Aberdeen Legends 2012 - Day ONE
Peter Nicol bt Dave Evans 2/1 (7/11, 11/7, 11/5)
John White bt Derek Ryan 2/0 (15/13, 11/9)
Jonathon Power bt David Palmer 2/0 (11/9 13/11)
Simon Parke bt Tim Garner 2/1 (11/3 3/11 11/7)
Power extracts a measure of revenge
In a repeat of last weeks St Georgeís Hill final, it was
Jonathon Power on this occasion who stole the headlines as he
reversed last weeks result and got the defense of his Aberdeen
title off to a flyer.
Third on court tonight, playing in front of a raucous Aberdeen
crowd, Power and Palmer put on display of squash worthy of any
final. The now leaner looking Canadian has a formidable record
in Aberdeen, unbeaten in fact following British Open Ď99 and
Legends í11 success, brought to the court his full artillery. A
quick start from Power saw him race to 4/1 and 7/4 leads. The
rallies were fast-paced, constructive and most of all
Palmer worked hard and a combination of winning lengths and
trademark volley drops saw him level up at 8/8. Powerís wand
soon came back to life though and a winner in the front left
corner that was so fast and complex that I canít even begin to
describe it, pulled him two clear at 10/8. An outrageous volley
nick from Palmer took him within one point, however a precision
forehand straight drop from mid-court from his opponent and it
was first blood to the Canadian.
Game 2 formed a similar pattern but it was Palmer in the
ascendancy this time as he drew clear from 2/2 to 6/2. A string
of points however from Power saw him leap to an 8/6 lead, with
the squash on display of the absolute highest standard. The
referee was being called into action a lot more at this point,
but in fairness to both players all was well above bored and
despite some involvement from the crowd, few could argue with
the decisions being made.
Palmer leveled to 8/8 and then grabbed a game ball at 10/9.
Power hit one of the most sensational winners Iíve ever, an
overhead behind the back backhand straight volley rolling drop.
Sensational. It spurred him on to a few more inspirational
rallies and the magician closed the match out 13/11 to end The
Marines 100% legends record.
Early in the evening the crowd welcomed first of all to the
court Welshman Dave Evans and local hero Peter Nicol. Nicol
endured a tough Aberdeen Legends debut last year finishing the
tournament without a win, tough for any local to take but
especially one with Nicolís pride.
Things started badly too as Evans imposed himself around the
court to open a 1 game lead courtesy of some beautiful squash.
Whether it was the work Evans had put into winning the first
game or Nicol loosening off, or perhaps a combination of the
two, The Boss took control of the T, turned retrieving into
attacking and 15 minutes late the match was his much to the
delight (and relief) of the home crowd.
and so does White ...
The match that followed saw adopted Scotsman John White put on a
real show against last yearís runner-up Derek Ryan. The Aberdeen
crowd had gone 8 years without seeing White in action and based
on the performance tonight they will be making the most of every
minute he spends on court this weekend. It was however Ryan who
started the brighter of the two, racing to a 5/1 lead.
White soon turned on the magic though and a serious of well
directed slashes of the racket saw him surge ahead and
eventually take the game 15/13. Despite all his efforts and
fight Ryan simply could not stem the slow of winners coming from
the racket of White and an 11/9 scoreline saw White close out
the match 2/0.
Final match of the evening saw adopted local lad Simon Parke
take on Aberdeen regular Tim Garner. Parke came out the blocks
the faster of the two and despite some resistance from his
opponent he took the game 11/3 in quick time. A complete
reversal saw Garner dominate proceedings and again in quick time
the game was over 11/3 and we were tied at 1/1.
A joint push from himself and his Aberdeen crowd saw Parke start
the deciding game in better fashion. Now constructing the
rallies with more purpose the Yorkshire player built and
maintained a 3 point gap to close out the match 2/1.
A thoroughly enjoyable start to the event. All 8 players
showcased some hugely impressive and entertaining squash and the
Aberdeen crowd will come back in their masses tomorrow eagerly
anticipating more of the same.
|Aberdeen Legends 2012, 23-25 Sep
Legends Head back North...
The second edition of Legends of Squash at Aberdeen will
take place, under the new ownership of title sponsor Xodus
a hugely successful event last year, 5 of the cast from last
year will be joined by 3 others all looking to play the starring
role. The event this year takes up Gold status following a
substantial investment from oil giants Xodus Group from
CEO Colin Manson is now a very keen player and the
prospect of bringing back such legends to his Club was one he
simply couldn't turn down, "Since coming back to playing this
game only a couple of years ago I've enjoyed some great
experiences. Last year the Club and sponsor (Mr Chips) put on a
great show and I felt this burning desire to take it to the next
We've increased the number of Legends from 6 to 8 and so each of
the four sessions will see all 8 in action. For the spectators,
this is fantastic.
We are delighted also that the Legends will again be carrying
out a series of clinics, especially with the juniors from
the Club and surrounding area. This is a key focus for Xodus
Group and I'm sure Peter and his team will make it a memorable
experience for all."
draw, announced only last week, is truly mouthwatering. In the
first session on Friday evening, old rivalries will commence
where they left off on Monday at St George's Hill with defending
champion Jonathon Power looking to take revenge on
David Palmer in a repeat of the 9Telecom final.
Hard hitting entertainer John White will make a return to
Aberdeen after a 9 year absence, and will take on last years
beaten finalist Derek Ryan. Also on Friday evening,
former British Open champion Dave Evans will be thrown
right in at the deep end in his Aberdeen debut against the one
and only Peter Nicol.
The highlight of the Saturday afternoon session is undoubtedly
adopted Aberdeen professional Simon Parke taking on
Palmer. Parkey is a massive favourite with the Aberdeen crowd
and will call on all their support in an attempt to break the
undefeated reign of the younger Australian.
Another match the spectators will be looking forward to is a
repeat of last years group match between Tim Garner and
the aforementioned Canadian. Garner was unlucky not to sneak
that match after putting in a stellar performance.
Saturday PM session is what everyone at the Club is talking
Looking boy and home favourite Peter Nicol, if going to plan,
should have two wins in his back pocket and a match against
Whitey will no doubt yield an abundance of nick hitting,
retrieving and entertainment on the whole.
The winner of this is likely to make the final. "Fresh" from
battle earlier in the day, Parkey will have it all to do again
as he takes on the Canadian magician in what promises to be
another fantastic match.
Club address: Aberdeen Squash &
Racketball Club, Cranford Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7ND
GROUP A -
David Palmer, Jonathon Power, Simon Parke, Tim Garner
GROUP B -
Peter Nicol, John White, Derek Ryan, Dave Evans
Aberdeen Legends 2011