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Gala secure first league win


Ruaridh Kohler 3-0 Brian Scott
Gala Secured the first points of the match fairly quickly, Ruaridh, who wanted to make up for his 16-14 defeat in the deciding game in his last match for Gala, was focussed form the start.  He swept aside Brian Scott, Waverley Seniors Champion, 15-13, 15-8, 15-12.

Del Sharratt 3-0 Stuart Johnston
In the second rubber, Home Advantage was playing a big part for Del as the cold courts meant the ball wasn’t bouncing as much as the Edinburgh Club were used to, this was causing Stuart Johnston to hit the ball harder than normal and took the skill out of the game.  Del capitalised and although it was 3-0 it was a close 15-10, 15-10, 19-17.

Andrew Dowlen-Gilland 0-3 Malcolm Lunn
Normally a good bet for some points – Sir Andrew was out of sorts in this tie; nursing an injured Achilles Tendon doubled up with a cold Sir Andrew found his usual elegant movement was somewhat reduced and although his ‘never say die’ attitude shone through it really wasn’t enough to keep up with Waverleys youthful Malcolm Lunn.  A determined effort from Sir Andrew and the first game was a close run thing but then Sir Andrew started feeling the pain in his Achilles and really just marked time in the remaining games, 16-18, 9-15, 8-15.

Ian Chalmers 3-1 Neil Kempsell
Ian secured the victory for Gala in this tie.  Neill had the same issues as Stuart in a previous tie as he wasn’t used to the cold courts.  Ian just focussed on his own game and wouldn’t give up as he reached every ball and long rallies made this a really entertaining game for the spectators Ian ran away with the first two games 15-8 and 15-11.  At 2-0 down Neill dug deep and started getting used to the bounce of the ball, Ian maybe let his racket drop slightly in the third and Neill took it 15-9.  Ian got his focus back in the fourth and raced to a 4-0 lead, this proved decisive as he won 15-13.

John Sharratt 2-3 Lee Calder
Gala’s John Sharratt rolled the years back as this was his first “league game” in squash for over 20 years.  John, who was one time a regular in the West of Scotland Leagues, answered the call of Gala Captain and his son Del Sharratt as Gala were short of a top seed due to call offs.  The younger Lee Calder ensured the pace was fast from the start as he looked to tire the veteran out and capitalise with swift sharp shots and took the first 15-11.  John kept his shots tight in the second game and every shot seemed to find the corner and his experience showed as he won 15-5.  The third game was a close one, the spectators were cheering and shouting for their favourites and the squash was top drawer with the shots staying tight against the walls and both players showing sleek movement and made the game look easy, John just edged it 16-14.  With very little to separate these players (apart form 30+ years) Lee won the fourth 16-14 in a game which mirrored the third.  Locked at 2-2 and although John battled hard in the fifth, the older legs just didn’t seem to have the same go about them and Lee’s tactic of back-back-front paid off as John just ran out of steam and couldn’t reach the drop shots; a valiant effort took the game to 15-11 for Lee.

Gala Captain Del Sharratt said “Yeeha, our first league win!  great effort by the team, we work and play as a team and we are in this together. Our next match is against Grange 5 and that is a bit of a Grudge match as a “friendly rivalry” has developed through our tussles in the Non-League circuit.  This was a good confidence builder going into our next match and hopefully it’s Upwards from here on for Gala.

A long road for defeat…

In their latest match in the East of Scotland Squash League, Gala Squash Club travelled up the M9 to Bridge of Allan. Several key players called off due to other commitments and the Gala team was thin to the ground. So Gala took on Bridge of Allan 3:


Bridge of Allan’s junior Kyle Penman had a fairly straight forward ride against Rachel; in the first game Rachel underestimated Kyle a bit and Kyle proved his worth by taking it 15-3. The second game was won by the same score line as Rachel was struggling to read Kyle’s shots. In the third game Rachel took the serve fairly quickly and managed to keep the game flowing. But Kyle’s shots were accurate and he won 15-7.


Over 40 years separated these players, with Gala veteran John Barrow finding Allan Junior Waddell too much to cope with, In the first game the squash was of a decent standard and the match was close as Ross edged out John 15-11. In the second game Ross’s never say die attitude meant he ran for every ball and despite John finding the corners Ross took it 15-7. In the third, Ross who was going from strength to strength and was getting more and more into the game looked far fitter than John and won convincingly 15-5.

ANDREW DOWLEN-GILLAND 3-2 RICHARD MORRIS The third seeds game was a lot closer and they were very evenly matched. “Sir Andrew” of Gala started off strongest taking a 5-0 lead in the first, the game then became one of wit and intelligence as both players were made to think and vary the game. Sir Andrew lost his lead in the end with a couple of loose shots which Richard jumped on and killed the ball in the corner, he took the first 15-13. The second game was no different, with a lot of rallies reaching 20+ shots and they players waiting for the other to make a mistake, Richard won by the same score 15-13. In the third game, Sir Andrew’s boasts and drop shots were getting higher up the front wall and therefore easy for Richard to return and Richard looked to be heading for a victory at 13-9 up, Sir Andrew dug in and again used his head and came back to take it 21-19.  Sir Andrew kept the momentum going in the fourth and never lost focus taking it an emphatic 15-3. Locked at 2-2, The younger Richard seemed to fatigue more than seasoned veteran Sir Andrew and Gala’s Andrew found another gear and took it quickly 15-7 to complete his comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2.


