What a long time it has been since we were last allowed to play squash! Indoor sport will be allowed again from 9 June 2021, and our home club, Winner’s, will be opening then. We’re still waiting for details of the opening hours and the remaining restrictions. Hopefully we’ll be able to play full games of squash, use the changing rooms and showers, and have a meal and/or drink in the bar, which will presumably have to close at 22.00. Watch this space for further news!
The new season starts this week with the return of Veterans Squash on Thursdays and both ECSC Vets Teams at home. Next week it will be the Interclubs, alternating each week with the Veterans…
Also next week the Club Nights restart on Tuesday evenings, the format will change slightly to respect the COVID guidelines, with each court forming a mini-group to limit the contacts between players. Bring your masks for the common areas…
For the boxes, we will be contacting registered players to check the level of interest in restarting…
So I wish everyone a great and healthy season!
On Thursday 17 October ECSC1 made the trip down to Gosselies, but lost 3-1, with only Mitch managing a win. Artur was unlucky, leading well in the 5th, but ran out of steam, Enrique also lost a tough 5 setter and Rob lost 3-1, with all the games close fought.
ECSC2 did better, drawing 2-2, with John and Tim having good wins, Pierre losing a ding-dong 5 setter, and Youri unable to recreate his form in training, losing 3-0.
On Thursday 10 October both teams played at home.
ECSC 1 had a good 3-1 win, with only Artur losing a hard fought match 1-3, Mitch squeezing out a 3-2 win, and Enrique & Daniel showing no favouritism to their female opponents, both winning 3-1.
ECSC 2 had a tougher night losing 1-3, with only John winning 3-0 at No. 1, Jens & Rob losing 0-3 & 1-3 respectively and Tim somehow throwing away 6 match points in the 5th to lose 2-3.
On Thursday 3 October, a makeshift ECSC2 team struggled away against South Parc, with only Mitch being able to adapt to the dodgy superfast ball, though Pierre was unlucky to lose out in the 5th after battling back from 2 down, and Rob & Tim would rather forget their games.
On Thursday 26 September both teams had their second match of the season.
ECSC1 drew 2-2, with Artur narrowly losing 2-3, Mitch clinging tooth & nail to the 3rd to win 3-0, Daniel turning up the turbo to win comfortably 3-1, and Jens taking his time to warm up and losing 0-3.
ECSC2 had a harder time with John winning well 3-1 against a young fit opponent, Simon struggling for consistency going down 1-3, Tim going down 0-3 against young legs despite battling hard, and Youri entertaining the crowds in a 5 setter, unlucky to lose the 5th to finish 2-3.
The first match of the season was a baptism of fire for ECSC1, facing a younger, fitter team with everyone significantly outranked. Despite Fred’s support, predictably we lost 4-0. Mitch & John gave it a good go and managed to take a game each, Enrique fought hard to no avail, and Youri bravely sacrificed himself in the name of the team. On the positive side we won the lasagne eating and beer drinking competition…
E.C.S.C. is again fielding two teams in the LFS interclub competition. Our 2nd team had a lively start to the season, playing away at Winner’s on Thursday 19 September, and losing 3-1. Pierre fought well to save the honour with a 2-3 win, Mitch led by 2 sets but ran out of steam to lose 3-2, Gavin battled to a 3-1 loss, and Simon used his game as a warm-up session, going down 3-0 against an on-form opponent. Next week it’s the turn of our first team.
On 20 June E.C.S.C. Summer lost 3-1 after the long trip to Mons, but all the matches were well fought and in good spirit.
On 27 June E.C.S.C. Summer had a 2-2 draw against le Parc, in sweltering conditions. Mitch ground out a 3-2 win and was literally cooked at the end, Simon had match point in the 3rd, but lost his cool to lose 2-3, Tim decided it was too hot for mad Englishmen and got off the court as fast as possible, losing 0-3, but Gavin proved the opposite, winning 3.0.
UK racketball has been rebranded ‘squash 57’, named after the size of the ball, which is bigger than a standard squash ball. It’s a more accessible alternative to squash. The rules are explained in this LFS video.