The final round of the regular season of the TeleCayman Squash Business League was played last Thursday at South Sound Squash Club. Each grade had teams still in position to qualify for a top four place and a place in the semi finals, making for intense and exciting matches across every grade.
In A grade BDO went into the finals requiring at least one point to progress to the finals.
Their opponents A grade leaders Alphasoft were guaranteed a place in the final, but weren’t just playing for pride.
If Alphasoft won 3-0 it gave the Caribbean Champs a chance of making the top four at BDO’s expense. BDO pulled out its crack player: Cayman National Team member David Finch.
Alphasoft were missing two of their three players, so masochistic running machine Paul Johnson decided to play both matches.
Against Finch he had game ball in the first game, but lost it, won the third game comfortably, but eventually lost in four.
Barrel impressively then went on to win the second match against Ray Farrington. This meant BDO got the necessary one point to get them into the final.
Although the Caribbean Champs missed out on making the final by only two points, they had a great victory against Aon’s Dan Maclean.
Maclean, playing his second match for the night was losing 8-1 in the fifth to Fernando Beckles, and made a great comeback to win 11-8.
Samson and McGrath was the final team through to the A finals, with a win over Maples.
In B Grade Charlie’s Angels continued their domination to finish on top of the B ladder with an expected victory over GM. Admiral Admin lost their match against Deloitte, allowing Deloitte to secure the third final place.
Bone Dry Photo had numerous official complaints tabled against them when they brought current Club Champion and National Team member Jake Kelly in for their B grade match.
Even though Bone Dry won their matches comfortably, their finals spot now relied on Cayman Physio taking at least one point from Krys/EFG Bank. Cayman Physio weren’t able to take the point, meaning Krys/FG Bank moved into the final, with Bone Dry agonizingly one point short of the final.
Bone Dry’s Mike Nelson and Matt Taber were very mature and professional with how they dealt with this loss and didn’t at any stage blame everyone else in the club for their defeat.
In C Grade Digicel had a chance of making the finals, but a loss to TeleCayman meant they didn’t go through.
TeleCayman’s chances of making the top four relied on Massive losing to Cayman27. Cayman27 put up a good fight, but the experienced, wily and seasoned Derek Tyler was too strong, helping Massive into the finals at TeleCayman’s expense. Aon2 beat Cayman Airways, securing a spot in the final with the victory.
The battle of the heavyweights in C grade saw ladder leaders Fortis and Samson and McGrath go head-to-head.
The number ones from each team, Faisal Hafiz and Dave McGrath had both gone the whole season undefeated, so a close match was expected.
They didn’t disappoint, with McGrath coming back from being 2-0 down to take the match to a fifth set, but eventually lost 11-9 in the decider.