would have made no difference, the No2s played their game, Denis Clinton beating Charles Bottaro 3-0.

First on Court No3 to decide the winners and runners-up were the No3s, Stefan Montegriffo for Isis and Gino De Haro for Aon Attack. Gino did not have too much difficulty in beating Stefan 3-0 and therefore obtaining the 5 points for his team. It was next the turn of Aon Attack’s No 1, Martin Lawrence, to face Isis’s No.1 string and Gibraltar’s top player, 17 year old, Anthony Brindle. Not unexpectedly, Anthony had no great difficulty in disposing of Martin 3-0. This meant that Aon Attack and Isis had obtained 5 points each. It was therefore left to the No.2s Mark Tewkesbury for Aon Attack and Carl Gomez for Isis, to decide who would emerge the winners of the League Cup. Although it was by no means a walkover, Mark managed to beat Carl 3-0 obtaining 5 points for Aon Attack who therefore became the winners of the Famous Grouse League Cup. After Anthony Brindle, Mark and Carl lead the next generation of Gibraltar’s young squash players.

The trophies were presented by Charles Isola of Anglo Hispano Company on behalf of Famous Grouse. The opportuny was also taken to for Charles to present the trophies to the winners and runners up of the League, which, for the first time was sponsored by Stella Artois beer instead of Silk Cut, through their local agents, Anglo Hispano company. As GSA president, Ronnie Barabich explained, following the policy of not promoting tobacco, which he felt the GSA as a sports club, should support (Anglo Hispano Company, also agreeing with this policy) had kindly agreed to replace Silk Cut with Stella Artois. The League was also won by Aon Attack composed of Martin Lawrence, Mark Tewkesbury and Gino De Haro with Kenneth Asquez ans Stuard Lambie as reserves. The runners-up were also Isis, i.e., Anthony Brindle, Carl Gomez and Stefan Montegriffo.

The presentation of prizes was followed by a BBQ.

The next event in the calendar was the Gibraltar Closed sponsored by, the finals of which were played on Friday, 2nd June. A report on this event will be published shortly.
The Gibraltar Open, which is being jointly sponsored by Anglo Hispano Company (Becks Beer) and OEM, will be held between the 12th and 24th June. A number of players from outside Gibraltar are expected to take part. The prize money has been increased this year.


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