Men's Open Division - Round 1 Highlights

It was a great first week of autumn interclub in the Men’s Open division with all 8 teams meeting at Christchurch Football Squash Club. There was great energy about the club with all players keen to start the year off well. All teams were competitive and some close matches were witnessed meaning the difference between a win or a loss for a team.

Football 1 v Burnside 2 

  • Matt Smith beat Lucas Rosa 3-1
  • Nathan Smith lost to Dylan Budge 0-3
  • Jason Cumpstone beat Craig Nixon 3-0


The match between Lucas Rosa and Matt Smith was an important one for Football 1 as both men are dangerous when on form. Rosa, the underdog went down fighting as Smith manoeuvred him to all parts of the court with some strong hitting and great T position. Smith didn’t have it all easy as Rosa’s movement and agility put Smith’s shot selection under great pressure as Rosa used his Brazilian flare to grab a game but Smith was too strong winning a critical game for his team 3-1.

Squashways (Midlands) v Burnside 1

  • Paddy Mulvihill lost to Scott Gardiner 0-3
  • Lee Barker beat Brandon Mchaffie 3-1
  • Steve Leckie beat Ryan Ko 3-1


It was a battle of the ages between Steve Leckie and Ryan Ko and the game could have gone either way. The youngster Ko was keen to impress making life difficult for the veteran Leckie as the game tied up at 1-all. Leckie came out strong in the next two making the most of his experience, capitalising on loose balls from Ko and suppling the knockout punch for his team winning 3-1 to give his team the win.

Squashways 1 v Christchurch 1

  • Jason Oxenham lost to Jackson Beresford 1-3
  • Johnny Honeyman beat Ben Scott 3-2
  • Mark Revis beat Ray Tahana 3-0


One would think that the closest game was between Honeyman and Scott, they would be wrong as Mark Revis and Ray Tahana battled out a 3-0 which had the tightest of margins. All three sets went into extra deep tie break as both players hit some beautiful winner alongside some gentle mistakes. Both players had their chances and a flip of the coin could have decided each set but luckily for Revis, he managed a few more opportunities and kept his head just enough to take each of the games.

Christchurch 2 v Football 2

  • Joe Williams beat Charlie Barker 3-1
  • Stephen Gardner lost to Jeremy Bennett 1-3
  • David Schultz lost to Richard Hollows 0-3


The game between Stephen Gardner and Jeremy Bennett was set up for a close encounter but Bennett had other ideas. Bennett showed his class as he came out firing on all cylinders, making the most of Gardner’s early season blues. Bennet took the first two sets quickly but once Gardner kicked into gear the encounter became more even. Bennett though dropping a game held his nerve to win 3-1 one setting up his team for the win.

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