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Xciting Match

Galashiels 9-12 Craigshill Xcite

 

Iain Laing 3-1 Kenny Aiston

Gala got off to a winning start in this opening rubber. Former Club champion Iain Laing, just making a comeback after 14 years away from the game, wasn’t quite upto pace and didn’t have the focus he used to be renowned for. But he came from behind in the first game to win 16-14. The second game was a typical game for two evenly matched players until it was 8-7 to Laing, but then Aiston changed his game and stated playing to Laings back hand and rattled of 5-6 points in quick succession and held on for 15-11. Laing dug deep, and despite his absence from the game, seemed t ofind an extra yard when needed and managed to keep the ball just out of Aistons reach and took the remaining games 15-8, 15-5.

 

Del Sharratt 2-3 Walid Magby

This was only Magby’s second league game for Xcite, and the cold temperatures in the Galashiels court took him a bit by surprise. Del was used to the bounce of the ball in the cold courts and used this to his advantage winning two close games 15-12, 15-11. Both players were of similar ilk in the court and lots of long rallies and great squash ensued. tHings changed in the third game when Magby kept Sharratt at the back of the court and refused to let him boss the rallies, this meant Del was limited to the shots he could play and from 9-7 up the Xcite player ran away to 15-7. The fourth game was fast, Magby gradually getting used to the conditions and Del just couldn’t find the back wall with his shots as Magby was keeping the ball tight and took it 15-11. Del was feeling the pressure having thrown away a 2-0 advantage and heading into the decider both players were equally determined but some deft drop shots from Magby were too good for Del (15-12) and the visitors levelled the rubbers at 1-1.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Iain McIver

Bensted found the going rather tough against his younger opponent in this tie. Iain McIver, who is a League regular for Xcite showed his quality as he varied his play. tHis meant Bensted couldn’t read the shots and often went the wrong way in the rallies. McIver rattled off 3 games in a fairly straight forward 15-9, 15-6, 15-12.

 

Adam Niemczewski 1-3 Phil Brown

Phil Brown, boasting an unbeaten record against Gala, was looking forward to this tie against relatively unknown Niemczewski. Brown took the first game as he motored put of the blocks and commanded the T-Line in most of the rallies and won 15-5. The play switched in the second as Adam was the one getting to the T-Line first and managed to keep Brown at the back of the court and took it 15-13. This could really have went either way, but brown just had the edge on speed and accuracy and took the remaining games 15-10, 15-5 to clinch the match for Xcite.

 

Pat Spence 3-2 John Taylor

The two in the final rubber were the respective teams top seeds and the quality of squash in this match lived upto expectation. Both players, similar age and fitness provided highly entertaining squash for the spectators. For the first four games it was a case of as soon as one player had advantage, the other player would come back and it went 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2. The deciding game was even closer than the rest and at 14-14 it went to sudden death. But Spence stayed calm and collected and Taylor felt the pressure a bit as Spence bossed the remaining points for 16-14 and 3-2.

 

“What a match, most of the games could’ve went either way, I’m (Del) a bit disappointed at losing my match from 2-0 up, but I hope we can have a rematch at the return leg and I’ll get a chance to remedy that score line.”

Winter Whitewash

Galashiels 0-15 Watsonians 4

 

Ruaridh Kohler 0-3 Matthew Gibbs

Ruaridh was making his first appearance of the season for Gala after recovering from an injury and faced Matthew Gibbs who has played at Gala previously but never tasted victory. Gibbs was determined to get maiden victory at Gala and didn’t let up as some accurate shots and great anticipation seen him overcome Kohler 15-5, 15-7, 15-8. Kohler didn’t play too badly but didn’t match the determination of Gibbs and although Kohler enjoyed the tussle he was disappointed by the result.

 

Darren Quinn 0-3 Ross Taylor

Quinn, who normally filled in at no.5 when needed was promoted to no.4 for this match due to lack of available players. Again the Gala man gave a good encounter of himself and made for some cracking squash but the better player triumphed on the night 15-6, 15-6, 5-6.

