Squash 1st Team Updates
Please see the below for the last two match reports for the 1st Team kindly supplied by Anthony Staples.
Fixture 8 – Home vs New Malden
Nom Home Player Nom Away Player Result Games
1-1 Anthony Staples 2-1 Marc Van-Kan 0-3 9/15 6/15 12/15
1-2 Mike Stewart 2-4 Iain McCleod 0-3 5/15 9/15 12/15
1-3 Tim Harkness 2-6 Steve Mallett 3-0 15/8 15/3 15/7
1-4 Glenn Christie 2-9 Grant Weston 2-3 5/15 15/3 15/10 13/15 7/15
1-5 Karl Newland 2-10 Daniel Sanches 2-3 15/11 15/8 4/15 9/15 12/15
A tough one for us here at the top of the order with Mike and me going down to love. Nice of our former no.1 Dan to make it down and watch us struggle!
Glenn and Karl entertained the crowds with really tight matches against the youngsters of New Malden. Unfortunately experience didn’t conquer youth on either occasion but credit to the gents for picking up a couple of games each. Much needed points.
Tim, our only victor of the night didn’t give Steve a sniff in his match. A solid win against a seasoned match player.
Final Result: 7-16
Fixture 9 – Away vs Oxshott Nom Home Player Nom Away Player Result Games 1-1 Shaun viljoen 1-2 Mike Stewart 3-0 15/8 15/4 15/5 1-2 James Shattock 1-1 Anthony Staples 0-3 12/15 10/15 7/15 1-6 Richard Middleton 1-3 Tim Harkness 3-0 15/11 15/10 15/12 1-7 Simon Black 1-4 Glenn Christie 3-1 15/11 14/16 15/12 15/7 1-11 Mark Savage 1-5 Karl Newland 3-0 15/5 15/13 15/13 Last Thursday saw us away to relegation rivals Oxshott. #1 String: Mike and me are sharing the responsibility of playing at #1 for the rest of the season. Having seen Oxshott’s #1 in the home leg, I was relieved to hand the baton to Mike for this one. Shaun is a beast of a player and his relentless power and pace proved too much in the end. To his credit, Mike battled on to the last point and came close to pinching the 3rd game. Mike can take comfort in the fact it won’t get any tougher than that…….until we play the RAC in a couple of weeks ☺ #5 String: Meanwhile Karl was up on court 2 against a wily old fox. Wily in the sense that he didn’t much enjoy getting out of Karl’s way, almost to the point where a restraining order wouldn’t have been an overreaction. Despite this, a frustrated Karl had his chances but couldn’t quite get over the line. No one enjoys playing this kind of player! #4 String: Glenn up next, where only a win would leave us a shot at turning this match around. Having just started a detox – consisting of only water and all the broccoli you’d ever want, I was concerned about a potential lack of energy for the big man. Glenn assured me however, that the lack of energy was nicely offset by losing a few pounds. The match finely poised at 1-1, it was Oxshott that pushed on to take the win. #2 String: Relieved to be playing at 2 this week, I owed a win to Mike and the rest of the team. Starting to shed the pounds from the inevitable Xmas binge, I could actually get around court and managed a comfortable win in straight sets. #3 String: Although a dead rubber, every game counts for us at the minute. Up against the current over 45 World Rackethon champion (yes that title does exist), Tim had his work cut out. Personifying effort and determination, Tim played his part in a high quality match with plenty of brutal rallies. Unfortunately there were no fruits for his labours by the end against a classy opponent. Final Result: 4-16 Loss