An early start saw Sara and I go on first and I didn’t see much of Sara’s match (v Colin McGeady at No.5), apart from one enormous rally where both players were getting everything back and playing great squash (the mis-match in the physical size of both players was amusing to see and if we took a photo of them I’m not sure they’d get both in the same shot!). However Colin won the tie 3-0 and seemed to be in control with his great reach and pace on the ball. Sara was disappointed at her own performance but everyone else felt the opposite and was quite impressed with her tenacity and court speed!!
I was on at the same time as Sara and was fully expecting to be out-run at number two by Kenny Boyle and in the opening exchanges I was. However as the match unfolded I managed to sneak a few cheap points and a few great length shots and then, what do you know, I sneaked the 1st game! Kenny turned the power on in the 2nd and won easily, but I was now more confident (we even got a marker at this point! Not that we used him much; we just made our own decisions and completely ignored Doug, much to his amusement. In fact when Kenny asked for a let in the 3rd Doug just said ‘Well what do you guys think?’).
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Sara once again helped out the first team and she was on first at number 5 (looking fabulous in the all-black outfit that is fast becoming her signature!) against Patrick O’Sullivan; now if you look up some of the Patrick’s results this season you, like me, will probably be very impressed (he’s only lost one match – against his own 1st team, which is a great record for any junior to admire in Div 1 – in fact for any player at all!) so Sara was really up against it and so it proved. It was a good tough game however and Sara had Patrick moving up and down the court, but Patrick was more than happy to do the running and always had plenty in the tank. It was difficult to put the ball away against him and this was ultimately the difference, as he won 3-0.
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“Doomsday” is the sixth episode of the eighth season of the American comedy television series The Office. During the episode Jim (John Krasinski) is tasked with tracking down Robert California (James Spader) at a squash court and intercepting a doomsday e-mails before Robert has a chance to view them. To distract him, Jim plays several games, demonstrating his complete lack of skill at squash.
Good to see that the character played by James Spader is using a Harrow Racket and wearing a Harrow shirt and Sneak shoes!
It would have been good to see ‘The UK Office’ version of Jim (Tim Canterbury) have to do this scene, as the character was played by Martin Freeman and he was actually very good at squash as a junior!
Playing at Newlands this season is almost like a home tie with all those teams in one Division! And not just in Division 1, as tonight we had 6 Newlands teams (numbers 2,3,4,5,7 & 8) all playing at home on 5 courts (one off which was also being used for a spin class) so with 0.8 courts per team it was looking like it could be a long night!
Sean (Norris) was on first at No. 5 against David Fallis and with the length of the rallies they were having, we expected this to go on for hours. However at the business end of each game David was in charge and he took all three of them. Good fighting performance from Sean and with a back problem as well, but David was just too difficult to put away.
I was on next and this tie was probably one of the few matches I thought I’d have a good chance of winning at No.2 (v Brendan Forrister). However after a massive 1st rally I was thinking the opposite and things didn’t get any better as Brendan wrestled the 1st game away from me.
The normal Wednesday squash situation happened again this week with Strathgryffe having numbers 1 and 4 available and we had numbers 2, 3 and 5 ready to go! Any statisticians out there? What’s the percentage chance of a correct pairing turning up first to a squash match?(Answers on a postcard please!). So the first pairing ready to go were the number 1s and so Douglas Macmillan took to the court against Martin Woods.
The was a classic coach vs up-and-coming-player scenario and both men knew each other’s game to a certain extent. However the coach wasn’t taking things lightly and wanted to make sure that he controlled the game, which to a large extent he did.
It looked like it was going to be a tough match last night against SSRC away and as I searched for my “Paul Hannah Solicitors” sponsored team top, I found it festering in the washing pile I thought this was a bad omen.
As I arrived at SSRC I noticed immediately a brand new carpet throughout the lounge, which is a light brown/creamy colour, so I gave my shoes a good wipe as I didn’t want to be the first to make a mark, but you’ll never guess who threw their drink over it later!
Sean Norris was on first against Chris Holt at No.4. Chris is No.1 in the over 50’s Masters age category so this was going to be a tough match for Sean. Like us, SSRC also had newly sponsored t-shirts (although not by Paul Hannah Solicitors!!) and after they had some team photos – which Sean somehow managed to get in (?) – we were off.
Sorry this report is late but I was away on business then had the RASTA racketball tournament to organise (and play) on Saturday – all that and the Squash on telly to watch, so it’s all been a bit hectic. Anyway last Wednesday saw us match up against Western 2, who are just one place below us in the 1st Division. In fact they (and we) are the division’s strongest teams as we’re holding the rest up!
I arranged a 6.30pm start for me at No: 2 and also for the number 5s, so I was amused, but not surprised, to see that the first pairing to arrive at 6.45pm were the number 4s! Typical!
We did start early though and I played David Kelly first up. Dave is looking like he used to 15 years ago, ‘lean and mean’ and moving around the court really well. Fortunately for me I’m also moving a bit better these days (at 2.5 stone lighter) and I was able to keep him chasing and won quite a few rallies……………….