Palmer powers to 9Tel Legends title

David Palmer maintained his unbeaten Legends record as he beat Jon Power in a 75-minute final at St George’s Hill in Surrey.

9 Telecom Legends of Squash 2012, St George’s Hill, Surrey
Monday 17th Sep, Day FOUR:

Doubles:          Meads&Parke bt Garner&Ryan   7/11, 11/9, 1/0
3rd/4th:         John White bt Peter Nicol    11/9, 9/11, 11/9
Grand Final:    David Palmer bt Jonathon Power 9/11, 14/12, 11/8, 11/7 (75m)

Palmer Powers Home in Legends Final

The tag line ‘Rivalries Never Die’ was never more appropriate than in a combustible final between David Palmer and Jonathon Power.

Both former World Number Ones and World Champions, they went at each other toe to toe trying to wrestle the ‘T’ and the initiative from one another.

Palmer took the lead in the first, building up a solid 9/5 start but some unforced errors allowed Power back into it and a final one in to tin gave the Canadian first blood.

The action really heated up in the second as both players stepped up court and the pressure on the referee as the match deteriorated into a bit of a street fight. With neither player prepared to back down and recognising the potential significance of the game, the crowd were treated to an old school encounter with both players trying to manoeuvre each other with the ball and their bodies!

Power had chances to open up a two game lead but Palmer held his nerve saving two game balls and eventually winning it on a Power ‘No Let’!

The third settled down a little as Palmer got a little bit of a stranglehold and won it in relative comfort but Power wasn’t quite done. He raised his game another notch to race to a 6/1 lead and it looked as though a decider was on the cards, but Palmer steadied the ship and charged to match ball in double quick time as Power started to look like he was in some physical discomfort.

A couple of trademark trick shots saved two match balls but after 75 minutes of enthralling squash it was Palmer who was crowned Nine Telecom Legends Champion.

In an interesting twist of fate the two finalists will line up against each other on the opening night of the Xodus Group Aberdeen Legends on Friday. Power will be looking for revenge, and the crowd will be looking forward to another instalment in the rivalry.

Meads/Parke Combo Nick Doubles Win

Stephen Meads and Simon Parke won the sudden death point to seal a win in the doubles that opened up the evenings entertainment at the Nine Telecom Squash Legends at St. Georges Hill.

Derek Ryan & Tim Garner won the first, albeit in the midst of some confusion with the referee having been told the play was to 15, while all four players were happy with 11!

The pace increased in the second with both teams looking to get a win on the board, and after several mad cap rallies with the ball firing between limbs and past heads it was the Parke/Meads combination that edged it.

The one point shoot out was a cautious affair until event organiser Garner had clearly seen enough and put the ball into the top of the tin!

White hot for third

John White was in his usual maverick form in the third/fourth play-off with Peter Nicol. Always being a bit of an entertainer it was the perfect stage for White to display his full array of shots, normally played with extreme force.

The first game was played in great spirits with both players engaging with good humoured banter with referee Malcolm Whitely.

It was White who opened a first and decisive lead 8/4 and despite Nicol throwing himself around the court to peg back the deficit, White edged it 11/9.

The second was a role reversal, at least in terms of scoreline with Nicol leading 9/3 and White getting back to 9-all before losing out 9/11.

The decider was nip & tuck all the way and a 8/7 it was anyone’s but it was White who set up first match balls.

Nicol save two but on the third attempt a straight volley kill saw White close out the encounter in style.

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