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Teams for the 18th September 2014

Teams for the 18th September 2014 have been posted on the website.

To view the teams click here or go to the Squash Club website and select Team/selection.

Competition for places remains strong and players are reminded to maintain their availability on the website. Click here or go to the the Squash Club website and select Team/availability.

Furthermore you should record all your match results on the website to be awarded ranking points. (league is done automatically).

Posted by : Tony Hindley at 17:45:PM on Friday 12 September 2014
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Knutsford 4 v Bollington 3

With KSC3 not able to win in 2014 could KSC4 show 'em how it’s done- course we could,  don't get fooled by our bottom of the table position!

We started 2014 and the balcony looked impressed with a fit, athletic looking, post xmas primed KSC4. Peter got the show on the road against another promising youngster. Long rallies, with peter always in control, a steady 3 -0. 

Joe on next, looking nervous against a steady female player. He narrowly lost the first 10-9, hit her in the next (ouch) then battered her in the next 3!!

Neil on third and didnt quite match the fitness levels of Joe and Peter. Up with game point in the first, but huffed and puffed to a loss in 3.

Next Tony 'Gareth Ainsworth' Hindley who made himself available only after the side to buxton had been picked (obviously painful memories still of a snow white out blizzard with a minus 10 wind chill at 1am and a only a tight red mountain rescue coat to keep him warm!). Anyway the look alike Tony had to settle for playing for Bollington against our Will. 'Tony' still had the shots and took the first looking the classy player he is, but Will was chasing everything down and after a tight third to give Will a 2-1 lead, 'Tony' had nothimg left and Will sealed the KSC4 win. 

Last on skip, looking to match the fitness of the 3 KSC4 youngsters, as he huffed and puffed to an easy 3-0 win and in one game we had more points than KSC3 have got in 2 games in 2014!

To see score click here

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 19:54:PM on Sunday 19 January 2014
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Alderley Edge 5 v Knutsford 4

With the festive season on us, and no thirds game, would KSC4 get some Christmas cheer versus a usually weak Alderley 5. As the weather turned cold and wintery, KSC4 ageing muscles were starting to snap, so youth beckoned, and the skip put out a team with an average age of 28 overseen by granddad Dalton. 

On the mourn of the big day, scrooge Evans, with happy dreams of Christmas past yet nightmares of Christmas future, came knocking on the door, asking for more taxes and Father 'Skip'mas, appreciating the season of goodwill to all squash players, yielded young ‘tiny Will’. Father 'Skip'mas noted to himself,- he must mend Rudolph Walton's red nose- as all the thirds were lost in the foggy heights of first place, nowhere to be seen Thursday last!

To the games- didnt see them as early doors was tending the reindeer, and turned up near midnight to see if KSC4 had been good that night.

So here's half a page about me! Me at one, stuffed like an Christmas turkey, against a player usually in div 4 and yet to lose in div 5- not fair.

At 2 Peter, deservedly pushed up the order, against another div 4 player, this one yet to play in div 5- come on Alderley this ain't on. Peter was punished in the first to love as Dan bossed the T. Peter listened well and worked hard in the 2nd to move Dan off the T and get 2 confidence winning points on the score card. Third game and Peter told to be more patient and rally down the walls- he did just that, excelled and started to consistently win points, but alas, no present, and lost despite an 8-5 lead. Great test for Peter, each game better than the last, he's learning fast- well done.

At 3 Matt, against Tim, undefeated in div 5,vanquisher of Rich Holmes and pushed down the order by 2 div 4 players. Tough again and despite taking the first game, Tim dominated the next 3.

At 4 Joe, against another undefeated div 5 player- where had Alderley picked their team from ( oh yeah- there 4th team who had no game!). Match of the night here. Joe took the first and could have taken a 2 game lead losing the 2nd 10-8. At 2-1 down Joe kept at it, edged the 4th 9-8 as Mark went for broke, missed his chance and disappeared in the fifth- great scalp for Joe, first of many to come.

At 5 Geoff, looks like he struggled like the rest of the golden oldies in KSC4.

So begrudgingly mince pies in the end to Alderley 4! Santa please note, they were a bit naughty with their selection and don’t deserve any pressies this year.

