Squash action continued last week with TeleCayman Team League in full flow.
It was the fifth week of the fall session at the South Sound Squash Club last Thursday.
Sponsored teams for the Fall 2012 TeleCayman Team Squash League include; Digicel (Diehards), Walkers (Wanderers), two teams from KPMG (Pumpkin Squash and Gem Squash), The Security Centre (Sheriffs), Aon (United), and reigning champions from the past two leagues, Sotheby’s International Realty (Squashers). The name of the team with individual players is Squash 20/20 in recognition of World Squash Day (20 October).
At this stage, Aon United appear to have secured the top spot with all the other teams battling up for their positions as they enter into the final few weeks. All teams have only two weeks left to gain as many match, game and overall points before the order is decided for finals night on 29 November.
Both the top two matches of the week occurred between the second and third ranked teams, Sotheby’s Squashers and The Security Centre Sheriffs. Both teams needed the win, not only for ranking points, but also for pride.
The top match for week 5 was between Sotheby’s Squasher’s Glenn Stark and The Security Centre Sheriff’s Frank Brennan. As the two had been razzing each other for a couple of weeks, this had ‘great match’ written all over it.
Brennan started strongly and before Stark knew it, he was two games down. Spectators thought this would be quick and very painful, however Stark responded well. Fighting back and winning the next two games, Brennan was seized by Stark’s will and unfortunately it was Brennan who went home with the bruised ego.
The second of the TeleCayman top two was a gruelling match between Mike Cansell of The Security Centre Sheriffs and 16-year-old Sean Murphy, playing for the Sotheby’s Squashers.
When an adult enters the court to play an upcoming junior, it is a rewarding, however can be rather humbling experience. Murphy, who is on the Cayman Islands junior squash team, has improved significantly this past year and Cansell knew to win he would have to outlast and outplay the youngster.
Cansell did just that and worked hard in every rally and every game, pushing Murphy to extremes. It was this determination, which proved Cansell’s friend and Murphy’s frustration as Cansell ended up taking the match for The Security Centre Sheriffs 3-2.
In the end, with matches tied between the teams, it was the Sotheby’s Squashers who won the overall encounter by only one game.
Walkers Wanderers over took Digicel Diehards 2 – 2 (121 points to 120 points)
Julian Jervis (Digicel Diehards) beat Claire Kluyver (Walkers Wanderers) 3-0
Chantelle Day (Walkers Wanderers) beat Chris Hayman (Digicel Diehards) 3-0
Brian Hurley (Digicel Diehards) beat Nikhil Jha (Walkers Wanderers) 3-0
Shamar Ennis (Walkers Wanderers) beat Slaney Murphy (Digicel Diehards) 3-0
Sotheby’s Squashers over took The Security Centre Sheriffs 2 – 2 (145 points to 137 points)
Glenn Stark (Sotheby’s Squashers) beat Frank Brennan (Security Centre Sheriff’s) 3-2
Mike Cansell (Security Centre Sheriff’s) beat Sean Murphy (Sotheby’s Squashers) 3-2
Sheena Conolly (Sotheby’s Squashers) beat Stephen Brougham (Security Centre Sheriff’s sub) 3-0
Shaun Devine (Security Centre Sheriff’s) beat Charlie Pait (Sotheby’s Squashers) 3-1 (def due to injury)
Aon United prevailed over Squash 20/20 3-1
Erik Fell (Squash 20/20) beat Daniel Murphy (Aon United) beat 3-1
Dan Maclean (Aon United) beat Faisal Hafiz (Squash 20/20 sub) 3-0
Janet Sairsingh (Aon United) beat Otis Myles (Squash 20/20) 3-0
Colleen Artuch (Aon United) beat Eileen McLaughlin (Squash 20/20) 3-1
KPMG Pumpkin Squash triumphed over KPMG Gem Squash 4-0
Steve Gilbert (KPMG Pumpkin Squash) beat Rob Arthur (KPMG Gem Squash) 3-0
Faisal Anwar (KPMG Pumpkin Squash) beat Greg Meaker (KPMG Gem Squash) 3-0
Miguel Lopez (KPMG Pumpkin Squash) beat Craig Morgan (KPMG Gem Squash) 3-0
Cobus Pietersen (KPMG Pumpkin Squash) beat Ryan Eisenhammer (KPMG Gem Squash) 3-1