We are now well into the Baker Tilly Corporate League but there’s no sign of the Squash slowing down! Baker Tilly, the league sponsor, faced off against the RBC Lions, who were hungry for points! RBC came out guns blazing and managed to score the maximum 13 points, their best performance this season. A special mention has to be given to Alistair Cowper, the RBC Captain, who pulled of a gutsy 3-2 win against Dwight Dube, with both players fighting right until the end.
Undecided came up against KPMG Kobras losing 5 points to 9 with a strong performance from super sub Daniel Murphy beating Claire Roscoe 3-1. Despite the loss Undecided are still sitting in 3rd place just 9 points separating them from the number 1 spot.
DMS, lead by their A player Neil Stone-Wigg, had another storming victory claiming the full 13 points for the second week in a row. This leaves them in 2 points behind the top team with only 1 week of league matches to go.
Finally, UBS played the top team AON Red Tornadoes. Despite strong performances from UBS, AON just had too much firepower and were the third team of the night to claim the max 13 points keeping them in top position.
The points tally after Week 6 is:
1 AON Red Tornadoes 64
2 DMS 61
3 Undecided 55
4 KPMG Kobras 45
5 KPMG Kman 44
6 UBS 40
7 RBC Lions 30
8 Baker Tilly 24
Brown University Squash team had an amazing time here in Cayman and loved the facilities we are spoilt with, here at SSSC. These universities have the ability to travel abroad once every 4 years for a training week mid season and both Brown and Harvard chose Cayman this time round.
They really did put some hours in on court too, both teams training for at least 3hrs per day for 6 of the 7 days they were here. They mixed in some yoga, beach runs and team bonding exercises too. Also it wouldn’t be a complete trip without visiting the Stingrays, which they all loved and showed them who were comfortable with the Rays and who were not!!
It was great to have SSSC full of people, which created a tremendous buzz around the club..we aim for this to continue and look forward to more activities happening on a regular basis. Look out for the upcoming Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League starting feb 12th. If you want to enter a team email mark or Alex on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The final evening of the Baker Tilly Corporate squash league got underway with the top 2 teams going head to head to determine who claims this seasons top honors! KPMG had an 9 point advantage going into then tie against S & M Mixed Breed. S & M’s young Kali Maclean cleaned up KPMG’s Gautam Ganeshan 3/0 in the D position, then Deliah Canham kept the domination going with a 3-1 victory over Jarydd Moore. This put serious pressure on KPMG’s captain Samantha Hennings playing B against Cayman junior Jasun Sairsingh. She handled it well and managed to squeeze an early lead for the first game 11/7, the second was a little closer right up to 7 all, when Hennings edged away again and secured a 2-0 lead 11/8. The third game proved too much for Sairsingh and he tried his heart out, but couldn’t change the tide and Hennings took the 3rd also 11/8. This left Erik Fell of KPMG to seal the deal against another Cayman junior Isaiah Robinson, the first game went to fell 11/6, the second saw some great attritional rallies and again fell kept on top and squeezed it 11/6. Robinson’s confidence was waining and he was unable to turn his game around eventually going down 11/3 in the 3rd. This win gave KPMG the title, and Samantha Hennings was ecstatic, she said “KPMG have supported and taken part in the Baker Tilly corporate squash league for a few years now and I am delighted that we were able to finally get our name on the Golden Trophy!”