Thanks to all those who supported KSC4 this half, especially those added last minute

Seasons greetings to all, Ian

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 20:09:PM on Thursday 5 December 2013
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Prestbury 5 v Knutsford 4

Another 40 pointer, bottom of the table clash, for KSC4 versus Prestbury- this time with mid table in sight for either side with a win.

First up Joe, moved up the order to 3, versus an experienced player Barry Jupp, much to Geoff’s relief, he’d avoided this banana skin. Joe started well and literally out hit Barry to take the first game. Mistake for Joe in the second because he listened to his skipper advice and started to play some sensible squash with drops and drives- unfortunately Barry reads the game well, punished Joe’s drop shots and took the next 2. Bit more pace from Joe in the fourth and he squared the match. The fifth and deciding game could have gone either way, but unfortunately Joe’s raw talent wasn’t enough against an experienced player who was now reading Joe’s game very well. Great effort and nice to see Joe holding his own against a player ranked much higher.

Gwyn on next and he played some of his best squash this season against a new player with plenty of running. Gwyn’s drops and drives were deadly and he edged the first 2 both to 6. Third game was a formality as Adam disintegrated and Gwyn took the game to love, well played

Meanwhile Nick was playing against another new player, brought in for the final game so they could be ‘eligible for 2nd half of the season’. Tom, can play a bit, but his lack of squash (and fitness) over the last 18 months showed as Nick cleverly moved the ball around and used Tom’s lack of legs to effectively take a good lead. Nervous finish for Nick as 8-3 up in the third he stpped dropping and Tom looked like he was going to sneak back in, but too much for him as his lungs burst, Nick took the game and match 3-1.

Geoff on at 4 and playing against another ‘new player’, Prestbury were certainly strong this week. The courts were fast and warm, Geoff’s opponent certainly had energy and legs, so Geoff’s normal game of drops was abandoned as he drove his way to a 2-1 game advantage and 5-1 lead in the fourth. Unfortunately Ben just had the edge, kept plugging away and took some close games to beat Geoff 3-2 and level the match on the night.

Last up the skip, looking for a win to take the bonus points but up against Gareth, higher ranked and certainly suited to the warm courts with his vicious forehand drives. The skip battled away, trying to keep it off Gareth’s forehand and use some subtlety to disrupt Gareths play. Unfortunately despite some advantages in some games the pressure could not be exerted consistently onGareth and he took the win, 3 close games without reply.

In the end 10-10 in games but bonus went to Prestbury, a much stronger side on paper than they had had all season, but a result which lifted both sides out of the bottom 2.

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 19:43:PM on Thursday 28 November 2013
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Knutsford 4 v Macc Leisure 2

With KSC4 rooted to the bottom of div 5, they faced a 40 pointer against Macc 2, but would Macc show up!

Well their first player didn't, easy win for Jacko, 6, 5 & 3.

Geoff next against a young up and coming player, but Geoff found the weakness, driving hard and low into the backhand corner and was quickly up a game and about to take the second 8-4 when he started to drop! Colm was quick, too quick for our Geoff, reached the drops and levelled at 1 each. Big reminder to Geoff, drive to the backhand! After a tight third game to set, Geoff romped home 3-1.

Third game and this was the one the balcony wanted to see. 25 yr age difference, would the skip handle the youth pressure and keep up with the long rallies ahead. Would home advantage count and could the skip teach his opponent a lesson. Course he couldn’t, he was playing Bader Khan, ex coach to the stars and master of the game who'd played on courts all over the world. First few points looked bleak for the skip as Bader killed the rallies quickly, the youthful skip's fitness advantage wasn't going to help here- the rallies weren't going to last more than 3 shots. Anyway the skip dropped his way to a 2 game lead, and Jacko's wonderful encouraging words of wisdom "watch Bader he'll take the next 3 easily" proved nearly true as Bader lost a 5 setter by 2 points- fantastic effort from a 69 year old and still a classy player.

