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18/09/2012
9 TELECOM LEGENDS 2012
 

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Monday 17th September (Final)


Palmer v Power

The tag line ‘Rivalries Never Die’ was never more appropriate than in a combustible final between David Palmer and Jonathon Power. Both former World no1s 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 was’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 trade mark 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.

 

David Palmer beat Jonathon Power 9/11 14/12 11/8 11/7              75 minutes

 

Monday 17th September (3rd Place Play Off)


White v Nicol

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 with extreme force. The first game was played in great spirits with both players engaging with good humoured banter with referee Malcom 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, atleast in terms of scoreline with Nicol leading 9/3 and White getting back to 9/9 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 saved two but on the third attempt a straight volley kill saw White close out the encounter in style.

 

John White beat Peter Nicol 11/9 9/11 11/9

 

Sunday 16th September 2012
 

Power v Nicol

Jonathon Power put in an imperious performance on Super Sunday to put arch rival Peter Nicol to the sword and set up a potentially explosive Monday night final with David Palmer. The opening game was classic, with both players clearly enjoying renewing their rivalry. Each trying to find ways to expose their opponent using all the court-craft they could muster. Power is certainly in the best shape he has been in for a couple of years, and was moving quickly on to Nicol’s drops at the front giving himself enough time to hold, flick and drive the ball away from his opponent.

 

Nicol battle valiantly but could do little to halt the tide of winners and it was the mercurial Canadian that took the first. The second was a one-way rout, albeit played at high intensity and with no quarter given. Power is never one to give away points and he was merciless as he moved to 9/0 and it was only a sidewall nick that got Nicol on the scoreboard at all! A few rallies later and it was all over and a much awaited final between the ’Marine’ Palmer and the ‘Maestro’ Power will now have top billing on the Monday night.

 

Jonathon Power beat Peter Nicol 11/7 11/2

 

Palmer v White

David Palmer maintained his unbeaten record on the Legends Squash Tour with an action packed 2-1 win over long-time friend & rival John White. As expected it was a big hitting affair with both players striking the ball fiercely to all corners of court much to the delight of the crowd. White was on great form, not just with the racket but also chatting to the referee, the crowd and indeed himself. Palmer kept his concentration early on but White managed to find is range when game ball down saving two and then closing it out at the first attempt as Palmer unusually clipped the tin with backhand drop. However, he kept his cool at the start of the second in the face of some ferocious ball striking from White and somehow managed to keep a very hot bouncy ball under control to win the game.

 

The third followed a similar pattern and although Palmer started to look a little weary it was White who tired and towards the end was forced to dive to try and stay in the rally. Each time causing a welcome rest as the court was cleaned, but  finally after just under 50 minutes of swash buckling squash it was Palmer who was the victor and the first name in Monday nights final.

 

David Palmer beat John White 10/12 11/7 11/5

 

Power Back On for 9Telecom Legends 2012

 

Jonathon Power is fired up for a return to the 9 Telecom Legends of Squash after a disappointing tournament in 2011 when he was forced to retire on day two with an elbow injury sustained against Nick Taylor, that effectively ruined his chances of success.

 

Twelve months on and Power is relishing the prospect of crossing rackets with perennial rival Peter Nicol in the group stage, before setting up a grand final tilt at ‘new boy’ David Palmer. ‘It was really disappointing not to be able perform to the best of my ability last year’ commented former World Champion Power from his National Squash Academy in Toronto ‘I felt I was in good form, as proved to be the following week when I won in Aberdeen, so I am looking forward to putting the record straight this year’.

 

‘It is great to have David join the tour this year, in some ways it is a new challenge but in many an extension of a fiery old one as people will see if they check out some of our matches on You Tube!!’ said Power with a wry smile.

 

The Gold Tour event will take place from 14-17th September on the stunning Courtwall all-glass court situated in the heart of the St. Georges Hill LT & SC.

 

The top seeds need to also be wary of ex-World no.1 & world’s hardest hitter John White and ex-World no.3 Simon Parke. The exciting line-up of Legends is completed the world’s most capped squash player, Derek Ryan, a former world no.7 himself as two local wildcards in the form of ex-World no.11 Stephen Meads and 7-time European Club Champion Tim Garner.

 

Tickets are selling quickly so anyone interested in attending is advised to contact the club asap or risk missing out. Prices from £15-£30 for the 9 Telecom Legends event are now on sale from the St. Georges Hill Club: 01932 843541

 

There are also opportunities to get on court with Power and his fellow Legends by booking up slots on the Legends Clinic at £20 per person.

