Women (order 3, 1, 2)
Men (order 4, 1, 2, 3)
Femmes Place 3/4:
Pessac 3-0 Lorient
3. Noellie Boden 3-0 Cécile Davesne
11/2, 11/8, 11/9 (20m)
1. Tesni Evans 3-0 Elspeth Young
11/4, 11/4, 11/5 (17m)
2. Charlotte Delsinne 3-2 Laura Paquemar
6/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/3, 11/8 (47m)
Hommes Place 3/4:
Valenciennes 0-3 Valence
Lavigne v Dimitri Steinman
12/10, 11/9, 5/11, 4/11, 5/11 (50m)
Anjema 1-3 Grégoire Marche
12/14, 8/11, 13/11, 4/11 (66m)
Tuominen 1-3 Nicolas Muller
5/11, 11/5, 7/11, 9/11
3. Carlos Cornes v Reiko Peter
Men: Mulhouse 3-1 Aix
Thierry Lincou 3-1 Benjamin Aubert
11/9, 7/11, 11/8, 11/9 (71m)
1. Mathieu Castagnet 0-3 Grégory Gaultier
1/11, 5/11, 6/11 (31m)
2. Borja Golan 3-0 Geoffrey Demont
12/10, 11/8, 11/5 (30m)
3. James Willstrop 3-0 Fabien Verseille
11/7, 11/9, 11/2 (30m)
Women: Créteil 1-2 Mulhouse
3. Anna Klinundova 0-1 Laura Pomportes
5/11, 11/6, 9/11, 2/11 (40mn)
1. Camille Serme 2-3 SJ Perry
11/7, 3/11, 11/8, 5/11, 7/11
2. Coline Aumard 2-1 Natalie Grinham
9/11, 11/8, 13/11
What a glorious
day for the Host
Sarah Jane got the last point and finally scored on her
third match ball to seal her first ever victory on Camille
Serme, it took all of the Nordic "retenue" of Manager Thierry
Jung not to burst into tears.
Imagine that: both his teams getting the titles, retaining for
the Men - their 4th in a row - and getting it back out of
Creteil's Mouth, 6th for the girls (5 plus 1 with one year
Double the pleasure. Double the ecstasy. Double wammy. And at
home, if you please....
Town Mayor, young politician Jean Rottner was over the
moon. He is a fervent supporter of squash in Mulhouse, and
several times today, fitting the big moments in his hectic
schedule, tweeting the link to the streaming to all his
followers, and making sure he was back to give the Cup to the
The public - faithful followers and passionate - was beyond
happy. And the players - the girls especially - were exuding
For the men it was more or less expected, and when Thierry The
Guv Lincou clinched the victory against young wolf Benji Aubert
- who took Renan Lavigne's scalp yesterday 3/0 - the Mulhouse
ship was sailing in the right direction.
And the sharp defeat of Captain Mathieu Castagnet in the hand of
World Champion Greg Gaultier didn't stop Borja to beat Geoffrey
Demont in a close 3/0, with James Willstrop having to win two
games against Fabien Verseile, PSA President obliging the crowd
with flair and diligence, as ever...
For the bronze, Valence for the Men
overtook Valenciennes 3/0, while Pessac, for their second year
only with the Big Girls, winning against Lorient quite
A good day all over really, no shouting, no arguing, good
squash, good atmosphere, and short speeches at the end...
"Nobody beats me
25 times in a row and get away with it...
Yes, I think I was a bit hungry today. She beat me so many
times, and they took two titles away from us last year, both
France and European Cup.
So I decided that today was the day...
At match ball, I went a bit too passive, as she made a few
errors in the 5th I was waiting for her to make the error more
Which was what took me to match ball in the first place!
The difference today. is that I'm fitter, I'm stronger, both
physically and on the mental side of things."
Pessac with the Bronze!
I played against Sarah Jane, and she was sharp from the start,
and she was finding great shots. At 10/9 in the 3rd, I had game
ball, but she just played two superb shots, and there is nothing
you can do against that. So I was a bit disapointed.
Today against Scot Elspeth Young, I saw that she had good hands
and nice drop shots so I tried to keep her away from there, and
extended the rallies. Good match.
It's only my second season with Pessac, and last year was their
first time in top league, so we are pretty happy with this
result, reaching the podium was our goal...
Valenciennes v Valence
Renan Lavigne 2-3
12/10, 11/9, 5/11,
4/11, 5/11 (50mn)
I was expecting a
tough encounter, as Renan is a former top 20, and I was
therefore ready for a big battle.
I trusted my physicality, and felt pretty good throughout. I
still got a bit tired after the second game, but I told myself
he was probably feeling it too, and even worse! So I kept
I'm happy with my game overall, especially with the fact I kept
my focus and didn't lose my game plan in the last three games,
which was putting him behind me and making him work hard,
Also, happy with my short game, didn't make too many errors. So
happy with my performance, even if I was a bit unlucky not to
take the first two games.
