3rd TEAM NEWS
Oxfordshire Winter Leagues Division 3 (Jan-Apr 2019)
The fixtures for 2019 are listed above, please come and support your team for the home matches! :-
HOME; THURS 10 JAN 19.30 v Witney 2nd team - The inaugural 3rd team began with Witney, starting with Dave Cunningham at 5 and Rudi Du Plessis at 4. It was a cold night and it was fair to say that Rudi never really warmed up. He put in a good effort but never quite had the consistency against a good opponent. Dave, recently returned from an extended holiday Down Under, had a great match and lost narrowly 3-2 in a match that could of gone either way. Gary Treanor returned to team squash after a layoff from injury and put in a great performance to win 3-0 with a confident display. Nick Mullis playing his first ever team match lost 3-0 with a very credible performance, he will improve with experience. Martin H led from the front with a narrow 3-2 win to make the overall score 15-8 to Witney. A solid start that could have gone either way.
AWAY; TUES 15 JAN 19.30 v Banbury 2nd team - Our second match showed a change in teams as Dave C went off on an extended holiday and Rudi’s unable to play due to lack min circumstances. So in came our Membership secretary, Simon Horwood at 5 and the old fox Martin Kapusniak at 4. Both started with 3-0 wins against wily opponents, some good movement from Simon showing his range of shots, with Martin using all his craft and experience to win. Gary had a tough game at 3 and despite playing well couldn’t quite turn this into game points. Nick built on his performance from the previous week to show great character and skill to beat his opponent 3-1 in a very tight match. Martin gained his second 3-2 win in a feisty match that saw both players fall and some tight calling. A good 16-6 win overall.
HOME; THURS 24 JAN 19.30 v Gladiators 1st team - Our 3rd round match was against Gladiators, with Oli being blooded at 5 for his first match. Oli is our first Junior to come through our coaching program to play for our teams. First up was Nick at 2 and Gary at 3. Nick had an extremely close match and very narrowly lost 3-2 (last game was 17-15). Gary was up against the demon lobber Caroline and although he lost 3-0 held his own against the high balls. Next up was Rudi at 4 and Oli at 5. Oli played well to go 2-0 up, his second game was 22-20 and he saved game points. He lost the next game as his opponent changed tactics. Meanwhile Rudi went 2-0 down with some very close games. Just as we started the next games disaster, the lights went out. A local power cut put an end to the match and under the Oxon rules we had to forfeit the remaining games. A tough night losing 4-19.
AWAY; THURS 31st JAN 19:30 v Hithercroft 2nd team - due to snow this match is being rearranged.
AWAY; THURS 7th JAN 19:30 v Nuffield Health 2 -