1. Malcolm Parker – Mark Steeden – 2-3 (5-9, 9-6, 9-6, 5-9, 8-10)
2. Martin Rintoul – Matt Badger – 2-3 (9-6, 8-10, 9-4, 5-9, 3-9)
3. Ishtiaq Ahmad – Joe Magor – 0-3 (0-9, 7-9, 7-9)
4. Stuart Eastman – Steve Dunk – 2-3 (10-9, 6-9, 1-9, 9-6, 5-9)
5. Graham Cutting – Ryan Broadbridge – 3-2 (8-10, 9-1, 0-9, 9-6, 9-4)
Water-bury 2 upset Canter-front 1 in opening day derby!
Canterbury’s new look sides, battled it out on the first day of the season with 4 out of the 5 matches going to 5 sets with an end result that would have perhaps left a bookie or two rubbing his/her hands in delight had bets been placed on said match!
With no less than 4 Waterfront players turning out for the two new look Canterbury sides, it was hard not to cheer for the wrong player! I found myself congratulating Malcolm on a good shot and Mark found himself cheering Stuart on a good shot having been former team mates for a number of years with the respective players!
With news that 2nd teamer, Rob Coombs had been walloped by the boom pole of the boat he had been sailing on, over the weekend, Ryan Broadbridge from the 4th team was drafted in to take on captain Graham Cutting!
First on were Mark ‘I’m injured’ Steeden and Malcolm ‘Woohoo’ Parker on one court. These two had their usual battle with Mark doing his best to get everything back and Malcolm doing his best to put everything away! On the other court Graham and Ryan were having a contest to see who could retrieve the mosts shots (and make the most mistakes!). To those that predicted that this could be a close match, both sets of players walked off court at the same time with their respective matches tied at 2-2! Just what we like to see! Special mention has to go to Ishtiaq, who was marking Graham and Ryans game, simply because in 9 years at Canterbury, I’ve only seen Ishtiaq mark one match prior to this one!
Mark managed to sneak the 5th to put the 2nds 1-0 up, whilst Graham reasserted himself to come back from 2-1 down to level the match at 1-1
Next on were Matt and Martin, with Matt being relieved that he no longer faced the prospect of having to take on Britain’s luckiest man this season as both were now in fact team mates, and Martin trying to remember how to play team squash after having played his last match in February 2011 this year!! Joe and Ishtiaq went on the other court. Judging by shouting from Mr Badger, this suggested Martin wasn’t perhaps as rusty as everyone expected! The shots were there, the “wait for you to move forwards and float a ball over you to make you back track and move backwards!” were all still there but luckily Badger kept getting them back and sealed a 3-2 win to put the 2nds 2-1 up.
In the meantime, Joe had won the first 9-0 but then hit a brick wall! After having to contest no less than 350 rallies over the weekend (Sat and Sun) at the Kings handicap tournament (Thanks Tom!) and play a team match as well was always going to hurt! Ishtiaq came back strong, twisting and turning Joe and hitting numerous nick boasts that Mr Brewer himself would have been proud of! Luckily Joe steadied the 2nd game and despite being 7-4 in the 3rd, came back to 7-7 all and sealed it after a couple of ridiculous rallies involving Joe playing a severe amount of “fetch!” before winning the game 9-7 and the match 3-0
3-1 to the 2nds, How’s that work? Joe thought, I mean, well done team!
Last on were Stuart ‘Vinnie’ Eastman and Steve ‘Drunk’ resuming their usual 5 set battle! after least season’s 9-6 in the 5th win over the Drunk, Vinnie was out for a repeat performance but Drunk was having none of it, taking advantage of Stuarts recent comeback from injury and taking a seesaw battle 3-2 to hand the 2nds and unlikely 4-1 opening day win!
Well done to all and with McMeckan due back in the side soon and Martin and Malcolm getting a few more games under their belts, the rest of the league could well be looking over their shoulders later on this season but for now it’s Canterbury 2nds 4 – Canterbury 1sts 1!!
Roll on the rest of the season!! Next Stop Rodmersham for the 1sts, Maidstone for the 2nds!
P.S For those interested my actual predictions before this match were:
1. Malcolm 3 Mark 0 (due to Mark bigging up his injury!)
2. Martin 3 Badger 2 (thought he’d just sneak it!)
3. Ishtiaq 0 Joe 3 (Mr reliable, thats me!)
4. Stuart 3 Drunk 2 (face it drunk you’ve spent the weekend drinking on a boat!)
5. Graham 3 Ryan 2 (got that one right!)
Posted by Joe Magor on October 12, 2011 at 7:36