This year’s eagerly anticipated Paddy Whack Walsh West of Ireland open final took place this afternoon and the players didn’t disappoint. The English number 7 seed James Earles took on the talented Egyptian and number 4 seed Ali Farag.
Farag got off to a great start and set the pace early on forcing Earles to work really hard to keep up and won the first 11-6. Impressively though Earles dug in deep and matched Farag point for point in the second and broke away at the end to steal it 11-9. The battle continued in the third game as Earles was really trying to force the pace and was testing Farag to the max using length and a very accurate short game. A handful of errors from the racket of Earles allowed Farag to take the initiative and the next two games 11-9 and 11-6 to be crowned the new Paddy Whack Walsh West of Ireland open champion 2015.
As the championship has drawn to a close, on reflection it’s been a great week of squash. It’s been a pleasure to have the players we had competing in our club. It has been inspiring for us in the west of Ireland to see such talented and dedicated athletes flying the flag for squash and we very much hope to be looking after them again this time next year.
by Andre Davies & David Noone