 

Brian Magowan 0-3 Clive Shannon

Magowan was making his league bow for Gala and came up against Watsonians league veteran Shannon. Magowan had previously represented Gala in Friendlies found the step up to Competitive League squash too much to handle, lack of Competitive experience meant the edge was always with Shannon and the Watsonians Stalwart won a pretty straight forward 15-7, 15-3, 15-6.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Bobby McKinney

The first game started with Bensted pulling away as his powerful serves took McKinney by surprise, although it didn’t take McKinney long to adapt and as soon as they were passed the serve and returns McKinney always controlled the rallies, there was some good fast shots but Bensted relied on his serve too much and the Wats player took this one 15-11, 15-6, 15-6.

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 David Hutton

Hutton’s record against Gala in the Leagues is now played 3 won 3. Hutton, who is Watsonians regular top seed is probably used to playing higher quality opposition as Del is usually seeded at 3-4 for Gala. Gala’s top seed Tony Elliot – Unbeaten in the League was abroad and with other players pulling out due to holidays/work it meant Del had to make the step up.

The pair played some good squash and long rallies but it was always felt that Hutton could have stepped up a gear if he really needed to. Although Left-hander Del got close in the first game due to some uncharacteristic unforced errors from Hutton, the Edinburgh Man seemed to get the bounce of the ball and won 15-10, 15-9, 5-8.

 

This was a difficult match and pretty much an entire reserve team, Gala’s top seeds are ALL back next week and hopefully can steal a victory against Craigshill Xcite.

Gala Struggle at Heriot Watt

Heriot Watt Uni 3 14-3 Gala

 

Darren Quinn 0-3 Alastair Hill

This was a bad day at the office for Darren Quinn, he just couldn’t get himself motivated for this tie and every unforced error in the match just made his head go down, an out of sorts Quinn lost 15-3, 15-4, 15-3.

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Scott Hunter

The Gala Captain also wasn’t at his best in this tie, Sharratt came off court feeling he should have taken more from the game. Hunter had good length in his shots and had the knack of keeping the ball at Sharratt’s back hand corner so Sharratt was forced to drop most shots which Hunter was all over. Before long the match was all over and the Student won 15-9, 15-6, 15-9.

 

John Sharratt 0-3 Zsolt Husz

Another below par performance from Gala. Sharratt would normally beat Husz but just lost focus and a lot of Sharratt seniors shots hit the tin that normally would be winners, the rallies were better in this tie though but again Heriot Watt took it in straight sets 15-13, 15-12, 15-6.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Josie Wishart

Josie proved too strong for Bensted in this. This time the student was the better player and bossed the rallies. Bensted found the pure speed of Wishart too much to handle as he darted about the court and seemed to anticipate most of Bensteds shots. tHe better player on the day took it 15-3, 15-6, 15-10

 

Tony Elliot 3-2 Umair Saeed

Once again the ever reliable Tony Elliot ensured Gala didn’t leave without a victory. Tony is unbeaten in the League this season but this was by faar his toughest test yet. Heriot Watts Saeed had been a regular in League 2 for the seconds this season but due to some big names returning he had to drop to league 5 for the week. Tony just wasn’t missing anything and never more than 2 points separated the players in the first four games. It was so close it went 15-13, 16-18, 16-14, 13-15, then in the fifth game Saeed seemed to have the edge and led 4-1 then 11-4 but Tony dug deep and just refused to give up and some amazing shots thet Tony just killed in the corners turned the 11-4 defecit to a 15-12 victory.

 

Gala Captain Del said “Apart from Tony we all seemed to have a bad day at the same time, normally John and Myself would have got some games off those guys but there must have been something in the air tonight. Tony seems unstoppable – that was a League 2 quality opponent tonight and when I get my full team back we will do some damage in this league.”

