Black & White RC Worms bt Paderborner SC 2/2
(Worms win 8-7 on games countback)
Nick Matthew bt James Willstrop 11-6, 11-4, 11-9 (49m)
Jens Schoor lost to Simon Rosner 9-11, 6-11, 11-6, ret. (52m)
Andre Haschker lost to Raphael Kandra 12-10, 8-11, 1-11, 5-11 (55m)
Tim Weber bt Norman Junge 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 (74m)
Jens Schoor Clinches Dramatic
Bundesliga Title For Worms
one of the most dramatic finishes in the event's
34-year-history, Black & White RC Worms beat title-holders
Paderborner SC in today's fotobuch.de Squash Bundesliga
final in Germany - German number three Jens Schoor snatching
a vital game in the decider against Paderborner's top-ranked
national Simon Rosner to give Worms an 8-7 victory on games
countback at the Pink Power Squash Centre in Boeblingen.
It took 74 long and hard-fought minutes for Worms to take
the early lead when the team's revitalised No4 Tim Weber
beat Paderborn opponent Norman Junge 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9.
German No2 Raphael Kandra was expected to level the tie
against national team-mate Andre Haschker - but the Worms
No3 thrilled his team by taking the opening game after a
the opening skirmish out of the way, Kandra then took
control of the match to win 10-12, 11-8 11-1, 11-5 for
Paderborner and leave the score poised at one-all in matches
and four-all in games.
Then the teams' top strings took to the court - and the
packed crowd was treated to squash excellence of the highest
quality between Englishmen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop,
ranked two and four, respectively, in the world.
in his second season for Worms, was in devastating form.
Despite boasting an unbeaten PSA Tour record against his
rival stretching back to 2007, Matthew lost to Willstrop at
the same stage of this event 12 months ago.
Firmly putting memories of this behind him, Matthew took the
first two games 11-6, 11-4 and built up a 7-0 lead in the
Willstrop was not ready to lie down, however, and pulled
back the deficit to nine-all. But Matthew maintained the
pressure to close out the match 11-9.
The straight games win, however, left Paderborn needing to
win the decider 3/0 - not only to retain the trophy, but to
claim the title for a record tenth time.
the seven-time German national champion who has represented
Paderborn in every Bundesliga final since 2006, survived two
close first games against Schoor as the packed crowd became
increasingly animated as the climax approached.
Spurred on by the Worms section of the crowd, underdog
Schoor raced to a 4/0 lead in the third. Rosner pulled back
to draw level - but again Schoor dug deep and reeled off
five points in a row before Rosner was able to reply.
reduced the deficit by a further point, but a winner from
Schoor gave him the all-important game-ball - and a no let
decision against Rosner that followed clinched the winner
"This is our third title and our second German one," said
Worms team manager Michael Zehe after the joyous festivities
died down. "But what makes it really special is that we won
it by beating our great German rivals Paderborn - something
which we haven't done before.
"There were very close matches - and there was a lot of
pressure on Nick to win 3/0.
"And Jens played really well too. In the past he has been
very defensive but today he was much more confident in his
game. But it was tough for Simon too.
the Worms supporters made a lot of noise!"
The outcome was clearly a blow for Rosner who has enjoyed
such a distinguished career, not only for his home club
Paderborn but also for the German national team.
"But Paderborn can't win everything," said the despondent
German number one later.
"I had to be really focussed in that match - and it's tough
to cope with the pressure.
he deserved to win - he played really well and that's the
most important point in the end."
Event promoter Peter Schmidl was delighted with the two-day
event: "We had good drama, a good final, a good crowd and a
"And we had PSA SquashTV streaming all the action to squash
enthusiast all over the world.
"The people who came were happy, and I was happy!"
Paderborner bt Sport-Insel Stuttgart 3/1
James Willstrop lost to Gregory Gaultier 5-11, 11-7,
7-11, 6-11 (61m)
Simon Rosner bt Moritz Dahmen 11-2, 11-1 (21m)
Raphael Kandra bt Valentin Rapp 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (31m)
Norman Junge bt Ben Petzoldt 12-10, 12-10, 11-3 (48m)
Black & White Worms bt Squash Inn Hamborn 3/1
Nick Matthew bt Daryl Selby 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (53m)
Jens Schoor bt Rudi Rohrmuller 13-11, 4-11, 11-9 (41m)
Andre Haschker lost to Stefan Leifels 8-11, 15-13, 12-10,
10-12, 9-11 (96m)
Tim Weber bt David Kandra 11-6, 11-5, 11-1 (23m)
Champions Paderborner To Face
Black & White Worms In Bundesliga Final
Defending champions Paderborner SC will be aiming for a
record tenth title when they face German rivals Black &
White Worms in Sunday's fotobuch.de Squash Bundesliga final
at the Pink Power Squash Centre in Boeblingen for the second
year in a row.
defeated home team Sport-Insel Stuttgart 3/1 in the first
semi-final to celebrate their 13th appearance in the final -
and later Worms beat Squash Inn Hamborn, also by a 3/1
margin, to earn their third successive appearance in the
Powerful performances by fourth and third strings Norman
Junge and Raphael Kandra gave Paderborner the perfect start
to their campaign. Junge, the 23-year-old German No7, beat
Ben Petzoldt 12-10, 12-10, 11-3 before the national No2
Kandra despatched Valentin Rapp 11-6, 11-4, 11-4.
battle between the third and fourth best players in the
world then produced a fightback for Stuttgart when Frenchman
Gregory Gaultier, the world No3, beat James Willstrop 11-5,
7-11, 11-7, 11-6. But the Englishman's second-game win in
the 61-minute match was enough to guarantee Paderborner's
place in the final.
