daily reports from St George's
Tue 20-Oct, Day TWO, Qualifying Finals:
 Ben Coleman
(Eng) 3-2 Angus Gillams (Eng)
11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (96m)
George Parker (Eng) 3-2 James Earles (Eng)
13-15, 13-15, 11-9 (88m)
 Peter Creed (Wal) 3-0  Tom Ford (Eng)
12-10, 11-7, 11-6
 Kristian Frost (Den) 3-0  Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 11-5
Qualifying complete at St George's
Day Two of the CLIC Sargent PSA
Classic at St George's Hill, with four places in the main draw
to be decided.
first two matches were marathons as qualifying top seed
Ben Coleman met Angus Gillams just a few days after
their match at the BSPA Wimbledon Cup - Coleman again the
winner - and George Parker let a two-game lead over James
Earles slip before clinching his place in the main draw.
After two English winners, Welshman Peter Creed
took the third spot, pulling away after a close opening game
against Tom Ford , and Denmark's Kristian Frost took the
final place after a hard-fought three game win over qualifying
second seeded Aussie Steve Finitsis.
reward is another all-English match against top seed Daryl Selby
while Parker meets Finland's Olli Tuominen, Frost faces German
Raphael Kandra and Creed comes up against second seed Chris
Round one starts at 13.00 on Wednesday.
Coleman (Eng) 3-2
Angus Gillams (Eng)
12-14, 12-10, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5 (96m)
NOT AS FLUID AS WE WOULD HAVE LIKED
would be tempted to agree with Ben’s aftermatch quote “the
less is said about the match, the better”. Just the third
game, I counted 19 lets.
If yesterday, Angus was chatting faaaaaar too much, bless
his strong glutes, today, it was Ben’s time to entertain us
with a few – to say the least – discussions with the ref!
OK, to his defence, there were two decisions at the start of
the game that made the players doubt a bit of his
capacities. But overall, he was not that bad, but George was
playing far too much with the ref, included him into the
match, maybe Angus was a bit tired too, maybe didn’t move
out of the way as much as he would have liked it.
the pace was extremely high, they both played extremely hard
and gave their best out there. And as today Angus was not
chatting as much, I was able to focus on his game and not on
prevented my teeth grinding not to disturb the other
lefthander has a great potential, he is physically very
strong, his backhand is more accurate than his forehand I
feel, but he’s got a wicked wrist, found some lovely trickle
boast/redrop. If he finds a bit of discipline in his game,
he’ll soon get much higher than his 103 ranking.
As for Ben, he needs to go back to his “I don’t get involved
with what the other player/ref is doing, focusing on my
game” statement he gave me yesterday. He is clever enough in
his squash to move forward. But the head must follow the
"The less is said about the match, the better. It’s
frustrating as well as I’ve come away from that, I’m
enjoying my squash much more, I’m more relaxed on court. I
don’t like that type of squash, I don’t think it’s
Parker (Eng) 3-2 James Earles (Eng)
11-8, 11-9, 13-15, 13-15, 11-9 (88m)
It took none less than 7 match balls for the 19 years old
George Parker, who just broke into the top 100 last month
(98) to beat his compatriot James Earles 22, and WR85.
Needless to say it’s a big deal, and it’s very good result
indeed for the youngster.
did those 88m goes smoothly? Not exactly…
First game, pretty close, 6/6, 7/7, with George depth takes
the game, 11/8. Just in case you never saw George play, he
is pretty tall and strong for a 19 years old (looks more
like 29 to be honest), but he’s got a very fluid movement,
he uses his height very well, and finds lovely shots at the
back. James is a different type of player. Much shorter, a
bit of a scrum half type of boy, very fast too, with like
Angus, is left-handed AND with the same wicked wrist! The
mix of those two opposite type of players gave us a great
match to watch…
very good start for George in the second, 5/1, 6/2, but
DogWithABone Earles just digs in, and slowly covers the gap
to come back to 7/7. 8/8. Despite a too many unforced
errors, for both, the game is pretty entertaining, 10/8 game
ball Georges, 11/9. He is now up 2/0.
