Bringing The “A” Game

Last night was the first round of the next season of fixtures for the Robina Squash Club. The teams were reorganised in an attempt to increase the competition in each level within the different teams, which I always look forward to.

My first match was scheduled against a long time rival, who happened to be out of the country. As such, one of the players from a higher grade decided to fill in and it produced some great squash. There was a lot of shot variety, ranging from drop shots all the way to lobs and drives; which was really fun to be amongst. After all was said and done, I lost 3-1 however since the games where so close (2-3 points difference per game) – I ended up winning on points!

If that wasn’t enough exercise for the night and I can assure you, my body was telling me it was; I was asked to fill in for another team as well. With about 15 minutes of break between the two matches, I stepped back onto the court to play my arch nemesis from last season. I changed my game up against Steve to play to my strengths and his weaknesses and took the match 3-1, with strong wins in each game.

Not that it’ll come as a surprise to a lot of people, however after playing so well last night – the one thing that I changed was making a conscious decision to think while I was on the court. While that might seem like an obvious thing to do on a squash court, it is all too easy to just coast along hitting the ball back without applying a lot or any strategic pressure to your opponent.

I’m looking forward to next week already, with the hope that I can continue the form I showed last night forward into the season.

If you love squash or would like to learn, get in contact with the club:

Robina Squash Club
University Drive
Robina QLD, 4226
0427 627 229