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SQUASHTALK Martin Bronstein reporting
from the 13th European Club Championships Hoofddorp, Netherlands.
YOU CAN'T KEEP
A GOOD WOMAN DOWN
Good club players are fine in their environment but when it comes to tournaments
like the European Club championships, you need the world class professionals.
While one or two of the 31 men's and women's teams gathered here in Hoofddorp
(pronounced 'howfdorp') have stayed true to the spirit of the word 'club'
in the title, for the rest it is a case of ' buy the best we can afford'.
So it is the clubs with star players who forge ahead. You've already read
about the world class men's team assembled by St Cloud, a club just outside
Paris. The women's competition is for three-player teams and while no
club can compete with St. Cloud, there are some top females around and
they proved their worth by winning their pools.
The bubbly cockney Linda Charman led the German team Guterslohe SC to
the top of her pool with the help of Daniela Grzenia and Simone Korell
and then met the Edinburgh Sports Club, one of the few teams boasting
native players. Although Senga and Helen Macfie were brought up in England
they moved back to their Scottish roots and loive in Edinburgh. Helen
won at third strings but Senga, a regular on the WISPA circuit, could
not handle world number four Charman and lost in three. Grzenia cleaned
up to put the German team in the final.
GRINHAM AT A CRUISE
OVER LIZ IRVING
The playing pro beat the teaching pro in the other semi-final; Rachael
Grinham, now up to 11 in the world rankings, took an easy 3/0 victory
over former world number three Liz Irving, who now lives and coaches in
Amsterdam. Irving, at her peak, was a supreme squash player but now simply
doesn't have the fitness or speed to handle someone like Grinham, but
it was good to see that Irving racket hand at work again.
WINS TO BEAT BELGIAN CLUB
Although Liz had Kim Hannes, the top Belgian player at number two, it
didn't help Liz's club, the host Meersquash, to get a final place. Indoor
Sportcenter's third string Michou Cauwels had won at third string ensuring
the Belgian club's final place.
SICK MAN BLUES
I finally found out why Jonathon Power is not playing for the St. Cloud
club despite being in Hoofddorp. He got food poisoning on Thursday night
and throwing up ever since, He still nursing a badly sprained thumb picked
up in his match against John White in Hong Kong, which stops him playing
Simon Parke played at number one for St
Cloud and found that four matches in two days is not good for the fitness.
David Palmer, world number eight, and Parke produced a scintillating five
game 80 minute match worthy of any tournament with Parke finally running
out of steam to lose the fifth game 1-9.
St. Cloud have won the French championship ten years in a row and won
this title twice back in the early nineties. Jacques Fontaine, team manager
and President of the French Squash Federation told me that they could
not compete in the last five years because of clashes with other dates
for their top players. This year they got it all together, assembled seven
players from the world top twenty and produced a team of such power that
the European Squash Federation are wondering if they can produce rules
that prevents this happening again.
THOSE LUCKY SWEDES
They will face the lucky Malmo Club
of Sweden in the final. Lucky because they beat my club - England champions
Colets - in Pool 3 on game countback to go through to the semi-finals.
Once again they tied 2-2 - this time with they tied with Ingoldstadt of
Germany and once again got through on game countback. Their luck will
almost certainly run out when they meet St. Cloud.
results next column --->
Indoor Sportcenter (Belgium) 2 Meersquash (Netherlands)
1 Rachael Grinham bt Liz Irving 9-8, 9-1, 9-5
Katline Cauwels lost to Kim Hannes 3-9, 0-9, 9-3, 4-9.
Michou Cauwels bt Milja Dorenbos 9-4, 9-2, 1-9,10-9.
Gutersloher S.C (Germany) 2 Edinburgh SC (Scotland)
1 Linda Charman bt Senga Macfie 9-3, 9-3, 9-2.
Daniela Grzenia bt Lisa McKenna 9-2, 9-1, 9-4.
Simone Korell lost to Helen Macfie 7-9, 5-9, 6-9.
Capitol St.Cloud (France) 3 Pueblo General Parcel Linz (Austria) 1 Simon
Parke lost to David Palmer 7-9, 3-9, 9-3, 9-4, 1-9.
Paul Johnson bt Clemens Wallishauser 9-5, 6-9, 9-l, 9-5
Peter Marshall bt Graham Stewart 9-2, 9-0, 9-3.
Mark Chaloner bt Markus Rossler 9-0, 9-1, 9-1.
OSC Ingolstadt (Germany) 2 Malmo SRC (Sweden) 2
Marcus Berrett lost to Ollie Tuominen 7-9, 8-10, 4-9.
