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GC Squash | 23.10.2015

Interclub Nati A: Grasshoppers v Vitis Schlieren

GC Nati A Grasshoppers v Vitis Schlieren

Jonas Dähler v Tarek Shehata

Tarek stormed off to a good start helped by the many errors from Jonas to a 9-2 lead.  Hard hitting and fast paced but Jonas finally getting his length, cutting out errors stringing 7 points in a row together to 9 all. Tarek saving a game ball at 9-10 only to see two strokes against him and Jonas walking off one to the good.

Second game more of the same with Jonas struggling with his movement to the front now and a few minutes later it's 11-0 to Tarek and the match levelled at 1 all.

Although Jonas maybe playing more relaxed as he's clearly not able to move properly, it wasn't enough to stop Tarek taking the third 11-7 and the fourth 11-3.

Marcel Straub v Dani Hoffmann

By his own admission Marcel started the match having warmed up more than in years before and it showed.  Focused, patience and taking the opportunities when they arose taking the first two games in commanding fashion, 11-6 and 11-5.

However, having fought his way to 7-3 in the third, Dani dug deep and Marcel showing a little fatigue and taking risks which now didn't come off anymore and Dani held on 11-9.

Dani started the 4th strongly forging ahead 8-3 and although Marcel mounted a mini comeback it wasn't enough and Dani finished it off 11-7.

At 2 all in the 5th what looked to be a cracking match, Dani pulled a muscle in his leg and had no more resistance to offer and Marcel ran out with an 11-3 winner.

Mark Woodliffe v Dani Oeschger

To the delight of the home crowd Mark started well and controlled the ball nicely and kept Dani pinned to the back, picking off the changes when they came up and convincingly held on to the first two games 11-5 and 11-4.

Perhaps a slight loss of concentration and a big push by Dani whose length had visibly improved meant the third game was a closely contested encounter with Mark converting his second match ball to hold on 11-9.

Paul Steel v Manuel Wanner

Manu starting well not letting Paul settle to the quick pace and racing off to take the first in commanding fashion 11-2.

Paul managed to slow down the game in the second, being patient with some great tight stuff down the backhand frustrating the younger Manu who's making the errors Paul was hoping for. Paul levelling the match with 11-5.

In the third Manu is able again to impose his game and having Paul just reacting but never really getting ahead and Manu closes it 11-6.

The start of the fourth was pretty even but at 6 all, Manu pulled a few points together only to see his 4 match balls disappearing to what had looked a sure thing. As all the other matches had finished by now, everyone is shouting for their players but Paul despite leaving it all out there eventually loses the game and match 13-15.

Although the matches and games were tied, GC unfortunately lost on 4 points!