Olli Tuominen 1-3
5/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/9 (55mn)
A hard battle but
a fair one. As ever when you play Olli. We actually were talking
about it after the match, telling each other how nice it is to
play against an opponent that clear the ball, only ask lets when
he has to, and just plays the ball. That's the way squash should
I played good squash in patches, but as somebody that just pick
up his racquet after a little break, a few big BIG loss of
Olli surprised me when he came out in the second, he played
tight, and didn't give me any chances...
Happy to finish the season on a win, now onto the next chapter
of my life, moving to Paderborn, and going to train with Rosner
and Rafa. Hopefully going to super strong at the start of the
12/14, 8/11, 13/11, 4/11 (66mn)
Not much to say
about it Fram, it was a good match, I played well, he played
Disapointed but not that much as I'm happy with the way I played
today, it's funny, I played well yesterday against Gaultier, and
still lost 3/0 and today, I play well against Greg, and I take a
game, could have won it.
Mind you, playing Gaultier yesterday was like a crash course to
get your anticipation back!
2. Borja Golan 3-0
12/10, 11/8, 11/5 (30m)
If yesterday I thought I was
playing well, and was happy with my game/shots, but today I was
not alert enough, had biiiig lapses of concentration during the
first two games, and he took advantage of it, pretty close games
Not happy with the way I played, but happy to give the win to
the team, we are pretty close to a final victory now...
3. James Willstrop
3-0 Fabien Verseille
11/7, 11/9, 11/2 (30mn)
Like I said yesterday, a lot of
guys will look forward to a well deserve break, but I'm not! I'm
keen and I was enjoying this!!!
Those teams we are playing have a lot of experience, they have
been competing for a long time, they've been around...
And on those "club courts" we often talk about, when you are out
of match practice, they are looking for you, and there is a very
fine line between "them" and "us" really!
I couldn't walk on there and just piss about, I had to really
work hard. He is attacking very well and plays fast, so he was
winning a few rallies in a row, no physical deficit.
So I had to make sure I would keep him working hard behind me,
and extend the rallies.
As for the victory, we didn't start well with Mulhouse, I think
we didn't win anything for 4 years or so, but now we are doing
ok, and it's our 4th title in a row...
Women - (order 3, 1, 2)
Femmes: Mulhouse 3-0 Pessac
3. Laura Pomportes
3-0 Astrid Gamory
11/2, 11/7, 11/1 (12mn)
1. SJ Perry 3-0 Tesni Evans
11/9, 11/5, 12/10 (33mn)
2. Nathalie Grinham 3-0 Laetitia Estournes
11/1, 11/2, 11/2 (12m)
Femmes: Créteil 3-0 Lorient
3. Enora Villard
3-0 Lucie Brocard
11/1, 11/5, 11/2 (20mn)
1. Coline Aumard
3-0 Elspeth Young
11/3, 11/4, 11/4 (22mn)
2. Anna Klinundova 3-0 Laura Paquemar
11/4, 11/5, 11/2 (18mn)
Men (order 4, 1, 2, 3)
Hommes: Mulhouse 3-1 Valence
4. Thierry Lincou
3-1 Dimitri Steinman
12/10, 8/11, 11/3, 11/4 (33mn)
1. Mathieu Castagnet 2-3 Grégoire Marche
7/11, 6/11, 11/7, 11/8, 3/11 (71mn)
2. Borja Golan 3-1 Nicolas Muller
11/7, 11/7, 10/12, 11/7 (49mn)
3. James Willstrop v Reiko Peter
11/5 (match stopped, 6m)
Hommes: Aix 3-1
4. Benjamin Aubert 3-0 Renan Lavigne
15/13, 11/7, 11/7 (50mn)
1. Grégory Gaultier 3-0 LJ Anjema
11/9, 11/7, 11/4
2. Geoffrey Demont 0-3 Olli Tuominen
5/11, 4/11, 11/13 (55mn)
3. Fabien Verseille 2-1 Carlos Cornes
11/8, 9/11, 11/9 (35mn)
A GOOD DAY FOR MULHOUSE
Might as well you might
say, as Thierry Jung, Mulhouse Manager, has been
as ever investing a lot of time, money and effort in
setting up this event.
It had started with a set back, as the event was
initially planned in a Leclerc Shopping Mall round the
corner. Unfortunately, as the Fire Brigade didn't seem
to believe having a glass court in there was a safe
move, they allowed the court to be mounted - 25,000
Euros - but reserved their right to refuse the court to
Well, it didn't make sense really, to spend all that
money, with no guarantee of having the court actually
allowed in there? And if they said take it out? What was
the plan B?
So Jung had to organise the Play-Offs in the Mulhouse
Club - a lovely set up that was used for the World Teams
- which has the particularity to have an hotel, a great
restaurant and the club altogether!