Nick on next and the balcony stayed glued to their spots, looking forward to the visual feast of squash ahead, as Nick warmed up with 20 something year old Annika. Nick started strongly, Annika looked nervous, gave him a few strokes but was possibly overawed by Nick's experience. With Nick up one, Annika started to play, caressing the ball beautifully as her rhythm improved. Moving Nick into different positions he started to puff, and as she exerted more pressure Nick started to grunt (he did-  honest!). Annika took control as the sweat dripped from Nick's brow, she led 2-1. But this match was ready for another swing, Nick wasn't finished with Annika yet. He upped the stroke power, increased the speed and Annika wilted in front of him, as Nick pinned her down in the back corners. Nick looked relieved as his final shot won the game, but it had taken it out of him, he definitely looked a shade of grey.

Last up Joe, after Nick, not much to say about his game- graveyard shift for him as his opponent turned up late. This was a comfortable test for Joe, easy 3-0 win.

Overall good win 20-5- well played all

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 8:59:AM on Thursday 21 November 2013
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Knutsford 4 v Buxton

Tough game for KSC4 against promotion favourites Buxton and vanquishers of KSC3 18-6, notoriously strong in the top order- it was going to be a tough night.

First on the skipper at 4, playing against an ambidextrous player who drubbed the skipper 3-0 last year with a drop and lob game on a very cold Buxton court, a car crash of a game, this time would home advantage and a warm court suit the skip. First game was tight went all the way but edged 10-9 to KSC4, second game very similar, extremely tight as the balcony bit their nails, the skipper edged it 10-8. More of the same and with 2 match points at 8-6, Buxton pulled a game back 10-8- uh oh. But amazingly the skipper had more fitness than Steve and took the match 9-5, with the Buxton player looking very stiff several hours later in the bar, he’d pushed himself hard.

Next on Richard, against Howard, coming in to strengthen their team, a player who only lost one game last season and ranked top in div 5 stats- he had missed KSC3 a month earlier. Things looked really good for KSC4 as Richard played aggressive low hard drives and tight boasts to take the first 9-4. Howard came good in the second and levelled the tie. The next 2 were tight, but Howard was in control and closed out the match 9-7, 10-8.

Neil on next and didn’t have the fitness to keep up with Steve Hollick who several weeks earlier had taken the scalp of Mike Walton. Despite Neil’s boasts, lobs and drops, Steve always seemed to be there, difficult for Neil and easy win for Steve.

Geoff on next and had the game plan for an easy win- drive it long, wait for the blocked return and just drop to win the point- but the drops kept going down!!! Unlike Geoff and he made it hard work, but through his grit and determination he won in 5, levelling the tie on the night.

So last match, John Ward, making a comeback after 2 years, ranked highest on our team put in at 3, the skippers banker for a win and bonus 5 points, except he hadn’t accounted for Gary Bramwell, probably one of the best number 3’s in this division- ranked number 7 in the division, and who snuffed out Rich Holmes in 3 against KSC3. But had Gary played a player like John who just keeps getting the ball back?- probably. Tough start for John, and then half way through the first he held his thigh, tweaked a hamstring and didn’t win another point, but well done for finishing the game.

Valiant effort by all, thought Buxton would be strong to 3, but they were strong all the way down. If they keep their small squad fit they should push KSC3 all the way.

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 22:03:PM on Thursday 7 November 2013
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Knutsford 4 v Knutsford 3

The 3rds met the 4ths in the first local derby of the season.  The 3rds celebrated the occasion by being able to field the strongest team of the season.  O Hare making his first start of the season played 1, beating Jackson 3.0.  Cashmore beat Hopkins, 3.0.  Walton beat Dalton, 3.0.  There was an exhibition match when Joe Lasham put Cashmore through his paces before Pickering and McLeod took their respective illustrious opponents to 5.  Holmes and Smith were both lucky to edge the 5 setters and now must be looking over their shoulders at the emerging talent in the 4th team.  A good night all round and a 20-4 victory confirmed the 3rd team promotion credentials. The 4ths live to fight another day - picking up 4 valuable points and with Buxton next up will be hopeful of another bumper availability.

 For match scores click here

Posted by : Mike Walton at 8:35:AM on Thursday 31 October 2013
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Macc Leisure v Knutsford 4

 

KSC4 set out to a very cold Macc Leisure centre looking for their first win and the omens looked well given the Radbroke team sheet presented at 7.

