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GC Squash | 09.12.2015

NLA Herren GC v Pilatus

Olli Tuominen v Pat Miescher:  10-12, 11.6, 11-5, 11-5

Pat came out of the starting blocks like a sprinter and when he held on to take the first game a ripple of concern was tangible – the sort of ripple one might sense if someone spilled their tea on the Headmaster’s trousers at parents evening. But we needn’t have worried – Olli was just warming up. He quickly slipped into 5th gear, switched on cruise control and put his feet up on the dashboard. Though Pat fought valiantly Olli took the next three games and one win was secured.

 

Reiko Peter v Beni Fischer:  11-7, 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5 

Reiko was keen to offer some protection to a slight leg strain and his movement was visibly a little hampered. Even so he stayed in charge of the first two games. At this point Beni knew he had to change something – he upped the pace, was more aggressive and it paid off: he forced a few errors from Reiko’s racket and he took the next two hard fought games. But after a year on the tour Reiko is becoming a battle-hardy warrior and as Beni began to fatigue he kept things tighter than a UBS vault, eventually taking the decider comfortably. A second win was bagged.

 

Jonas Dähler v Lukas Burkhart:  13-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-3

Jonas had to cope with a player who was once a regular in the national team but lately a man who had lost his squash-mojo. But this evening Lukas started like a man possessed! With his eyeballs out he fought hard and Jonas did well to hang on to the first game. Lukas fought back to take the second and then the third was another monumental battle. Pushed to the wire Jonas again held his nerve to hang on to the third and this broke Lukas’ resolve – Jonas ran away with the fourth and a team win was assured.

 

Paul Steel v Amadeo Costa:  6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-5

Paul started slowly, testing his recently injured calf, while Amadeo started strong, imposing his youth and strength. Amadeo took the first, but Paul wasn’t world top 20 for nothing and he began to read Amadeo’s game, building pressure and forcing errors from the younger man’s racket. Experience told, tactical awareness showed, and Paul ran out a comfortable winner, completing a 4-0 victory and crowning an excellent night’s work for GC 1.