The on court playing order for today was boy 1 girl boy 2.
The under 17’s were first on court this morning against Scotland who can count themselves unfortunate to have landed in the lower place play-offs. Their pool was a particularly close one with a number of two one match’s.
First on court was Trym who was feeling the effects of his marathon struggle yesterday against the German number one. In spite of this he moved fluidly and played some good squash to achieve a number of game balls in the first game. However he was not able to capitalise on this lead instead made a number of errors on the last few key points of the game losing it 14 points to 12.
After the disappointment of the first game he quickly re-grouped in the second playing tactically mature squash with low hard drives which proved very effective against his taller opponent. He took that to level the match at one all.
The last two games were frustratingly close with the Scottish number one just managing to have the edge over the Norwegian in both games, takeing the match by three games to one. All credit to Trym for pushing the German and the Scottish number ones close on consecutive days, countries with a long tradition of producing good players.
Andrea followed on the same court against the Scottish number one who had been the stalwart of the Scottish team in the pool matches. Undoubtedly the best striker of the ball in the woman at this event she quickly raced away with the first game with some devas ting power hitting. All credit to Andrea who managed to stay positive under relentless pressure and was rewarded in the second and third games with a number of points but was not able to come close to taking a set.
Last on court was Daniel P against a smaller more agile opponent. Unfortunately he was not able to create the ‘state of flow’ he achieved yesterday. The match was characterised by short exchanges and the scot took the match by three games to nil.
The under 15’s took to the court at 15.30 against Finland. Sigurd was first on court against the Finish number one. He managed to use his height and reach advantage to good effect dominating the T from the start and forcing a string of errors from his diminutive opponent. The Norwegian number one quickly took two games to nil lead hitting a variety of shots that his opponent had no answer too!
The third and what proved to be the final game the finish player came out firing on all cylinders. This led to a hard fought first few rallies but it was the Norwegian who held his nerve and ran out a worthy winner by three sets to nil.
Lotte T was second on court against a nervous looking Finnish girl. She started well playing thoughtful squash. However once the finish girl had pushed through her initial nerves she quickly took control of the match with some devastating drives which the Norwegian girl could not get back.Despite valiant efforts from Lotte the finish girl never looked like losing and took the match by three games to nil. That levelled the tie at one match each.
The decider was between the male second string player’s representing Norway was Filip P against a giant of an opponent in every manor. The Finish player was twice as wide as his Norwegian opponent and half again as tall.
The finish player put these advantages to good use in the first 2 games dominating the centre of the court blocking out his diminutive opponent. It was 2-0 to the finish number 2 and it was time for a change of tactic. In the third game Filip pushed up the court moving the mountain of an opponent of the T and took command of the third taking it reasonably comfortably. After the time out the finish player came out firing on all cylinders. There were some hotly disputed let decisions by the referee during this period of the match. Most of these went in the favour of the finish player and he quickly took what looked like an unstoppable lead. However the Norwegian managed to claw back a string of points whilst match point down. In the end the gap proved too much and the finish player secured a 2-1 win for Finland. All credit to the Norwegian team for putting up a splendid performance.
Tomorrow is the finals day and the Norwegian teams are playing at 11.30 and 01.30 further reports to follow. Full results from this event can be found on www.tournamentsoftware.com.