Monday 17th Sep, Day FOUR:
Doubles: Meads&Parke bt
Garner&Ryan 7/11, 11/9, 1/0
White bt Peter Nicol 11/9, 9/11, 11/9
Grand Final: David Palmer bt Jonathon
9/11, 14/12, 11/8, 11/7 (75m)
Palmer Powers Home in Legends Final
The tag line ‘Rivalries Never Die’ was never more appropriate
than in a combustible final between David Palmer and
former World Number Ones and World Champions, they went at each
other toe to toe trying to wrestle the ‘T’ and the initiative
from one another.
Palmer took the lead in the first, building up a solid 9/5 start
but some unforced errors allowed Power back into it and a final
one in to tin gave the Canadian first blood.
The action really heated up in the second as both players
stepped up court and the pressure on the referee as the match
deteriorated into a bit of a street fight. With neither player
prepared to back down and recognising the potential significance
of the game, the crowd were treated to an old school encounter
with both players trying to manoeuvre each other with the ball
and their bodies!
had chances to open up a two game lead but Palmer held his nerve
saving two game balls and eventually winning it on a Power ‘No
The third settled down a little as Palmer got a little bit of a
stranglehold and won it in relative comfort but Power wasn’t
He raised his game another notch to race to a 6/1 lead and it
looked as though a decider was on the cards, but Palmer steadied
the ship and charged to match ball in double quick time as Power
started to look like he was in some physical discomfort.
couple of trademark trick shots saved two match balls but after
75 minutes of enthralling squash it was Palmer who was crowned
Nine Telecom Legends Champion.
In an interesting twist of fate the two finalists will line up
against each other on the opening night of the Xodus Group
Aberdeen Legends on Friday.
Power will be looking for revenge, and the crowd will be looking
forward to another instalment in the rivalry.
Meads/Parke Combo Nick Doubles Win
Stephen Meads and Simon Parke won the sudden death point to seal
a win in the doubles that opened up the evenings entertainment
at the Nine Telecom Squash Legends at St. Georges Hill.
Derek Ryan & Tim Garner won the first, albeit in the midst of
some confusion with the referee having been told the play was to
15, while all four players were happy with 11!
The pace increased in the second with both teams looking to get
a win on the board, and after several mad cap rallies with the
ball firing between limbs and past heads it was the Parke/Meads
combination that edged it.
The one point shoot out was a cautious affair until event
organiser Garner had clearly seen enough and put the ball into
the top of the tin!
White hot for 3rd
John White was in his usual maverick form in the third/fourth
play-off with Peter Nicol.
Always being a bit of an entertainer it was the perfect stage
for White to display his full array of shots, normally played
with extreme force.
The first game was played in great spirits with both players
engaging with good humoured banter with referee Malcolm Whitely.
It was White who opened a first and decisive lead 8/4 and
despite Nicol throwing himself around the court to peg back the
deficit, White edged it 11/9.
The second was a role reversal, at least in terms of scoreline
with Nicol leading 9/3 and White getting back to 9-all before
losing out 9/11.
The decider was nip & tuck all the way and a 8/7 it was anyone’s
but it was White who set up first match balls.
Nicol save two but on the third attempt a straight volley kill
saw White close out the encounter in style.
Sunday 16th Sep, Day THREE:
Simon Parke bt Steve Meads
Derek Ryan bt Tim Garner
David Palmer bt John White
10/12, 11/7, 11/5
Jonathon Power bt Peter Nicol
Semi-finals day at St George's
Well, technically it's the final round of Pool play, but with
the 'big guns' of David Palmer, John White, Peter Nicol and
Jonathon Power all having a won-two-lost-none record,
tonight's final two matches are in effect the semi-finals, with
the winners progressing to Monday's Grand Final.
Palmer still unbeaten
Palmer maintained his unbeaten record on the Legends Squash
Tour with an action packed 2-1 win over long-time friend & rival
As expected it was a big hitting affair with both players
striking the ball fiercely to all corners of court much to the
delight of the crowd. White was on great form, not just with the
racket but also chatting to the referee, the crowd and indeed
Palmer kept his concentration early on but White managed to find
is range when game ball down saving two and then closing it out
at the first attempt as Palmer unusually clipped the tin with
backhand drop. However, he kept his cool at the start of the
second in the face of some ferocious ball striking from White
and somehow managed to keep a very hot bouncy ball under control
to win the game.
