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Losing Start for Gala

Galashiels 4-13 Edinburgh Sports Club 8

 

Andy Waddell 0-3 George Jones

Jones made the most of being almost 50 years junior to Waddell by trying to tire the veteran early. Although Waddell, who had the edge on shot placement and accuracy couldn’t match the fitness and speed of his youthful opponent and Jones seemed to be able to pull away during the middle of the games and won 15-8, 15-10, 15-8.

 

Iain Gorman 0-3 Johnnie Webster

Gala’s Gorman, who was unbeaten during the run of pre-season friendlies found the step-up to league squash not quite so straight forward. Gorman’s stocky build gave Webster the impression he wasn’t very fast or fit, but when Gorman stormed to a 7-0 lead in the first game, the ESC man knew he had to switch on and work hard if he was going to win this. Indeed despite the initial defecit Webster pulled of some awesome fast and wide serves and Gorman could hardly get into the rallies as the serves were to good to return.

When the rallies were prolonged it was the Gala man that was winning the points but more often than not when Webster got the Hand his prowess with the serves proved the difference. 15-11, 15-8, 15-6

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Chris Patterson-Brown

Another whitewash by ESC which meant they had secured the match, but opposite from the previous tie there were plenty decent rallies in this match and good usage of the T-Line. The first game went point for point until 7-7 and Chris pulled off a series of 4 points just by playing the longer and tighter shots in the rallies and took it 15-9. In the second Del seemed to drift towards the back of the court during the rallies and ESC’s Chris would then throw in a drop shot that del couldn’t reach and this seemed to set the pattern for the game and although close went 15-11 to ESC. Then in the 3rd, Chris just seened to do everything right and wasn’t missing a shot and swept up 15-4, for 3-0.

 

 

Kev Douglas 1-3 Glyn Cave

Douglas was making his debut for Gala, he was put in at 2nd seed due to call offs but met a strong experienced league player in Cave. The first game was slow and not too spectacular as both players were pacing themselves, The edge went t ocave as he semed more agile and Douglas was rather heavy footed, the first went 15-9 to Cave. In the Second it was more skilful squash and the players were having a right ding-dong affair as the umpire had to rule on several shots as both players were getting on top of each other and not clearing shots, but an excitinggame went 16-14 to the Gala Man. Fatigue seemed to set in as Douglas just couldn’t seem to keep up with Cave in the rallies and it was precise drop shots that won through for ESC 15-11, 15-9

 

Tony Elliot 3-1 Des Creasey

Tony was making his league bow for Gala, having previously had caps in the East of Scotland Cup and some Friendlies and came into the match unbeaten in all competitions. But Tony was caught off guard at first and was nursing a groin strain as Des quickly got off to a 7-1 lead in the first game. Both players were obviously the respectives clubs top seeds as the squash was faster and tighter than any of the other matches. 7-1 went to 11-3 and Tony pulled it back to 12-9 before Des took the remaining points including a Cork-screw serve for 15-9. The Cork Screw serve seemed to Rile Gala’s Elliot as hhe played with increased aggression in the next game and feeling no effects from his groin played more like his usual self znd even came from behind to take it 15-12. The third game was just as close, Des was no longer show boating and had to work for every point, Tony was getting better and better as the match went on and the shots seemed to be going exactly where Tony wanted and won the third 15-11. The fourth game again seem Tony seemingly improve as the game progressed and it was the killing of the ball in the corners that won it for Tony and took the points for Gala 15-5.

 

Captain Del Sharratt said “Well it was a step up from pre-season ESC8 are a new team and I didn’t know what to expect. There guys all have many years league experience and they brought a strong team down. I have a couple of big players on holiday to bring in for future ties so hopefully it’s upwards form here.”

Final Warm up Game

Waverley Select 12-6 Gala Squash

 

Brian Magowan 2-3 Brian Scott

Magowan was making his debut for Gala Squash Club having been called in late due to a rescheduling of the match. Brian put in a solid claim for future Caps though having pushed the Veteran Brian Scott to 15-10 in the fifth game. It was a close math and a lot of tit for tat scoring extended the duration of the match.

 

Darren Quinn 0-3 Florent Chevreuil

Waverley Newby Chevreuil was also making his team debut and proved too skilful for Gala’s Quinn. Chevreuill, who switched from Tyne District squash Club to represent Waverely this season didn’t fail to impress and applied a good squash know how to send Quinn the wrong way on a lot of shots and convincingly won it 15-10, 15-4, 15-7.

