Tradition @ RAC won the 2019 Premier Squash League title. Pic: PSL.

Welsh Wizards Set To Call Up Top Guns For Visit Of Powerful Premier Squash League Club St George’s

Welsh Wizards, the Cardiff-based Premier Squash League team, look certain to call up a couple of the World’s leading players for their opening home match of the season.

That will be against St George’s on Tuesday, October 15. They have Mohamed ElShorbagy and Joelle King their top male and female players.

Wizards have an abundance of talent available and their top order is packed with Egyptian talent – Mohamed’s brother, Marwan ElShorbagy, Omar Mosaad and Mostafa Asal are their top three. 

All three, plus World number one Tesni Evans, missed the opening PSL fixture against Warwick and Wizards went down 5-0.

The WarKens and Welsh Wizards players pictured before their PSL match in Kenilworth. Pic: PSL.

PSL is the strongest and most prestigious squash league in the World and the 10 squads include many of the top players around the globe.

Fifteen of the World’s top 20 male players and 12 of the top 30 women have signed for PSL teams.

Nottingham Egyptian former World number one and World champion Karim Abdel Gawad, while Warwick/Kenilworth open their third season in the PSL with Egypt’s Ali Farag their number one.

University of Warwick/Kenilworth Squash (WarKens) topped the Northern division last losing before losing out in the semi-finals and swept to a 5-0 home win against Welsh Wizards at Kenilworth Squash.

WarKens won the first two games when Julianne Courtice and Lily Taylor took the women’s matches and then Harry Falconer and Nick Wall both came from a game down to put the home side 4-0 ahead. 

Maximum points were secured by WarKens when India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar took the final match, against Wizards’ Edmon Lopez, in straight games.

Warkens 5, Welsh Wizards 0 (points, 13-2)

Results (Warkens first)

1 Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Edmon Lopez 2-0 (11-1, 11-5)

2 Nick Wall beat Peter Creed 2-1 (4-11, 11-7, 11-7)

3 Harry Falconer beat Emyr Evans 2-1 (9-11, 11-8, 17-15)

4 Julianne Courtice beat Anna Serme 2-0 (11-8, 11-2)

5 Lily Taylor beat Anna Kimberley 2-0 (11-6, 11-5)

Newcastle’s Owain Taylor, aged 23, fought back from a game down to beat Nottingham’s Kyle Finch 11-13, 11-5, 11-7 and that proved crucial in a close fought match.

Welshman Owain Taylor was a winner for Newcastle. Pic: PSL.

Welshman Taylor fought back in style to earn his win and team-mate Fiona Moverley made it 2-0 to the home side as she comfortably beat Grace Clarke.

Richie Fallows pulled one back for Nottingham, winning two tough games against Tom Ford, but Newcastle wrapped up the win as a new recruit, South African Alexandra Fuller, took the second ladies’ match.

Nick Matthew won against Baptiste Masotti to reduce the damage for 2017 champions Nottingham and a packed crowd had no hesitation in accepting Matthew’s invitation for a noisy finish.

“We’re really happy with the opening matches,” said Newcastle manager Ross Graham.

“From having the kids on court before the match, the sold-out crowd, which was noisy and enthusiastic, the performances of our new players, and the result, it’s a great start to our second season in the league.”

Northumberland Club/Newcastle University 3, University of Nottingham 2 (points 9-5)

Results (Newcastle first)

1 Baptiste Masotti lost to Nick Matthew 0-2 (5-11, 9-11)

2 Tom Ford lost to Richie Fallows 0-2 (7-11, 6-11)

3 Owain Taylor beat Kyle Finch 2-1 (11-13, 11-5, 11-7)

4 Alexandra Fuller beat Mari Taylor 2-0 (11-5, 11-8)

5 Fiona Moverley beat Grace Clarke 2-0 (11-2, 11-5)

“That was a successful opening to the new season,” said England’s PSL co-ordinator Paul Waters. “There were great crowds at both venues and the new format with two women and three men went down well with everybody.

“We’re looking forward to a successful season of intense competition and the innovations we have planned for this season and next can only help the PSL grow.”

The first three home fixtures for Wizards are against St George’s on Tuesday, October 15, Coolshurst on Tuesday, October 26 and Warwick on Tuesday, January 7.

Welsh Wizards tickets

Tue 15 Oct 2019, 7:20PM


Tue 26 Nov 2019, 7:20PM


Tue 7 Jan 2020, 7:20PM


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