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Former leisure centre player is county champ

A squash player who plays for Prestbury now there are no clubs in Congleton has won the Cheshire Closed Squash Championship for the over-65s.

The final was held at Alderley Edge Tennis and Squash club on 27th November.
Mike Quartley, of Congleton, beat Geoff Walton (Brooklands, Sale) in the final; three games to two.

Both men play for Cheshire Over-65s and this year were in the team that came second in England in the Inter-County Masters Tournament, for which the finals were held in Sheffield.

Mr Quartley, who entered the individual masters series of tournaments for his age group for the first time this year, said he had “a pipe dream” to play for England.

Participation in any of these tournaments earns players points which, in the case of players who qualify to play for England, counts for selection for the England teams who play in the home internationals at the end of the season.

Normally, the top six play for England and Mr Quartley is currently ranked seventh with three tournaments to go – so that pipe dream might become reality.

“You never know!” he said.

Mr Quartley played for clubs in Congleton – Giantswood Lane and the leisure centre – for more than 30 years, but said: “Alas there are no squash clubs or courts in Congleton any more.”

(Photo: Mike Quartley).

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