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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

Charity Event

Over £200 was raised by members and guests of Galashiels Squash Club for the Galashiels Foodbank.


A1 Iain Laing, Brian Magowan, Anita Laing

A2 Graham Bensted, Iain Gorman, Cameron Couper

A3 Amir Hosny, John Armitage, Jonathan Fletcher

B1 Pat Spence, Darren Quinn, Albin Laing

B2 Piers Wilkinson, Jack Neary, Nick Jupp

B3  Sir andrew, Sarah Chrystie, John Barrow


A3 3v0 A2 – Jonathan F 15v10 Cameron, John A 15v13 Iain G, Amir 15v13 Graham

A1 2v1 A3 – Anita 15v13 Jonathan F, Brian 15v4 John A, Iain L 12v15 Amir

A2 2v1 A1 – Cameron 15 v7 Anita, Iain G 15v11 Brian, Graham10 v 15 Iain L


B3 2v1 B2 – John B 17v15 Nick, Sarah 15v13 Jack, Piers 15v13 Sir Andrew

B1 3v0 B3 – Albin 15v11 John B, Darren 15v12 Sarah, Pat 15v8 Sir Andrew

B1 2v1 B1 – Albin 15v11 Nick, Daren 8v15 Jack, Pat 15v10 Piers


A2 2v1 B3Cameron 9v15 John B, Iain G 15v5 Sarah, Graham 15v8 Sir Andrew

3rd/4th PLAY OFF

A1 2v1 B2Anita 13v15 Nick, Brian 15v8 Jack, Iain L 15v11 Piers

FINAL: B1 2v1 A3Albin 12v15 John A, Darren 16v14 Jonathan, Amir 18v16 Pat

MOTM charity runner up charity winners charity some players charity donation2 charity all players charity clubroom charity

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Border Reivers 15-4 NHS Select
Tony Elliot 3-0 Dave Shields (15-6, 15-0, 15-1)
Pat Spence 3-0 Sandy Morris (15-11, 15-13, 15-13)
Del Sharratt 3-1 Paul Neary (15-13, 15-10, 12-15, 15-10)
Iain Gorman 3-0 Brian Magowan (15-11, 16-14, 15-11)
Darren Quinn 0-3 Sir Andrew (13-15, 10-15, 13-15)
As the East of Scotland squash league season fast approaching, the Border Reivers got some much needed game time with a pre-season friendly against NHS Borders Select.  What is turning out to be an annual event the doctors and staff from NHS proved tricky customers.
In the first rubber, the NHS Dr Jon McLaron pulled out last minute with injury so Sir Andrew was drafted in at last minute, the late call up didn’t phase the veteran as he conquered the youthful Quinn 3-0 but the games were close at 15-13, 15-10, 15-13.  the next game was an evenly matched tie Gorman v Magowan, The NHS team were glad Magowan chose them as he was also a member of the squash Club and a squad player for the Reivers, but he just had no luck as another 3-0 defeat came down to the wire 15-11, 15-10, 12-165, 15-10.  The third seeds next and in this rube last year Neary triumphed 3-1 over Sharratt so the Reivers Captain had a point to prove this time.
Neary couldn’t fid his usual game though and this time Sharratt repaid last years defeat with a 3-1 victory.  Sandy Morris made Pat Spence work for his victory, both had very contrasting styles but with 15-11, 15-13, 15-13 it was only one mistake that separated the players.  Tony Elliot found the going a bit easier and Dave Shiels is usually reliable but all of his shots found the tin and Dave just couldn’t find any rhythym.
Reivers Captain Sharratt said “The result flatters us slightly, the NHS team just had no luck and on another night the score could be different.  These pre-season games are vital for my team so we can get our eye in again before the leagues start.

East of Scotland Award for Reivers Captain

At The East of Scotland squash End of Season Presentation dinner several awards were handed out, Edinburgh Sports Club were crowned East League Division 1 Champions and Heriot Watt triumphed in the East of Scotland Cup.  But in the individual awards Gala Squash Club Captain Del Sharratt was awarded the prestigious “Clubperson of the year” award.  Former Club person winner Iain Clark presented the trophy to Del and said “This award is to recognize an individual who’s commitment and dedication has been over and above expected levels and is vital in the progression of squash in theEast of Scotland.  Del is a deserving winner; we received an unprompted e-mail from a member at Gala squash club recommending Del for this award.  Del single-handedly runs the club, he does everything from run the internal competitions, maintenance of the building, runs the finances of the club, he runs the juniors, arranges events, he is Captain of the League team, he deals with memberships.  Del is well known in squash Circles around the East of Scotland and it is right that his exploits are recognised.”
Del said “I really wasn’t expecting anything.  As far as I am concerned it’s a team effort to keep things going at the squash club, I do what I can but I am supported by the committee and a Very Tolerant and Supportive wife!  I wish I could do more for the Club and East Squash but I juggle my life with a full time job, two young kids and the squash club.  I am honoured that the East of Scotland Squash Committee have recognised my hard work in this manner and I will treasurer this award.”

