Sun, sea... for a game
PRAYERS and pluck helped a sports team on their trip to Cyprus.
Chesham International Squash Team (CHIST) flew to the island for their 13th consecutive international match – and even found time to enter a monastery.
This year the intrepid team members challenged Cyprus, travelling to Limassol on the island’s south coast.
The 12-strong team, who had drawn in tense match against the French in Lille last year, had great match against a formidable and very fit Cypriot team, and although every game was hard fought, valiant Chesham managed just one outright victory, an inspired Neil Hollister clinching a close, throatclutching match with Cyprus number 2 George Skordis.
Cyprus lady coach Vaso Karasava told us there had been competition to join the squad that played the plucky Chesham players – all from Chesham 1879 tennis and squash club.
Veteran player David Ouvry quipped: “The Cypriots hadn’t heard of Chesham before they met the team. They have now!”
Neil Hollister and George Skordis won the best match medal, whilst the most promising player awards went to Chesham’s adroit Paul Griffiths and Cyprus’ young Alexandros Vaskerithian.
Whilst 10 of the individual matches featured squash, for the first time in the history of theses annual tournaments, there were two racket ball matches, with Chesham players Tim Pritchard- Jones and Alan Clark.
Racket ball is played on a squash court, with a short racket and very bouncy larger black ball, enjoyed by both tennis and squash players.
David Ouvry said: “This was our 13th annual international tournament, following Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, the Isle of Man, Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Malta and France.
“It all began one day when our group of unusually stylish Saturday morning players decided that it was time to challenge not just other clubs, but other countries.”
After the match, Cypriots took the team to a typical Greek restaurant where a great time was had by all.
“Our new friends, led by coach Vaso, are hoping they will come to Chesham for a