Paderborn men and Roehampton women defended their European Club Squash Championships titles, as the London outfit just fell short of a superb double.
Roehampton cruised to the women’s title after beating German club SC Monopol Frankfurt in Saturday’s final.
Frankfurt had beaten SC Mulhouse, of France, 2-1 in the last four with Katerina Tycova saying: “I still can’t believe it and I’m still shaking. This is a really big success for our team.”
However Tycova didn’t play the final match as Katie Maliff and Satomi Watanabe won the denouement’s opening two rubbers by 3-0 scorelines. “It was a lot of fun to play in this fantastic atmosphere in Paderborn. We’d love to come back,” said Watanabe
“We had a very strong opponent in Roehampton, against whom we played our best squash. If someone had told us beforehand that we would win 3-0, we wouldn’t have believed it.”
Paul Lindsay, of Roehampton Club, hailed a great week for the English side.
“I can’t speak highly enough of all the Roehampton Club players involved and very proud of their achievements,” he said.
In the men’s final, hosts Paderborn proved too good against Roehampton men, but it wasn’t clear cut.
Simon Rosner won the opening match 3-1 against Joe Lee before Dimitri Steinmann just shaded Adrian Waller 3-2.
In the semi-finals, Paderborn beat Black & White Worms 4-0 while Roehampton won against Uster from Switzerland 3-1.
“The fact that we were able to stand up here on the podium today and play in front of such a great backdrop in the Ahorn Sports Park is something very special,” said PSC captain Rösner.
Roehampton (Eng) 2-0 Frankfurt (Ger)
Katie Malliff 3-0 Maya Weishar 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (21m)
Satomi Watanabe 3-0 Grace Gear 11-3, 11-5, 11-1 (19m)
Jasmine Hutton v Katerina Tycova not played
Paderborn (Ger) 3-0 Roehampton (Eng)
Simon Rosner 3-1 Joe Lee 11-4, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 (35m)
Dimitri Steinmann 3-2 Adrian Waller 4-11 11-3 9-11 11-8 11-9 (70m)
Raphael Kandra 3-0 Charlie Lee 12-10, 11-4, 11-1
Lucas Wirths v Jonah Bryant not played