International Squash Friendly Event - HKFC vs Singapore and Hong Kong American Clubs: Saturday 12 March 2016 (bringing clubs and players together). 

By Channi Matharu and Steve Gollop

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The Football Club Squash section played host to a joint American Club team comprising players from Singapore and Hong Kong in this friendly fixture.  With the final line-up consisting of 21 players in each team, the first highlight of the afternoon was the team photo, scheduled for 3.20 pm using state-of-the-art photographic equipment (well it was in 1930); enthusiasm for the event was evident with virtually all players present on the squash courts, looking their best for the team snap.

 

This was a Masters event drawing players from M2 to M4 to match the ability of the touring team and  to ensure that players got a good amount of time on court to build up a thirst and appetite for the apres squash activities in the bar. To this end the three lowest seeds played a round robin on court 6, 2 games to 11. 1 point for a win, 1/2 point each for a draw; all other matches were singles, best of 5 to 11. Although our team was entirely Masters, intel available to our intrepid convener Mr Gollop, suggested that two of the Singapore contingent were not and so Ajay and William were forewarned.

Fred_Teng_HKFC_getting_physical_with_Tom_Burns_HK_AMC.JPGFred Teng getting physical with Tom Burns (HK AMC) !!

The matches were played in a friendly spirit as was expected but not without a competitive streak typified by Iris Sung who, when asked how she was getting on, stated her intent quite clearly - "I'm down 2-1 but I'm going to get him"; get him she did in 5 hard fought games. Elsewhere on court 6 Simon Ho had a hard battle, losing out narrowly in the fifth; all in all, seven of the eighteen matches played went to the fifth game. The round robin event was also a closely fought affair with the scores level at 4.5 each at the end of 18 games.  

 

Home court advantage clearly featured prominently on court 7 where the final result was HKFC 10, AMC 2.5 with the Daves (Cross and Murray), Edward Griffiths , Ajay and Elliot producing a clean sweep (regardless of the efforts of Mr. Griffiths who gave up a 7-1 advantage in the fifth game and then came back from 10-8 down to finally bring it home 13-11!)  . Elsewhere matters were extremely close where on Court 1 it was a draw at 5.5 points each, Court 2 a narrow win for the FC (5.5 - 5) and Court 5 (the one with artificial hips, knees and bad backs) a resounding win for the tourists at  5 - 8.5. With proceedings on court being concluded at about 5.30pm, the overall result stood at 30.5 - 26 to the home team, a slightly flattering result given just how closely contested almost every game was.

Iris_Sung_HKFC_holds_off_Tan_Eng_Sun_Singapore_AMC.JPGIris Sung holds off Tan Eng Sun (Singapore AMC)

Thereafter and in time honoured fashion, the results were discussed and games analysed over a few jars of jungle juice followed by 35 attending a long and very sociable dinner, during which (squash) shirts were exchanged and shields were presented. Quote of the evening goes to James Ng the Singaporean convener who on passing a commemorative shield to Tom Burns (HK AMC convener), mentioned that it was known regionally that they had plenty of space in their trophy cabinet!

 

As ever, the Club looked after us exceptionally well and a big thank you to the catering staff who not only produced excellent Singapore Noodles, but also moved us inside at very short notice, when it became clear that 6 degrees outside on the Sportsman’s patio would be rubbing salt in to the Singaporean wounds.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL SQUASH FRIENDLY EVENT

             

Venue:

   

Hong Kong Football Club

     

Date:

   

Saturday, March 12, 2016

     

Time:

   

3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

     

Hong Kong Football Club

vs

The American Club (SIN/HKG)

   
             
             
         

Points

Court 1

 

 

 

Score

HKFC

TAC

03:30

Rachel Sutcliffe

vs

Amina Islam

3 - 1

2.0

0.5

04:00

Mark Sutcliffe

vs

Steve Blencowe

1 - 3

0.5

2.0

04:30

Fred Teng

vs

Tom Burns

2 - 3

1.0

2.0

05:00

Suberna

vs

George Chan

3 - 2

2.0

1.0

         

5.5

5.5

             

Court 2

 

 

 

Score

HKFC

TAC

03:30

Iris sung

vs

Tan Eng Sun

3 - 2

2.0

1.0

04:00

Charles Li

vs

James Ng

2 - 3

1.0

2.0

04:30

Neil Roberts

vs

Sander Holman

1 - 3

0.5

2.0

05:00

Leo Kwok

vs

Brock Williams

3 - 0

2.0

0.0

         

5.5

5.0

             

Court 5

 

 

 

Score

HKFC

TAC

03:30

Channi

vs

Harvey Glick

1 - 3

0.5

2.0

04:00

Simon Ng

vs

Bob Ikin

3 - 1

2.0

0.5

04:30

Dean Thompson

vs

Rudi Spaan

1 - 3

0.5

2.0

05:00

William Fan

vs

Christopher Ng

2 - 3

1.0

2.0

05:30

Simon Ho

vs

Iain Keilty

2 - 3

1.0

2.0

         

5.0

8.5

             

Court 7

 

 

 

Score

HKFC

TAC

03:30

Dave Cross

vs

Paul Denham

3 - 1

2.0

0.5

04:00

David Murray

vs

Stephen Ho

3 - 1

2.0

0.5

04:30

Edward Griffiths

vs

Bruno Van der Scheuren

3 - 2

2.0

1.0

05:00

Ajay

vs

Nicolas Ng

3 - 0

2.0

0.0

05:30

Elliot Froidevaux

vs

Terrence Teo

3 - 1

2.0

0.5

         

10.0

2.5

             

Court 6

 

 

 

Score

HKFC

TAC

03:30

Nick Pirie

vs

Gene Wasosky

1 - 1

0.5

0.5

03:40

Lam Wai Ming

vs

Dave Nishball

2 - 0

1.0

0.0

04:00

Steven Sung

vs

Blake Olafson

1 - 1

0.5

0.5

04:20

Nick Pirie

vs

Dave Nishball

0 - 2

0.0

1.0

04:40

Lam Wai Ming

vs

Blake Olafson

0 - 2

0.0

1.0

05:00

Steven Sung

vs

Gene Wasosky

2 - 0

1.0

0.0

05:20

Nick Pirie

vs

Blake Olafson

0 - 2

0.0

1.0

05:40

Lam Wai Ming

vs

Gene Wasosky

1 - 1

0.5

0.5

06:00

Steven Sung

vs

Dave Nishball

2 - 0

1.0

0.0

         

4.5

4.5

             
         

30.5

26.0

         
             

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