 

Del Sharratt 1-3 Dave Ferguson

This was a ‘grudge match’ as both players had previous mettle and had a good record against the opposite team. Del stormed off with the first game as he found good width on a lot of his shots and was just able to place them just out of Dave’s reach and took it 15-11. In the second game, Dave used a lob serve which proved awkward to returs, and anytime Del did return the serve Dave just done a drop shot to the front forehand of Del and Del just couldn’t find an answer to it as Dave took it 15-5. The Third game was closer, Dave used home advantage well as Del wasn’t used to the Hot courts at Waverley and seemed a wee bit more sluggish than Dave and Dave took this one 15-11 for 2-1. Del refocussed in the fourth and again found perfect width, Del was seemingly away and almost home with a 13-8 lead but one basic forehand drop that is usually straight forward for any squash player, hit the wood on the racket and didn’t hit the front wall, this turned the whole game and Dave took it eventually 16-14.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Lee Calder

Waverley’s Lee was 30 years junior to Gala’s Spence and his youth and agility was key as Lee never seemed to run out of breath or tire and indeed seemed like he could run all day add took it in straight sets.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Malcolm Lunn

Tony Elliot was trying to get a consolation victory for Gala and didn’t have it easy in the first game. Although both players kept the ball tight to the wall and used every inch of the court, neither player missed much and this made for long fast rallies and exciting squash. Tony took the first 15-13. With a lot of expectation on this game it attracted a few viewers from each team but Lunn seemed to lose the niche and what promised to be a hard fought, close tight match seemed to end up pretty straight forward for Tony and after expending so much energy in the first game Lunn just ran out of steam and Tony took the remaining game 15-5, 15-7

 

Gala Captain Sharratt said afterwards “That’s the final warm up match before the league season starts, and this has been by far the toughest of our pre season games. I have a couple of decent players to draft in for the main season but I can’t really fault any of the guys today. Waverley produced a Really tough team and I expect some of their players to be playing in the league above us this season so I am not disappointed with Gala’s performance at all. I’m particularly impressed with Magowan who was just “making up the numbers” but had the most exciting game of the night.

 

Next up for Gala is the opening league match

Gala v Edinburgh Sports Club 8

Gala win in Derby Re-Match

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

Gala Squash Club 10-4 Duns Squash Club

Iain Gorman 3-0 Iain Richards
Gala’s Gorman boasts 100$ record for the team played 2 won 2.  This was the opening rubber on the night and it was the battle of the hard hitters, both players used power in their shots and although quite evenly matched fitness wise, Gorman was more accurate and whoever took serve seemed to reel off 5-6 points on the trot before the opponent could get the serve back.  This was story for most of the game and Gorman took it 15-10, 15-7, 15-6.

Darren Quinn 1-3 Billy Gibbs
Although Darren went into this game with confidence, having analysed Billy Gibbs style of play, it wasn’t to prove as straight forward as that.  Darren couldn’t get his shots tight against the wall and this gave Billy the time in each shot to kill the ball and won the first fairly quickly 15-8.  the Second was much the same although Quinn found his drop shots were proving winners and tried to adapt to low drop shots during the raillies and this was a lot closer but the Duns man took it 15-12.  With Darren now using the tactic of keeping Gibbs to the back of the court then pulling low drop shots, he maintained this throught the third and won the third 15-9 to close to 2-1.  Darrens morale was high going into the fourth, but his shots were loose and although he still had the length it meant gibbs again had the extra fraction of a second at the shots and Gibbs gathered himself together and won 15-10.

Del Sharratt 3-0 Hugh McLelland
This was a close affair with the games going 16-14, 15-12,15-12.  The elder statesman Hugh, although oozing experience didn’t have the movement and agaility of his younger opponent.  Hugh had to rely on full length serves for several points because as soon as they got into rallies Del proved too fit and strong and would take the point.
With Hugh being made to run about a lot he just faded as the game went on and Gala’s Sharratt sealed a straight forward win.

Pat Spence 3-1 Matt Gibbs
THe top seeds completed the night, both payers were vastly experienced and both had many years of Team Squash behind them.
It was a cagy start as neither player wanting to take a risk and this made for long tight rallies and some point for point scoring s the first went 8-8 and 109 to Pat before ha took several points on the trot with his serves finding the nicks but it went to the wire and 16-14.  The Second gamme was of similar ilk, the players now well in their strides and starting to take risks instead of playing the percentage shots, it was amazing to wathch ang Pat took it 15-11.  Tight serving was the key In the next as Duns Gibbs took the serve at 6-6 and didn’t lose serve again until 13-7 and took it 15-7, but there was fewer rallies and Pat may have taken a “rest game” with a view to one final push in the fourth.
Indeed the fourth game was more like the first couple of games but Pat had his eye in and kept playing winners behind Gibbs and took it 15-9.

Gala Captain Sharratt said “I am happy with the whole team tonight, we are going well in the pre-season and everyone is getting their eye in and blowing off the cobwebs in time for the league season; this was revenge for Duns victory over us last year at there patch.  We goto Waverley for a Friendly in a couple of weeks- which will prove to be a toughie then it’s full on when the Season starts at the end of September.  We are looking forward to it and I’m looking for a good start to the season.”
Duns Squash Club Matt Said “It was an evenly matched tie, I look forward to the return leg at Duns next year where we hope to take our title back.”