Daily reports and updates from the ECC Squash
Wed 3rd,Day ONE
It was to be a busy day at
Nottingham with no less than 16 pool matches to play
on four courts from 9am to late.
At the end of play a lot of playoff places have been decided,
but there's still lot to play for.
Match of the Day: Mulhouse v Newlands
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1. Worms held in opening encounter
2014 edition of the Euro Club Champs kicked off with the top
seeds and 2013 finalists Worms and Paderborn in
Paderborn opened up with a comfortable enough 4-0 win over
Helsinki, while Worms were held to a 2-2 draw by
Nottingham. Ollie Holland and Mark Fuller took the 3rd and
4th strings for Nottingham, but 3-0 wins at the top for Nick
Matthew and Greg Marche leave the German team still favourites
to top the pool.
Colets and Mulhouse,
third and fourth seeds, opened their accounts with 4-0 wins in
pools C and D.
2. Women's under way
In the opening round of women's matches Mulhouse and
Newlands both recorded resounding 3-0 wins, Pontecraft
bounced back from losing the first to beat Espoo 2-1, and
Malaka did the same to beat Fitzwilliam.
3. Top four seeds top groups
Paderborn continued their winning streak in the 15.00
matches with a 4-0 win over Middlegate and Worms picked
up the pace as they beat Fitzilliam by the same score, putting
the two German teams firmly at the top of their groups and into
Mulhouse and Colets
both won 4-0 to top their groups, Colets quickly despatching
Harsrsfjord, but Mulhouse had to fight back from 0-2, 0-2 in the
first pair of matches, Joan Lezaud and Mathieu Castagnet both
4. Espoo upset the applecart
The final batch of matches saw all
the women's teams in action again, with Mulhouse,
Pontefract and Newlands all winning again to put
themselves through to the semis.
The drama came in Pool B where Espoo delighted themselves
and the Finnish support as they beat Malaka to put themselves in
with a great chance of making the semis.
MA: Worms 2-2 Nottingham (9-6)
MB: Paderborn 4-0 Helsinki
MC: Colets 4-0 Vaduz
MD: Mulhouse 4-0 Kahuna
WA: Mulhouse 3-0 Nottingham
WA: Pontefract 2-1 Meersquash
WB: Newlands 3-0 Espoo
WB: Fitzwilliam 2-1 Malaka
MA: Worms 4-0 Fitzwilliam
MB: Paderborn 4-0 Middlegate
MC: Colets 4-0 Harsrsfjord
MD: Mulhouse 4-0 Newlands
WA: Mulhouse 3-0 Meersquash
WA: Pontefract 3-0 Nottingham
WB: Newlands 2-1 Fitzwilliam
WB: Malaka 1-2 Espoo
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Match of the Day
MY TREAT: WATCHING MULHOUSE PLAY
Yes. Some people go to the SeaSide to have fun. Some go to a
nightclub and get sloshed. Some sleep their head off. And
some just go and watch a squash match.
fact that Thierry Lincou was playing is, I have to confess,
the main reason I chose that encounter between French
Mulhouse (Castagnet/Lincou/Parke/Lezaud) against
Scotland's Newlands (Lobban/Ford/Bell/Donelan).
The order of play meant Mathieu Castagnet and Joan
Lezaud were first one against Greg Lobban and
Paul Bell respectively. Mathieu has been a bit under the
weather recently, wrist troubles, out of match fitness and
more important, out of mental confidence in himself (which
has always been his main trouble).
didn’t play at all for the three weeks before HK, I arrived
there, played only one match against Dessouki, and that the
only match I’ve played in three weeks! The wrist is playing
on my mind, and today, Greg was playing superbly. He took
his chances, and I really had to dig in deep to win.”
said the French number 1.
I arrived as Scotland was basically 2/0 up on the two
courts! And Thierry Jung, Mulhouse manager and squash
passionate – look in the dictionary, and under Squash Fan,
you’ll find his name – was basically of all the 50 shades of
Green. “That’s no good” I said to him. “That’s not good AT
ALL” he mumbled.
others that weren’t that happy about the situation were Old
Guard Simon Parke former world number 3 and Thierry
Lincou, former World Number one and World Champion. “No
pressure” I smiled. “Better try and move our butts then….” I
heard Thierry say to Simon. Yes, you’d better….
But as squash is never over until it’s over – as Jenny
Duncalf mentioned on SquashTV after her defeat against
Camille – the two Frenchmen turned the tables round: Joan a
bit helped by Paul being a bit short physically, and Mathieu
giving everything to finally come back and win 11/9 in the
5th, 73m! Simon quickly closed his match, 20m, 4, 4, 5.
I watch my first/only match of the day: young Tom Ford
against Old Timer Thierry Lincou. “It was an amazing
experience” smile a bit rosy on the cheeks Tom after the
encounter. And it was a lovely match to watch.
Thierry played a good solid first match of his Nottingham
trip/first appearance for Mulhouse in the ECC. He felt good
physically, but a bit short breathing wise he told me. He
only arrived yesterday from Boston, and flight/jetlag was
not that easy on his old bones…
so enjoy watching the Guv move on the court. At nearly 40,
Titi is still a superb mover, and as Ramy used to say “he
makes you believe he owes the court”. And I absolutely adore
young Tom Ford. There is not one inch of nastiness in the
He has got a clear, accurate game, that he tried to change a
bit today – he’s been playing a lot with Marwan (!) playing
faster and hitting harder. It could have been a good idea to
try twist and turn the Frenchman if he had backed it up with
his normal length game. But he played a bit too short too
early, and Thierry just counterdropped him far too easily.
some superb rallies, fast pace, lovely cat/mouse squash.
“I’m really happy with the way I played for my first game”
said Thierry. “A perfect first match, I was right not to
underestimate this young talented player. Now, I can only
hope I’m going to play better and better, to try and deliver
the crucial points when I’ll be needing to”.
A good intense/suspense encounter that ends up with a 4/0
victory. Trust me, from 2/0 down on two courts, that didn’t
look the logical ending…