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Not so Xciting match

Craigshill Xcite 18-2 Border Reivers

 

Darren Quinn 0-3 Robin Nisbet

Darren Quinn answered the SOS from Captain Sharratt as the Reivers were one player short. This was Quinn’s first game for the team this season and came up against an experienced campaigner in Nisbet. Nisbet has played league squash for over 15 years and had the measure of the younger Reivers man. Quinn never gave up and couldn’t be faulted for effort but Experience won through in this one and Robin Nisbet ran off 15-7, 15-3, 15-5.

 

Del Sharratt 1-3 Craig Baxter

Sharratt got Reivers first point of the night, but also found the going tough. Baxter boasted a p3 w3 record against the Borderers. Sharratt just couldn’t find consistent length in his shots; whenever Del got the ball passed Craig he would win the rally but more often than not the ball stopped short and Craig Baxter would be all over it. Baxter seemed to be nursing a thigh strain but despite Sharratt trying to send him round the court the loose balls made it relatively easy for the Xcite man to return. This went in Baxters favour 15-4, 15-5, 13-15, 15-9.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 John Taylor

This was a repeat of last seasons top seed fixture – thet time Spence won out 3-2. But it’s amazing how effective Home Advantage can be at Squash as John Taylor seemed to have the better of the match this time. Taylor has a very unorthodox style; and this distracted Spence enough as Spence would try to Second Guess Taylor but it wasn’t the way to win and a few key misses from the Borders Stalwart meant this time the tie went Xcites way 15-8, 15-11, 15-13.

 

Amir Hosny 1-3 Phil Brown

Brown was another who, like Nisbet has been around the East Leagues for many years. Although Hosny is fairly new to the League he was extremely fast and skilful. This was a titanic tussle as some rallies were 20-30 shots and both players excelled in retrieving the ball no matter where it was placed. A niggle in the groin hampered Amir a bit – indeed enough to slow his movement and this meant Brown took the match in a close fought 17-15, 15-6, 11-15, 15-13.

 

Tony Elliot 0-3 Albeer Mahmood

Tony’s reputation in the league preceded him – as Mehmood was drafted in by Xcite for this particular match. Mehmood though was a standard above the rest of the players, and even the usually victorious Tony Elliot couldn’t live with him. Mehmood has qualified for the National Championships next year and is expected to get far! Although Tony played the squash of his life, Albeer took it 15-7, 16-14, 15-5.

 

Sharratt said “This is our biggest defeat to date, I’m a bit miffed that Mehmood was brought in just to play against us, this means the rest of the team move down a seeding. But if we want to mprove then players like that are who we strive to be like and it showa the level we Can get to if we are dedicated enough.

That’s the mid-way point of the season and although we are 6th of 13, I fancy a few wins in January and hopefully we can climb the table.”

Watt a win for Reivers

Heriot Watt 4s 7-13 Border Reivers

 

Sir Andrew 3-0 Callum Ross

The Experienced Sir Andrew mopped this tie up relatively quickly. A lot of loose shots by the young student made life a wee bit easier for the Reivers No. 5. All through the match it did seem like Sir Andrew could up a gear whenever he liked. It was won 15-4, 15-12, 15-10.

 

Del Sharratt 3-1 Ben Graham

Sharratt was battling a cold in this game and it affected his breathing and movement, The Reivers Captain found it hard to get any momentum and coughed and spluttered his way through the match. Ben Graham won the first 15-13 as Sharratt was doing just enough to keep he match close. In the second Sharratt was placing his shots to Graham’s backhand but this proved futile as back hand seemed to be Graham’s best side, Sharratt took it 15-12. The last two games were just as close, but Sharratt was eventually getting into his stride and varied his shots as Graham was good on his back hand. Sharratt took it 15-11, 15-12.

 

Zsolt Husz 3-1 Graham Bensted

Bensted came away from this match believing he should have done better. The borders Veteran didn’t do much wrong in this game, Husz just done even less wrong. It was a good match to watch, as this game boasted several long rallies and skilful squash. Both players would get to shots that would normally beat them and the quality of play was high.

The young student held on and seemed to have that extra yard of speed and Zolst Husz took this one for Heriot Watt 15-12, 10-15, 15-12, 15-9.

 

Alan Hepburn 3-0 Alex Young

Hepburn was making his debut for the Reivers in this game, and demonstrated why Club Captain Del Sharratt had called him up. Hepburn played a patient game and let Young make unforced errors. Young was missing some easy shots and got frustrated and annoyed at himself, several times Young would shout at himself and bang his racket off the wall. Hepburn won the first 15-6. The second game was closer but Young would make sever uncharacteristic mistakes and his head went down as he got annoyed at himself.

The match umpire had to give Young a conduct warning during this game for throwing his racket away twice. Young was making Hepburns life easy by beating himself mentally. This went 16-14 to Hepburn.

