The 2018 Turkey Bowl between the Alumni and All Stars was hosted at FAC on Thanksgiving morning. It was the 5th annual showdown, with the 2014 edition seeing the Alums win 6-3, 2015 saw the All-Stars gain revenge and won 12-5. 2016 and 2017 miraculously ended in ties, with the teams splitting the series 8-8 and then 9-9. It’s always our favorite event of the season and 2018 arrived with more anticipation and excitement than ever before. We had a record 40 participants establishing the 20 vs 20 showdown and it was impossible to pick em once line ups were set on Wednesday evening. Coach Lyall captained the All Stars with Coaches Mick and Jason co-captains, whilst Jamie was the Alumni captain and number 1 co-captaining Coach Colin, who Paul had entrusted with his team! We had 7 of 8 Ivy League schools being represented by our Alumni (no Cornell this year), alongside UVA, Navy, Colby, Williams, Amherst, MIT, Swarthmore and Middlebury. Our All- Stars had 3 Coaches, plus the best Scozzie high schoolers from EA, Haverford, Shipley, Baldwin, GFS and Radnor. The rating average of both teams was significantly higher than any of the previous 4 years, so we were promised a spectacle. It was a 2 hour thriller which had spectators on the edge of their seats throughout… read on to hear the play by play break down of Thanksgiving 2018.
The Scozzie Thanksgiving Squad commenced and we saw 27 Scozzie’s arrive to pre-burn off their Turkey dinners. Michelle was the star of the show, as she brought a beautiful birthday cake in to celebrate her teenager birthday at the weekend.
It was smiles and hugs galore, as past and present Scozzie’s arrived home. It’s always our favorite annual moment seeing everyone’s smiling faces and catching up with our Scozzie families. We truly grateful to have grown the squash community we have today and to have everyone back under one roof is always a special moment.
Line ups began and team huddles were delivered. The atmosphere was electric and score predictions ranged anywhere from 15-5 one way, to the complete reverse scoreline. The All Stars looked extremely sharp in their school colors, but the Alumni matched them representing their college shirts.
9:45am-10:45am 1 hour of action- no separation
The first hour saw the initial 10 matches conducted on courts 1 to 10. All these matches could have been a toss up and crucial momentum was up for grabs. The All Stars took first blood, with Maya defeating Margo 3-0, but Alums bounced back immediately reversing the scoreline as Gwen defeated Zoe to level at 1-1. It soon became 2-2 as Neil upset former Harvard captain, Sachin 3-0, before Colby freshman, Tyler leveled with a hard fought 3-1 win of GFS’s Sean Park. 2-2 became 3-3 shortly after, as Lauren defeated former Columbia captain, Maya P, before Abby won a crucial 5th game and avoided the Alums going down 4-2. That 5th game proved to be an extremely pivotal point in the overall match and momentum appeared to turn toward the Alumni, despite them playing 6 matches and not having a single lead.
10:45-11:00 Turning Point – Phenomenal 15 for Alumni
After the first 6 matches were split 3-3, things shifted massively in a crazy 15 minute spell for the Alumni. Abby inspired her team, as her game 5 comeback then led to four 5 set victories on the Turkey trot. Henry defeated John 3/2, Zach also defeated Nikhil in 5, in one of the matches of the day to put the Alums up 5-3. Charlie then saved match points in the 4th to defeat Christian 3-2 and Owen (Navy’s current number 2) completed the miraculous run by outlasting Teddy 11/9 in the 5th. Including Abby, the Alumni had won 5 straight and within 15 mins, turned a 3-2 overall deficit into a 7-3 lead, truly incredible scenes. The R1 matches can be found below in order of finishing time.
Round 1 matches
1-0 All-Stars; Maya (EA) 3-0
1-1 Tie; Gwen (Middlebury) 3-0
2-1 All-Stars; Neil (EA) 3-0
2-2 Tie; Tyler (Colby) 3-1
3-2 All-Stars; Lauren (EA) 3-0
3-3 Tie; Abby (Brown) 3-2
4-3 Alumni; Henry (Swarthmore) 3-2
5-3 Alumni; Zach Q (Dartmouth) 3-2
6-3 Alumni; Charlie (Amherst) 3-2
7-3 Alumni; Owen (Navy) 3-2
Tom gave the All-Stars a fighting chance, after upsetting UPenn senior Aaron K in 4 games to take it back to 7-4 and leave his side only 3 matches behind. But the fight back was short lived, as the Alumni went on another incredible run winning 7 matches on the run to lead 14-4 and officially seal the Turkey Bowl of 2018 and make sure they take the ‘Scozzie sweater’ home! Jeffrey was the man to officially seal it and although there was no court rush, the cheers could be heard around King of Prussia as the match officially was sealed at 11:24am!
11:30-12:00pm All-Stars never give up!
Despite the fact the match had officially ended, the days best excitement was yet to come. Mick and Eric played out a 1 hour classic, which was unquestionably awarded ‘Match of the Day’ and Mick won the All-Stars MVP award, as he rolled back the years with some scintillating squash to win 3-2. Coaches Lyall and Jamie also played out a thriller on court 1, with Jamie winning 3-1, with three games going to tie break and the match lasting over 1 hour. Maximo then showed his experience in defeating recent U17 JCT champion Shaam 3-0, before Matt W and Zach B rounded the day with a final 3-2 spectacle. Zach came from 2-0 down to win in 5 and bring the curtain down on what was one of the most memorable days in Scozzie history. All the results of R2 can be found in order below;
Round 2 matches
4-7 Alumni; Tom (EA) 3-1
8-4 Alumni; Elle (Princeton) 3-0
9-4 Alumni; Coach Colin 3-0
10-4 Alumni; Elliot (Colby) 3-0
11-4 Alumni; Jeffrey (MIT) 3-0
12-4 Alumni; Peter (Virginia) 3-1
13-4 Alumni; Maximo (Brown) 3-0
14-4 Alumni; Coach Jamie (Williams) 3-1
5-14 Alumni; Coach Mick 3-2
15-5 Alumni; Zach (UPenn) 3-2
It was truly a day never to forgot. It came close, but we also kept all parents happy by getting out at 11:59am and made sure nobody was late for Thanksgiving dinner. All the photos can be found on Social Media, please add any pictures you’d like to share also. Thanks to everyone who participated, we enjoyed every minute and are truly
Thankful for all the efforts that were made.