National Finals : Bloodied but unbowed
Luton and Dunstable Squash club travelled to Hallamshire Squash Club for the National Clubs Finals weekend with high hopes of taking the main title for the first time, but returned disappointed despite coming a very creditable third and wondering what might have been.
Saturday saw LDS take on red hot favourites, last year’s runners up and many times previous winners, Colets. The feeling in the camp was that the LDS top two players of Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller would be too strong for Colets and that perhaps LDS would be too weak at strings 4 and 5 therefore making the third string tie pivotal and that was the first match up.
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The first team team finished third pictured below
Our spring chickens competing in the over 45's pictured below: Left to right Glen Bush, Steve Wells and Paul Main.
National Club Championships: Green For Go As LDS March Into Semi's
Teenage sensation Joe Green set LDS up for a fabulous result as they crushed Coolhurst 4-1 to reach the semi-final of the ESR National Squash Club Championships. Having despatched the legendary Edgbaston club in the previous round LDS knew that there reputation would go before them as the travelled to Coolhurst in North London on Saturday but no one could have predicted the final outcome.
The evening was always going to be emotional with team-mate Harry Faulkner having been buried the day before and Club Chairman Paul Main kicked off the evening with a short speech in his honour before a bucket collection raised nearly £500 in his memory.
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Picture Left to Right: Joe Green, March Woolhead, Adrian Waller, Steve Davies and Daryl Selby
LDSC Herts Champions
On a tense night at Lewsey Sports Park LDS won their final match of the season to clinch the division 4 title of the Herts League in their debut season, but it was far from plain sailing. On paper, with Radlett 2 already relegated, the casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that on paper it would be stroll in the park with LDS not even requiring a match win just 8 points.
Winning Team Left to Right: Kachinga Kabwe, Steve Wells, Paul Main, Craig Basham and Scot Adam
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Fun Fridays - Young, Old, New, Experienced Players - Come On Have A Hit !
Big Hit comes to LDS England Squash and Racketball's new marketing initiative, The Big Hit, comes to LDS on Friday.
New and existing players are invited along to come and have an informal hit on court between 18.45 and 20.45 for only a fiver.
Match Reports : First Team Push For Play Off Final
The LDS First team pulled of a great victory away at Silsoe, whilst the Herts League side moved to within one win of the title with a victory over Broxbourne.
In the Beds League the Luton and Dunstable first team were away to Silsoe and hoping to make it two wins out of two in the play offs. The team were not quite at full strength and the two sides looked evenly matched on paper.
However, it was Silsoe that got off to a flying start with victories at number 5 and 4 in the order. Steve Wells at 5 as ever battled bravely against his hard hitting opponent Stuart Bithrey but despite taking the 3rd game ended up losing 3-1. Meanwhile Dave Pugh came up against an in form Stewart Williams. Dave lost the first comfortably before getting into the match and pushing him close in both the 2nd and 3rd but ultimately lost 3-0 ....
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Silsoe 8 - 13 LDS1
Nathan Derrick 0 - 3 Steve Davies
Ivan Schimanski 1 - 3 Matt Mulara
Richard Earl 1 - 3 Scot Adam
Stewart Williams 3 - 0 Dave Pugh
Stuart Bithrey 3 - 1 Steve Wells
LDS 17 - 8 Broxbourne 5 ( Herts League )
Kachinga Kabwe 3 - 0 Keeley Taylor
Matt Mulara 3 - 0 Peter Izatt
Craig Basham 3 - 2 Dan Collison
Steve Wells 1 - 3 Alex O’Sullivan
Paul Main 3 - 2 Andy Davis
The first ladies league is due to come to an end at the end of this month with Fulya Hind currently leading the way and Amy Rigby and Debbie Main in hot pursuit.The ladies squash night continues to take place Wednesday evening at 6.45pm. Please spread the word if you know of anyone that may wish to take part as we are always looking to grow this section of the club.
January League Winners
Premier League: Steve Wells
League 1 : Adrian John
League 2 : Dave Merrel
League 3: Trevor Foreman
League 4 : No Games Played
League 5: Matthew Freeman
It is with huge sadness that we have to announce the untimely and tragic death of Harry Faulkner at the tender age of 18. Harry died doing what he loved, playing squash in St Albans in the Herts league on Thursday 7th Feb, from what appears to be a massive cardiac arrest.
Harry, pictured below second from left, has represented the club in the last two rounds of the National Club Championships and although not a regular at the club he is well known by many as a charming lad, who played the game in the right spirit and appeared to be destined for great things as he embarked on his professional career.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his parents Stefan and Donna and his younger sister Charlie.
A full obituary will appear in due course.
Harry Faulkner RIP
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Lutonians thrilled as World Number 11 Daryl Selby turns out for Luton First Team
On 12th of January Luton and Dunstable Squash Club marked only its second season in the National Club Championship with a dramatic win over Midland’s giants Edgbaston. An afternoon of high drama and top quality squash, the likes of which has never been witnessed anywhere in the County, far less in Luton, in living memory unfolded on Saturday at Active Luton’s Lewsey Sports Park.
Daryl Selby world Number 11 kicked off the proceedings against Chris Ryder ranked 37 in the World Ranking.
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Luton Dunstable Squash Club ( LDSC) Team Photo ( below ) : Left to Right Harry Faulkner, Marc Woolhead, Steve Davies, Adam Auckland, Daryl Selby, referee, Chris Ryder, Chris Truswell, Lee James, Tom Ford, John Geekie
Focus on Committee Member: Paul White
Paul " I started playing squash almost 45 years ago and I'm living proof that you can play squash when you're over 65. Unfortunately I haven't been getting any better for the past 20 years whereas my opponents have! Anyway I still enjoy the competition and try to play all of my League games each month.
As Treasurer I'm very pleased at the level of activity within the Club and that our financial situation is reasonably secure"
Beds Junior Open - The Results
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Well done to all the participants, parents, organisers and sponsors see you next year.
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Junior Championship 2012
Saturday 21st July marked a landmark occasion for LDSRC with its first ever club Juniors Championships. Read the full report click here
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