GC Squash | 29.02.2016

NLA GC v Pilatus Kriens

We expected a tough match and that’s exactly what we got. Pilatus were, on paper, favourites for a 3-1 win and though we fought hard we were finally outplayed by the Kriens team.

Reiko Peter v Pat Miescher: 11-8, 11-1, 11-4

Reiko, just back from Canada, showed us why he’s world top 70: after soaking up everything that Pat could throw at him in a closely fought first set he eased into top gear and took games two and three comfortably, his pace and accuracy the visible difference between the two players.

Jonas Dähler v Beni Fischer: 5-11, 7-11, 5-11

Jonas found in Beni an opponent in very solid form. Despite an attacking, effective phase in game two Jonas just couldn’t find a way to break Beni’s defences down and Beni ran out a worthy winner.

Paul Steel v Lukas Burkhart: 4-11, 7-11, 4-11

Paul knew it would be tough to contain a rejuvenated Lukas who has trained hard of late after rekindling his enthusiasm for squash. It showed – he was quick, inventive and ruthlessly efficient. Paul called on all his experience but despite some good phases the match proved out of reach.

Mark Woodliffe v Amadeo Costa: 11-8, 10-12, 4-11, 5-11

Mark was up against a young man the same age as his eldest son (not for the first time, it has to be said!) Aided by some Amadeo errors Mark held on to the first set and though he was up in the second he couldn’t quite hang on. This phase proved pivotal – the younger man seized his chance and never looked back, his attacking style finally too much for Mark.

We felt somewhat bruised at the end of the evening but it has fuelled our resolve and focussed the mind. We have some collective hard work ahead prior to the play-offs!