Grange put Gala squad players to the sword

Grange 5 12-5 Gala

 

Andy Waddell 2-3 Andrew Light

Veteran Waddell, who was a last minute call up due to injury, gave a good account of himself in this. Indeed he dominated for most of the first games and took a 2-0 lead with 15-13, 15-13 but early in the third game Waddell felt a twinge in his troublesome ham-string and this hindered his speed and movement and the younger Grange player took full advantage and rattled off the remaining games 15-6, 15-5, 15-10.

 

Iain Gorman 0-3 Alex Whitters

Iain Gorman just came against a superior squash player in this tie, Alex was relentless in his play and made it seem pretty straight forward with 15-8, 15-1, 15-7. Iain couldn’t be faulted for effort but fitness was in Whitters favour and this was over relatively quickly.

 

Amir Hosny 3-0 Josh Stokes

Gala won this one with debutant Hosny, who had featured for Glasgow University the previous night. This was full of long rallies but Hosny’s accuracy with his full length shots proved key as Stokes just couldn’t flick the ball out the back corners, the match was closer than the scoreline suggests. 15-11, 15-9, 15-5

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Jonathan Hughes

Hughes, who is relatively new to the League scene proved too good for Del as he clinched the match for Grange 5 in this tie. Both players were pretty evenly matched, but home advantage Does make a difference as Hughes seemed to anticipate every bounce of the ball. Del was 14-13 up in the first game and serving for the match, but a loose drop shot let Hughtes back in and he took the first 18-16. The second game was just as intense, Hughes seemed to have mastered the knack of sending Del to the back corner then dropping to the front as this sequence scored Jonathan several points and he took it 15-10. In the third game, Del tired mentally and his focus and concentration lapsed but it went close again 15-11 to Jonathan for 3-0.

 

John Sharratt 0-3 Robert Koenig

Grange new boy Koenig was head and shoulders above everyone else in the teams; he just didn’t miss anything. Even when he was going the wrong way and the ball was at speed he seemed to be able to correct his footwork and get the shots back, John Sharratt who is a seasoned Veteran of the game and had the know-how even applauded some of Koenigs play as he wouldn’t miss a thing. Even when Sharratt was standing on the T-Line and sending the Grange boy from corner to corner it wasn’t enough and Koenig put on a great display of squash and took this 15-7, 15-12, 15-10.

 

Gala Captain Del said “I always enjoy playing at The grange, they have two Glass Back courts and it’s an amazing set-up. This as almost my entire reserve team as all my regulars were injured or on holiday, so the score line was pretty respectable considering. I would normally play at seed 4 or 5 but I was in at 2 today. My top players should beback for next weeks trip to Heriot Watt so hopefully we can steal a victory there.”

Heavy Defeat for Gala

Galashiels 3-15 Abercorn

 

Iain Gorman 1-3 Tom Clemens

Iain, fresh from his victory the previous week was oozing confidence going into this tie; Iain has improved no end from pre-season and has been enjoying the competitive week in week out league squash. It was Gala’s Iaian that took the first game, Iain just used his superior strength and found the back wall with most of shots and took it 15-11; in the second game, Iain was taking his time and varying his shots. But Abercorn’s Clemens seemed to reach everthing and Tom won 15-7, the story of the third game was just as the second – Tom getting to everything and seem to get fitter the more the game went on, indeed Tom took it 15-9 for 2-1 to Abercorn. In the fourth Game, Iain upped his game and although he commanded the T-Line Tom just wouldn’t let up and it went right to the wire before Tom took it 15-13.

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Neelu Sarkar

In what was developing into a bit of a Friendly rivalry, Sarkar and Sharratt locked horns for the 3rd time in two seasons, although Sarkar had the edge in the previous games 3-2 and 3-1, Sharratt felt he could beat Sarkar and was looking forward to the match.