The third game was one-sided; Young was slightly quieter in this game but he was still snatching at his shots and had already lost to himself. Hepburn took a Debut Victory 15-3 for 3-0.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Gregory Laplatre

Although young in years, French prodigy Laplatre had a great squash brain and played as if he’d been playing for many years. Leplatre bossed the vastly Experienced Spence, Spence was experienced enough to know to vary his shots and put some disguise in but Laplatre was too good on the night and won 15-6, 15-10, 15-5.

 

Captain Del Sharratt said “My team was depleted due to injury and illness. Pat Spence had to rearrange work plans and I had to play though a cold, we battled on though and the Team puled through and triumphed. We won this as a team as we all encouraged each other and the dedication and commitment of the players cannot be faulted. We have one more match before the Christmas break and a victory there will put us on the verge of the top 3.”

Sweet Victory over Abercorn

Border Reivers 16-4 Abercorn

Del Sharratt 1-3 Stewart Simpson

A well matched pairing, both players had similar styles of play. Whenever one player had the hand they would rattle off 3-4 points (2-4, 7-4, 7-10, 11-10) at 15-15 Del played the serve out and Stewart punished him 17-15, the second game although Del took a 7-2 lead, Stewart fought valiantly and again the game was close. At 11-11 Del kept his shots tight and got to everything and took it 15-11. Del seemed to tire and Stewart had the better stamina, Del wasn’t going for some of the shots later in the match that he returned with ease earlier in the game and Stewart won 15-8, 15-9.

 

Graham Bensted 3-1 Peter O’Conner

Graham took the first in a one sided 15-5 affair, he bossed the game from the start and the spectators were expecting this to be over quickly but Peter had other ideas and dug deep in the second game, Peter didn’t take the ball so quickly and changed his stance, the adjustment threw Bensted and a lot of long fast rallies made for a more entertaining game, Bensted took it 15-10 for 2-0. Graham appeared to have a rest in the third, O’Conner triumphed 15-8 and either Bensted had exhausted his arsenal or was pacing himself and eased off slightly; it proved to be the latter though as a focussed performance and some aces meant Bensted took it 15-8 for 3-1.

 

Iain Laing 3-0 Bernard Starkey

Laings record since returning form injury was played 2 won 2, for 6 against 0. Iain plays a calculated and slow game as he reads the shots and susses out his opponent. Bernard Starkey, who had been around at Abercorn for many years would try to step up a gear every so often, but Laing would just step up two gears. This went 15-10, 15-11, 15-6 to Iain

 

Amir Hosny 3-0 Tom Clemens

With Tony Elliot and Pat Spence both abroad; Amir had to play at No.1 seeding, this was his debut at No.1 and he didn’t disappoint. Although some of the shots were loose this made for long rallies and Amir was trying several different shots and varied his game to keep Tom Clemens on his toes and the Abercorn man had to second guess everything; several points were won by Amir just with Tom going the wrong way. It wasn’t one sided, indeed Clemens had 4 game points in the first game before Amir stuck in and took it 19-17, the remaining games all went close and although the score suggests oterwise this was a very close affair 19-17, 15-11, 15-11.

 

Reivers Captain Del said “I’m really pleased with this victory, we had several key players missing and I wasn’t sure how the game would go. Abercorn only brought 4 players as opposed to the usual 5 so Gary Bramble went home without lifting his racket but it meant he won by default 3-0. But the team done really well and the effort the guys put in cannot be faulted.”

Hat’s Off for Hatton

Border Reivers 8-12 Hatton

 

Del Sharratt 3-0 Tim Wong

Del commanded this match from the word go, the Reivers Captain continued his recent form and a run of 3 victories. Del motored off to 3-0 and 4-0 starts in the games which meant he could relax in the games, most of Dels tight shots were winners but when Tim Wong was also replying with tight shots, Del just stayed focussed and played the percentage shots and Tim Wong would inevitably slip up at some point, it meant several long rallies and Del came off feeling like he had played a five setter; 15-7, 15-9, 15-13.

 

Graham Bensted 1-3 Nick Tinning

This game was more exciting and went one way then the other. Tinning started strongest getting off to a 6-1 lead fairly quickly and seemed the faster and more focussed player taking the first 15-6. The second was a mirror of the first as Bensted this time took a 6-1 lead, and most of the Reivers veterans shots were finding the corners this went Bensted’s way15-7. The match became a bit of a ding dong affair with neither player able to shake off the opponent and several let/stroke calls also kept the Referee Busy. Bu in the end Hatton took the tie 15-6, 7-15, 15-9, 15-12.

 

Iain Laing 3-0 Malcolm Mitchell

This marked the Return to the team for Gala Squash Club’s Two Time Champion Iain Laing. Laing, who hadn’t featured for 12 months due to injuries started a bit cagey and took a while to get going as he was wary of aggravating previous injuries. But Laing got into his stride, and his squash know-how and accurate shots were evident. Mitchell seemed to snatch at all LAings serves and it prevented the match from flowing but Laing won this one for the Reivers 15-11, 15-4, 15-12

 

Amir Hosny 1-3 Sammy Caseby

Caseby was making his debut for Hatton Squash Club, Caseby had previously played for now defunct Deer Park and proved a worthy addition to the Hatton team. Hosny seemed to be tight and lack agility as Caseby took 13 points before Hosny toubled the scorer, Hatton took the first two games 15-3, 15-10. Then Hosny seemed to relax in the third and play like he was enjoying it and this seemed to help his shot placement as he took the third 15-12. The match now flowing and long fast rallies made a thoroughly enjoyable spectacle for the fans. At 15-14 and game ball in the fourth Hosny served out and Caseby took over and won the match 17-15 and 3-1.

