Edgbaston Priory Club’s ladies squash team beat hosts Paderborn, in a tightly fought final, to win the European Club Championship title for a second year in a row.
Hailed as the ‘team of the moment’, Edgbaston Priory Club’s Julianne Courtice, Millie Tomlinson, Deon Saffery, Alicia Mead and Leonie Holt, gave strong performances throughout the week to reach the final which took place on Saturday 16th September.
Playing the host team Paderborn in the final, added an extra dimension to the pressure for the title holders but Edgbaston Priory’s ladies have a habit of beating the hosts, having beaten Pontefract in 2016.
After going 1/0 down and 2/1 down in the first match, Julianne Courtice dug in extremely well in the fourth game and saved match ball in the 5th to win 3/2. Millie Tomlinson played a very tough, higher ranked opponent but played a very good third game, becoming more aggressive.
Deon Saffery last to play, had the added pressure on her to bring the European Club Championships title back to Birmingham. After losing the second game, Deon turn up the gear and won 3/1.
The full match results were as follows:
Millie Tomlinson v Nour El Tayeb – lost 2/11 6/11 10/12.
Julianne Courtice v Sian Kandra – won 9/11 11/4 3/11 11/6 12/10.
Deon Saffery v Franziska Hemmes – won 11/7 10/12 11/7 11/7.
Mike Edwards head Squash and Racketball coach at Edgbaston Priory Club said:
“It’s fantastic to for the Club to win this event four times now, once in 1995 and three times since I have joined Edgbaston Priory Club in 2008 – 2010, 2016 and now 2017. We look forward to competing again in 2018 and making it a hat trick.”