It was an amazing first game, Sharratt was at 14-12 and serving for the game, but Sarkar wouldn’t give in and Sarkar then had game points at 17-16 and 19-18 and Eventually took it 21-19. This seemed to knock the wind out of Del a bit and Sarkar motored on in the next and it was a bit more comfortable -7. The third was as intense as the first and the rallies were long as both players played safe and waited for the opponent to make errors – it was Gala’s Sharratt that seemed to make more errors though and Sarkar took the match 3-0 with 15-12.

 

Graham Bensted 1-3 Michael Baty

Graham was going into the unknown as Baty hadn’t faced Gala before and was a bit of a Newby to the Abercorn team. But it seemed to be Baty that, had the -edge in this tussle, Graham, renowned for his hard powerful serves won most of his points without a rally being played, but as soon as Baty got into the rallies he seemed to be firmly in control. This one went to Abercorn – 15-9, 15-12, 14-16, 15-10

 

Adam Niemczewski 1-3 Martin Browse

City Veteran Browse, who had a 100% record against Gala, wasn’t expecting too gard a time from Niemczewski, the Polish Boy had played against Abercorn last year and failed to take a game. But Adam showed his mettle and this was a titanic match, the rallies were tight and both players were relativelty fit; in the first game Martin rocketed away to 13-7 but Adam wouldn’t give in and came back with a series of tight shots before going down 15-12. The Second game was just as exciting, this time Adam threw in some deft drop shots and this took the game 15-9, at 1-1 Martin started to really slow the pace down and took time at his serves, this got to Adam’s rythym a wee bit and Browse took it relatively easy 15-5. Although the final game was a thriller, Martin seemed to have the mental edge on Adam and his Slow pace got into Adam’s head, Adam fought valiantly but Abercorn took it 15-5 for 3-1.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Jamie Irving

Gala were missing their top seeds due to injury and holidays and Spence, normally at seed 3 had to step upto seed 1 for the night. The Step up proved tough and Spence gave a good account of himself, some inch perfect lobs the highlight of Spence’s game but the Better player on the night took the match, 15-10, 15-9, 15-11.

 

Captain Del Sharratt commented “Ooft, that is our heaviest defeat to date, This puts us on the back foot going into the tie against top of the table Bridge of Allan next week, I don’t envisage my top seeds being back so we’ll likely go with the same team again. I can’t fault the guys for effort and we just need the rub of the green to go our way.”

Tyne Triumph in Titanic Tussle

Tyne District 9-7 Gala (12-7)

 

Del Sharratt 1-3 Dylan Pearman

Gala Captain Sharratt was surprised to see 12yo Dylan Pearman playing at 5 for the Haddington clubs full team – but it soon became apparent that young Pearman was more than capable of handling the pressure of the East Leagues. Indeed the youngster has travelled the country representing East in the Scottish U-13 Region championships.

It was rare to see two left handed players on the same court and it made for a spectacular match. Sharratt knew he was in for a hard match after sneaking the first 16-14 as Pearman wouldn’t let Sharratt pull away. After the first game, Tyne Captain Nigel Pearman spoke to the younger Pearman and advised he plays to Del’s back hand corner. The youngster duly complied and Del just couldn’t find the swing of his back hand as Dylan rattled off the remaining games 15-7, 15-4, 15-3.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Gordon Hamilton

Bested found the going difficult in this match, although Bensted had a mean serve that won him several points, Hamilton’s fast hitting meant Bensted was just a yard or so to short for most of the full length shots and with little time on the ball wasn’t able to fully control his shots. Hamilton took this for Tyne 15-6, 15-7, 15-10.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Chris Dixon

Gala Veteran Spence, was making his first appearance of the season due to business commitments but had been playing plenty squash and wasn’t short on confidence.

Both players were obviously skilful and fit with tight full length shots the story of this one, but the rallies were textbook up and down the walls but just the lapses of concentration from Spence led to several unforced errors mainly on drop shots and Dixon capitalised took the match 5-8, 15-8, 15-8.

Kev Douglas 3-0 Graham Morrison

Kev Douglas came into this match oozing confidence after his victory previous week against Kirkaldys top seed. Kev has a knacl of starting slowly and working the opponent out as the match goes on.

