Monthly Archives: September 2018

Tough Start

Colinton Castle 5s 12 v 6 Border Reivers

 

Sir Andrew 0-3 Mark Crease

Mark was no stranger to the Reivers squad having had many epic tussles in the league and in friendlies in previous years. This game was closer tan the scoreline suggests; Sir Andrew just couldn’t get Mark Crease off the T-Line enough so that Mark crease could command the rallies and Crease won 15-12, 15-10, 15-10.

 

Gary Bramble 0-3 Steven Hill

The City Youth Hill was making his debut in the Senior leagues, and his skill and fitness showed why the junior had been called up with an awesome performance. Despite his youth Hill had very fast, powerful shots and Bramble couldn’t get past the youngster and Hill got the second match-up for Colinton Castle 15-7, 15-6, 15-10.

 

Del Sharratt 1-3 Bob Blaikie

These pair had met previously in the league, with Bob Blaikie taking it a pretty straightforward 3-0 last time out. This time it wasn’t so easy. The first game was pretty even with the scored going tit for tat until 7-7, then Blaikie managed to gradually get a gap with a couple of cross court drops to Del’s backhand that Del just couldn’t reach. Blaikie took it 15-11. In the second game Del managed to keep his shots tight to the wall and slowed the game down a bit which cooled the ball down and Del capitalised with a 15-11 victory.

The Third and Fourth games were very similar with Blaikie commanding the rallies, he had the knack of keeping Del at the back of the court then pulling out a cross court drop, this tactic produced 5-6 points for Blaikie. Del had no reply and Blaikie cleaned up the game 15-8, 15-8.

 

 

Amir Hosny 2-3 Michael Gibbs

Amir struggled to get going in this match, h covered the court well but whenever Amir got the Serve back his serve went above the court line and out so Amir couldn’t find any sort of rhythm. Michael pulled off some great shots and motored away to a 2-0 lead 15-8, 15-6; In the third Amir decided to change his serves and played the ball to the front of the court more, this change of style seemed to do the job as Gibbs started missing key shots and not reaching the ball, Hosny focussed more and kept his eye on the ball and had to work to claw it back to 2-2, 15-9, 15-6. Gibbs must have gave himself a good shake after the fourth game as a more polished performance in the fifth won him the game, Hosny’s head didn’t go down but an improvement from Gibbs won 15-9 and 3-2.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Adam Hill

Reivers top seed Elliot – who went the entire previous season unbeaten kept going where he left off; although Hill fought valiantly Elliot was just a class above and didn’t have too much trouble seeing off the City Veteran 15-6, 15-2, 15-9.

“We all performed well, this as a tough opener as Colinton castle have just been relegated from league 4 and are one of the strongest teams in our league. It was a good team effort and hopefully this can spur us on for the season.”

Docs put to Dock

Border Reivers 12-5 NHS Borders

 

Iain Gorman 3-0 Vineeth Ravindran

The first match of the night, seen The Reivers Gorman, who is vastly improved from last season, against Vineeth Ravindran for the NHS. This match was slow to get going, with the players exchanging points until 7-6 for Gorman, then the Reivers no. 5 kept focus and found he could beat Ravindran by sending him to the corners and dtormed off to a 15-7 Victory. The second game was more exciting and the players were focussed and not making many mistakes, this went the distance before Gorman took it with a eft serve 16-14. The Third game was Gorman commanding the T-Line and sending Ravindran around the court, Gorman dominated and won 15-4.

 

Ruaridh Kohler 3-2 Rob Cutting

This was a well matched game, with the full 5 games needed to produce a winner, indeed the biggest wining margin was 15-11 (Ruaridh in the third). This was the game of the night, as soon as one player thought he had the other hand, his opponent would step up with something different. Ruaridh used some front court boasts to try to send Rob the wrong way, and Rob would use full length shots to try to keep Ruaridh at the back of the court; but at 14-13 up in the final game, Rob Cutting’s return found the tin and gave the match to Ruaridh.

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Sandy Morris

This was the NHS only victory of the occasion, veteran Morris found his experience won out over Reivers Captain Sharratt, this was a story of serve and return as it was more a war of attrition than a game of skill. The NHS eteran tookit 15-9, 17-15, 15-9

 

Amir Hosny 3-0 Paul Neary

This game was more flowing than the Sharratt-Morris encounter, this was about movement and placement of shots and the rallies were long and tight. Although Hosny would play a few loose shots in the first game, he seemed able to get to everything Neary would throw at him and won 15-10; the second game was very similar, with long fast rallies and both players having to Think about their shots, the ball just seemed to sit up more for Hosny and he was able to Drive the ball to the corners for his pointa, another 15-10. The Third game see the momentum remain with Hosny and he shot off to 6-3, Neary wasn’t finished though and continued to play tight shots in ane extremely entertaining game, although he fought back valiantly Hosny held on for15-12 and 3-0.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Dave Shiels

This was both teams Top seeds battling it out, Tony Elliot – unbeaten in the East Leagues last season, wanted to continue where he left off. Dave Shields ran about ragged and couldn’t be faulted for effort but Elliot was just too strong in all departments and his quality shone throught with a 15-7, 15-4, 15-8 victory.

 

Del Sharratt said afterwards “It was a brilliant match, it’s great to get the doctors and NHS staff up for a friendly match before we start the league season. This gives my team a vital run out before the East League 5 game against Collinton Castle next week. The Doctors are tough opponents and hopefully we can arrange a re-match towards the end of the year.”