Del Award

Del Receiving the Award


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.”

Festival of Squash

Edinburgh Sports Club hosted the third annual Festival of squash; this was a graded tournament culminating in Scotland v Rest of World featuring Current World No.1 Mohammed El Shorbagy.  In the Graded Tournament, Gala Squash Club Captain Del Sharratt was flying the flag for the Borders.

Del lost his qualifier 2-0 to Young Dylan Pearman (Tyne Squash Club) 15-7, 15-9.  This put Del in the Grade 4 Competition.  In the first round Grange Squash Clubs Faye Fulton conquered 15-7, 15-10 over Sharratt.  Sharratt was finding the ties tough going ithis tournament, all his opponents were younger and fitter and wouldn’t stop running.
This put Del into the Plate Tournament where he first met Anthony Rickets (also of Grange).  This as a close fought match, both players seemed to be similarly matched in all areas but Del seemed to remain focussed and triumphed 15-7, 17-15.  In the Plate Final it was Edinburgh sports Clubs own Jessica Shaw, the teenager had came through the youth system at Sports Club and fancied her chances against the more experienced Sharratt.  Well Shaw took her chances and although Sharratt fought Valiantly the Edin Sports Club Lady took it 15-10, 15-13.

The Scotland v Rest of World Team match featured some of the worlds best.  Team Scotland featured tHe Scottish No.1 and No.2 Gregg Lobban and Alan Clyne respectively; tHe Scottish Ladies Champion Lisa Aitken and the World Junior Champion Georgia Adderley.  Team Rest of World Boasted no less than the Current World Champion and World Number 1. Mohammed El-Shorbagy, Englands World no. 54 Josh Masters, COmmonwealth Games Gold Medalist from New Zealand Donna Lobban and Polish Teenage Prodigy Karina Tyma.  The matches were first to 11 and 2 games.
Scores (Team Scotland first)
G Adderley 2-0 K Tyma; L Aitken 1-1 D Lobban; Ladies Doubles Aitken/Adderley 1-1 Tyma/Lobban; G Lobban 1-1 J Masters; A Clyne 2-0 J Masters; A Clyne 0-2 M El Shorbagy; G Lobban 0-2 M El Shorbagy.  This finished the match at 7-7, so as a decider, World Champion M El Shorbagy went on court 2 on 1 against Clyne and Lobban – The Scottish Duo won 11-3 for 8-7 victory for Team Scotland.

Gala Squash Club Captain Sharratt said of the event “The matches were touh, there are a lot of excellent up and coming teenagers in the East of Scotland Squash Circuit and there fitness levels are unreal.  13yo Dylan Pearman beat me and he just wouldn’t stop covering every inch of the court.
It was amazing to watch Mohammed El shorbagy Live too, what an inspiration he is for these Juniors that competed and it shows the level we can all strive for.  Hopefully next Year some of Gala’s juniors will be featuring in amongst the Edinburgh Clubs Juniors too.”

Mohammed El Shorbagy   Del v Dylan  Live

Schools’ squash compeition comes to Gala

On Wednesday 16th June, 2016, several pupils from Jedburgh Grammar School (JGS) and Galashiels Academy S1 and S2 gathered at Gala squash Club for the final of the inaugural Border’s Inter School Squash Championship. The JGS Team was Steven Dawson, James “Veg” Wieczysty, Kerry Munro and Daisy Findlay and representing Gala Academy were Blair Turner, Sean Easson, Paul Boggs, Ryan Goudie and Beth Logan.

The Girls’ Championship took the form of a round-robin between the three girls and the
opening rubber pitted the JGS girls Kerry and Daisy against each other, and in a close run match Daisy triumphed 2-0 (11-7, 11-9).  Kerry then took on Gala Academy’s Beth Logan and Beth won in a relatively quick 11-3, 11-2.  The final match was Beth v Daisy and although Beth ran out 2-0 (11-4, 11-2) it was a much closer match than the result suggested.  Gala Academy’s Beth Logan won the Girls Competition with 4 points,  Daisy Findlay (JGS) 2 points and Kerry Munro (JGS) 0 points.

