Paderborner 3-1 Black & White Worms
Borja Golan 0-3 Nick Matthew
5-11, 7-11, 4-11 (38m)
Simon Rösner 3-0 Jens Schoor
11-1, 11-9, 11-5 (44m)
Raphael Kandra 3-0 Tim Weber
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (30m)
Lennart Osthoff 3-2 Andre Haschker 10-12, 14-12, 11-9, 8-11,
Record Tenth Bundesliga Title
Paderborner SC triumphed
3/1 over defending champions Black & White RC Worms in today's
final of the fotobuch.de Squash Bundesliga to avenge their
defeat in last year's final and celebrate a record tenth title
at Pink Power in Böblingen, near Stuttgart, in Germany.
It was a sensational climax to the season for the Westphalian
club which won the prestigious Bundesliga trophy for the first
time in 1999 and this year was marking a record 16th appearance
in the final.
Paderborn stormed into the lead after Lennart Osthoff won the
opening fourth string clash against Andre Haschker - beating the
higher-ranked German for only the second time in his career.
But the 26-year-old underdog, the German No8, needed 92 minutes
to survive a see-saw battle with Haschker, ultimately prevailing
10-12, 14-12, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 over the 31-year-old sixth-ranked
"I must have played him more than ten times, but this is only
the second time I've ever beaten him," said Osthoff (pictured
above). "And it's the perfect time!
"That was a massive game for me - I wanted to go on court and
give the team a good lead. No-one expected me to win, so that
made it even better!"
A 30-minute battle between two left-handers saw Paderborn
stretch their lead when the country's number two Raphael Kandra
defeated promising 26-year-old Tim Weber 11-7, 11-4, 11-5.
The teams' big guns followed - with Worms playing their trump
card in world No2 Nick Matthew, the world champion from England,
and Paderborn introducing their fresh top string Borja Golan,
the world No7 from Spain who was rested for the previous day's
Matthew is enjoying a good week in Germany with two wins over
France's world No1 Gregory Gaultier and one over Egypt's former
world No1 Ramy Ashour.
And the Englishman extended his winning streak on the eve of
next week's British Open by despatching Golan 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
to reduce the deficit for his club.
"I'm just happy for the team that I've kept the final alive - at
least I've made it interesting," said Matthew after his
38-minute victory. "I've done all I could do."
The packed Pink Power crowd prepared for the final showdown - in
which the country's top star Simon Rösner, the world No12
representing Paderborn, took on national rival Jens Schoor, the
Rösner (pictured above) set off at a blistering pace, dropping
just s ingle point in the opening game - and, after a
close-fought second, thrilled the Paderborn bench when he
defeated Schoor 11-1, 11-9, 11-5 in 44 minutes to reclaim the
title for his club.
"I'm really happy - and relieved," said the 26-year-old who has
been a central figure in the club's Bundesliga campaign for the
past nine seasons.
"It's always tough against Jens - he can really come out firing
and sneak in a couple of points early in a game and put you
under pressure. I'm just glad to get past him.
"But it's been an amazing team effort this year - and Lennie was
unbelievable. He really deserved that win - we all knew he could
"But we are a very special team - and we have to thank all those
that work behind the scenes, particularly Norman (Farthing) and
Andreas (Preisling). Our team is so well-run and
Norman Farthing, the Paderborn team manager, agreed with
Rösner's assessment of Osthoff's contribution: "I think Lennie
played the best game of squash I've ever seen him play."
Club President Andreas Preisling was delighted with his team's
achievement: "At the moment I have a feeling of pride - you
remember winning the first title in 1999 and since then further
wins and further times as runner-up.
"But we were so much looking forward to winning a tenth title,
and getting revenge for last year," said Preisling (pictured
above, far left, celebrating with his team).
"It really is an honour to be President of this club and this
Bundesliga images courtesy of Jordan Mansfield
Paderborner 4-0 Königsbrunn
Simon Rösner 3-1 Mathieu Castagnet
8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 13-11 (80m)
Chris Simpson 2-0 Patrick Scherer
11-6, 11-6 (11m)
Raphael Kandra 3-0 Simon Vaclahovsky
11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (41m)
Lennart Osthoff 3-0 Florian Muhlberger
11-8, 11-5, 11-3 (22m)
Black & White Worms
4-0 Sport-Insel Stuttgart
3-0 Gregory Gaultier
11-8, 11-2, 11-8 (38m)
Jens Schoor 2-0 Moritz Dahmen
11-4, 11-7 (14m)
Tim Weber 3-2 Valentin Rapp
12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 (72m)
3-1 Ben Petzoldt 7-11,
11-4, 11-8, 11-6 (58m)
Worms & Paderborn To
Third Successive Bundesliga Final
Defending champions Black & White
RC Worms and former champions Paderborner SC will contest the
third successive fotobuch.de Squash Bundesliga final after
comfortable semi-final wins at Pink Power in Böblingen, near
Stuttgart, today in Germany.
