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Another Victory for the Reivers

Border Reivers 15-3 Waverley 4s


Del Sharratt 0-3 Dan Makharinsky

Waverley started the match with full points, putting them in a buoyant mood for the rest of the ties.  Althouth Del didn’t really do anything wrong, Dan just seemed to do it better.  But Del’s main downfall was the crucial points he gave away in each game just from serving out, this went 15-11, 15-11, 15-8 in Waverley 4s favour.


Graham Gillie 3-0 Alex Ross

Graham Gillie has cemented himself as a regular in the Reivers line-up now as he remains unbeaten with 6 wins in 6 games.  Gillie, dubbed “Ronnie”, by the Squash Club uses his unorthodox style of swapping the racket from his right hand to his left hand during rallies to win most points – as Ronnie O’Sullivan is famous for in snooker!  Ross couldn’t get to grips with this as Gillie rarely played a backhand shot and Gillie romped through this one 15-9, 15-9, 15-13.


Iain Laing 3-0 Werner Kittell

Laing was a bit nervous going into this one as Kittell boasted a decorated squash career and now plays in the Masters Circuit in the over 60s up and down the country.  But Kittell wasn’t his usual self in this game, and didn’t enjoy the cold courts at Galashiels as his home courts at Waverley are arguably the hottest in the league!  But it just didn’t work out for Kittell in this one and Laing came out all guns blazing, this was a fairly straight forward 15-2, 15-6, 15-6 for Laing to take the Borderers to a 2-1 Lead.


Adam McKay 3-0 Akash Chopra

This one wasn’t quite as straight forward as the score suggests, Chopra made McKay work for the points in this one – but the experienced McKay would change his game and vary tactics to keep Chopra from reading the game.  This game boasted the best rallies and McKay took it 15-9, 15-4, 5-10.  This won the match for Reivers 3-1 in rubbers.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Gordon Scott

The Battle of the top seeds was a repeat of the said tie in the first leg at Waverley – but the result was the same – A convincing 3-0 win for Elliot.  Tony Elliot remains unbeaten this season with only Tyne 2’s Shane Pressley taking a game off him.  Scott started off meaning business and tried t omatch Elliot for shots and movement but he eventually ran out of puff and ideas, Elliot won 15-10, 15-3, 15-5.


Reivers Captain Sharratt said “That was a convincing victory! We are currently on 6 wins in a row and my squad are full of confidence.  We welcome the current runaway leaders down to Gala next – Grange 5s and they have quality throughout their line-up so none of us will have an easy game.  I’d expect close matches from 1-5.  Elliot, McKay and Gillie have unbeaten records to defend so we will certainly be up for the match!”

Scalp for The Reivers

Linlithgow 3s 7-12 Border Reivers

Abhishek Kumar 3-0 Del Sharratt
Sharratt rued his poor serves in this match. In every game Sharratt gave 3-4 vital points away just from serving out, this gave the momentum to Kumar and meant Sharratt just couldn’t string a run of points together. Once past the serve Sharratt generally gave as good as he got but Kumar took this in 3 games 15-9, 15-8, 15-8.

Lyle Black 1-3 Jordan Reid
This was a difficult match to follow as both players played for lets and strokes and several times the referee had to stop the flow of play to sort out interference from the opposition. The rallies were messy and both players had great court coverage and speed but the shots were rather random and luck played into this more than skill. But despite a marathon first game 21-19 to Black, Reis then won 15-11, 15-12, 15-12 for the victory.

Charlie Patrick 0-3 Graeme Gillie
Gillie has been an excellent find for the Reivers as his East League record is played 5 won 5! Gillie is another player who boasts great speed about the court, but Gillie’s shots are more controlled and was maybe rather fortunate to win by 3-0 as Patrick will feel he should have got something from the game. 15-13, 15-11, 15-12 for Gillie.

John Smith 3-0 Pat Spence
A cracking exhibit of squash, now at the Business end of the teams the skill and movement of both players was evident, Smith has an unbeaten record against the Reivers; but was caught out by Spence’s trademark deceptive shots where he seems to turn the ball in the other direction at the last minute. But smith knew he had to win to keep Linlithgow in the hunt and he duly complied with 15-11, 15-12, 15-11.

Adam King 0-3 Tony Elliot
With the match tied at 2-2 in rubbers, it all came down to this match up. The pressure was on and both players made a cagey start trying to conserve energy and not give too much away. But this match was another one sided affair as Elliot triumphed 15-6, 15-5, 15-8 to take the Victory for the Border Reivers.

Border Reivers Captain Del Sharratt said “Wow, that was a scalp! Linlithgow 3s have been in top 2-3 of the league all season and we didn’t expect to come away with the victory. We are now on 5 wins in a row and with two home ties coming up There’s no reason why we can’t keep out run going, and hopefully climb the table.”