The first game was anything but slow and long rallies ensued as both players showed their quality, Kev seemed to have the edge on his returns and it led to him controlling most of the game and took it 15-10.

Both players changed their style in the second game, Morrison was trying to read Douglas’s shots but Douglas varied his game enough and really had the edge over Morrison in most areas and took it 15-8.

Morrison gave his all in the third and seemed to be able to return anything but Douglas’s disguised drop shots was enough to Get Gala’s first victory of the match 15-11 and 3-0.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Nigel Pearman

Pearman had a very unorthodox serve but it was obvious why both players were the number 1 seeds in the respective teams, Pearman found good width and length in his shots but Elliot motored around the court and returned everything Pearman threw at him, and just as Elliot was commanding the T-line Pearman would be just as good at returning whatever was given to him, the first two games reflect this and both went to sudden death in Tony’s favour 16-14, 17-15. The difference in the third game was that Elliot’s elite fitness meant he just refused to wilt and Pearman was running on empty as it was more straight forward for the Gala top seed and 15-6.

 

Gala Captain Sharratt said afterwards “They all seem to be strong teams in the league, this is one of my best possible line-ups and I’m a wee bit disappointed we couldn’t take more from the match. It’s exciting to see youth being so eager and skilful at squash and if Dylan is anything to go by then the future of East of Scotland Squash is in safe hands. We have a Break in the season next week so I might look at some training for some of the squad players and work on movement and footwork. But no match is easy in this league.

Distance to Despair

Kirkaldy 2 13-4 Gala

Gala made the daunting trip upto Kirkaldy minus some key players and this made it difficult for the rest of the team as the rest of the regulars had to play against tougher seeded opponents. Squad Players Iain Gorman and Darren Quinn both lost their rubbers 3-0 to Robert Russell and Steve Creene respectively. Captain Del Sharratt scored Gala’s first point of the match but succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to the experienced Willie Schultz, Del was playing at no.3 seed where he would usually be no.5 so this was a tougher opponent that what Del is used to, but Del gave a good account of himself despite the loss. then Graham Bensted – playing at no.2 also lost 3-0 but it was tight games (15-11, 15-12, 15-9) and the rallies could really have went either way.

Gala’s other points and only victory of the match came from Kevin Douglas – Kevin was playing at a higher than normal position but despite losing the first game 15-5, he rattled off the next three games 15-12, 15-13, 15-7 it had been a shaky start but the more the match went on the more Kevin was getting into his stride.

 

Captian Sharratt said “It was always going to be difficult – I should have my top seeds back for the return leg in January so I am looking forward to the re-match. Next week we entertain Tyne District at home and I’m confident this can bring us our first league victory of the season.

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.”

Gala trounced in end-of-season friendly

A team from Gala Squash Club travelled up to Grange Sports Club in Edinburgh for an end of season challenge match. With Gala Squash Club entering the East of Scotland squash Leagues next season this was a vital preparation against the sort of team they will be facing.  Gala’s team comprised of Pat Spence, Luis Molero, Andrew Dowlen-Gilland, Del Sharratt (capt) and Ruaridh Kohler, and ladies Rachel McAleese and Lauren Harris.

In the opening rubbers, Gala’s Ruaridh Kohler lost 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-7) to former Scotland International Paula Gilchrist and Del Sharratt lost 3-1 to Jamie Dalrymple.  Del just couldn’t get going and lost the first game 11-6, but some strong, well-placed serves gave him the second game 11-5; both players had similar skill and fitness levels but several unforced errors at key points from Del let Jamie take the last two games 11-7, 12-10.

