Last night saw a long evening of some excellent squash and racketball matches.
First on court was the Junior Final, with the first of Jack Turney's 3 finals. Jack was facing Martin Thompson, who also had another final to follow. Although not up to the standard of some of their most competitive Finals of the past there was some good squash from both players with Jack coming out on top, winnig 3-0.
Meanwhile Ruth Sleigh (on her wedding anniversary - thanks for letting her come out to play, Will!) faced Sandy Lane. Both ladies played well and didn't give marker Charlie Dewey too many problems. Sandy, coming back from recent illness, fought hard but Ruth proved too strong for her, winning 3-0.
Next on court saw the first appearence in the evening of Mr Steve "The Winner" Cousens. His first final was for the Judy Moys Over 55 Trophy, playing against Steve Tew. Tewy came out fast with his unorthodox style, taking the first game. Cousens then regained composure, pulled up his knee braces to take the next two games, winning 2-1. The first part of his evening master plan secured!
Next came the first ever Racketball Finals. The main final was between Charlie Dewey and Jack Turney. In the longest match of the evening, some thought Martin Geear had paid Charlie to wear out Jack, the lead went back and forth between the two, but ended in Charlie taking the deciding game 16-14. Comment should be made on the excellent marking by Mark " tell me the rules and I'll do it" Christisson! The aim of the racketball competition was to try and get more members having a go at it - we're not sure everyone understood the chess like tactics that Charlie used, but the challenge game between him and Mr Turney Snr should be worth a viewing!
On the other court Martin Thompson took on the Spanish racketballer, Carlos Bilbao from Bilbao, in as a substitute for the unavailable Simon Dunn, in the Racketball Plate Competition. Despite having just played his Junior Final, Martin's youthful fitness took it's toll on a tired looking Carlos, coming out 2-0 winner.
Then we had the return of the Cousens! Competing in the Ken Martin O40s Handicap, Steve was aiming to replicate Richard Balmes double of last year. Playing against hime was Pete Wheat. In one of the best Finals of the night, Steve took the first game and double looked to be on. However, Pete had other ideas and came back strongly taking the 2nd, and most on the balcony felt Steve's legs had gone and we were in for an upset. At 9-6 up in the 3rd, Pete still looked like he'd take it, but then either his nerves kicked in, or Cousen's woke up (or is it medication.....) and he picked up a run of points to take the decider and the Trophy.
The Finale of the evening was the Tobin Trophy, with Martin Geear defending his title against Jack Turney, in his first Club Final, but the third final of this evening! A tired looking Turney was made to defend all areas of the court by a fresher looking Geear. It ended up being a 3-0 match to Geear. Next year Turney is looking not to play so many finals - Geear beware!!!