Conolly’s smiles almost to end

Under the air-conditioned roof of the South Sound Squash Club protected from the rain, Week 2 of the TeleCayman Team Squash League went on without question on Thursday.

The league runs every Thursday at 7.15pm until 1 December, with the exception of 24 November because of the club championships and Christmas party. Teams represented for the fall league consist of sponsored teams; Team Walkers, Team Island Heritage, Team NCB Group, Team Sothebys International Realty, Team KPMG and Team Marsh. Two teams made up of individual players, named after world top squash players are Team Nicol David, current world number one and Team Ramy Ashour, battling to maintain his world number one position.

Week two posed some very close and exciting matches. There were a few to single out as they were close ties and great battles. The first was the match up between Team Sothebys International Realty’s Sheena Conolly and Team Nicol David’s Carlo Artana. This match started off all smiles, but as the competition got thicker the smiles turned into a push for the last player to hit the ball. Conolly looked to be going to take the match 3-0, but then Artana surprised her in the third game taking it 11/8. Without wavering Conolly got it back together and managed to take the match 3-1 (11/5, 11/1, 8/11, 11/5).

Another notable altercation was between Team Walkers Alison Strobridge and Fernando Beckles from Team Marsh. A super long first game taken by Strobridge 15/13 set the tone and Beckles quickly realised taking a spinning class before playing in the TeleCayman Team Squash League probably wasn’t his wisest choice. Unfortunately for him, his legs spun out and Strobridge took the match for Team Walkers 3-1 (15/13, 7/11, 11/9, 11/4).

The third most outstanding match of the evening was between Chantelle Day, Team Ramy Ashour and Team NCB Group’s Matthew Wight. This match was a long and hard fought by both players who at times showed banter, but when it came down to it the sweat was flying and intensity was high. Matthew took the first game 11/6 with Day taking the next two games 11/8, 11/5. Up 2-1 Day appeared to have the match in her back pocket, however Wight had a few more things up his sleeve and kept her running taking the final two games 11/4, 11/9. Final overall match score went to Wight and Team NCB Group 3-2 (11/6, 8/11, 5/11, 11/4, 11/9).

Team Sotheby’s International Realty defeated Team Nicol David 3/0. Glenn Stark beat Jackie Geils 3/0 (11/3, 12/10, 11/4), Stephan Breitenlechner overtook Leon den Exter 3/0 (11/5, 11/6, 11/5) and Sheena Conolly out battled Carlo Artana 3/1 (11/5, 11/1, 8/11, 11/5).

Team KPMG outwitted Team Island Heritage 2-1. From Team KPMG, Miguel Lopez beat Team Island Heritage’s Tyron Moses 3/0 (11/9, 11/6, 11/5), Team KPMG’s Rob Arthur triumphed over Island Heritage’s Brandon Smith 3/0 (11/4, 11/3, 11/5), however Team Island Heritage’s Richardo Bodington took the win over Team KPMG’s Joe Crnkovic 3/0 (11/7, 11/5, 11/5).

Team Walkers squeezed it out over Team Marsh 2-1. Starting it off for Team Walkers was Philip Millward who had little trouble with Team Marsh’s John Ramsey 3/0 (11/6, 11/4, 11/5) next up was Djon Brown from Team Walkers, could keep up with substitute player for Team Marsh Jon Dobbin and lost 3/0 (9/11, 7/11, 12/14) and Strobridge beat Beckles.

Team NCB Group in a close battle with Team Ramy Ashour defeating them 2-1. Team NCB Group’s William Foster started it off taking the win over Team Ramy Ashour’s Trina Savage 3-0 (11/3, 11/5, 11/8). Following was a close match-up between Team Ramy Ashour’s Alistair Cowper who took the win and triumphed over Team NCB Group’s Alan Wight 3-1 (11/6, 9/11, 11/5, 11/7). Tied at one all and Wight beat Day.

Any questions on the league, squash programmes or memberships at the South Sound Squash Club, contact club manager, Amanda Stark at [email protected]

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