Kent Over 45s Team News


Nottingham, 4th & 5th February 2006

The Kent team produced a good performance over the weekend winning all their matches.  We felt that our first match against Berkshire (who beat us a few months ago 4-1) was going to be important in setting the tone for the weekend.  As you would expect all the games were tight but we managed to win 4-1 a good start.  This was Nick Peelís first debut for the over 45 team.  After a slow start and losing the first game Nick provided a solid performance with a good length game which opened up chances for him to play some fine winning strokes.

The second game was against Yorkshire.  This proved to be a very tight match.  Steve Falla (3) and Keith Palmer (5) were the first matches on.  Steve again gave a gritty performance with a 3-1 win.  Keith lost 3-0 a tight first and third game which Keith was unlucky to lose.  Next on were Clive and Nick.  Again Clive showed what a good player he is winning 3-1 never giving his opponent easy points.  Nick went down 3-1.  Match score 2-2 all down to Cliff to win the match for Kent.  What a match the crowd loved it.  Cliff had to use his full range of shots against a very tricky opponent who had a good level of fitness and was able to cover all four corners of the court where Cliff often sent him.  Cliff won 3-1.  Kent wins 3-2.

The Sunday morning match was against a depleted Nottingham side which Kent won 5-0.

Final Position   (1) Kent  (2) Yorkshire  (3) Berkshire  (4) Nottingham.

On reflection of the weekend I can only applaud the team for a job well done.  Watching the high level of squash over the weekend motivates me to carry on improving my fitness and skills as to be able to carry on helping the team.  I feel the sportsmanship, attitude and level of skill shown by all the Counties over the weekend is to be applauded.

Thoughts for next year to improve the team performances :

(1)               Cliff to avoid colds and turn up for the County weekends well.
               Steve to sort out his snoring and allow his room mate to get some sleep.
               Nick to cut the chat by at least 50%.
               Clive to limit his squash so that he is not worn out before next season.
               Keith to reduce his consumption of red wine. ( did I lose Sunday ? I don't think so )
               Dave to join the TA for a course in map reading.
               Peter not to go to the weekends as to avoid nervous exhaustion.

Cliff Herridge, Nick Peel, Clive London, Peter Willmor, Keith Palmer, Dave Leach, Steve Falla


Kent Squad:
Player                                       Club

Steve Falla                                Bexley Lawn Tennis
Cliff Herridge                            Tunbridge Wells
David Leach                             Cannons, Bromley
Clive London                            Park Langley
Keith Palmer                             Bromley Lawn Tennis
Peter Willmor                           Cannons, Bromley
Nick Peel                                  Maidstone


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