Their were upsets this week as some weak teams did well and some strong teams struggled. It was most likely the last ever Men’s Open Interclub matches at the Chester St. East Christchurch club which obviously gave a lift to the two home teams as they took full points each from the round.
It’s been tough going for Burnside 2 so far this season as they continue to extend their lead at the bottom of the table. Hence why you’d been forgiven wondering why none of their key players turned up, after Lucas Rosa’s trip to parliament last week one can only assume the rest of the team followed him there. Enough about the striking trio, the matches between Burnside 2 and Christchurch 1 were not close unfortunately but given the youth in the Burnside team this week it does bode well into the future that they might turn out a stronger team as these player get better.
CHRISTCHURCH 1 WON 3-0
Good things come to those that wait, and Christchurch 2 have had to wait a while for a team like this to turn out this season and hopefully it’s not too little too late for them. None the less it was not a comfortable win for Christchurch as Burnside put their best foot forwards. Williams and Gardiner had a right old battle as both players were guilty of being quite rusty. The match had plenty of twists and turns and could have been decided by the spin of a racket. It will interesting to see how these two come back for their next encounter as to see who the victor will be.
CHRISTCHURCH 2 WON 3-0
If you’re playing Football 1, you’ve got to do something pretty amazing to beat them at the moment. Squashways 1 however never had a chance as they turned up a player short. Adam ‘Terminator’ Odering made light work of Johnnie Honeyman as he made it impossible for Honeyman to get points and Honeyman who was adverse to the contour of the courts aided the Terminator’s swift victory. Cumpstone and Revis was the closer affair but still lead to a 3-0 victory for Football.
FOOTBALL 1 WON 3-0
If you were wondering whether or not Lee Barker might be annoyed at Paddy Mulvihill for taking his top spot, you’d be wrong thanks to a missing Steve Leckie who traded out squash for his cows, how dairy! No matter, Barker and Mulvihill notched up important wins for their team to secure them a finals spot. Mulvihill showed his stamina as he out lasted Jeremy Bennett by just notching ahead by 2 points in each set. Meanwhile Barker’s victory was more of a rollercoaster as Joseph Petelo and Barker went through waves of concentration and Barker would be counting his lucky stars winning 11-9 in the fifth.
MIDLANDS WON 2-1
Week 7 of interclub will take the 8 teams to Squashways for the final time. With the closure of Squashways looming this will be the last time the Men’s Open goes to Squashways. It is guaranteed to be a great atmosphere and rumour has it that Paul Growcott will be singing “I will always love you” at the end of the night.