Edinburgh Open 2020

Gala Squash Club entrants, L to R: Tony Elliot, Jordan Reid, Graeme Gillie, Del Sharratt

Edin Open Champion and Former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad

F Category Plate Tournament Winner – Jordan Reid

The 2020 Edinburgh squash Open took place at Edinburgh Sports Club over the last few days. Entrants included former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt), former World Championship Runner up Paul Coll from NZ and amongst other Scotlands top 3 players Gregg Lobban, Alan Clyne and Rory Stewart.
This event also included Category Draws as Galashiels Squash Club were represented by Tony Elliot, Jordan Reid, Graeme Gillie and Del Sharratt.
The Main Even Final Seen Scotland No. 1 Gregg Lobban vs Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy). Lobban had took the scalps of Sean Conroy (Ire) 3-0 as well as the higher Ranking Paul Coll in the Quarter Finals 3-2 and 5-time Edinburgh Open winner Englands Daryl Selby by 3-2. Gawad had just as tough a run beating Abhey Singh (Ind) 3-1, Declan James (Eng) 3-2 and was pushed all the way in the semis by Wales Joel Makin 3-2.
Gawad took the final 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-6), Gawad was equal to everything Lobban threw at him and demonstrated to the Crowd why he is the World No.5 and a former World Champion.
Gregg Lobban Said after the match “That was amazing squash by Karim, he found his best form tonight and unfortunately I was on the receiving end. I have had some great matches this week; indeed the Best result of my career beating Paul Coll, I’m feeling good about my squash just now and am at a career high world ranking of 29, hopefully this sets me up for some great tournaments in the remainder of the season.

in The D Category, Tony Elliot got to the semi-finals; on his was he conquered Michael Brown (Colinton Castle) and Matthew Hunter (The Dean). Elliot was stopped in the Semis by Tom Naylor (Elgin). Elliot then played the 3rd/4th play off against Grange Squash Club’s Finley Halton. The pair had recently met in a league 5 encounter when Elliot triumphed 3-0; but Tony was a bit apprehensive this time as Halton has improved no end since then. But Tony’s game all clicked into place at the same time and he won 15-7, 15-2, 15-5.

In the F Category Sharratt and Reid both lost in the first round 3-1 against Steve Cubbins and Charlie Pringle respectively, this dropped the pair into the Plate tournament where Sharratt lost a 5-game thriller to Gabor Nagy, but Reid progressed to the Plate Tournament Final beating Nagy 3-0. Graeme Gillie lost out in the Quarter Final 3-1 to Michael Linsley (Northern).

1ST Rnd:
Charles Adams (The Dean) w/o v Jonathan Tait (Edin Sports Club).
Chris Dixon (Tyne) 0-3 Michael Buccholz (Edin Univ)
John Armstrong (Newbiggin) 3-2 Michael Clarkson (The Dean)
Finlay Halton (The Grange) 3-2 Kriss Bradshaw (Elgin)
Guy Eniona (Eldon Squash) 1-3 Tom Naylor (Elgin)
Andrew Nelson (SSRC Glasgow) 3-0 Neil Porter (Watsonians)
Matthew Hunter (The Dean) 3-2 Louis Kingdom (Edin Sports Club)
Tony Elliot (Gala Squash Club) 3-0 Michael Brown (Colinton castle)

J Tait 2-3 M Buccholz,
J Armstrong 2-3 F Halton
T Naylor 3-1 A Nelson,
M Hunter 0-3 T Elliot

M Buccholz 3-1 F Halton
T Naylor 3-1 T Elliot

M Buccholz3-1 Naylor

T Elliot 3-0 F Halton.

1ST Rnd:
Steve Cubbins (Unattached) 3-1 Del Sharratt (Gala Squash Club)
Gabor Nagy (The Dean) 0-3 Mark Lockhart (Oban Squash Club)
Michael Linsley (Northern) 3-0 Rhiannon Griffiths (Edin Sports Club)
Alfredo Iacovone (The Grange) 0-3 Graeme Gillie (Gala Squash Club)
Robbie Todd (The Deam) 3-1 Alex Yovanovitch (Wishaw Sports Club)
Craig Bourner (Lockerbie) 3-1 Clive Lucas (Northern)
Andrew Smith (Northern) 3-1 Stewart Simpson (Abercorn)
Charles Pringle (The Dean) 3-1 Jordan Reid (Gala squash Club)

S Cubbins 1-3 M Lockhart
M Linsley 3-1 G Gillie
R Todd 3-2 C Bourner
A Smith 3-2 C Pringle

M Lockhart 3-1 M Linsley
R Todd 3-1 A Smith

M Lockhart 3-0 R Todd

D Sharratt 2-3 G Nagy,
R Griffiths w/o v A Iacovone
A Yovanovitch 3-1 C Lucas
S Simpson 1-3 J Reid

G Nagy 3-0 R Griffiths
A Yovanovitch 0-3 J Reid

G Nagy 0-3 J Reid