After eight weeks of round robin play the finals of the TeleCayman Team League fall session was played last Thursday.
Congratulations to Team Sotheby’s International Realty who were the repeat winners for three seasons in a row.
Club manager Amanda Stark said: “A big thank you to all the sponsored teams for the Fall 2012 TeleCayman Team Squash League who included; 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.”
For top spot and overall winner, Team Sotheby’s International Realty took on Aon United, the 3/4 playoff saw the Security Centre Sheriffs against KPMG Pumpkin Squash, for 5/6 was Walkers Wanderers versus Digicel Diehards and for final place was Squash 20/20 against KPMG Gem Squash.
The top match for finals week had to be between young up comer and protégé Daniel Murphy (Aon United) against his coach Glenn Stark (Sotheby’s Squashers) who is the Cayman Islands national coach.
This was the last chance Murphy had of beating his coach as Glenn and his wife Amanda Stark are leaving the island in a few weeks.
Murphy came out on a mission and was playing very well. Determined and assertive he took the first game 11/4.
Stark had to dig deep to win the next game in extra points 13/11. Now the match was tied and both players were starting to feel their legs.
The crowd gathered as Glenn’s grunts and groans were at times almost funny as the more experienced player was denied the third and very long game from Daniel 15/13.
It can be said, a coach has done a great job coaching an upcoming junior player when the junior finally beats them in a competitive match. Well, the crowd thought Stark was done and Murphy was one game away from singing his victory song, however that was until Stark changed the pace of play and the TSN turning point occurred.
Unfortunately, for Murphy, the day of him defeating his coach will have to wait as Stark won the next two games 11/3, 11/3 closing the match for the Sotheby’s Squashers 3-2 (4/11, 13/11, 13/15, 11/3, 11/3).
The second match for the week was chosen not for its length but for the monumental moment experienced by Stuart Bostock, from the Security Centre Sheriffs.
Bostock was up against Gethin Huckle substitute player for KPMG Pumpkin Squash. The fact is up until this match Bostock was 0-7 and was yet to have a win this fall session of the TeleCayman Team League.
Unfortunately for Huckle, Bostokc came out determined to end his string of bad luck as the razzing from other players was getting a little difficult to put up with.
Dominating the centre of the court, at times it was challenging to watch as both players narrowly avoided racquet contact, but fortunately this did not happen.
Bostock keeping his mind focused and while being cheered on by his teammates broke his string of losses.
Bostock of the Security Centre Sheriffs took his first TeleCayman Team League match by defeating Huckle 3-0 (11/2, 11/8, 11/6).