Simon Frenz bt Timo Tuominen 9-4, 9-0, 9-0.
Florian Possl lost to Fredrik Almquist 4-9, 5-9, 1-9.
Stefan Leifels bt Pieter Sjosten 9-5, 5-9, 4-9, 9-4, 9-4.
MALMO WINS ON COUNTBACK
Women: Final Positions:
1) Gutersloher SC (Germany)
2) Malmo SC (Sweden)
3) SC Stels_Wil (Switzerland)
Gutersloher 3 SSC Stelz-Wil 0
2) Can Melich Club (Spain)
3) Galway LTC (Ireland)
Meersquash 3 Can Melich Club 0
1) Indoor Sportcenter (Belgium)
2) New Eltham SC (England)
3) Tampereen Squashkerho (Finland)
4) Dixon-Tax Banska Bystgrica (Slovakia)
Indoor Sportcenter 3 Dixon Tax 0
New Eltham SC 3 Tampereen Squashkerho 0
1) Edinburgh Sports Club (Scotland)
2) Squash Team top fit (Austria)
3) UWIC Academy of Squash (Wales)
4) Marsa Squash Malta
Edinburgh Sports club 3 Marsa Squash Malta 0
Top Fit 2 UWICC 1
Final positions: Pool 1
1) Capital St. Cloud (France)
2) Odense Squash Club (Denmark)
3) Rich M & Poor M (Hungary)
4) Lanta SC Bratislava ( Slovakia)
Capitol St Could 4 Lanta 0
Odense 3 Rich M 1
1) OSC Ingolstadt (Germany)
2) Squash Zwolle (Netherlands)
3) Newlands TC (Scotland)
4) Kfar Maccabi (Israel)
Ingolstadt 4 Newlands 0
Squash Zwolle 4 Kfar Maccabi 0
1) Malmo SRC (Sweden)
2) Colets (England)
3) SC Royal Cham (Switzerland)
4) UWIC Academy of Squash (Wales)
Malmo 4 Royal Cham 0
Colets 3 UWIC 1
1) Pueblo General Parcel Linz (Austria)
2) Squash Ocho (Spain)
3) Meersquash (Netherlands)
4) Fitzwilliam LTC (Ireland)
Squash Ocho 3 Meersquash 1
Pueblo 4 Fitzwilliam 0
First Round Results:
MEN Pool 1
Capitol Saint Cloud (France) v Odense Squash Club (Denmark)
Rich M & Poor M SC (Hungary) v Lanta SC Bratislava (Slovakia) 4-0
Capitol Saint Cloud v Rich M & Poor M SC 4-0
Odense SC v Lanta SC Bratislava 4-0
Squash Zwolle (Netherlands) v Newlands TC (Scotland) 4-0
Squash Zwolle v OSC Ingolstadt (Germany) 2-2
OSC Ingolstadt v Kfar Macabia (Israel) 4-0
Newlands TC v Kfar Macabia 4-0
Colets Health & Fitness (England) v SC Royal Cham (Switzerland) 3-1 Colets
Health & Fitness v Malmö SRC (Sweden) 2-2
Malmö SRC v UWIC Academy of Squash (Wales) 4-0
SC Royal Cham v UWIC Academy of Squash 3-1
MeerSquash (Netherlands) v Pueblo General Parcel Linz
(Austria) 0-4 Squash Ocho (Spain) v Fitzwilliam LTC (Ireland) 4-0
MeerSquash v Fitzwilliam LTC 4-0
Pueblo General Parcel Linz v Squash Ocho 2-2
Gutersloher SC (Germany) v Malmö SRC 3-0
SC Stelz-Wil (Switzerland) v Malmö SRC 0-3
Molenaar & Lok 'MeerSquash(Netherlands) v Galway LTC (Ireland) 3-0 Can
Melich Club (Spain) v Galway LTC 3-0
Indoor Sportcenter Belgium)
v Tampereen SquashKerho (Finland) 3-0 Indoor Sportcenter v New Eltham
SC (England) 2-1
New Eltham SC v Dixon-Tax Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) 3-0 Tampereen Squashkerho
v Dixon-Tax Banska Bystrica 3-0
Edinburgh Sports Club (Scotland) v UWIC Academy of Squash (Wales) 3-0
Edinburgh SC v Squash Team Top Fit (Austria) 3-0
Squash Team Top Fit v Marsa Squash Malta 3-0
UWIC Academy of Squash v Marsa Squash Malta 2-1