Oh So Close…
25th Jan 2016
The signs are good…
Our Premier League team took on Pontefract 2 this week and only just missed out.
Chapel A: 2 Pontefract 2: 3
Match Report by Captain Simon Parke
This was a top class junior match between our own Ben Merchant (16) and Pontefract’s newly crowned British U13 Champion Sam Todd. Ben started at a high pace using his extra strength and power to full advantage and not allowing Todd any time on the ball. Todd showed glimpses of his class but Ben was hitting the ball too crisply and too early taking the match in three.
In the battle of the ginger nuts our own Ross Williamson stepped up from the 2nds to take on Malaysian National Coach Andrew Cross, who was at Chapel A just days ago with his fantastic junior team. It was nip and tuck for a while with Ross’s power hitting and Andrew’s experience and guile as they found themselves at 1 all. There was very little age, speed or strength difference between the two but it was Andrew’s slightly superior court craft that won the day as Ross tired and Cross took the match in four.
Talking of age difference, 18 year old English junior No1 Patrick Rooney has 25 years on club coach/team manager Simon Parke. But it didn’t show in the first game as Parke got off to a flying start taking it comfortably. Parke was moving better than in previous matches but was aided by some uncharacteristic unforced errors from the Rooney racket. It was pretty close with some exciting rallies, Parke going short more than normal and but Rooney managing to squeeze a 2-1 lead. Another bad game from Rooney in the fourth though gave the old man a sniff for the fifth. Rooney though, got his head together and played a flawless fifth to take the match 3-2.
Old friend of the club Eddie Charlton returned to his hunting ground but he had a tricky challenge against Malaysian Junior No1 Ng Eain Yow (or Yow for short!). Still only 17, Yow has won all the British junior open titles apart from the u19s where he came 3rd this year. Eddie was aware of the danger and played a very cagey and experienced style to try to occasionally wrong foot this talented youngster. It worked at times but Yow is a great mover and pretty gutsy and stuck in all the way to a deciding 5th game and tiebreak. It was 11 all and Yow hit an unforced ball out and Eddie finished off the match quite fittingly with a sneaky flick at the front of the court. Match to Chapel 13-11 in the 5th!
So the deciding match was all on our Declan Christie versus Malaysian U17 No1 Ong Sai Hung who is exceptionally quick. Dec was looking a bit off the pace at the beginning going 2-0 down but mounted a small comeback in the 3rd playing some really accurate squash taking it 12-10. Those exertions though were too much for Christie and Sai Hung won the 4th comfortably 11-5 giving the overall win to Malaysia…..sorry, Pontefract 2nds
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