1. Dave Thomas
2. Dan Oliver
3. Gav Nutty
4. Mark Blaker
5. Pete Borrett
6. John Woods
7. Paul Homewood
Team colours = Tadley Blue
The Tadley line up consisted of: Dave, Dan, Gav, Mark & Pete with John Woods & Paul Homewood making their
Basingstoke were also able to blood some newbies & left a couple of their big guns at home. Good job I say ;)
First on court was John versus Elton Koeberg. Hand outs galore in the opening stages but alas for John, he
struggled to convert his opportunities into points. Elton looked turbo assisted as he flew around the court to retrieve
John's best shots. Before long Elton had taken the first game 9-0. John came out fighting in the second but Elton
kept the pressure up & soon had a 7-2 lead. Then followed a quite incredible series of hand outs - a total of 14 hand
outs to be precise. I was blowing from the balcony just watching. After a monumental effort from both guys, Elton
found the two points to take game two. The final game was more straight forward for the Basingstoke guy, who ended
up seeing out the match 9-0 9-3 9-1.
Gavin was playing on the other court against Mike Macinnon, a very hard hitting giant of a man. Gav started well &
took the first game in super quick time 9-1. Game two was a different state of affairs. Mike found his length & had
Gav scrambling around the court. Hand outs galore & a few very tight Marker calls later Mike won the game 9-7 to
level the match at 1-1. Game three was like "The Thrilla in Manila", an epic sporting encounter! I can now tell my
Grand children that I was there when Gavin Nutty of Tadley Squash Club somehow beat Mike Macinnon of
Basingstoke squash club in game three of their match on September, 25th 2014 - 10 points to 8. It was that good! By
this time Gav looked as though he'd gone for a swim. Soaked through. Did he have anything left in the tank? Yes!
Gav yelped a cry louder than Braveheart when his low drive wasn't retrieved, to win the game 9-5 & the match 9-1
7-9 10-8 9-5. Congratulations Gav!
Next Tadley's very own newbie Paul Homewood jumped on court against Seb Hudson. Unfortunately I missed the
game. By all accounts the Hurst Leisure Centre is lucky to still have walls that stand firm as Paul was literally flying
into them such was his desire to win. Seb took an early advantage, winning the first game 9-4. Thereafter Paul
played some amazing squash with cheers of delight ringing from the balcony after yet another dive from the Tadley
boy. Paul was rewarded for his commitment by winning the next three games to take the match 4-9 9-2 9-5 9-7. Nice
I was next to play against Nicola Forbes. A rematch after our brutal & very close encounter in the Berkshire Squash
Summer league. On that occasion I somehow crept over the line 3-2. I knew it would be another ridiculously tough
encounter. After a close start Nicola started to build some momentum. Good length, tucking me in the corners &
reacting quickly to my better shots. She took the first game 9-5. I came out fighting in game 2. I found a better length
& put away Nicola's looser shots. I went on to win the game 9-1, levelling the match at 1-1. I was hoping to push on
but Nicola looked determined & that showed in her squash. Great shot choice, nagging length & super retrieving saw
her take the next two games pretty comfortably, to win 9-5 1-9 9-1 9-3. Well done Nicola! Rematch, rematch?
|Mark played David Blake. Unfortunately Mark wore
a ball in his eye & had to retire. Tough luck mate!
At the point it happened David was winning 2-1
with a healthy lead in game 4. I didn't see the
match but by all accounts it was super competitive
& Mark played some great stuff. Hope all is well
Mark. Basingstoke get a 3-0 forfeit in this instance.
I marked Dave's game against Chris Riley. It was a
sight to behold. Two fabulous players going toe to
toe with some quite incredible rallies throughout. I
thought this would be a thriller. I was right! The first
game was tight, not a great deal to pick between
either player. Dave's precise racket skills against
one of the fittest guys on the circuit with plenty of
racket skills of his own. To be fair to Dave, he also
gets around the court well & he had too, as Chris
stretched our number one with power, pace &
plenty of precision of his own. At 6-6 in a lengthy
first game, Dave found three straight points to see
the game out 9-6. Dave had more control in game
two & his uncanny knack of picking the right shot at
the right time put Chris under repeated pressure.
Dave took the game 9-2. Game three saw some
lengthy & brutal rallies & it looked like our boy was
tiring a little. However, at 3-4 down Dave showed
he had plenty left in the tank winning 5 consecutive
points, with every shot in the book, to take a 7-4
advantage. He was soon able to see out the
match, taking the third game 9-5 & the match 9-6
9-2 9-5. A jaw dropping game of squash.
So, 3-3 & step on court Danny boy!
Dan played Mike Sohachevsky, a big Reading FC
fan like me, so I wasn't sure who I wanted to win. Us
Royals supporters are like Brothers in arms. It's
only right we back each other. Sorry though Mike,
I'm with our Danny boy tonight! With the stakes
higher than Simon Cowell's trousers, both boys
came out fighting like Gladiators. Oooohs &
Ahhhhs rang out from the crowded balcony as both
guys served up a match stuffed full of squash
delights. In an epic first game it felt only right we
got to 8-8. Mike pulled out some dream shots & got
over the line 10-8. Mike then had the better of the
early exchanges in game two & built a 5-2 lead.
However, Dan soon upped his game & had Mike
flying around the court just to keep in the rallies.
Mike did this admirably but it definitely drained his
fitness reserves. Dan found some great
momentum, winning 7 consecutive points to win
game two 9-5. Dan started game three well & took
it pretty comfortably 9-1. By this point both players
had made a massive effort & energy levels were
dropping fast. Mike who looked like he was
struggling more than Dan somehow dug in & made
game 4 one hell of a contest. It swung both ways &
the rallies continued to be long, accurate & pretty
damn amazing. At 7-6 down Dan won a hand out &
found the all important three points to get over the
line & win the match. Final score 8-10 9 -5 9-1 9-6.
Match score Tadley 4 Basingstoke 3
What a cracking night of club squash! Absolutely
what it's all about. Two nicely balanced teams
playing, competitive, committed & often thrilling
squash in a great sporting manner.
A huge thank you to Chris & the Basingstoke team
for the match. We will look forward to seeing you at
your courts in Basingstoke on 8th January.
|Post match, yes you've guessed it - Ali Baba's finest pizza, a side serving of salad, I mean chips & washed down with
a selection of beer. Happy days!
Gav was left dumbfounded when Elton declared the Tadley Chili sauce wasn't all that. What!!!! Gav, your mission,
should you decide to accept it, is to find the hottest, extra hot, super furnace pepper sauce in the Land. We cannot
have a slur on the character of Tadley Squash Club such as that ever again!
Given we had a captive audience of Squashers, it seemed apt that I should present the Sports Direct trophy to our
top man, Dave Thomas in recognition of him winning all 5 league matches in the last round 3-0. He seemed
underwhelmed ;) All good fun!
All that was left, was to say our goodbyes to a great bunch of people.
Next match - Home to Wellighton 5, Berkshire Squash Winter Leagues, next Thursday, 2nd October @ 7:40
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Kiss the badge & do us proud boys!