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DLWE v Newlands 1 – Away (Match Report) 2nd October 2013

westsquashsitelogo1Well it was tough playing Newlands 2 last week, so it was going to be even tougher playing their 1st time this week. Still we did have our new team shirts sponsored by ‘Paul Hannah Solicitors’ so we looked the part.

Newlands needed help this season with so many teams in the 1st division so they called on the Equalizer – Angus Woodward. Angus went on first tonight against Sean Norris at number 4 and he is making a comeback after sometime away (who know’s where he’s been? Maybe working for the Company?!?!?) and so was keen to prove he still could provide his services as a trouble-shooter. This would be a good test for Sean and we would see if he could start making some in-roads back into division 1 squash. I thought Angus played well and largely controlled the game, Sean lacked his normal sharpness and maybe needs to get a few more games under his belt. Angus hit a much better length and Sean was often left floundering at the back, he was also a bit one paced which played into his opponents hands. So a good 3-0 win for The Equalizer.

Next on at number 1 was Doug Macmillan against Peter O’Hara. Now Peter is a real handful and plays the game like no other person you’ll see. The main thing you’ll have to contend with is the ferocious pace, then there are the excellent angles (where he appears to be able to hit nics at will), after that you have to contend with a very deceptive front court game including drives that look like drops and vice versa. And all that doesn’t even include the bizarre drive boast he seems to play with amazing accuracy and amazing speed. For a first attempt at playing Mr O’Harrow (!) it was a great learning curve for Doug; he was a bit bamboozled after the 1st game, but then he seemed to get to grips much better with a lot of Peter’s shots………………….

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That’s not to say that he won any games, but the competition was more even. Doug was his usual lightning-self to the front and he chased like a cat on a hot tin roof, but this result was only ever going to one way and Peter won 3 love.

Next up making his debut this season was Richard Cantlay against The Sweeney at number 3 (Paul Sweeney that is!). And what a start from Captain Cantlay he was out of the blocks like Jack Regan’s Ford V6 Granada and was 2 love up before we knew it. Now would Richard keep the foot on the gas and convert this match 3 love?
Of course not! This had 5 sets written all over it. And as Sean observed “Why win in 3 when you can stretch it out to 5?” until Doug asked him how his game went! Paul began to make a great comeback and didn’t let Richard dominate the front of the court as much in the 3rd and 4th. And Richard got tired.
I was as well starting this report in the 5th game which would have made it much shorter but ho-hum! The 5th saw an increasingly tired Richard chase a more and more dominant Paul, until the wheels eventually came off. Nevertheless Richard put in a good shift and the two points he got are not to be sniffed at, in fact they’re like gold dust for us at the moment.

David Craig went on at number 5 and I went on at number 2 at the same time, so I didn’t see David’s match. I was playing Paul Bell from Cumbria, so I assumed that after getting well and truly thrashed I would see the end of David’s 5 setter, as David only ever plays 5 setters! So I was amazed to see David watching my game so soon; there’s no way he had won that quickly so I feared the worst.

I had a great old run against Paul Bell, which is not to say that I was ever in any danger of winning many points (let alone any games) however I thought I played quite well. I was moving quickly (for me) and hitting some really good lengths. However after the first few points of hard toil and lung busting stretching, I was puffing and panting whereas Paul was doing that bouncy/stretchy movement between points that shows that you’re just shaking off the cobwebs and warming up! It was going to be a tough night on court!
Paul only turned up with 1 racket and after breaking the strings I thought he was going to have the cheek to ask me for a spare racket and then thrash me with it. Unfortunately he moved onto Paul Sweeny’s Harrow Vapor and the only consolation was that he was thrashing me with a decent racket!
I hit some shots that I would expect to normally be winners, however they often came back with interest and it was only a matter of time before the mistake was made by me.
Paul moved effortlessly around the court and like all good players he volleys high up the court, which had me floundering time after time. I don’t really think that Paul ever got out of second gear and he was even happy to hand me a point when he hit a perfectly legal shot. I wasn’t sure why I got that particular point, but he must have felt sorry for me after I’ve just done about 10 court sprints and he hit a winner off the frame!

As our sponsor commented after the game “You know you’re in trouble when the other guy is always smiling throughout the match!”

So it was upstairs for pizza and Erdinger and I’d have to give their MOTM to either their No.5 who demolished David Craig 3-0, or their No.4 who played a great game after a long lay-off, or their No.3 who came back from 2-0 down, or their No.2 who beat me without trying having just driven 5 hours from Birmingham, or their no.1 who made squash look easy. Tough choice!

Still at least we’ve got Newlands 1 and 2 out of the way. Just Newlands 3, 4 and 5 left to play!!


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