Another solid 5-0 performance last night from the 1st team despite missing a several players. For the first time this season we had to call up players from our 2nd team but they both duly won; 3-0 for Nigel Clemett at 5th string and 3-1 for Stewart Lynch at 4th string.
Ryan Picken, Luke Parker and Sam Osbourne-Wylde picked up the other wins. Our next 3 matches will be tough tests against the highest teams in the league and the crux of our campaign to win the division!
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A 4-1 win over Four Oaks, despite a weakened team keeps Arden on top of the league. Team captain Chris Ryder out on paternity leave left Ryan Picken, our Canadian pro, to play at 1st string. He came up short this time, losing 3-1 to PSA player Miles Jenkins. However, the rest of the team stayed in the winning habit, namely: Luke Parker, Hassan Khalil, Sam Osbourne-Wylde & Justyn Claydon.
Solihull Arden first team were back to winning ways on Monday 14th January as two new recruits helped them overturn Coventry and North Warwickshire first team 5-0 to remain top of the 1st division.
Rob Downer and Luke Parker have both been training at Solihull Arden in the Pro Academy this season and have finally got their call up to the team, both producing convincing wins. Rob produced the display of the evening with some entertaining and powerful squash that has become his trademark to dispatch Jack Turney 3-0 at number 1 string.
Luke looked relaxed at number 4 string despite dropping the first game to Howard Lancashire, always a tough competitor. Luke's court coverage has always been excellent but now he is adding more consistency to his front court game and becoming a more rounded player.
Picking up the other wins were Chris Ryder, Ryan Picken and teenager Sam Osborne-Wylde. The next match is on 21st Jan at home to Four Oaks.
The British Junior Open 2019 was a fantastic opportunity for RyderSquash juniors to play in the best annual junior squash tournament in the world on their own doorstep!
In total we had 8 players competing in the event who all had their ups and downs but everyone came out of the tournament with plenty of positives and showed a great attitude throughout.
Below are the final finishing positions.
U11 Ryan Bennett - 24th
U11 Smiley Khalil - 41st
U11 Ali Khalil - 45th
U11 Vinayak Chikerane - 61st
U13 James Averill - 40th
U15 Jack Awuye-North - 79th
U15 Sam Osborne Wylde - 13th
U17 Hassan Khalil - 20th
A special mention goes to Abd-Allah Eissa who won the U13 event and provided England's only winner in a fantastic match that saw him winning 14-12 in a tense finish!
Abd-Allah, who is coached by his dad, has been training at Solihull Arden Club weekly in the build-up to the event and attended our Pre-BJO elite camp. We send him our warmest congratulations and look forward to seeing him back in training next week!