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DLWE v Giffnock 2 – Away (Match Report) 27th November 2013

PaulHannahLogo The big games just keep coming and coming for us, another 6 pointer last night against Giffnock 2. Could this be our chance?

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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Next on was David Craig against another youngster in Stuart Pitt. I could basically write the same again for this one, as the Giffnock youngster just kept getting everything back. Dave was playing well enough, but when the rallies are never-ending you try a bit too hard to end them yourself and this was where the mistakes came creeping in. I though Big Dave played well, but sometimes you’re just got to hand it to your opponent and Stuart was very good tonight.

I went on next at number 2 against Mike Rogerson with whom I’ve had a few tussles over the years. Mike has a new shiny racket that he used to good effect to tonk the ball down the backhand side and he certainly had me on the run there. I felt a bit strange on court and wasn’t really timing the ball well so I was always a bit wary of going for my shots as I kept missing them when I did. Fortunately I generally managed to keep a good lead in the games and won the first two reasonably comfortably. Mikey really turned the screw in the 3rd, but I had just enough to wrestle back the initiative and win the match 3-0. The fight-back for this match was on!

Captain Cantlay sauntered into the club late and was on next at number 3 against Captain Gary Blanchflower. Now Richard was just back from Aberdeen, so I put his poor performance in the 1st game down to the long 2.5 hour long drive – Gary was dominant.

The second wasn’t much better, but Rich did manage to stay in touch and sneaked an unlikely victory (12-10) in this one, as Gary lost concentration at the crucial moment, but what could Richard really do after sitting in a car for all that time? Gary regained control and won the 3rd easily and although I was frustrated with what I was watching, I do remember doing these long drives myself and they’re a bit of a killer.

The one thing that changed  was that Richard got angry with his own performance and after chucking his racket to the floor and slamming the door (is squash the only sport you can slam a door on the field of play?) he turned up to the 4th game a different player. Thank god he managed to play himself into form after that Aberdeen trip as this match was crucial – probably to our whole season! Richard steamrollered the 4th game and took this momentum into the 5th and won this as well. What a comeback!! – I was delighted at the effort this must have taken……… great performance I thought…………. right up until Richard told me he just remembered he’d actually gotten the train from Aberdeen to Glasgow!

Muppet!

So it was 2-2 in the match and we were in the box-seat as Dougie Macmillan took on James Singh at Number 1. The excitement was palpable.

After a short intermission James eventually turned up at 9.20pm (?!?!) and it was game on. Doug won the 1st easily and it looked like the favourite was going to storm it, but hold on, James took the 2nd and the 4th (and not only that but he only narrowly lost the 3rd on a tie break, 10-12).

At one point Doug lost a particular rally and pointed around the court shouting “pish, pish, s****, pish” – and I thought that summed up his first 4 games quite well! So it was 2-2 now and James was playing really well, so it was anyone’s game.

With only a few points played I could no longer watch from the balcony, so instead I left and listened to the 5th from outside the door downstairs – and I didn’t like what I was hearing either. As James got to match ball I was really going through the emotional wringer; Doug made a mini-comeback, but eventually lost on a ‘stroke’ and so James took the match for Giffnock 2 and a thoroughly deserved MOTM as well.

It was a disappointing result, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles and sometimes you’re the pigeon and sometimes you’re the statue!

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  1. November 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

    C’mon the statues!!

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