CHIST play­ers’ close call in Por­tu­gal


Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

CHE­SHAM In­ter­na­tional Squash Team (CHIST) lived up to their name this month by fly­ing out to Por­tu­gal to chal­lenge some of that na­tion’s best, then re­turn­ing for a match against the Ir­ish at Che­sham 1879 Club.

The 11-strong Che­sham team, along with their coach Jim Mor­ri­son, trav­elled to Cas­cais, near Lis­bon, to play against a team pre­pared by Luis Fer­reira, pres­i­dent of the Por­tuguese Squash Fed­er­a­tion, which in­cluded two na­tional team play­ers and a for­mer Por­tu­gal num­ber one.

The match that en­sued was a bat­tle royale and, not for the first time, plucky Che­sham put up a spir­ited fight, but vic­tory eluded them, win­ning just three out of the 20 en­coun­ters and just edg­ing a dou­bles ex­hi­bi­tion game at the fi­nale.

“New friends were made and the Por­tuguese were great hosts,” said veteran player David Ou­vry.

“It was our ninth con­sec­u­tive an­nual in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, fol­low­ing Bel­gium, Ger­many, Hol­land, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land, Jersey, the Isle of Man and Ire­land.

“It all be­gan one day when our group of un­usu­ally tal­ented Satur­day morn­ing play­ers de­cided that it was time to think big and chal­lenge not just other clubs, but other coun­tries.”

The team re­turned home for a match against a team of six highly se­lected play­ers from the Fitzwilliam Club, rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land.

Each Ir­ish player had two bouts with Che­sham play­ers, with the Ir­ish led by their ex­u­ber­ant cap­tain Richard Tier­ney, and this time the re­sult was a draw, with an equal num­bers of win­ners from both sides.

Out­stand­ing win­ners for Che­sham were Neil Hol­lis­ter, Paul Grif­fiths and John Macken­zie, with the lat­ter’s unique ‘late drift’ shots bam­boo­zling his Ir­ish op­po­nents.




The CHIST play­ers line up against their Ir­ish (left) and Por­tugese (right) op­po­nents


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.