The third followed a similar pattern and although Palmer started
to look a little weary it was White who tired and towards the
end was forced to dive to try and stay in the rally, each time
causing a welcome rest as the court was cleaned.
Finally, after just under 50 minutes of swash buckling squash it
was Palmer who was the victor and the first name in Monday
Jonathon Power put in an imperious performance on Super
Sunday to put arch rival Peter Nicol to the sword and set up a
potentially explosive Monday night final with David Palmer.
The opening game was classic, with both players clearly enjoying
renewing their rivalry. Each trying to find ways to expose their
opponent using all the court-craft they could muster. Power is
certainly in the best shape he has been in for a couple of
years, and was moving quickly on to Nicol’s drops at the front
giving himself enough time to hold, flick and drive the ball
away from his opponent.
battled valiantly but could do little to halt the tide of
winners and it was the mercurial Canadian that took the first.
The second was a one-way rout, albeit played at high intensity
and with no quarter given. Power is never one to give away
points and he was merciless as he moved to 9/0 and it was only a
sidewall nick that got Nicol on the scoreboard at all!
A few rallies later and it was all over and a much awaited final
between the ’Marine’ Palmer and the ‘Maestro’ Power will now
have top billing on the Monday night.
Parke & Ryan Pick-up
Simon Parke & Derek Ryan picked up consolation wins in
Nine Telecom Legends with wins over wildcards Stephen Meads &
Tim Garner, respectively.
got the evening's entertainment under way with a straight games
win featuring the pairs trademark court coverage. Parke led 4/1
in the first, before Meads moved to 5-4, but another run of
points saw Parke home 11/6. The second followed a similar
pattern with runs of points being punctuated by some tough
rallies necessitating a few chats with the referee to get their
It looked to be all over as Parke moved to 10/5,but Meads was
far from done saving 3 match balls before falling a couple of
points short at 8/11.
Ireland's 208-capped Derek Ryan picked up his first win in the
other pool with a hard fought 2-0 win over Eventis' Tim Garner.
The lanky Irishman was always in control of the first game using
his reach to good effect to cut the ball off on the 'T'.
Clearly keen to pick up his maiden win in the event Garner came
back strongly in the second but could never pull ahead. They
were level at 6-6,7-7,8-8 and 9-9 with the rallies getting
increasingly tougher as both players strained for a potentially
decisive game win.
Eventually it was Garner's resistance that broke first with a
couple of tins giving the game and match to the Irishman.
some of the Sussex junior players who spent Saturday at St
George's Hill doing some training with the Legends, and then
they stayed on to watch the matches.
15-Sep, Day TWO:
John White bt Tim Garner 9/11, 11/8, 12/10
David Palmer bt Derek Ryan 11/8, 8/11, 11/4
White by a Whisker,
Palmer Pushes Through
John White survived a match-ball in his entertaining encounter
with Tim Garner, to be the first player to notch up two wins in
the Nine Telecom Legends. Starting with some blistering winners
in both front corners
got off to a fast start, but Garner put the brakes on to pull
level and eventually edge the first. White bounced back to draw
level, slotting three backhand returns of serve the last of
which rolled across the floor to the delight of the crowd.
The offensive continued in the third with White again pummelling
the front corners to open a 6/2 and then 9/6 lead. However,
Garner got a second wind and started to pull back it back, and
when a White forehand clipped the tin an upset looked on the
cards. However, White saved it with a stinging forehand volley
and wrapped up the win two ferocious backhands.
David Palmer set up a mouth-watering shoot out with White with a
hard fought victory over Derek Ryan. The Irishman fell behind by
a game and 3/5 before an run of 6 points took him to within
touching distance of the second, eventually closing it out at
the second attempt.
Ryan got the better start in the second, but couldn't pull away
and soon Palmer's strength and agility started to take over as a
pushed forwards and turned the screw to take the match 2/1.
The win means Palmer will now play White on Sunday in a match
that will decide who makes the Monday night final.
Peter Nicol bt
Simon Parke 11/8, 11/9
Jonathon Power bt Stephen Meads 11/8, 11/5
Power & Nicol Set Up Sunday Showdown
Peter Nicol and Jonathon Power set up a Sunday showdown with
impressive straight game victories in the later session at the
Nine Telecom Legends at St Georges Hill.
needed all his movement & guile to see off a s spirited
challenge from Simon Parke 2-0. Both games were tight all the
way to the wire with the former World Champion Nicol just ending
up on the right side off the score after some bruising rallies
that had both players twisting and turning, and somehow keeping
the ball in play.