There were some other very notable wins on the night, with Sea Elements coming up against Digicel Diehards and gaining enough points to leapfrog S & M Mixed Breed and claim the 2nd spot. This was achieved by wins from more Cayman Juniors, Marc Nelson and Charlie Riker at D and C positions and both taking ruthless 3-0 victories against Nick Manning and Mark Mimnagh. It was Digicel’s B player, Jody Jervis who claimed some glory with a 3-1 win over Tony Riker with some fantastic ball striking and shot making. Then came the match up of the night, digicels Julian Jervis against Alex Frazer of Sea elements, These guys have just returned from representing Cayman at the recent CAC games and were doubles partners. On paper Jervis got the nod through his previous victories over Alex in the lead up to the CAC Games and he also represented Cayman at #2 and Alex at #3 in the team event, however Frazer had a difference of opinion on the night. The match began with Frazer taking an early lead going 8-4 up in the first only for the lead to be clawed back by Jervis who claimed first blood 11/9, the second game began the same way as the first, but this time Frazer didn’t make the same errors and held onto ta lead closing the game out 11/6. Things were getting much more tense at this point and both players were so fired up, the fist pumping began early in this game after some tremendous rallies where both players had covered the court from corner to corner eventually squeezing an error from each other. They eventually found themselves at 9-9, this time Jervis pulled off 2 fantastic shots to win the game 11/9. The 4th was tight, literally point for point, then at 6all frazer seemed to be putting more work into the younger Jervis and managed to out maneuver him sufficiently to gain 2 well earned points, this kept his nose ahead and after trading the next few rallies he claimed the 4th game 11/8 to level things up for a 5th and final game. The crowd were on the edge of their seats and getting very vocal now, which seemed to help Frazer as it gave him real encouragement, the level of squash was superb and the court coverage was better than in the first few games, it really started to come down to consistency and choice of shot, this is where, perhaps to his surprise, Frazer was slightly more effective especially at the sharp end of the game. Once again they were sat at 9-9 in the fifth game and neither wanted to be on the wrong end of this result, Frazer managed to keep his cool and deliver some well timed shots and deft touches to expose Jervis and force him deep into the 4 corners of the court, this proved too much in the end and the final 2 points went to Alex Frazer giving him the win 11/9.
It was a fantastic finish to the Baker Tilly Corporate Squash league and everyone is very happy to be involved. All teams are looking forward to getting back at it in the new year. The New Baker Tilly corporate squash league will begin in feb 2015.
1 KPMG Kobras 88
2 Sea Elements 81
3 DMS 80
4 S & M Mixed Breed 78
5 UBS 64
6 Digicel Diehards 61
7 Baker Tilly 58
= The Directors 58
9 KPMG Racketeers 55
10 Harmonic Hitters 38
Round 8 of the Baker Tilly Corporate Squash league provided some strong competition with a late surge from Sea Elements who drowned out their opponents UBS without dropping a single game, claiming the maximum points on offer and bumping them up to 3rd spot. S & M mixed breed consolidated their 2nd position with a win over Digicel Diehards and KPMG Kobras have kept up their fine form on the top of the pile taking out Harmonic Hitters and stretching their lead to 9 points with only one match remaining in the league and its a match up between the top 2 teams, KPMG Kobras against S & M Mixed Breed.
Erik Fell of KPMG Kobras stumbled, but regained his footing to overcome Sean Murphy of Harmonic Hitters in a close 3-1 in the A position, this was followed by Samantha Hennings(Kobras captain) getting the better of Gavin McMaster in a 3-0 win. Cayman Junior and C player for KPMG, Emma Turnbull performed very well against Harmonics captain Clare Lazenby taking the match 3-0. The D match up was the tightest contest of the night, Tony Attenborough of Harmonic got a great start to take the first 2 games from Guatam Ganesh, the 3rd game went to a tie break and Guatam manage to edge out Tony 12-10. The momentum was certainly in Guatam’s favor and he held onto a 3 point lead throughout the game closing it out 11-8. The 5th game started much the same as the 4th with Guatam winning 3 early rallies and giving him the upper hand, Tony rallied well but couldn’t seem to close the gap and eventually the result went to Guatam 11-8 and 3 games to 2.
Baker Tilly Corporate Squash League Table
1 KPMG Kobras 81
2 S & M Mixed Breed 72
3 Sea Elements 71
4 DMS 67
5 UBS 62
6 Digicel Diehards 55
= Baker Tilly 55
8 The Directors 49
9 KPMG Racketeers 41
10 Harmonic Hitters 38