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Friday, 01 August 2014

Hexham bids for Olympics

HEXHAM Squash Club put themselves on the global squash map when they provided support for the bid to get the sport accepted into the 2020 Olympics.

To show they mean business, a wide spectrum of ages and abilities at the club were divided into two teams, Team Squash and Team 2020, and they battled it out.

There were some notable performances on the night, Team Squash taking an early lead with the club’s septuagenarian Dave Robson comfortably out foxing his opponent using his subtle flight and guile game.

Then two up-and-coming juniors Carl Fairless and Sam Steenson gave an energetic display which went Sam’s way by the slenderest of margins to level the match.

The match then swung to Team 2020 with Steve Hull and Steve Blake securing maximum points, before Team Squash fought back with wins by Rob Donnelly and Tim Blake.

The match see-sawed in the final stages, Kevin Jones putting 2020 ahead only to see Damon Watts restore Squash’s position.

A drawn game between Justin Barlow and Gordon Sanderson meant the match went down to the final game, and Simon Graham’s experience and coolness deflected the strength and tenacity of Harry Steward to secure victory for 2020.

Elsewhere, the club’s men’s teams had mixed fortunes recently with the first team seeing all their games for October cancelled for varying reasons.

Hexham II seem to have settled into Division Three and continued their winning run with victory at Northumberland V.

Damon Watts (3-1) got the team off to an excellent start, with Paul Satow (3-2) extending Hexham’s lead by recovering from 2-0 down. Steve Blake (3-0) secured the match for Hexham, Jon Steward (3-2) getting a fourth game for the team, with brother Julian (0-3) the only blip in the evening.

They maintained their good form when they travelled to Consett SD II, comfortably winning 5-0 for the maximum 20 league points.

Hexham III, without the injured Paul Haverson, have had a tough time of late, losing heavily to Ashington III, Eldon Square III and Newcastle University III. The bright spot is the performance of Phil Langley at number one string as he recorded excellent wins against Ashington and Eldon Square, and competed well against Newcastle University before eventually losing the match.

However, he lacked support with Jim Chambers, Tim Anderson and David Auld picking up only single matches throughout the encounters.

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