Squash Men’s Captain
There’s something unnatural and disconcerting about playing your own team mates in a competitive match, yet thats what happened when Sussex Men’s 2nd Team took on the Men’s 3rd team. It turned out to be a far closer match than would be expected between two teams comprised of players ranked above and below eachother respectively.
The Men’s 2nd team were victorious, winning 2-1, thanks to wins from their 1st and 2nd seeds, Rowan Hermes and Sam Wall, who saw off Tuukka Niemi and Guy Dixon respectively. Both matches finished 3-0 to the 2nd team players on the humid and lively squash courts, although neither match was quite as comfortable as the scoreline would suggest.
It was in the match between the 3rd seeds though where the biggest result of the day came. James Count-Robinson, making his debut for the team, defeated former member of the Cornwall Squash Development Squad, Jacob Davey, 3-2. While Jacob undoubtedly had the greater experience and knowledge, he was unable to reach his top form and failed to hold on to victory against the enthusiastic Count-Robinson.
While it was a disappointment for the 2nd team to drop a match against their understudies, it served as a reminder of just how tight the competition for places is. But then squad depth is never a bad thing for a club that has away games all over the South of England.