However, Paderborn star Simon Rosner, the German number one
who has been a central figure in the club's Bundesliga
campaign since 2006, crushed Stuttgart's No2 Moritz Dahmen
11-2, 11-1 in the best-of-three 'dead rubber' to finish the
tie on a high.
very superstitious, I'm very happy to be in the final for
the 13th time," said the Paderborn club team manager Norman
Farthing. "Especially considering the state of our team
about a week ago after Simon was forced to withdraw from a
PSA event in Switzerland and we had injury problems with two
other members of our squad.
"I was glad that Simon did so well in the Grand Slam Cup in
Frankfurt earlier in the week as it did his confidence a
power of good.
"But if we play Worms in the final - which is what I expect
- we will have a tough job. They are a strong team and I
think it will go down to the wire."
Peter Schmidl, manager of the Stuttgart team, said: "I was
confident that Greg would win but I was disappointed by the
performance of the other members of my team. I had hoped for
more from them."
Worms went one up in the second semi when talented
left-hander Tim Weber defeated David Kandra 11-6, 11-5,
a marathon battle followed, in which veteran Stefan Leifels,
a 40-year-old former German champion, rolled back the years
to beat current German international Andre Haschker 11-8,
13-15, 10-12, 12-10, 11-9 in 96 minutes to bring Squash Inn
Hamborn back into contention.
underdogs' dream was short-lived, however, as Nick Matthew -
the world No2 from England making his season debut for Worms
- beat national team-mate Daryl Selby 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 to
ensure his team's third successive place in the final.
A long-drawn-out best-of-three dead rubber rounded off the
long day when Jens Schoor beat Rudi Rohrmuller 13-11, 4-11,
the recent World O35 Masters runner-up, was understandably
delighted with his earlier performance: "I was really
pleased with this result as, with my work and family
commitments, I don't have the chance to train like I used to
- so I'm not as fit as guys who are playing full-time. So
under the circumstances, it's probably one of my best ever
"But this is probably my last appearance in the premier
division of the Bundesliga as the demands are becoming too
difficult to manage alongside my other commitments. I hope I
will be able to find a team in the second division to play
with, which will cut down the travelling."
Worms team manager Michael Zehe was pleased to be back in
the final again: "Stefan played a clever game to win today,
but I am not worried as the pressure will be off Andre
tomorrow when he plays Kandra.
"It's a very important meeting with our big rivals Paderborn
tomorrow though - especially as it will give Nick an
important second match for us this season, which will enable
him to play for us in the next European Club Championships.
"We will need to win at four - and we will need to win at
The European Leagues
season is coming to an end, and one of the most popular ones
with the players and the fans is Germany's Bundesliga.
The finals take place over two days with semi-finals plus
the final, with many of the world's top players representing
their German teams, including Nick Matthew (ENG, WR#2
Worms), Greg Gaultier (FRA, WR#4 Stuttgart), James
Willstrop (ENG, WR#3 Paderborn), Laurens Jan Anjema
(NED, WR#13, Hambornn), not to mentionGerman's own
Simon Roesner, who has now climbed to number 12 in the
The action takes place at the 12-court squash centre in
Boblingen, and will be covered live by SquashTV.
Semi-Finals, Fri 10th from 15.00:
Paderborn v Stuttgart
are one of the powerhouses of German and European Squash,
with nine Bundesliga and nine European Club titles safely
tucked away in their trophy cabinet. They start strong
favourites against Stuttgart, who will be able to count on
"We don't want a free weekend," says Paderborn's Andreas
Preising, "and we're desperate for that tenth title."
Stuttgart manager Arno Limmeroth accepts the underdog role,
and sees Paderborn as favourites to take the title. However,
after a good training camp with Shawn Mohham and the team in
Prague, he's not counting out an upset:
"The key games for us are in positions 1 [where he has
Gaultier to call on] and 4 A victory in the first game is
vital, and if we can do that then an exciting match could
Worms v Hamborn
repeat of last year's final, this could be Hamborn's last
match as they aren't entering a team next year. Worms
manager Michael Zehe, who decided no special team
preparations were necessary, sounds pretty confident:
"I think we have a good chance against Hamborn and if all
the players stay healthy, then there should be a final
against Paderborn," said the manager of the defending
champions and reigning European Club Champions.
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Photos by Jordan Mansfield