Does he relax a bit? Does James decide that now is the time
to act? And just goes for more shots at the front? Probably
bit of both. 7/3 James, 8/4. Still, this time, it’s George’s
turn to dig in and come back to 8/8, 9/9! Make a long story
shot, James will save one math ball at 11/10, but will need
4 game balls to close out the game, 15/13.
in the 4th again a great start for the Hull Boy Earles, 6/2,
but again a come back take George back to 7/8. A typical
“nerves moment” for James, 10/7 game ball, three unforced
errors! Again a long story short, James will save 2 match
balls this time, and will forced a decider on his 5th game
I’m knackered just looking at them…
Back to the mill. A stupendous start for George, 6/0, 7/2,
8/4, match ball yet again at 10/6. Some lovely squash coming
out from James’ racquet, a few heating discussions from the
Tall George with Angus the Ref. And it will basically take
the young man 7 match balls in total to eventually finally
at the end win the match, 11/9 in the 5th.
many match balls? Far too many for sure!
I didn’t do anything particularly well. I just dug in, and
stuck at it.
There were phases of good play, but that’s about it. I
battled it out…"
Creed (Wal) 3-0  Tom Ford (Eng)
12-10, 11-7, 11-6 (37m)
GRINDING IT WAY…
of those matches where you think mmm, player X is surely
going to win easily, he is pretty comfy out there, and in
fact, you get it completely wrong!
The ¾ of the first game, Tom Ford was just in control. He
was way in front, despatching superb length and finding
stunning drop shots.
Pete just kept digging and hanging in there, coming back
from 1/4 to 4/4, and 6/9 to 9/9. Some long and disputed
rallies as we arrived at the business end of the game, and
it’s against the run of play the Welsh that takes the opener
on his second game ball, 12/10.
The second is still rather close, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, and again,
maybe Tom is playing a bit too defensively, it’s Peter that
creates the opportunities, and seizes them, 8/5, 9/6, 11/7
Peter on his first game ball.
The third, a terrible start for Tom – or a great for Pete,
4/0. Tom will never catch up the big gap, 7/4, 9/5, and it’s
a good victory for WR75 Peter, 11/6 against WR78 Tom on
their first ever PSA encounter (thanks SquashInfo).
analysis, I didn’t play well, but I was mentally strong
today, I was quite composed. My defence shots were ok I
felt, and I tried and use my speed not only to defend, but
also to attack. I was never relaxed, but I was mentally
I tried to hit the right shot at the right time, but it just
didn’t come off! Every shot I was telling myself, ‘get it
behind the box’, and I never did! And I tried the next one.
And again, it was not behind it!!! He was always trying to
do something with the ball, where I was just couldn’t play
the shot the way I wanted. I think that the old me two years
ago would have gone all over the place and got my knickers
in a twist.
But today, I managed to stay focused, thanks to David Evans
that kept me focus he helped me settle down a little and
prevented me from playing silly shots!
 Kristian Frost (Den) 3-0
 Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 11-5
game was probably crucial in this match. Kristian was pretty
up for this, not sure that Steve was. Let me explain what I
mean. It feels to me Steve is the kind of player that seems
to play at his best when playing for a team, but when he
plays for his own benefit, he sometimes doesn’t have the
And probably, the match would have been much longer had
Steve taken the first. It was a close game for sure. 6/6,
7/7, Kristian getting a 2 points lead, only to mishit the
ball twice, 9/9.
stroke gave him game ball, 10/9. Six decisions later,
another stroke after some very very very long rallies gave
him the game, 11/9.
The next two games were on the same pattern really, with
Steve getting the wrong end of very long rallies, the score
not telling the story really, 8/2, 8/4, 10/6, 11/7. The
third is about the same, with a few too many unforced errors
from Steve (I counted 4), 6/2, 10/4, 11/5…
Happy with that victory Kristian was…
talked it through with my coach John Williams, he devised a
game plan, and I just executed well, even if the first game
was very tough indeed.
When I managed to set up a small lead, I was able to play a
few drops/boasts to the front, that frustrated him a bit
I was not expecting a 3/0 I was DREAMING of a 3/0! Nowadays,
a 3/0 is just such a gift, it makes such a difference, had I
won in 2h, I would have been slightly tired, wouldn’t I! The
quicker, the better!!"