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The Knights Squash Rackets Club - 27th Tour

Brandon Groggins, one of our up and coming juniors was against Daniel Thomson and he wasn't overawed as he took a 5/2 lead with some great squash, it was to be short lived however as Daniel took 9 of the next 10 points to claim the first game. Brandon stuck to the task in the second game and after being 2/6 down got himself in front at 7/6 and it was game-on! Daniel showed a little more class as he eventually struggled through with an 11/8 game but he knew he was in a tight match. Alas Brandon had given his all in trying to take the second game and was only on the score-sheet once in the third game as Daniel wrapped it up 11/1 for a 3-0 victory, but it was agreed by all that Brandon had given a great account of himself, amassing 15 points in his match.

Another of our juniors, Jackson Holliday then played Charl Fourie and but for an early couple of points from Jackson the first game was always in Charl's control, a run of 7 points unanswered doing the damage with Jackson 1 down 2/11. Again Jackson set off ok in the second game but another run of 7 points did for Jackson before he managed a couple of points, but Charl was not to be denied and he took the 2nd game also, 11/4. The third saw Charl turn up the heat on Jackson looking to "bagel" him and at 10/0 it looked on, but Jackson took a point to his relief and a big cheer, but it only delayed the inevitable as Charl took the next point for an 11/1 game and a 3-0 victory.

Chris Musson was against Kyle Maree and the South African shared the first 4 points with Chris before he started to ease away, and with two runs of 4 and 5 points respectively to one from Chris the first game was in the bag to Kyle 11/3. in the second Chris was also 10/0 down through superb play from Kyle rather than anything Chris was doing wrong as everything that Chris played came back his way with interest on. He too saved his blushes by taking the 11th point, again to a raucous cheer, but like the match before it merely delayed the game as Kyle took it 11/1 to lead 2-0. It got only marginally better in the third game, but at 2/3 Chris was fighting and Kyle upped the tempo to take the next 6 points to pull away, Kyle winning that game 11/3, the match 3-0, and the evenings contest for The Knights.

Michael Hetherington played Michael Shean and after leveling the game at 1/1 never saw the direction the South African headed off to as he took the next 10 points in one hand of serving, it was going to be another stern test! The second game saw both of them share the first 6 points and the crowd were looking at a bit of a fight back from our Michael, but another disastrous run of 6 points against him meant the second was lost 4/11 and he was two down. The third game again showed some great skill, fitness and court coverage, as had been evident all night, but little groups of points by the South African to a single point here and there from Michael was never going to stem the tide and with an 11/3 score The Knights Michael wrapped up the match 3-0.

All that remained now was for Daniel Harrison another junior to try to down The Knights Stefano Garas in the number 1 match. Daniel started confidently, level at 2 all and then in front at 5/3, then level again at 6 all, but Stefano reeled off 4 points before Daniel got his last and Stefano took the first game 11/7, to his relief. Daniel re-grouped in the rest period and again came out fighting in the second game, he was 2/1 behind but then following a stroke against Stefano he led 4/2, but the curse that was losing a run of points appeared and Stefano pulled away with 8 points on the trot, Daniel got another but that was it, 2 games down with a 5/11 reverse. Stefano meant business from the off in the third leading 3/0, and they then shared the next 5 points for Daniel to trail 3/5, before Stefano took the next three points to lead 8/5 and that was Daniels brave resistance broken, he did claim 2 late points in a defiant last effort but Stefano triumphed 11/5 and a good 3-0 victory. Daniels 17 points proved to be the clubs highest total "for", so that shows how hard a night it was.

So it wasn't to be for the Windscale team, but with all the youngsters making a great fist of it against an admittedly superior opposition, it was great to see the athleticism and dedication of these bi-ennial travelers appreciated by the partisan crowd, we look forward to the 28th tour in January 2017, get practising!

Windscale Juniors
Windscale Juniors L to R (back); Sam Nichol, Tim Outhwaite, (front) Thomas Bragg, Zac Singleton, Ashton Telford, Rebekah Hall, Dominic Mills, Ted Edge

SA Knights
SA Knights L to R, Kyle Maree, Michael Shean (Captain), Daniel Thomson, Stefano Garas, Charl Fourie

Windscale Team
Windscale Team, Chris Musson, Jackson Holliday, Brandon Groggins, Daniel Harrison, Michael Hetherington 

 All good mates
All good mates before the matches! Brandon 5, Jackson 4, Chris 3, Mike 2 and Dan 1 with Stefano 1, Michael Shean 2, Kyle Maree 3, Charl Fourie 4 and Daniel 5 


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