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.
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.