The inaugural Squash Masters in Malta was hosted by the Marsa Sports Club in early November.
The location attracted more than the tournament limit of 115, with 146 players competing in age categories from 35 to 70-plus.
It was the sixteenth event of the year for the popular European Masters tour and players gathered from the furthest corners of the continent.
While most were just a few hours’ flight away, Colin Ramasra claimed the prize for travelling furthest.
Colin flies the flag for Trinidad and Tobago and endured an overnight stay in Miami with an onward flight through Turkey the next day. That’s some commitment for a weekend of squash!
I worked with Colin in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and it was great to catch up with him. As regards the experience, I had a great time in Malta. It’s a wonderful country with spectacular sights and incredibly developed for such a small island.
The tournament was great and I’m happy to have won my category.
The World Masters is less than a year away and there’s no time like now to clock up some ranking points for those looking to be seeded favourably.
The participants are a mixed bunch: some are on a serious mission to boost their ranking, others on a mini break doing something they love while catching up with old friends.
I got chance to chat with Volker and Konny from the Tyrol who said, We enjoyed the tournament and also visiting Malta. Meeting friends and new people from all over Europe and sometimes other parts of the world is what makes the Masters series so special. We enjoyed the few extra days far from winter in Austria and Germany.
The ambient, friendly and welcoming atmosphere makes it easy for new faces to become an instant part of the scene.