Gala Captain Sharratt was dominated by Stewart in this match. Usually seeded 4 or 5 , Sharratt played at no2 due to several call offs from key players and was behind from the start. Stewart had good length in his shots and Del found himself pinned to the back of the court while Stewart controlled his shots and made some key drop shots to triumph emphatically 15-10, 15-5, 15-6.


Gala’s top seed Pat seemed out of sorts from the start as he seemed to lack that extra yard of pace he is renowned for. Several unforced errors seen Walter take the first 15-8. The second game was closer, both players showing why they were the top seeds with amazing movement and variety of shots, Walter struggled with Pat’s serve as Pat reeled off 5 straight points without receiving a return of serve, but again unforced errors let Walter in to take it 15-12. Pat gave all his energy in the third game and the standard of squash was immense and kept everyone watching intently. A lot of the shots that went one way could easily have went the other but Bridge of Allan’s Walter proved equal to all Pat could throw at him and took the game 15-7 and the match 3-0.

Del Sharratt said of the night, “It was a make shift team, several of my players didn’t seem to fancy the long journey upto bridge of Allan, but the dedication of the players that played is noted. The team can’t be faulted for effort and we will only improve from these kind of games. We have our first home game of the season next and I’ll have some of my top players back so we are looking forward to that.”


Dunbar 15v6 Collinton Castle 5

Bank of Scotland 15v6 Abercorn

Grange 5 15v2 The Dean 2

Waverley 4 9v11 Craigshill Excite

Bridge of Allan 3 14v3 Gala

Gala off to a poor start

Gala Squash Club’s baptism into the East of Scotland Leagues proved a tough one. Entering into League 5 for the first time in many years, Gala opened with a trip to Watsonians Squash Club in Edinburgh. The Gala players were excited for this new challenge and were ready and on court sharp. Due to holidays Gala were without a couple of their top players and travelled with: Gala Team + Seedings 1. Andy Gill, 2. Luis Molero,
3. Del Sharratt, 4. Andrew Dowlen-Gilland, 5. Ruaridh Kohler


Ruaridh Kohler 2v3 Jim McConnell
This match was a riot – well as close as we could get; there was plenty of hustling and bustling and barging and charging as the players constantly seemed  to be on top of each other and the referee had to intervene several times and rule on several shots; this made for plenty excitement and doggedness and both players’ “never-say-die” attitude ensured it was an extremely tight match. Jim triumphed 14-16, 15-17, 23-25, 15-13, 13-15.

Andrew Dowlen-Gilland 2v3 Fraser Scott
Another close match and some good rallies made this a much more flowing squash match.  Andrew’s serves let him down as they kept falling below the line and costing himsome vital points. Fraser took it 15-12, 13-15, 15-4, 13-15, 15-13.

Del Sharratt 0v3 Scott Casey
There literally wasn’t much room for error in this match with both players towering over 6’0″ tall.  This match was dominated by hard hitting and power shots as a war of attrition took over; although some shots lacked finesse, neither of these giants gave an inch and although Scott took it 15-8, 15-6, 15-11 the match was closer than the scoreline suggests.

Luis Molero 0v3 Clive Shannon
An International flavour in this game as Gala Squash Club’s Spanish Member was up against the Irishman Clive Shannon.  This proved a bit of a ding-dong encounter and a high level of squash was displayed as tight fast shots and long rallies enthralled the crowd.  Although Clive took the first two games relatively quickly, Luis pushed hard in the third and, had Luis taken the third game, an ever tiring Clive may well have ran out of gas.  Clive took it 15-8, 15-9, 15-10.

Andy Gill 1v3 David Hutton
The clubs’ top seeds took to the court to contest the final match, and everyone gathered around the back of the court to watch this match as a good close match was expected.  Andy was quick out the blocks and played the power game to win the opener.  David, who had more experience in the Scottish leagues, paced himself more and didn’t take too long to come back into the game.  Indeed David’s fitness and prowess proved the deciding factor over the speed and power of Andy Gill. David won 11-15, 15-9, 15-7, 15-10.

Team Captain Sharratt said after the match.  “What an introduction to League squash, this is a glimpse at how difficult it’s going to be in the leagues and the level of players we will be facing.  I have some fit young players to bring in for our next game and hopefully a decent victory over our next opponents in a couple of weeks time will make up for a disappointing start to the season.”
Next match:
Bridge Of Allan 3 v Gala

Bridge of Allan 3 2-15 Abercorn
Watsonians 4 15-5 Gala
Bank Of Scotland 12-9 collinton Castle 5
Waverley 4 7-10 Dunbar
Craigshill Xcite 11-7 Grange 5