Next up for Gala was veteran Andrew Dowlen-Gilland against Jim McConnell. This was a  tight affair with tit for tat scoring as neither player wanted to give an inch.  Jim took the match after a marathon 3-2 (11-3, 7-11, 16-14, 6-11, 11-6).  Gala’s Luis Molero went down comprehensibly 3-0 to Shane Martin (11-6, 11-6, 11-9).  In the battle of the top seeds Pat Spence met Gordon Robertson. Both players are seasoned veterans and this was a very exciting match.  The games were tight and the players were focussed.  Gordon took the first game 11-8 as both players were getting into their strides, the second game went to Pat 11-8 as some hard and fast shots were too good for Gordon. Gordon got the upper hand in the third as he stormed to a quick 4-0 lead and Pat just couldn’t claw it back and went down 11-7, in the fourth game something just seemed to click for Pat as he didn’t seem to miss anything and a polished performance won the game 11-5.  Locked at 2-2 and both players now running on adrenalin the deciding game went right to the wire but Gordon’s determination saw him take it 11-9 and 3-2. The match ended Grange 18-5 Gala.

In the ladies tournament Gala Squash club Champion Rachel McAleese met a strong Laura Robertson and despite a valiant effort Rachel lost 3-0 (11-4, 11-4, 11-10).  Gala debutant Lauren Harris found the going equally as tough as she lost 3-0 to Grange’s Lucy Black (11-8, 11-9, 11-5).

After the match Gala Captain Del Sharratt said “We always expected this to be tough, it was a really important match for us as this is the sort of players we will be facing in the league next season.  We’ll work hard over the summer and hopefully a couple of pre-season friendlies in September will set us up for the league season.  We are all excited to be joining the East of Scotland League since the Club is thriving at the moment and membership is increasing.”

The 'friendly' teams

Success for Gala at Colinton Castle

A strong squad from Gala squash Club made the journey up the A7 to Collinton Castle Squash Club for the latest round of the East of Scotland Squash Conference. Pat Spence, Luis Molero, Del Sharratt (capt), Ruaridh Kohler, Rachel McAleese and Joy Borowska competed against players from The Grange, Watsonians, Edinburgh University and the hosts, Collinton Castle. The games were point-a-rally to 11 and 2 games per match – this was a short sharp format!
Last time round at Gala the Borderers narrowly missed out and they wanted to make amends this time. The whole team played well and the event was opened by Gala Captain Del Sharratt taking the scalp of Edinburgh University’s James Cottam 2-0 (12-10, 11-8); this was followed by a series of draws as the games went Rachel McAleese 1-1 Evie Coley (Edin Uni); Pat Spence 1-1 Jim McConnell (Watsonians) and Luis Molero 1-1 Jamie Dalrymple (Grange); Ruaridh Kohler got Gala’s next victory beating Jame Turing (Edin Uni) 2-0; Joy found the going a bit tougher as she was out fought by Edin Uni’s Katy Welford 2-0 (12-10, 11-9)- Joy then had to withdraw from the tournament due to a hip injury.
Del’s good form continued in the second round of games with a victory over South African player JamesTuring, then Pat Spence turned on the Skill as he triumphed 2-0 against local favourite, and last years player of the season, Gordon Robertson. There was a lot of long rallies in this one as the players covered every inch of the court but Pat’s concentration held out and he took the match. Luis Molero then beat Jim McConnell 2-0, Rachel beat Katy Welford 2-0 and Ruaridh got a second victory as his boasts and drop shots proved too clever for Edin Universities Anthony Bulling and he took it 11-7, 11-5.
Gala’s Ruaridh Kohler maintained a 100% Record beating James Cottam 2-0, Del drew 1-1 with Anthony Bulling, Pat beat Grange top seed Jamie Dalrymple 2-0, Rachel beat Prateek Bawa (Edin Uni) 2-0 and in what is proving to be a bit of a rivalry now Gordon Robertson was victorious over Luis Molero.
Ruaridh and Mark Hooper (Grange) got joint man of the match awards as they were both 100% victorious in the event.
In the overall team scores Gala regained the title with 24 pointe, The Grange 21, Edin Uni 11, Watsonians 7 and Collinton Castle 7.
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Mark Hooper and Ruaridh Kohler -joint Man of The Match
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Several of the players after the event .