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GB Vets v RAC Pall Mall
19th April 2023

With a gap of some 5 years, mainly due to Covid, the GB Vets again took on the RAC at Pall Mall.

With Squash Levels providing a reasonable guide to playing strengths, potentially all matches should have been close. And so it proved!

Strings 3 and 4 went to 5. Mandy Akin taking on regular adversary Jill Campion. One all, two all with Mandy slightly below par seemed to be heading for defeat but she never gives up easily and powered through to win the 5th 11/2.

John Goodrich on the other hand went 2/0 down, then scrambled back to 2/2 having been match ball down in the 4th, but then succumbed in the 5th.

Robert Smith at No.5 struggled with a much younger and fitter opponent and lost 0/3.
Dermot Hurford at No.1 played fellow GB Vet Richard Winter in a match of high quality with Dermot’s length and accuracy winning in the end 3/0.

So at 2/2 in matches it was left to Dan Sweeney to take on the RAC’s manager/captain James Gardner. Dan’s flashes of brilliance were no match for James’ solid, consistent, accurate play and after a hard fought battle it was all over and the RAC claimed an overall 3/2 victory.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening finished off with drinks and an excellent buffet in the Long Bar. Huge thanks to James G for the RAC’s abundant generosity and hospitality.

So an RAC win 3/2 in matches and 11/8 in games
Full results were as follows:

  RAC   GB Vets    
1 Richard Winter lost to Dermot Hurford 0-3 9/11, 8/11, 6/11
2 James Gardner beat Dan Sweeney 3-0 11/9, 11/4, 11/9
3 Jill Campion lost to Mandy Akin 2/3 11/3, 8/11, 9/11, 11/6, 2/11
4 Ed Bishop beat John Goodrich 3-2 11/9, 11/7, 8/11, 14/16, 11/3
5 Lloyd Watters beat Robert Smith 3-0 11/2, 11/3, 11/3


Nigel Belle
Non playing Match Manager

GB Vets team: Nigel Belle, Dermot Hurford, John Goodrich, Robert Smith, Mandy Akin, Dan Sweeney.

Both teams