Paderborn, winners of the title a record nine times since 1999,
defeated finals newcomers Königsbrunner SC 4/0, while in the
second semi-final title-holders Worms despatched home favourites
Sport-Insel Stuttgart, champions in 2006, by the same margin.
Appropriately, it was German number one Simon Rösner who
clinched Paderborn a record 16th appearance in the final when he
beat French rival Mathieu Castagnet.
The 26-year-old has been a central figure in the club's
Bundesliga campaign for the past nine seasons - during which
time the team has only once failed to reach the final.
But the Paderborn star, ranked 12 in the world, was given a
tough time by Castagnet, ranked 11 places lower. The French
underdog took the opening game and forced the fourth into a
But Rosner held his nerve to close out the match 8-11, 11-6,
11-8, 13-11 in 80 minutes.
"He's one of the biggest fighters in the game - he gets so much
back," said Rosner (pictured above) of his opponent later.
"I've been living in Paderborn for the last ten years now - it's
like a family. It's not just a team I play for, it's much more
Memories of last year's final still hurt: Rosner played the
decider in which he had to win 3/0 in order for Paderborn to
retain the trophy. But, leading 2/0, he dropped the third to
lower-ranked compatriot Jens Schoor - causing the match to be
abandoned as arch rivals Worms celebrated victory.
"I'm looking forward to tomorrow now and really want to get the
trophy back. We were very disappointed last year," continued the
eight-time German champion
"For the last three years I've had to win 3/0 and could not
afford to lose a game. What's a game! It seems so irrelevant
when the match is the important thing.
"I just hope my team will be able to win a few more games
tomorrow to take that pressure off!"
Earlier Paderborn fourth string Lennart Osthoff, the German No8,
put the former champions into the lead with an 11-8, 11-5, 11-3
win over Florian Muhlberger - before second-ranked compatriot
Raphael Kandra extended the lead by beating Simon Vaclahovsky
11-4, 11-4, 11-6.
England's Chris Simpson followed team-mate Rosner's win by
beating 33-year-old Patrick Scherer 11-6, 11-6 in an 11-minute
best-of-three dead rubber to give Paderborn a 4/0 victory.
The match the packed Pink Power crowd most wanted to witness was
the top string clash in the second semi-final. Nick Matthew, the
world No2 from England, faced world No1 Gregory Gaultier, the
host club's top string from France.
The Englishman was in sparkling form, defeating Gaultier for the
second time in three days, 11-8, 11-2, 11-8 in 38 minutes.
Matthew is competing in his third event this week (the second in
Germany) in advance of the British Open - one of the most
prestigious championships on the international circuit - back on
home soil next week.
"People have said 'how can you do this - it's not your usual
preparation'," said the three-time world champion (pictured
above). "But for me, it's just a state of mind.
"You just try and get the most out of it for next week - you
forget what your opponent's strengths are and just get on and
play your game.
"I've played Greg so many times, so it's been nice tonight to
get the tactics out of the way and just play to your strengths.
"The difference today was probably that I was giving it 100% -
which was helped by the fact that we were already 2/0 up - while
Greg was probably thinking about the long drive he has tonight
back to Prague.
"I got a lot out of the match - and I hope he got something too.
"In a situation like this, you either commit or not - and I
certainly feel I have committed to everything I've done this
"As I said, it's not my usual preparation - but who's to say my
'usual preparation' is the right preparation!"
Matthew's victory followed Worms' wins by Andre Haschker and Tim
Weber - German No6 Haschker overcoming 12th-ranked Ben Petzoldt
7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6, and Weber, the country's No5, avenging a
shock defeat by Valentin Rapp earlier in the season to beat the
German No10 12-10, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 in 72 minutes.
"It was very important for me to win this time as last time I
lost 3/2," said left-hander Weber (pictured above).
"I felt good at the beginning of the match when I led 5-0, but
then I let him get back. He plays on this court every day - it's
his home club - so he had that advantage."
After Matthew's success, team-mate Jens Schoor, the German No2,
defeated Stuttgart's Moritz Dahmen 11-4, 11-7 in a best-of-three
encounter to give Worms maximum points.
Bundesliga images courtesy of Jordan Mansfield