It was a
great squash day to be honest. We started at 1pm, both
Men's team playing side by side on court 1 and 2, all
streamed, with court 1 commented live by Cyrielle
Peltier, the French number 3/4, recovering from a
terrible ankle injury/surgery, and Yann Perrin, another
French player now retired, along with Dernières
Nouvelles d'Alsace journalist Emilie Jafrate, who often
travels with the Mulhouse Team, and knows her squash
The only upset of the day - which isn't one really, is
it - would be Greg the Acrobat Marche beating
Mathieu The Warrior Castagnet 11/3 in the 5th after
leading 2/0, 8/0 in the second actually.
Not an upset as Mathieu is still not perfectly recovered
from his adductor injury contracted during the Europeans
Teams a few weeks ago....
The other three matches went according to plans although
Thierry The Guv Lincou got a bit taken back by
Dimitri Steiman, Valence Swiss new recruit, that
impressed the spectators here, taking the second game
11/8, after losing the first game only just 12/10,
before Lincou showed his experience, taking the
following two rather comfortably.
Mulhouse was in the final, and no surprise either, will
meet Aix en Provence, winner of Valenciennes 3/1.
Two little funny facts. 1, young French hope Benji
Aubert beat his future coach Renan Lavigne,
as Aubert is now joining the Senior CREPS set up in Aix
en Provence, and will now work under Renan from
September, and not Fred Lecomte anymore.
2. It was great to see Olli Tuominen, injury
free, fit and fast, who won his third game on a penalty
stroke - as Frenchman Geoffrey Demont threw his
racquet for the second time and got logically penalised,
losing the match as well, bless him.
pretty fair match from both players, I was playing quite
well for the first two games, good pace, volleying well,
and no unforced errors.
But not sure why I suddenly got a bit nervous in the
3rd, didn't volley as much, and I think he got a bit
tired in the end while I was not accurate enough.
Stil, I was happy to close it in 3 and keep the team in
Mulhouse, the match was won after the last player won
the first game - James Willstrop for Mulhouse -
against Reiko Peter, and Fabien Verseille for
Aix, against Carlos Cornes.
As for the girls, out of the 6 matches, we can safely
say only one was close, SJ Perry (Mulhouse)
against Tesni Evans (Pessac), and that lasted
33m, the other matches went from 12 to 22m....
Tesni ever beat me? Not that I can remember, but we just
had two hard 3/2. It's always big battles, and if the
court was warm, it takes a good shot quite nicely as
It was a good and fair game, as ever, and I think it was
a nice match to watch, as we played some good rallies,
we both tried and move the other one about. A good
spectators' match hopefully.
And I finished the match with a nice crosscourt nick, I
don't play many of those lately.
Now, tomorrow, REVENGE!!! First of all, for last year's
final and the European Cup Final, but also I never won
against Camille, and she beat me in China, and she beat
me in Cleveland, and she probably beat me somewhere else
as well.... I was close here last year, 2/1 up and 9/6,
not that I remember it... But she is tough....
interesting to see Pessac getting to the Play-offs
semis, first time in their history, and Lorient's
ladies, if they didn't threaten Mighty Créteil - who
rested Camille - had a pretty good time, enjoying their
"I miss my
flight yesterday, so it was a good thing that the
matches had been postoned from 11am to 1pm, it allowed
me to get the best flight option, instead of having to
take the nigtht flight, and I arrived this morning
around 11 am.
I had a bit of a light season, it's the second one since
my operation where I never got the chance to get much of
a run, so contrarily to most of the other players I'm
not in desperate need of a rest, I feel quite fresh. I
hope to get a decent run in and stay injury free next
I was a
bit surprised how well I played today, for an end of a
season for both of us really. We are not training as
much of course, and it's interesting to see that we
still have tools in the bag: so you can't rely on your
fitness or speed.. what do you have?....
They say "expectations are the mother of all evils''.
Well, today, I didn't have any, I just went on there,
and I was happy to be on the court, and just did my
I was telling Greg how amazing I think he is, during the
season, he is playing so much, he is getting to the
finals, so it's 5 matches every tournament, getting
sharper and sharper - some people think more and more
tired, but I don't think you. That's the difference
between the lower ranked - that just get more tired -
and the best ones - just get better and sharper...
At this point in time, I have no expectations for next
season. I'm just going to rest for a while, take a good
break, trying to get in a good summer training, and I'll
see how I feel at the start of the season...
end of the season, we are not 100%, everybody is not at
their 100%, so it's good! But when you are at only 75%,
it's not easy mentally to find the ressources to push
yourself... Mentally and physically to be honest!
The season was very long and intense, it's getting more
and more difficult to stay consistently at your best, so
when you have the opportunity to get a few weeks off
before the summer training, you grab the chance with
It would be good to finish the season with a victory and
a trophy for the team, it's a completely different
spirit, and I truly enjoy playing with that "Team