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Australians unhappy in New York

Published: 01 Mar 2006 - 21:14 by drop-shot

Updated: 26 Sep 2008 - 09:17

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Hello members... I've been watching/ reading about Tournament of Champions matches and surprisingly, No. 1 seed Palmer had to retire in the game against Darwish, Boswell had to bow down to the Boss (Peter Nicol) and Anthony Ricketts was beaten after the match of the day (I tell you, beautiful game) byt the new French no.1, Gregory Gaultier. Needles to say, they met week ago in London (ISS Canary Wharf), where Australian beaten French 3-2 with tie breaker in the fifth game... Does it mean that Australian players are a bit tired (Palmer is ill obviously) and they need to recover soon before Commonwealth games? Or does it mean that TOP 20 of PSA is really equal level players and it depends on specific day form of the player??? I tend to understand this argument as last few PSA tournaments proven there is no way to sit on the throne of champion without hard work, good mental preparation and good tactic. Look on Matthew-Willstrop or Gaultier-Ricketts clashes... By the way - go to and check BEAR STEARNS Tournament of Champions 2006 matches - I do recommend Gregory Gaultier - Anthony Ricketts and Thierry Lincou - John White.

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From raystrach - 04 Mar 2006 - 14:02

hi viper

as i see it, the ais is more of a finishing school. we might have a little gap in our line of players - they tend to come in waves. there are some good players in the pipeline. pilley seems to be coming on although i do not know his story. i think we will make his presence felt soon. as for the others, i don't know.

i will try to get some inside info.

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From Viper - 04 Mar 2006 - 12:09   -   Updated: 04 Mar 2006 - 12:10

From the lack of top juniors coming through in Australia, it looks like we are in for a lean time in coming years.

Is the AIS cutting the mustard ?

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From rippa rit - 04 Mar 2006 - 07:14

Yep, Oz is getting a bit thin on the ground now as the younger players like Willstrop, Shabana and Gaultier really hit their straps.  Then, they still have another 5  years to go to catch up with their older competitors, so that is a good lead.
Once players would be 35 before reaching their peak, then it was 28 and now it is 23 or 24 years old to be tops. 
Anyway, the older players have lead the way for the younger ones, no doubt  benefitting from their experience and knowledge. 
That's life!

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From drop-shot - 04 Mar 2006 - 05:17

RAY!!!! NO WAY!!!! It was not the intention of my post!!!!!
I just wonder about future of Australian squash condition.
If you ask me to name three favourite squash players
I would name Ricketts, Willstrop and Boswell - watching their squash is an inspiration for me.
Shabana, Power, Gaultier is another style... then Palmer and Matthew, Beachill and Nicol ... Well, he is unusual player so he stands out from the crowd...
So coming back to your post - please count how many Aus players are in my top 3 list

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From raystrach - 03 Mar 2006 - 00:29   -   Updated: 03 Mar 2006 - 00:30

you seem to take unseemly pleasure in seeing the aussies getting beaten, slavi!!

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From rippa rit - 02 Mar 2006 - 07:33   -   Updated: 02 Mar 2006 - 07:33

Sounds as if the time of paying Referees is coming faster if this is the carryon and respect for the Ref's decisions.  This is an ongoing saga. 
If this racket throwing caper is not brought to a halt it can only get worse.
Constant training, and such a heavy schedule does not allow for much recovery of the body and mind and once a player gets injury or illness the constant drain on the body sure depletes the system.

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From drop-shot - 02 Mar 2006 - 00:34   -   Updated: 02 Mar 2006 - 00:34

I would not say he threw the racket on the referee... Actually he directed the racket to the ref, immadietely chenged his mind and it was far too late as the racket was already in the air... hitting the marker... pretty "funny", though i would give him a real warning, not just a conduct warning... It was a bit disrespectful behavior.

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From aprice1985 - 01 Mar 2006 - 21:25   -   Updated: 01 Mar 2006 - 21:25

Did you ever hear anything about white throwning a raquet in his match cause i heard the commentators on PSA livechat mention something but it isn't anywhere else?

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great feedback there, thanks..........

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