The Exhibition Street Cup was played over the weekend of 21-22 May in what is the Club’s premier handicap knockout event. Of the 27 initial entrants into the singles, it was James “baby G” Gould and Julian Snow who made it through the draw and into the Sunday final. James playing off 23 and Julian off +4 were well matched and kept everyone entertained as each struggled for the ascendancy. Julian played his usual game, you know, the heavily spun Sidewall, the heavily weighted ground-strokes and volleys to impeccable length and this was enough to keep him in the game as the match was tied at 5-all. However, all the while James was playing his mixture of left-arm rolled forehands, Railroads and excellent retrieval shots which placed Julian under constant pressure. The combination of the handicap and James’s constant aggressive play eventually exposed a crack or two in Julian’s armour; a difficult forehand missed here, a pressure volley missed there were just enough to allow James to grind ahead. It was close all the way but eventually James took out the struggle 9 games to 6. James’s victory playing of 23 makes me feel sure that sometime recently we were congratulating HIM on a win and saying that that would be the last time he played off a handicap of more than 20!
Exhibition Street Singles Final Result:
James Gould def. Julian Snow 9/6
The Doubles Report to follow shortly.