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JLL and CBRE win big at Newton Perkins Squash Tournament

By Paul Norman - Friday, April 29, 2016 14:00

JLL has won the Newton Perkins Squash Tournament for the second year in a row, while CBRE emerged victorious in a humdinger of a plate final against EY Real Estate. CoStar News catches up with the finalists and all the action.

The finals for the popular property industry tournament, which CoStar proudly sponsored this year, took place at The RAC, 89-91 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5HS on Wednesday.

JLL’s team (pictured left) of Paul Sweeney, Oliver Marcroft and Matthew Connor won their first two matches to reduce the match between Bilfinger GVA star man James Pickles and JLL’s Sweeney to a dead rubber. All of the games were extremely hard fought with JLL’s Matthew Connor beating Bilfinger GVA’s Alex Stevens 3-0, JLL’s Oliver Marcroft seeing off Bilfiinger GVA City investment agent and all round property sporting legend Ollie Slack – known for summoning his “inner gorilla” for victory - 3-1 and then James Pickles at Bilfinger GVA beating JLL’s Paul Sweeney 3-1 to leave the scores 2-1 in JLL’s favour.

Bilfinger GVA's Ollie Slack is pictured left summoning his "inner gorilla".

JLL was particularly proud to have retained its trophy for a second year running having lost in the previous six finals.

“This has been the same team for the last six finals so it is great to have been able to defend our position as champions,” said captain Sweeney. “We have a great team spirit and great support from JLL and senior management. Andrew Hynard was here to watch for instance.”

The tournament is the second the team has won this year following its success recently in the Plate at the Square Mile Squash tournament.

“Two from two is pretty good,” said Marcroft.

In the Plate, one of the closest finals in recent memories went right to the wire between CBRE and EY Real Estate before CBRE (picured) eventually emerged victorious.

In the first match EY’s James Baudains beat CBRE’s Edward Chrimes 3-2 before CBRE’s George Harper beat EY’s Steve Horncastle 3-0 to set up a fantastic final match of high quality squash.

CBRE’s Theo Holmes eventually saw off EY’s Roshan Chatralia 3-2 with the final match going to 11-8.

CBRE skipper Holmes said the team had thoroughly enjoyed competing.

“What a fantastic set up and a great night. We are keen to use the win as a platform to drive squash at CBRE and hopefully we can make great strides in the competition in future years!”

Alastair Stewart, managing director, etc venues, was guest of honour while David Alcock, partner, Newton Perkins handed out the awards to winners.

Alcock said: “We were delighted that after nearly five months of competition that two matches ended up being such nail biting conclusions resting on a few points either way via real blood, sweat and tears.”

The scoring of the finals was on the overall match score (3 v 0, 2 v 1), rather than the point scoring which applied in the earlier highly competitive rounds. SRA referees were in attendance scoring up to 11 and best of five games.

The tournament has been a highlight of the UK property sporting calendar for more than 40 years and, as is traditional, kicked off in January with an initial group of league round robin matches involving four to five matches in each league.

Thirty two teams entered this year with more games completed than in any other year.

Qualifiers from the groups went on to contest the further rounds before finals day this week when they competed for a main and plate trophy.

First round highlights included U+I Group – the former Development Securities - remaining undefeated in their League. They lined up in the semi's against last year’s trophy runner up Savills and tournament stalwart Bilfinger GVA.

A resurgent Knight Frank squeezed through in League 1 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Trophy Tournament to play last year’s winner JLL and top point scorers King & Wood Mallesons.

The Plate semi-final leagues featured new entrants EY Real Estate which qualified most impressively from League 1. Its team did battle with a revitalised BNP Paribas Real Estate and Brookfield Multiplex. Other new boys, Harper Dennis Hobbs, contested the Plate semi league against CBRE and high first round scorers Fladgate.

CoStar’s fledgling team was quite simply taught a lesson in squash by all of its opponents – Bilfinger GVA, Colliers International, Gerald Eve and Brookfield Multiplex – racking up the lowest points tally into the bargain. Lesson learned – we will be back fighting next year!

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