 

Last year the event was close to a sell-out, and tickets priced from £15-£35 are now on sale from the club on 01932 843541

 

There are also opportunities to get on court with the Legends with a series of Legends Clinics running over the weekend. Contact Tim Garner on Tgarner@eventis-sports.com for more information.

Mouth-Watering Draw Announced for the 9Telecom Legends

 

Eventis Sports Marketing has released details of the draw for the third edition of the 9Telecom Legends of Squash at St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club, Surrey.

 

The Gold Tour event will take place from 14th-17th September and the pools have thrown up some mouth-watering clashes across the weekend.

 

Group A

1. David Palmer

2. John White

3. Derek Ryan

4. Tim Garner (w/card)

 

Group B

1. Peter Nicol

2. Jonathon Power

3. Simon Parke

4. Stephen Meads (w/card)


The 9Telecom Legends kicks off on Friday evening with the pick of the matches being Canadian Jonathon Power against ex-World no.4 Simon Parke. The latter still keeps himself in great shape turning out in several national leagues around Europe and will provide a stern opening test for the mercurial former World Champion.

Making his debut in Weybridge, Irish international Derek Ryan will kick off against John White. Ryan has been capped over 200 times for his country, making him the most capped squash player of all time, and as a former World no.7 he will add yet more quality to the field. White, a former world number one, is a firm fan favourite wherever he turns out.


Peter Nicol & Simon Parke have had some high energy encounters over the years, one of the most memorable being an epic in the Super Series Finals at the Broadgate Arena. Whilst the pace might not be quite at the same level their clash is sure to be the pick of the matches on Saturday with neither player wanting to lose, a true example that ‘rivalries never die’!

That same evening Ryan will also look to stop David Palmer’s march towards a second successive Legends title. Having lost in four tough games in Namur at the end of May, Ryan will be hoping the best of three format will give him the opportunity to reverse that result.


‘Super Sunday’ sees old adversaries Power & Nicol lock horns in a repeat of the 2010 9Telecom Legends final, which Nicol edged in four games. Also that evening Palmer takes on White in a rematch of their 2002 World Open final in Antwerp. On that occasion White had a match ball, but it was Palmer who came out on top to lift the first of his two World Open titles.

 

Last year the event was close to a sell-out, and tickets priced from £15-£35 are now on sale from the club on 01932 843541

 

There are also opportunities to get on court with the Legends with a series of Legends Clinics running over the weekend. Contact Tim Garner on Tgarner@eventis-sports.com for more information.

 

Preview

Palmer Makes UK Legends Debut at the 9Telecom Legends at St. George’s Hill

Eventis Sports Marketing has confirmed that the Former World Champion David Palmer will take part in the third edition of the 9 Telecom Legends of Squash at St. Georges Hill Lawn Tennis Club, Surrey.

The Gold Tour event will take place from 14-17th September 2012 and headlining the event this year will be Former World Champion and Ex-World Number 1 David Palmer. Having made a successful debut on the Legends of Squash Tour in Belgium in May beating Peter Nicol in the final, Palmer will be hoping to continue his success in the UK having picked up four British Open titles during his professional career.

Nick-named ‘The Marine’, Palmer retired from the PSA World Tour last November but has remained in great shape and will provide a tough test for the returning Legends. This year’s event promises to be the strongest yet featuring four Ex-World no.1s who have amassed over 150 titles during their illustrious careers. However, Messrs Jonathon Power, Peter Nicol and John White will all be keen show Palmer that life on the Legends tour can be just as competitive as it was on the PSA.

Palmer had a phenomenally successful professional career adding two World Open titles to his British Open haul, and he is keen to add to the silverware with success on the Legends Tour ‘It was great to be invited to be part of the Legends Tour’ said Palmer from his home, and training academy, in Florida. ‘I have had some great battles with the guys over the years and look forward to many more! The event in Namur showed that the rivalries can continue for a few more years albeit on a slightly less intense level!’

This year ex-World no.7 and the most capped squash player of all time Irishman Derek Ryan also joins the fray. With former World no.4 Simon Parke, 7-time European Club Champion Tim Garner and ex-British National Champion Stephen Meads completing the mouth-watering line-up, it is destined to be a marvellous few days of squash in Weybridge.

Last year the event was close to a sell-out and tickets priced from £15-£35 for the 9 Telecom Squash Legends event are now on sale from the club on 01932 843541

There are also opportunities to get on court with the Legends with a series of Legends Clinics running over the weekend. Contact Tim Garner on Tgarner@eventis-sports.com for more information.