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Mixed Fortunes against D Lloyds.

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First match of season for A team and immediate callups for myself and Ben against the defending league champions.

I arrived late so missed the first two matches so any comments on these are taken from the players’ views on their own matches – or else just made up.

Andy v Shaun McKee
Big Shaun is the World Police and Fire Games Squash Champion so it was an honour for Andy to grace the same court as him. Still a top player and so the scores of 11/7 11/1 and 11/7 were respectable from our man so he must have played pretty well.

Ben v George Hewitt
Ex-Windsor man George is a good number 4 (and used to be number 1 in Poland) and is well-known for his tireless running and consistency so a tough Premier debut for Ben. However Ben took one game which was excellent in the circumstances and a decent introduction to the top level of Ulster squash.

Michael McKee v Michael Craig
Very tough task for our Michael against the youngster but Michael started well and produced some fine squash to stay close in the first set. I missed the second but the third was even tighter and Michael might have forced a fourth game as a possible let wasn’t given at 10-10 (well I would have given it). Young M won it 12-10 to close it out 3-0.

After coming from a tennis meeting I was slightly rushed, but played well against John who has played number 1 for Lloyds previously. He is a good lefty who disguises his shots well and although he is a couple of levels above me I held my own and even edged ahead in the second game before he reasserted control and finished the match 3-0.

13-1 wasn’t bad considered Lloyds duffed the Civil Service club by the same score last week.

We didn’t rush supper but we still were leaving Lloyds at 9:50. As usual a lack of atmosphere at this venue and it really is a great facility, but just that, a facility – not a club in the true sense of the word.

For next week we await medical bulletins on the state of the Wilson ankle.