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Squash players vie for handicap title

Seventy two players in five groups will take to the courts in the sixth annual RUBiS Divisional Handicap tournament at the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association club in Devonshire next week.

Top seed in the A Division is South African Anthony Fellowes who will begin his campaign with a tricky opening match against Irishman Podge Browne.

The rules of the event allow each player to be given a handicap to level out the scoring and that itself can make for interesting matches.

If he gets past Browne, Fellowes faces tough opposition, including former Bermuda veteran champion Richard Brewer, current Bermuda Under-19 number one Nazhir Smith and former Bermuda international Andrew Robinson.

Divisions B and C are topped by Colin Couper and Joanne Bielby respectively.

Couper will be hoping to go one better than 2012 where he lost out in a tough final in five games. His half of the draw includes former women's champion, Denise Kyme, Susie Lacey and Dylan Muldoon who beat Couper in the 2012 final.

Bielby will face Elias Abdalla in the opening round and will have to fight through some tough matches to get to the final where she is seeded to meet Derek Theisen.

The tournament also hosts a popular junior event with 16 local youngsters vying for the title and the RUBiS Squash Scholarship that goes along with it.

This year the favourite is Dylan Pratt who in 2012 became Caribbean Under-13 champion. He should be hard to beat but players such as 11-year-old Anaya Smith, Kaleo Place (12) and Taylor Carrick (12) could be in the running. The top girls are Tiye Williams, Olivia Lindsey and Susanna Armano.

Play will start from 6pm nightly from October 15-18 and the finals will be played on Saturday, October 19, beginning at 5pm.

For more information go to www.bermudasquash.com

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Published October 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm (Updated October 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm)

Squash players vie for handicap title

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