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Club Competitions 2013 Finals Report PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 August 2013 14:27

This years club competitions were split over two weekends, the main event, the Jackson Cup was contested on the first weekend between Steve May and "that man again" Matt Clarke, looking to retain the title for the fourth year in a row! Steve making it through to the final for the first time, played well leading up to the final, so the signs were there that this was going to be a "real humdinger" of a final.

Jackson Cup Final

Once again in customary fashion Matt Clarke came out fighting, winning the first game comfortably 9/2, Steve making a few mistakes with his drops at the front of the court. Could it be nerves or was it just the pressure that the existing champion was putting on the challenger? In the second game, it was Steve's turn to come out fighting, winning a string of points from 2-0 down to win the game 9/2. Game on! Steve showing Matt how he made it to final. A cautious start in the 3rd game saw both players trading points, like boxers trading punches, until Matt started to pull away in the second half of the game, winning it 9/5. Steve looking quite tired at this point, did he have anymore reserves in the tank? The fourth game seemed a little odd with Matt deciding that a change of strategy was needed, by standing further forward to receive service, indicating that he wanted to take the ball early. However, this didn't phase Steve who went on to win the fourth 9/0, playing some lovely drops and perfect length shots. Steve still looking tired but able to pull on those extra reserves to keep going. The fifth game saw Matt reverting back to "Plan A", playing some great squash he took an early lead and went 8-0 up, before Steve was able to answer back with two points of his own, Matt finally winning the title 9/2. What a superb match to watch with some wonderful squash being played by both players, well done guys.

Doubles Final

The doubles final was played during the week due to holidays, and proved to be another hard fought match. The existing champions and favorites, Mike Y-H and Phil Tapping were playing Jon Woosley and Chris Hooton, who only joined forces this year to play in the doubles competition. Despite Mike and Phil beating Jon and Chris in the group stages, Jon and Chris had improved, and took last years champions all the way, just losing in the fifth 15/12, in what turned out to be a real hard fought match.

Plate Finals

The second weekend of the finals, saw the Handicap and Plate Finals being contested. First up was the Handicap Plate final between Pete Simmonds and Chris McCauley. Only 3 points in favor of Pete, separated the two players suggested that this was going to be another close one. Pete winning the first 15/3, by wrong footing his much younger and fitter opponent. Chris came back fighting in the second winning it 15/12, by chasing every ball down and making Pete work much harder then he did in the first. The final game looked like it could go either way, with both players trading points. Until Pete started to tire and Chris was able to pull away and win it 15/10. Another great battle!

The Jackson Plate was contested between Richard Laine and Graham North, Richard winning the first two games comfortably 9/6, 9/4, things weren't looking good for Graham at this stage! Not one to give up easily, Graham came out fighting in the third, winning it 9/2 with some deadly winners off the serve. Game on! The fourth game saw Graham take an early lead 8/4 only to find that his touch had deserted him and those "killer" returns were not going up anymore. Richard came back to win the title 9/8.

Handicap Final

The Handicap Final was being contested by "that man again", Matt Clarke against the "new boy" Tom Ford. The handicap meant Matt was on -20 and Tom +6, a massive 26 points separated the two players. Matt needing 35 points to win a game and Tom only 9. The first game saw Tom win it 15/1, with Matt getting close but not close enough. The "new boy" can play! I heard everyone saying. Not one to give up easily Matt dug deep to win the second game 15/13, Tom looking a bit tired at this point and Matt believing that anything was possible. The final game saw Matt close down the difference to just 10 points, when Tom produced some stunning winners to win the match 15/3. Another great squash final.

Well played to all the finalist!

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