On Thursday 16 May E.C.S.C. Summer had a good result against Les Rasta Raquettes (Le Parc, Louvain-la-Neuve), winning 1-3. Mitch set the tone by stomping on a young D1 upstart 0-3. Frank, moaning and groaning about a cold, went on to a titanic battle, grinding out an impressive 2-3 win. Gavin went next at 4th and cruised to an easy 0-3 win, despite taking pity on the guy in the 3rd and trying his best to hand it to him. Simon wrapped up the evening, tried to borrow Frank’s excuse, then took the first couple of games to shake off the rust, heeded the Captain’s advice and fought back to take the 3rd, finally was unlucky in the 4th to go out 13-11, losing the match 3-1. A very enjoyable meal followed with our sociable opponents.
The result of last night’s match was rather predictable, reflecting the players’ LFS rankings. Daniel (C2) came back from a set down to win 3-1 against his D1 opponent. Pierre (D3) struggled against a D2 opponent, losing 0-3. Likewise Tim (D3) lost 0-3 to a D3 opponent ranked 42 positions ahead of him. Nick (D4) made a strong start, winning the first game, before losing 1-3 to his D3 opponent.
The LFS interclubs d’été have started. ECSC is fielding one team (E.C.S.C. Summer) in Group A of Division 3. We started with an honourable 2-2 draw against City III (Pierre and Gavin winning their matches), but in our second match we went down 0-4 to Symbio 3.
Thursday night’s penultimate match of the season for ECSC 1 was remarkable for two things: the worst and most perfect squash bruise ever seen in the annals of the ECSC, inflicted on the back of Frank’s thigh; and perhaps even more remarkably, a victory for Gavin Evans. The less said about Enrique’s, Rob’s and Frank’s defeats the better (although clearly in Frank’s case there were mitigating circumstances).
ECSC 2 won 3-1 against Symbio 3 in the final match of the 2018-2019 season. Mitch cruised to victory 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-4) against Luciano. Jean-Luc had a harder fight against Jérémy, but prevailed 3-1 (12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9). Pierre Dybman lost a closely fought battle against Hedi 0-3 (7-11, 14-16, 12-14). Tim dropped a game against Joel, winning 3-1 (11-6, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8).
We’re now looking forward to playing in the summer interclubs.
Despite fielding a weakened team last night, ECSC 2 managed a 2-2 draw against Symbio 4. While John and Tim were roundly beaten 0-3 and 1-3, Nick cruised to a 3-1 win and Youri came back from 0-2 down to win 3-2.
ECSC fielded a team in Division 3 of the LFS summer interclubs. A match was scheduled every Thursday evening from 19 April to 28 June (except 10 & 17 May), with the final three matches to be played on Saturday 30 June. The match on Thursday 28 June clashed with the England-Belgium World Cup match, and was rescheduled for Friday! We fielded a full team of four players for every match, drawing on a pool of twelve players (Frank Beaver, Daniel Petrilak, Mitch Ward, Pierre Dybman, Gert Rammeloo, John Riksten, Gavin Evans, Tim Cooper, Rob Peters, Nick Mac Gowan, Jens Fischer & Simon Smith), and finished mid-table (4th out of 7).
In 2017-2018 ECSC fielded 3 interclub teams (in divisions 4, 6 & 7) and two inter-company teams (in divisions 1 & 3). In 2018-2019 ECSC will field 2 interclub teams and 1 inter-company team. If you’d like to join one of our teams, please contact Mitch Ward.
Many thanks to all the players, who have contributed to this year’s Div1 Intersoc team, which results in a battling 6th place in the first Division and thus with a stable continuation therein for the next season.