There was rarely more than a couple of point between the two old
adversaries, with first Parke leading and then Nicol in the
first game before taking it 11/8. The second was even closer
with Parke holding on all the way before finished things off
with a deft backhand drop of Parke's despairing backwall boast.
Jonathon Power continued his impressive form with a tough 2-0
win over Stephen Meads. Power started a little slowly trailing
1/3 but soon got into his stride working Meads forwards and
backwards. AS is his style Meads made sure Power didn't have it
easy, forcing the mercurial Canadian to find better and better
shots to win rallies, even forcing an 'Oh my God how did you get
that!' from Power after one particular rally!
The second was more straight forward as Power pushed forward and
secured his spot in an effective 'semi' with Nicol on Sunday
evening. Tickets are still available from the club for what is
sure to be a great night of squash.
Earlier in the day the Legends had been on the court with
players from around the south-east including the Sussex Junior
Power poses with Nine Telecom's Mike Palmer as SquashPics grabs
the group shot
Tomorrow sees more high quality encounters, with tickets still
the club reception and on the door.
4.00pm: White v Garner
4.45pm: Palmer v Ryan
6.00pm: Nicol v Parke
6.45pm: Power v Meads
14-Sep: Day ONE
Peter Nicol (Eng) bt
Steve Meads (Eng)
John White (Aus) bt Derek Ryan (Irl)
11/7, 9/11, 11/7
Jon Power (Can) bt Simon Parke (Eng)
David Palmer (Aus) bt Tim Garner (Eng)
11/3, 9/11, 11/7
Nicol and White off to flying starts
Nicol got off to a solid start to his Nine Telecom campaign,
but not before Stephen Meads had shown his usual tenacity in
saving four match balls in the second.
Nicol came out of the blocks the faster moving the ball round
the court, and working Meads from corner to corner building up
an early lead and holding it close out the game to 10/6.
The second followed a similar pattern with Nicol opening up a
lead and holding it to 10/6. However, Meads stuck his chin in
determination and started to put Nicol under pressure with some
impressive retrieving and followed by accurate drops from the
back of the court.
Steadily he pegged things back and a tinned
back-hand drop from Nicol got Meads to parity.
A Nicol winner set up another match point, which again Meads
saved. However, the respite was short lived as two rallies later
it was Nicol who closed things out to get a first win on the
John White joined Nicol in the winners enclosure in his
usual swash buckling style edging past Irishman Derek Ryan in
three games. An entertaining first game was taken by the big
hitting Scot, but Irelands most capped squash player was
unperturbed and turned around a 7/9 deficit in the second to
level things up at one-apiece.
White came firing back racing to a 7/1 lead in the decider,
however, Ryan was not done stopping the rot and fighting his way
back to 4/7. The next few rallies ebbed and flowed, albeit at
high intensity and the sharing of the spoils gave White the
points to close out the match 2-1 ahead of the mid-session
Power's on, Palmer's up for it!
Jonathon Power put in an imperious performance to put
Ex-World no.4 Simon Parke to the sword in his opening
match at the Nine Telecom Squash Legends at St. Georges Hill.
Looking much leaner than a year earlier, when he was struggling
with injury, Power had Parke all over the CourtWall glass court.
Parke is know for his great engine, and he needed it as Power
worked him mercilessly in their pool match.
Despite his best efforts, Parke could do little to prevent Power
from winning in straight games and a big battle with big rival
on Sunday is looking like being an epic.
David Palmer also looked in good nick against Tim Garner
as he got off to winning start. Ex-World Champion Palmer only
retired from the PSA Tour last year and is still playing his
trademark high pressure squash.
Garner appeared to struggle with the pace early on, but started
to get into his stride having lost the first. Despite trailing
all the way in the second.
Like Ryan earlier Garner over-turned a 7/9 deficit in the
second, eventually winning the game with a full stretch volley,
which afterwards he admitted was the last shot he was playing
that game whatever had happened!
The effort seemed to have taken its toll as Palmer leapt to 5/0
but garner batted back to 4/6 before Palmer eased away to secure