The Boys tournament was straight knockout and there were some swashbuckling tussles between most of the players as they were pretty evenly matched across the board. The first Round opened with Gala Acad pair Paul Boggs and Blair Turner fighting out a 2-0 (11-4, 11-6) for Blair and Sean Easson and Steven Dawson in a titanic tussle which ended 2-0 for Sean (11-9, 11-8). Steven covered every inch of the court but long tight shots from Sean proved too strong for Steven. In the Semi-Finals James “Veg” from JGS also lost to Blair Turner 2-0 (11-2, 11-7) as Blair seemed to be improving game to game whilst Sean Easson conquered the older Ryan Goudie 2-0 (11-7, 11-5).

The Final was an All Gala Affair with Sean and Blair going hell for leather and producing some excellent squash and great movement.  Blair took the first game 13-11 as the scoring went tit-for-tat until Blair got the last point with a sensational drop shot.  The second game was just as intense and some long rallies were fought out and Sean just managed to hold on and take this one 11-9.  With the match locked at 1-1 and heading into a decider, both players were tiring and getting heavy on there feet.  This game produced less rallies and adrenalin took over, Sean got off to an explosive start and quickly took a 5-1 lead, and although Blair battled on bravely he just couldn’t get the gap back and Sean Easson won that game 11-6 to take the match, and championship, 2-1.

In the plate tournament the games were short and fast and the results were Ryan Goudie 11v4 Paul Boggs, Steven Dawson 11v4 Daisy Findlay, Ryan 11v5 Kerry Munro, Steven 11v6 Veg. THen the final was contested between Steven Dawson and Ryan Goudie, Steven managed to bring home the trophy with a stunning display in a 11-5, 11-9 victory and ensured JGS didn’t return home empty handed.

All entrants from JGS and Gala

All entrants from JGS and Gala

The day's trophies

The day’s trophies

The boy's champion

The boy’s champion Sean Easson

The girls champion Beth Logan

The girls champion Beth Logan

Daisy Findlay (JGS) struggling to get to grips with Beth's drop  shots.

Daisy Findlay (JGS) struggling to get to grips with Beth’s drop shots.

Ryan Goudie showing his dedication by keeping himself warm between matches.

Ryan Goudie showing his dedication by keeping himself warm between matches.

Plate winner

The plate winner Steven Dawson


Club T-shirts On Sale Now

Gala Squash Club has now got our own T-Shirts!!!!
Bof the Gala Squaelow are pictures of Gala Squash Club Tops. These are available to buy
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So get buying and Supporting the Club folks :)
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New Ladies Champion

In what was the first Ladies Club Championship for a decade, Sandra McCutcheon and Jane Logan played out a thrilling final.  Both ladies played out of their skin as they both wanted to be the first lady for 10 years to get their name on the Club Champion’s Board.  Both players used intelligence and cunning throughout the match to out-fox their opponent.  Sandra took the first game quite convincingly due to some loose shots from Jane.  Jane tightened up her game in the second, with shots tight to the wall, and Jane started killing the ball at key moments making it difficult for Sandra to get into a rhythm. But some excellent movement ensured Sandra took the second game too.  Going into the third game both ladies were focussed and had to think about their shots as some long rallies and quick movement by both players made for a highly entertaining game. Despite Jane’s best efforts Sandra fought for every point and secured the match 3-0, final scores 9-3, 9-4, 9-3.

After the match Jane congratulated Sandra and both players said they were delighted to have had such an entertaining final. Sandra said “It was great to win the first ladies final in the decade and was a fun match, this is exciting times for ladies squash in the Borders.”

The final was umpired by Agnes Burnie and scored by Rachel McAleese.

Sands and Jane final

New Ladies Night

Thursday is the new ladies club night. Typically from 6.30-9.00.

Sandra, the membership secretary, is organising a ladies club night. The ladies meet at the club around 6.30pm and play “round robin” format so that everyone gets lots of court time. Everyone is welcome whether they are club members or not: costs are £2 for members and £4 for non-members. If you want to find out more, express an interest or just have a chat about the standard, get in touch by e-mail in the first instance at the following addresses: or