reports summer 17

17th April - Away
Sobell vs Northwood

We had a fun night in deepest Northwood last night.

Seb played their number 4, who had great kill shots, but some inconsistency. Seb played well, got to 2-2, but lost the last game.

Their number 2 was really good. Richard fought hard, but couldn't get into the game.

Paul's opponent was ultra fit, but Paul was better at squash. Paul played nicely for a solid win.

My guy hit ball hard as hell. I won some points by keeping it tight, but ultimately got beat 1-3.

Jack was up against arguably the best player in the league, but he was running hot and cold last night. Jack got good leads in the first two games, won one, but got reeled back in in the other. The next 2 games took place at the climax if the football, so you'll have to ask Jack for the details, but it got to 2-2. Their number 1 had sorted his head out by game 5. Jack played well but his opponent was just too good. 

Dinner was at a nice Indian. 
20th March - Home
Sobell vs Cumberland

Last week we played Cumberland - second in the table.
I lost at 4 against a guy with decent kill shots.
At the same time, Sebastian was playing elegant, tight squash and winning easily.
Rohan's opponent at 2 was ultra fit and very good - he's beaten Phil before. Rohan played very well and worked hard. I kept expecting Rohan to blow up, but he didn't and recorded a great win.
Richard Bangay's opponent at 3 also good and fit. Richard played smart squash and moved his opponent round the court beautifully. His opponent stuck in there after looking half-dead, but Richard kept his cool and ground out another fine win.
Phil alternated between playing well and dicking about, to win 3-2.
A great team result.

11th March - Away
Sobell vs Uxbridge

Last night we played Uxbridge away. with only 4 players.

Phil beat their hard hitting number 1.
Adam, Seb and Tim also played, but our scores were not recorded, for some reason. (What happens in Uxbridge, stays in Uxbridge.)

12th June - Home
Sobell vs Uxbridge

I  (Adam) won the first two games, then lost the next two and felt very tired, but after tactical advice from Paul, it all came together and I won the fifth.
Richard Bangay had a hard game at 2. Lost the first two, won the next two but couldn't take the fifth.
Christian was far too good and fast for his opponent and won in 3.
Matt was playing an older guy, with a big bushy beard and great shots. It was a tight match, but Matt won in the end.
Phil was playing a tidy player, who beat the BA number 1. It was a long struggle, but Phil won 3-2 (at 10:20!)

That gives us 19 points, so is a great night work. But we need to keep this up, since Charing Cross have overtaken us at the top of the table.

7th June - Home
Sobell vs Ealing

The sobell team had its first team game of the summer leagues last night.

First on was Richard Bangay at 2: As usual Richard moved well around the court picking up most things. His opponent just didn't have the running in him or the speed and Richard took him out 3-0 very comfortably. A good solid start for the team.

Next on was myself at 5. I played a lean looking lady. Straight away i felt that i wasn't hitting the ball well, even so i won the first game, however i had to do to much running to atone for loose play.

I was then taught a lesson in consistent play and as i was unable to hit a straight powerful shot i lost 3 games on the spin and lost 3-1

Then Jack at 1 was on. He played an older individual with some good squash skills, however Jack have far too much for him and picked up everything, which was then drilled hard and low. His opponent just couldn't live with that and Jack won 3-0

Then on to Adam at 3. His opponent was a runner with a strange looking stroke (no wrist movement or elbow bend, a bit like a scarecrow with a broom through his shirt) His opponent did have some nice shots including a nice triple boast. Adam played a steady tight game with some nice touch shots thrown in and rolled over his opponent 3-1.

Next up was Christian playing another lady not as tall and lean as my opponent, but with a more powerful game. His opponent took the first after a lot a squash. She was clearly feeling the pace. That continued for the next 3 games she never really recovered from the first game and Christian won 3-1.

So it was 4-1 on the night. It was really good to get off to a winning start and things look up going forward although availability may mean we struggle with numbers for the next few weeks, so look out for an email those involved with the team. Please respond asap to that, even if you can't step in (Thanks all)

Onwards and upwards, Oakleigh Park next week.

Come on sobell!!!

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