France Are European Champions For First Time
Competing in the event for the 41st time since 1975, and making
their 15th appearance in the final, France finally won
the men's European Team Squash Championship for the first
time after beating favourites and defending champions England
in a dramatic final in Herning, Denmark.
Despite the absence of world No.2 Nick Matthew due to
injury, England reached the final for the 23rd year in a row and
were on course to win their 40th title.
However, French number one Gregory Gaultier, the world
No.3 making his 15th appearance in the event, put the second
seeds into the lead with a four-game win over Peter Barker
- and team-mate Mathieu Castagnet extended the lead after
surviving a 112-minute marathon over England's second string
England stalwart James Willstrop reduced the deficit
after fighting back from 2/1 down to see off Gregoire Marche
in 90 minutes - leaving England needing to win the fourth match
3/0 to have the chance of retaining the title.
England debutante Chris Simpson duly took the opener, but
when Lucas Serme clinched the second 11-7, the match was
abandoned and France's historic and long-awaited title
breakthrough was achieved!
won the women's trophy for the 37th time after beating France
2/1 in the final.
After reaching the finals in Division 2, Finland and
Ireland gained promotion to the men's top division for 2016,
while Netherlands and Germany earned promotion to
the women's elite group.
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