Over 45s 2011-12

The 2011/12 draw is shown below:

Friday 18th May 2012
Simon Dakeyne and Dave Moore contested the O45s, marked by Neil Piper.
Simon knew it was going to be tough, conceding beforehand an anxiousness about the style of Dave’s play and the attacking drops that he translates so well between squash and racquetball. And he was right to be! Dave put 5 points on the board quickly and went on to win the first game. But, like Peter in the match before him, Simon changed his style of play to great effect, with far more balls hit low and hard. Combined with great athleticism, Simon went on to win and claim the Vets title.
Well done Simon and Dave for a great match, and many thanks to Neil for great marking.

Wednesday 16th May 2012
It was Semi Final night for the o45s too. First up the unstoppable Peter Des Clayes played #2 seed Dave Moore. Dave’s eye was in…his dropping was purposeful and tight, and his length was coming off too. Peter worked hard but 87 matches in the other tournaments may have told as Dave pulled ahead in each game. Dave won 3-0 to claim his place in the final.
#1 seed Simon Dakeyne played Neil Piper for the final spot. Both ensured they were refreshed and relaxed in equal measure before they played. And it showed with great, re-flowing rallies and some wonderful retrieving. The score was 1-1 in games before Simon seamed to find another gear (and some of the most amazing backhand cross-court volley-drops in his back pocket) to close out the match 3-1. Another mouth-watering final for Friday night.

Wednesday 9th May 2012
Wednesday was O45 Quarter final night. 3 Matches were played. Simon Dakeyne and Danny Quigley started the night off, with Simon wining and progressing on to the Semis. He was joined by Neil Piper who edged out Ady James, and (after a mammoth battle) Peter des Clayes who snuck past Russell Baker to take last spot, playing Dave Moore.

Tuesday 8th May 2012
Nigel Lush beat Pete Savage in their rearranged O45 R1 game, pushing Pete into the last spot for the Plate. Nigel went back on court, this time against Dave Moore for their O45 QF game (Nigel had agreed to play early to accommodate Dave, and to play twice in an evening). It was a clash of styles. I saw a bit of the game before I played and regret I didn’t offer to mark as the game was tense and ultimately abandoned with Dave 2-0 ahead. Dave has advanced through to the next round. If matches are played at the allotted times there should always be someone around to mark. As a general comment to all, please ask if you’d welcome a marker.

Friday 4th May 2012
Danny Quigley beat Gary May to earn a quarter-final tie with Simon Dakeyne. A couple of games have been re-scheduled.