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.
A very satisfactory – especially personally – result; with the majority of our team present winning!
I gather Tim came up against a very in-form opponent and went down in straight sets. Josep stormed to a 2-0 lead against a svelte, heavily-tattooed young lady before losing his way to her precision front-court work as she levelled 2-2. Fortunately, following some empathic coaching from Tim & Simon, he rediscovered the back court and stormed out to a 3-2 victory. A thrilling “Beauty v. the Beast” clash. Modesty prevents a detailed description of Simon’s 3-1 victory (long overdue!) against a nimble and higher-classified opponent; however it was one of his strongest showings for a long time and drew directly on the recent Monday training sessions.
Good things come to those who wait (and persevere I would add). Yesterday at Winners, ECSC 1 celebrated its first victory of the play-offs. Against one of the Lasne teams. Strong opponents, as always, as they played 3rd division before Christmas and are fighting not to be relegated. Lasne 1 formed quite a balanced team, composed of only C-players (they left both their B and D-players at home). Not a very wise decision as they had no chance to get a good result against a very motivated ECSC team.
Our number 1, Artur, had a tough and nice to watch match against a former B-player who eventually got frustrated, and completely exhausted, because of a strong and consistent Artur. The result: a 3-2 victory. Pedro and Enrique had quite comfortable matches, only Pedro conceding a game to his opponent. Enrique won in three straight games. Herewith, the expected Spanish victories were reality. Pity that Rob had no chance against a fit C3-player, who beat him 3-0.
You want more good news? Well ECSC 1 has left the last position of the play-off, and will not return there. Moreover, we have played one match less than the rest of the teams. On our way up. Where will it end?
In any case, we said last week there was room for improvement. Here it is already! Let´s continue our campaign with the same ingredients: high squash level, fun on the courts and occasionally some suffering.