Members may be aware that the club has been undergoing something of a period
of restoration recently with the replacement of the terminal on the balcony
and the re-establishment of the computer control of the court lighting.
This theme was continued on the evening of Sunday 28th March as Stewart Hefferman
regained his rightful place as Club Champion by beating Mike Burnett 3 - 2
in the final of the Club's flagship tournament.
The crowd were treated to an absolute spectacle of superb squash with both players
contributing to an epic final that ebbed and flowed over a period of at least 90 minutes.
Stewart took the first game 9 - 5 before Mike countered by taking the second 9 - 6.
The third game swung Stewarts way again as he won 9 - 6. Mike then took the short
fourth game by an astounding scoreline of 9 - 0. Stewart has an absolute deadpan
demeanor on court and his reaction to this surprising turn of events was one of
mere mild irritation and he went on to seal the victory with an equally surprising
9 - 1 scoreline in the deciding game.
This is Stewart's seventh championship in the last eight years and it was a
pleasure to watch. It was certainly the best final I have seen at the club in
almost 20 years.
Rakesh Gulati won the Veterans' Tournament by beating Vince Paul 3 - 2 after
having to come from behind twice. The final statistics read 4 - 9, 9 - 7, 6 - 9, 9 - 4, 9 - 0.
Ex Club Chairman, David Colwill won the trophy for players in League 7 and
below with a 3 - 0 victory over Ian Nunn.
Stewart Hefferman stormed to a 4th consecutive title in the Gerrards Cross Squash Club
Championship on Sunday 2nd April bring his tally of titles to 5 which equals the club
record set by M Schuyl in the late 80's. His opponent, Stephen Bailey struggled to
gain a foothold in the match as Stewart took the first two games to love.
At the recent Winter Handicap Tournament, it was reported that Rory had started the final
like a man keen to get back to catch something on the telly. To continue the analogy,
Stewart seemed to be aiming to get back to catch last week's episode. He was 6-0 up in the 3rd
before he dropped a point as Stephen found the nick he'd been searching for. Stewart
took such offence at losing a point that he promptly lost several more before regaining
the serve to take the game 9-7 and the title with it.
The other matches on the evening went largely to form. In the League 7 Plus tournament,
John Pope took a closely fought first game before losing 3-1 to Peter Scott.
John is the reigning Winter Points Champion from the leagues and seems to be heading
for a creditable 2nd place in that competition this time around.
Robert Rickman took the Mens' Plate trophy, beating Andy Youngs 3-0 despite some
spirited resistance from Andy.
The remaining match of the evening was in the Veterans' competition between Robin Hopkinson
and Chris Hockin. It isn't a Finals Night without Chris but this time round, it was
a semi-final which Robin took 3-1 with a series of heavily disguised shots. Robin will now meet
Nick Hallchurch in the final which is to be played at 17:30 on Wednesday 5th April.
The Ladies Tournament will take the form of a round-robin competition from 16:00 on Saturday 8th April.
Junior tournaments have also been held and will be reported separately.