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DLWE v Strathgryffe – Home (Match Report) 22nd October 2014

westsquashsitelogo1Strathgryffe came calling last night and as they finished in the champions league position’s in the past couple of years it looked like a tough match up for DLWE team who are at the Premiership establishing stage.

First up was big David (Craig) and his daughter Elvi. Both had rackets and although Elvi took to the courts first, it was eventually her dad who took on Ross (red) Lawrie at No.4. I was promoted to team child-care duties so Elvi and I sat and watched David and loudly clapped all his great shots – and booed Ross (whilst learning how to swing a racket!). Unfortunately due to David’s notorious slow match starts we were doing more booing than clapping (his warm up this week consisted of carrying Elvi’s Mickey Mouse backpack to the court). When David was one and a half games down we’d both seen enough Mickey Mouse squash and so it was book time and there’s none better for a 1 year old than ”Fox in Socks”! It’s so good it’s five star rated you know!?! Well what a difference that made and David won the 2nd game – I can’t tell you anything about the game, but what I can say is that Fox finds his second sock in a clock! Game 3 went to Ross and the 4th was a real close one with Strathgruffalo’s Ross winning it 15-13 to take the match.

So with child-care duties taken care of Uncle Jase went off to watch Doug (Macmillan)…..

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against the new Strathgryffe signing Karl (who also plays for the Isle of White & Chester!). Karl was a very orthodox player and by that I mean good. When Doug had the legs and lungs he was winning as he took the 1st game 11-9, but as Karl’s persistent line and length wore him down he lost the 2nd 9-11.

Doug’s training regime has developed this year and since the last match he’s been in full training in Poland. The good news was that the training was great, the bad news is that it was with the Tartan Army and although a draw was a great result in Warsaw it wasn’t going to be enough tonight.  I’d say the key was the 2nd game and if Doug had won that he may have been able to win the match in 4 or 5, but with Karl tightening the screw with every dying length (and Dougie hitting a bit short) the match slipped away from us 3-1. Still another point to the team.

Next on was our new signing Michael Jackson (he’s heard all the jokes! Not that that’s gonna stop me!) against James Dare at No.5. Wait a minute James Dare at 5??? Just shows you how strong Strathgryffe are these days! Well it was a good game between MJ and James, but James was always in charge. The length ball is so important at division 1 level and Michael couldn’t get the ball past James often enough. I had to mark the next match so didn’t see the rest but James won 3-0 (don’t worry MJ – blame it on the boogie).

Next our new No.1 Craig (Valentie Wallace) matched up against Martin Woods. Martin stormed the first 6 or so points and it looked like it was going to be one way traffic, but just at this point Craig got into his stride by getting everything back and then forcing the pressure himself. It was all very tight at the end of the 1st game, but Martin sneaked home. And the rest of the match was a bit like the 1st game with Craig wining good ‘clumps’ of points, but Martin just holding on when it mattered. Craig can really apply the pressure though and when he joins it all up he’ll be a tough No.1 to beat.

I was on last at No.2 v Jason Lang and he beat me easily last time we played, but what do you know I managed to steal the 1st game after a slow start from JL. Well that’s good! Lost the next 2 though! That’s bad!! Then the inevitable advice was handed out to me by Simon from the 2nd team. “See what you were doing in the 1st game – do that more. And what you did in the 2nd & 3rd games – do that less”. “Thanks Si! When are you leaving for America again??”

Fortunately Craig had better advice and it centred on JL’s volleys. So in a very tight 4th I managed to “Do what I did in the 1st more” and win it – and so to the 5th. This was another very tight one, but this time just at the wrong time I hit one ball out and one in the tin. I’d like to blame the loss on Martin Wood’s terrible marking decision, when he didn’t give me a stroke!! I’d like to, but really the marking was absolutely fine (and the game was played in a great spirit). Still hurts though – to get so close and lose.

A couple of beers later and we were in the bar discussing all things squash and adding up all the clubs Karl plays for around the country. And the fact that they’re not within 200 miles of each other!

Result 4-18





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