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Pools Draw

Club Championships 02 – Preview

22, 2002 by Joe and Dan Kneipp (Kah-nipe)    
en Provence: The 2002 Euro Clubs Venue
2002 Dan Kneipp)

TThe European Club Champs is the competition
for the winning men’s and women’s league team from each European
country. A ‘best of the best’ for league competition.

When you go to a PSA tournament you
can feel the tension and competitiveness in the air. Some players just
ignore everyone else, others stick to very basic courtesies but not much
more. People try to be personal at PSA tournaments but for a pro squash
player it is the equivalent of an important business meeting where someone
is going to get sacked.

Where to begin with the differences between that and the competition we’ve
just arrived for? Firstly it’s in Aix-en-provence in the south of
France. As the European summer comes to a close players aren’t going
to turn down a trip to a warm Mediterranean destination. There’s
the first draw card. There are not many tournaments these days that have
both the men and women competing at the same time. Here there are 86 men
competing in 15 teams and 52 women competing in 14 teams. 138 athletes
all together for a slightly social tournament is a big second draw card.
As there are no world ranking points and not too much patriotism (France
, Denmark Odense, Ireland Fitzwilliam,
Israel Macabia and Slovakia Imet are
the only club teams that don’t have a foreigner playing for them)
then the atmosphere becomes slightly more relaxed.

Some teams know that they are
not to stand a chance so they come here to enjoy themselves. The winning
club from Slovakia and Israel may be a big fish in their country’s
pond, but they’re guppies in this lake.

Most of the pro players play league in a few countries. Joe plays mainly
in Holland and Germany with occasional matches in English league, Czech
and Belgium league. So if more than one of these teams win the league
in their country, players have to choose which side to compete for at
the Europeans champs. Joe’s Dutch team Zwolle were
league champions
. But both Peter Nicol and Alex Gough committed to
playing for Germany and France respectively. A team that has Nicol, Gough
and Joe Kneipp in it is going to be very hard to beat, but take out Nicol
and Gough and you have to hope your team has some depth to it.

So what Zwolle has done is take a semi serious team. Joe at number one,
former Finland #2 Janne Kyttanen (snicker, snicker) and at #3 nine times
Dutch national champ Lucas Buit. Unfortunately it’s at this point
that the team loses it’s way. One amateur Dutch player and a former
PSA member Michael Voetogen who has gone out to pasture long ago. The
considerably less talented member of Team Kneipp (Dan) fills in the number
five position of the team. I’m very certain though that if we play
Vatican City I’m definitely going to win. Most of the cardinals
and bishops don’t have enough time on their hands to do enough racquet

The setting here is amazing. From the hotel it’s a fifteen minute
drive along a very narrow, winding, blind and obscure French country road.
I would be taking in the nice scenery of the countryside but I’m
too worried that a car is going to come the other way too fast and Team
Zwolle will all be hospitalised. Once you’ve travelled along this
road long enough to be absolutely certain that it can’t lead to
a club, venue or civilization big enough to host even a social game of
squash you arrive.

It all looks very unassuming
as you walk past the clay tennis courts surrounded by olive trees amongst
pretty undulating hills. Round the corner and there is an indoor clay
court that has been transformed into the show court, creating a great
atmosphere. Of 29 teams not many can use this court so there has to be
plenty of normal courts. The beauty of this place is it’s unassuming
and slightly blasé setup. Walk through a small door, follow a long
tunnel-like corridor and suddenly there’s eight of so courts built
into the place like bunkers. Follow the other direction past eating areas
and more courts spring up. Walk out of the club past the clay courts,
follow a small road up the hill and another bar and restaurant areas looms
up out of the vegetation with three enormous pools. The place is a really
relaxed labyrinthine hobbit hole that makes for a great squash centre.

Just looking at the team list
you can tell which countries have the strong leagues with lots of money.
Five of the six French Capital team have at some stage
been top ten players, and not a single Frenchman in sight. No real surprise
then that they’re seeded number one. The men’s comp will start
with pools for the first two days, then semi finals on Sunday. The pools
and their team members are:

Club Championships – Pools and Teams


France Capital

Stewart Boswell (Aus)
Lee Beachill (Eng)
Mark Chaloner ((Eng)
Alex Gough (Wal)
Del Harris (Eng)
Tony Hands (Eng)

Denmark Odense

Mikkel Korsberg (Dk)
Michael Hansen (Dk)
Ola Jangbacker (Dk)
Anders Yoe (Dk)
Lars Stenblok (Dk)
Mark Burmeister (Dk)

Scotland Newlands

Hadrian Stiff (Eng)
Mike Hopkin (Eng)
Peter O’Hara (Scot)
Barry Sutherland (Scot)
John Memoley (Scot)
Jonni Boyd (Scot





John White (Scot)
Martin Heath (Scot)
Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
Stephane Galifi (Fra)
Sandy Bell (Fra)

Lars Harms (CH)
Paul Steel (CH)
Kevin Villiger (CH)
Dany Oeschger (CH)
Giorgio Sorio (CH)

Wales Uwic
Phill Barker (Eng)
Mike Hopkin (Eng)
Steve Evans (Wal)
Adam Shields (Eng)
Dan Zilie (Gy)
Paul Chapman

Luxemburg Ettelbruck
Christian Hennekeuser (Gy)
Roland Janitzki (Gy)
Marcel Kramer (Lux)
Tony Hardy (Eng)
Arny Weber (Lux)
Heinz Faber (Gy)


Pool 3

England Pontefract
Derek Ryan (Ire)
James Willstrop (Eng)
David Campion (Eng)
Laurence Delasaux (Eng)
Alan Nerrish (Eng)
Christian Dunelan (Eng)

France Set Aix
Jean Michael Arcucci (Fra)
Rodolphe Bigot (Fra)
Sameer Khan (Fra)
Emmanuel Villeirs (Fra)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
Fabien Verseille (Fra)

Austria Neudorf
Leopold Zcaska (Aus)
Andreas Fochs(Aus)
Nick Gould (Eng)
Ivan Djordjevic (Aus)
Andreas Freudensprung (Aus)
Lukas Gnauer (Aus)

Slovakia Imet
Marek Zvoniek (Slv)
Ratislav Haman (Slv)
Zumbomir Bukinski (Slv)
Michael Chamilla (Slv)
Rusty Koys (Slv)
Julius Toth (Slv)


Pool 4

Holland Zwolle

Joe Kneipp (Aus)
Janne Kytannen (Fin)
Lucas Buit (NL)
Michael Vertogen (NL)
Daniel Kneipp (Aus)
Arjan Janssen (NL)

Germany Paderborn
Peter Nicol (Eng)
Tim Garner (Eng)
Stefan Leifels (Gy)
Edgar Schneider (Gy)
Lars Osthoff (Gy)
Felix Lobert (Gy)

Ireland Fitzwilliam

Dara O’Flynn (Ire)
Nigel Peyton (Ire)
Darren Milotte (Ire)
Neil Byrne (Ire)
David Corbett (Ire)
Gerry Callanan (Ire)

Israel Macabia
Ilan Oren (Isr)
Dov Beukman (Isr)
Iomeer Noach (Isr)
Moshe Sarsaty (Isr)

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