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David Lloyd Renfrew Club Championships

David Lloyd Renfrew – Semi-finals

Well the semi-final certainly lived up to expectations as Jason Lang and Sean Norris did battle yesterday – and it was a bruising affair which went the full distance (I felt sorry for Brian Lang who was living every shot).

Jason drew first blood with a very energetic and confident start. It was 5-5 at one point, but then as quick as you like Jason was 9-6 up and he resisted all attempts for Sean to get a look-in, with a 6 point run to close the 1st game out 15-8.

Sean needed a response if he was to salvage anything from the match and that’s just what happened. The early exchanges of the 2nd game were pretty even up to 8-8, but Sean got the lead just at this time and didn’t surrender it. There were some exceptional rallies at this time with some real quality exchanges form both players, however despite a good come back, from Jason, Sean was able to hold on at the crucial times and he won the 2nd 15-11.

The 3rd was all Jason with a 7-1 lead that extended to 10-4. He was never really troubled and Sean was chasing shadows, as he lost this game 15-6 with some uncharacteristic tins.

I’ve seen Sean down a few times this season and he’s often comes back fighting and today was no different. The 4th game saw Sean get the all important lead as Jason lost concentration early on. He wasn’t as tight as normal and Sean took full advantage. At 6-1 up it was difficult to see a way back for Jason; and although there was a trade off for the next dozen points this still left him 8-12 down. Sean then closed that game out 15-8.

An so to the 5th!

There was a very sporting handshake at the start of the game (Sean accused Jason of trying to make him laugh!). The pattern was similar to the 4th. Sean took a 6-2 lead and once again I was sure that this was going to be the time when Sean took a stranglehold on the match. But Jason fought back with real maturity and I was amazed that he was able to level it at 8-8. Sean immediately went into an 11-8 lead, but again Jason wrestled this back ‘and then some’ as he took a 12-11 lead. Both players were scraping for everything and every point was very hard to come by.  Sean levelled things at 12-12 and then with a massive effort forced the next 2 points his way to take the game 15-12 and the match 3-2.

Jason was obviously very disappointed (and Brian and Sean were shattered) but he should take a lot of credit for pushing the defending champ all the way; and as Sean admitted “it was one of the hardest games he’d had in a long while”.

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