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DLWE (Kelvin Financial Planning) v Townend 1 – Home (Match Report) 21st October 2015

westsquashsitelogo1 Okay so the report is still late but at least it is earlier than last weeks! And with two weeks between the last match and this, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I sat on the couch last Wednesday and when the wife said “What’s on TV” I don’t think she appreciated the reply “Dust!”

Anyway Townend 1 came to this end of town last week (do you see what I did there!) and despite trying to get an early start none of the ties really matched up. First on at No.5 was Joe McDonald V Peter Shivas. Peter still looks ‘regal’ on court and it is great to see him still playing 1st division squash. He still has the ability to pull out a perfect length shot to the back of the court whenever he needs it, and ultimately this is why he won 3-0. He kept Joe to the back and even if the ball came back it was dispatched. Joe was disappointed with his performance and his racket got the full brunt of his frustration and almost my head; however I thought Peter dominated well and didn’t really let Joe get his foot in the door.

Next on court were the No.1s as Craig Valente Wallace took on Rory Stewart. I don’t think Craig really believed he could win this one, so he must have surprised himself because he played well. Every game was tight and the first two were tie-breakers (the 1st to Rory and the 2nd to Craig). I thought Craig was really in the match and a few more lucky breaks (and a little bit more belief) and who knows, as the 3rd and 4th games only had two points in each of them (9-11 9-11). Unfortunately Rory won them both and so took the match 3-1.

So we were 2-0 down and would need to win every other tie.
Doug took to the court next against Scotty (Shabana) Bradford! This match was hilarious as Scott is a real character on and off the court. Every time he did the splits I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! Or Cry with laughter!! It was a great 1st game and Doug was fortunate at 11-11 to bring home the last two points. However after this he seems to have picked up as the next 2 games were reasonably comfortable. So the comeback was on with Doug’s 3-0 win at No.4

The No.2 pairing was on next as Jason Lang played Ross McHoul. I didn’t know how to call this one and thought it could go either way. And do you know what? It did! Unfortunately I didn’t see it, as I had to go on court myself.

I was playing at No.3 against Ross Allan. As I went on court the heat hit me which was very unlike our courts. I think this suited Ross as he proceeded to give me the run-around! We traded games, Ross winning the 1st and me the 2nd etc until we reached the 5th (I obviously won’t mention the game point in the 4th, when Ross declared my ball was a double bounce and walked off the court – slipping the referee a tenner as he went – with me looking mystified and waiting to serve! I definitely won’t mention that!).
Anyway by that time, the news was that Jason had won his match at No.2 – and so at 2-2 in matches and Ross and I at 2-2 it made the 5th a bit spicy!

Fortunately for me I got Ross on the end of a really long rally, early on in the 5th and after that I found the going much easier. 6-0 became 9-3 and I knew I was going to be tough to beat from there. So a fortunate 3-2 win for me and the match was secured (hold on did I win that match on fitness!).

Well what a team come back! And talking of come-backs it was ‘good’ to see the pasta-bake back on the menu for dinner (everyone seems to hate it except me).

Most of the players had disappeared by the time I made it to the table, maybe they didn’t fancy my chat! So it just left Doug, Jason and myself to decide on Saturday 12th December for the Christmas night out – Craig is banned after getting me too drunk last time!!

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RASTA Racketball Photo Montage at The Grange (Edinburgh) 24th Oct.

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Harrow at The 2015 CLIC Sargent PSA Squash Classic

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DLWE (Kelvin Financial Planning) v Western 1 – Away (Match Report) 7th October 2015 (late!)

westsquashsitelogo1Just a quick report as it’s been so long since the last match (must do better….on and of the court!)

It’s always a tough match playing Western 1 away and when I arranged an early start it looked even more tough,as I was playing Liam Dickson at No.3! Either I’m getting older or all the No.3s in Div.1 are getting significantly better! Anyway needless to say the battle of the veggies was won by the younger man as Liam beat me 3-0 (the 3-0 score line flatters me a bit as it wasn’t even that close!!??! In fact at one point Doug’s advice was just try something outrageous as you’re getting chopped anyway! I did and that didn’t work either!).

Next on at No.5 was Joe (McDonald) against Mhairi Charlton and this was a real tough one for both players. Mhairi has really come on since I last saw her and she put Joe under a huge amount of pressure throughout the match. The only thing Joe could do was hang in and try to wear her down, but even that was a tough ask. Mhairi probably should have won this game 3-0 but Joe hung in really well to steal the third game (with some help from Mhairi hitting a game ball into the tin). However Mhairi closed the game out 3-1 even though she (and Jo) both looked very tired.

Third on was our new No.2 Jason (Lang) and he was up against it this week as he was playing Steven Halliday. I didn’t see the early exchanges as I nipped off for a shower, however I soon heard that Jason had won the first game which was great news. However by the time I got there he was 2-1 down and Steven was well in control. The final result was 3-1 to Steven but Jason must have played really well to get that first game and a team point (they’re all crucial for us!).

Next on were the No.4 pairing Doug Macmillan against Joe Ghaemi. This was a 3-2 thriller and when Doug was 2-0 down it looked like there was no chance. But he sneaked the 3rd game and Joe looked like he was tiring, and if he wasn’t tiring then he certainly was by the 5th and Doug was now in the driving seat. He brought home the match 3-2, once again good digging from Doug.

Last on were the No.1 pairing of Craig (Vallente-Wallace) v Peter Halliday. It didn’t surprise me that everyone disappeared from the balcony as they were knocking up so it was left to muggins here to take this one on. Peter started brilliantly and really had Craig under pressure from the word go, in fact he was 2-0 up before Craig knew what had hit him. Well I feared the worst, but that serves me right for not having enough faith! Craig battled back and really played well to dig in and win both the 4th & 5th games. Well I don’t know if the players were nervous, but I certainly was doing the marking! In fact towards the end of the match there was a point where both players disagreed with each other and both halves of the balcony would have given different decision (#nightmare) and as I couldn’t see, the only thing I could do was play a ‘yes let’. In the end I think Craig was just the fitter man in the last few points (although I’m sure Peter would dispute this, in fact he did!) but either way it was an amazing comeback from Craig and certainly the best I have seen him play for the team (MOTM).

So we retired to the bar for the traditional Western Chinese takeaway. Another good Wednesday night out and it’s always good chat after the meal (although I then had to drive 2 hours south to Blackpool! Now that’s commitment!)

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Men’s US Open Final Highlights – Greg Gaultier v Omar Mosaad

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Women’s US Open Final Highlights – Laura Massaro v Nour El Tayeb

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19th -24th October PSA Squash Classic – in support of CLIC Sargent

11988501_753442211467697_5704479966623134597_nCalling all squash fans! We are delighted to announce that CLIC Sargent has been chosen as the official charity for this fantastic tournament which will feature several of the world’s top players.

To join us as a spectator at one of the squash events, or at the post tournament party, please contact event organiser Danny Lee on 07905 102 094 or email: dannylee62@btinternet.com.

Organiser Danny Lee said: “I’m running The CLIC Sargent PSA Classic Squash Tournament to help promote squash to people in Surrey, but also to raise both funds and awareness for this fantastic charity which does so much to support children with cancer.” Picture1

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson said: “We’re very excited to be benefiting from this tournament.

“With tickets ranging from £10 to £30 this is a great opportunity to watch some world-class sporting action, or join us for drinks and dancing while supporting CLIC Sargent.”

To find out how you could organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Helen Farquharson on 01273 573 848 or email: helen.farquharson@clicsargent.org.uk.

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