 

First on Gwyn and Matt, playing on adjacent courts, but both players suffered mixed fortunes.

 

Didn’t see Matt’s game but he went one down, took the next 2 and then couldn’t close out the match, first blood to Radbroke.

 

Meanwhile Gwyn started better took the first easily despite a dangerous forehand drop from his opponent. Second game that forehand drop started to work better and better and with some lucky miss-hits the rubber was tied. Third game and Gwyn took a deserved 8-3 lead and then....., Gwyn found himself 2-1 down and 6-0 down in the fourth. Brief fight back, but it was too much too late as Radbroke took a 2-0 surprise lead.

 

Graham and skipper on next and so didn’t see Graham make short work of his inexperienced opponent- a 27-4 thumping- KSC back in the tie. Skipper was looking similarly in control despite a dropped second game (too much arguing with the marker over some awful decisions – sorry Matt, you were probably right on all decisions), the other games 2,3 and 0- comfortable.

 

So 2-2 all to play for and Richard Holmes, coming back to fitness from a summer back injury, called in after a late fitness test to strengthen at 1- let’s hope his warm up and stretches were thorough on this bitter cold night. No worries from Richard though and he played an exhibition game- 9-0, 9-2, 9-0 and I’m sure the 2 points dropped were charitable.

 

So with confidence up KSC4 are looking forward to their next game- KSC3 in 3 weeks (no game for 2 weeks team)

For match scores click Here

 

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 16:47:PM on Thursday 10 October 2013
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Bollington 3 v Knutsford 4

Game on,  the fab fourths started out, looking up at all the other teams above them in the league thanks to the handicap of a free week the week before. Alas we started out against a newly formed team of young gifted players, first up Gwyn, battling away by himself, alone, at an early 6.30 start, Bollie needing to be out of their leisure centre by 10. But Gwyn was going to stretch the night out, his team mates arriving to see him looking pretty knackered as the game went into a 5th. Youth told as Gwyn's energy levels sagged, first blood to Bollie. Much improving Peter at 5 against one of the better 5th string players, started with Peter going for too many winners on a warm court where the ball wouldn't die, saw him go 2 down, game plan change in the third, and as Peter kept driving long he got back into it, edged the third 10-8 and narrowly missed out in the fourth 10-9, shame as this time youth was with KSC4 and Peter looked good for the 5th and a first win.

Bill and Nick on next, both players out played, Bill by a player who just picked up a racket 3 wks earlier and already eyeing div 4 squash with Bollie2, nuff said. Last on the skip, started well against a student, playing his last game before return to uni (lucky KSC3), took the first, switched off in the second, fought hard in the next 2 but it wasn't to be.

So with Walton, like a bemused Moyes, bemoaning a tough start to the season, he’d better watch out for this Bollie side, young and inexperienced, but strong all the way down the line and yet to drop a game, these players are looking to get picked for 4th div squash and on this performance the champagne at the end of the season may be staying in SK10.

For match scores click here

Posted by : Ian Hopkins at 15:08:PM on Thursday 26 September 2013
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2013/14 Season Availability

The summer league has been a great success again so thanks to Guy, captains and other helpers for making it a fun evening and the final is next Thursday 22nd – it should be a good evening so even if you’re not playing come down and have a moan about the handicap system!

 

It was agreed at the AGM that the use of the availability system for team selection will be mandatory for the coming season. I cannot stress how valuable this system is in helping team selection throughout the season.

 

The start of the season has yet to be confirmed but we have all Thursday nights from September allocated to team squash – either NWCSL, friendlies or internal matches.

 

I need all of you to

  • E-mail me to let me know whether you wish to be considered for the NWCSL teams – the captains are – 1sts Glen Faulkner; 2nds Simon Whitaker, 3rds Mike Walton, 4ths Ian Hopkins
  • update the availability system as soon as it has been set up on the web site – which should be any day now I’m sure – no pressure John!!

This message will be posted on the web site but if I’ve missed anyone off please let me know.

 

Nigel

 

Posted by : Nigel Uttley at 21:41:PM on Friday 16 August 2013
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