Match Report for 3/2/2004

Dragons 1st 4 V 1 Heswall 2nd (Home)

Dragons faced a stern challenge on Thursday from the awkward and frequently surprising, as well as vocally vociferous, gang of Heswall.

Off to a late start, Giles Cook wasted no time whatsoever in comprehensively disposing of the potential banana-skin, in the form of the unorthodox, but very skilful, Bob Mcgloughlin, playing dazzling squash from start to finish, 'the lad Giles' showed 'he's back' in recording a 3-0 win.

Chris van Wyk looked to be cruising at 2-0 up but began to 'misfire badly' in the third game against the super-fit Dave Beecham. Had that game 'gone west', I suspect Mr van Wyk would have 'gone even further west' with it, however drawing upon many, many, many years of squash experience, he scraped and bungled his way through to a 3-0 victory.

Next on the 'phenomenon' that is Philip Noble!! Where other commentators may have been less than generous in their reporting of this man's squash, this one has not a good word to say about him! Having not even dropped a game in the last four matches, the Dragons team were rubbing their hands in anticipation, and Philip did not disappoint, with a quality of squash rarely seen outside the professional game, he cruised to a 3-0 win over the hapless Richard Adams, with shots flashing to all corners from the Noble blade!

With the pressure now off Colin Elson strode on court and rolled back the years strolling to a 9-1, 9-1 lead against a bedazzled Brian Parker. However enter the old song about the wheels coming off the wagon and sooner than anyone knew, least of all Colin who obviously thought he had won 2-0, Mr Parker had turned things right around to record a rip-roaring 3-2 win.

Last on skipper Brian Meehan has obviously been paying close attention to the skills of Philip Noble and has taken on board many of his finer traits as was evidenced in the 3-0 pounding of Ged Clark, who, to be fair, had only just returned from skiing and felt 'like he was walking on the moon', but not with Sting or his chums!

A good win in the end to keep Dragons up with the leaders.

No 2nd team fixture

Dragons 3rd 4 V 1 Chesire Oaks 3rd (Home)

The eagerly awaited return match against Cheshire Oaks was all set.

First off was Mark Bryant playing Craig Young at no. 2. Oh dear! did no one tell Mark the match had started as he politely knocked the ball back to his opponent wherever he was standing. Enough to say the match was over in 3 straight games, but at least it freed up the court for the next match.

Ed was raring to go after a missed few weeks on the team due to business. No need for any discussions with the marker this week as Ed cruised to a 3-0 victory.

Young Steve was on next against Ray Boweri at 3. Steve came out the blocks at full speed and took the first game 9-7 with some well decent squash. He'd obviously set the pace too quick as he dropped the next 9-1. He recovered in the 3rd , but still lost out 10-9 in a great tie break tussle. Showing maturity beyond his youth he battled on to take the next 2 in great style and put Dragons 2-1 up.

John Partridge kept the pressure on the selectors with an easy 3-0 win at no.5

Last on Ian Kerrod was against Oaks's Paul Massey at no. 1. This was definitely a game of 2 halves with Paul leaving Ian looking like a real duffer in the first 2 games. Fortunately he ran out of steam and Ian motored on to 3-2 win and a great 4-1 win for the team



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