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A good result for the Squashies!!

squashiesBelfast Squashies up against Bangor Castle who are second in league!

Myles v Tricky Ricky Dorrian – Squashies No1
Stephen’s mate Ricky is not so tricky as he used to be, but still not an easy proposition particularly being a left-hander. I missed the first two games but from the scores Myles was in total control throughout and the third was no different as Ricky was put to the sword. No aggro from Rick unlike the last time we played them (that was to come).

Jonathan v Colin Herron – Squashies No2
This was a feisty affair with numerous lets being asked for and a good decision not to referee. Jonathan stole the first from well down which didn’t improve Colin’s mood. Their guy Gareth (or was it Gavin?) adopts a straightforward approach to squash refereeing where he simply ignores any queries about decisions, but on the other hand one or two of those decisions were questionable and didn’t help matters. Jonathan was largely blameless in the face of accusations from Colin of barging – some of Colin’s routes to the squash ball were not the most direct possible and he had to restrain himself from losing his head completely. It looked like five sets after Jonathan took a mid-match breather but he came back to win the fourth to leave Colin visibly fuming. 3-1 Windsor.

Andy v Davy Shaw –– Squashies No3
At 6-1 up on points a famous victory was on the cards. However Davy is very strong and is happy to ply his trade in Division 1 rather than the Premier league, so a very tough assignment for Andy. It was competitive enough in the first set as Andy gave Davy some problems, but after that Davy pulled away with a fine array of squash shots to complete a 3-0 victory. No disgrace here.

Me v Gareth Glynn – Squashies No4
Gareth is another one of Stephen’s mates (he has a lot of them on the squash circuit) and I’d never played him before but fancied my chances. However when I got on the court the ball was bouncing around incredibly in the heat and I found controlling it very difficult. In hindsight I should have taken the heretical decision to switch off the gas heater but I pressed on hoping for Gareth to start making errors. They didn’t really come as he kept me on the back foot and caught me with some tight boast winners and well-played drops. I had a chance in the third at 7-6 up but aided with one or two slices of luck Gareth nicked it 9-7 to finish it 3-0. If only I’d been playing Gavin instead of Gareth I might have been ok.

A 6-7 draw was still a good result and we are 4th in the table although having played a match more than most of the rest.

The latest news on the big challenge match for Windsor’s number one position is that it is postponed again – a chest infection being the culprit. When will it be played? Will Big Jane come to Belfast to watch? Stay tuned.

Greg O’Rawe