 

Pat Spence 0-3 Alan Love

Pat Spence found the Top Seed position tough going, regular No. 1 Tony Elliot was missing on holiday and Tony was :Usually a banker for 3 points. This was 15-8, 15-7, 15-5 to Alan Love. Spence started off well and didn’t seem to do much wrong. Alan Love was just that extra yard quicker and played slightly tighter shots and blew spence away with some awesome squash. This won the match for Hatton.

Toughest task yet

Border Reivers 5-15 Heriot Watt 3s

 

Del Sharratt 3-0 Jorge Gomez

A polished performance by Del ensured the Reivers opened with a victory. Del seemed to find total performance in all areas, movement, drop shots, full length sots, boasts. Everything seemed to click for Del at the same time and Jorge had no reply. Even when the Student got the Hand back Del’s returns would go exactly where he wanted them and Jorge couldn’t find any momentum; Sharratt won 15-6, 15-8, 15-7.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Josie Wishart

This was the same result as last season, the younger fitter student was just to fast for the seasoned veteran. Bensted boasted a strong powerful serve but once they got into the rallies it was the fitness of Wishart that shone through and the student took his 15-8, 15-8, 15-9.

 

Pat Spence 1-3 Euan Hurter

Euan Hurters skill and ability on the court took Spence a wee bit by surprise, this was Spence’s toughest game to date. The young student – like his compatriots had excellent stamina and speed. Hurter flew to a 15-6 vicroty in the first game. Spence – who boasts 40 years of experience on the court changed his game in the second, Spence made Hurter move off the T-line more and varied his shots to keep Hurter guessing and this worked for Spence 15-13. In the third game Euan again dominated the rallies, Pat still made the student run about but the youngster didn’t seem to tire and a close game went 15-11 to Hurter; the fourth game seen Spence tire slightly and drop his racket head causing some errors and Heriot Watt took this 15-8 for 3-1.

 

Amir Hosny 0-3 Peter Weston

Hosny, who was used to 3-2 games in the league came up against a former League 2 player in Peter Weston, Although Amir was equal in fitness and speed, Peter proved why he was capable of playing in the higher leagues and won through quite comfortably 15-3, 15-3, 15-5.

 

Tony Elliot 1-3 Bruno Shaw

Although Heriot Watt had wrapped up the victory in the previous rubber, Elliot had an undefeated record to think about and this was in no way a pointless match. Tony Elliot won the first 15-11 in what was a tough opener, the rallies were fast and Elliot found himself on the back foot in a lot of the rallies. Bruno Shaw, who’s record boasted competitive matches against Scotland Internationals Kevin Moran and Rory Stewart; was on his way back from a Cruciate Ligament injury and hence why he wasn’t yet picked for Heriot Watt’s higher teams. Bruno’s fitness didn’t seem to be in doubt though and this was a highly exciting match which drew all the other players as spectators. Bruno took the second 15-9 and it was looking like he could turn it up anytime he liked. But Elliot gave a good show of himself, but just wasn’t getting his shots as tight as he needed and Bruno would have space and time to play a shot of his choosing. The rest of the game was close and Elliot lost his first match in League 5 by 3-1 (11-15, 15-9, 15-13, 9-15)

 

Gala Captain Del said “That is the strongest team we have met in League 5, we came into this on theback of two decent victories and moral was high. Bruno and Western are arguably the two best players in the league, and I can’t fault my boys for effort.”

Two in a row for Reivers

Border Reivers 12-8 Grange 5

 

Iain Gorman 0-3 Josh Stokes

Iain Gorman was a last minute call-up for the team as Graham bensted called off due to an emergency literally one hour before kick off. Although Gorman couldn’t be faulted for effort, Stokes proved too strong for the Borderer. The first game was tight and had plenty of rallies. But Stokes was just that wee bit more accurate and took it 15-12. Although Iain Gorman never stopped running for the ball, Stokes shots were just that wee bit out of Gormans reach and Grange ran out 15-7, 15-7.

 

Del Sharratt 0-3 Andrew Light

This game was closer than the soreline suggests. Although Andrew took a 10-5 lead in the first game, Del clawed it back to 11-9 with a series of aces that found the nick. But Andrew stayed focussed to take it 15-10. In the second game, Del quickly took control and again some awesome serves made it 6-1 to Del. But Andrew got in with a drop shot that was too good for Del and then rattled off a series of points to go 7-6. With control now with the City boy, he took the second 15-12. The third game started as a mirror image to the second, with Andrew Lighbt shooting away to a 6-1 lead with some unreturnable serves. Del never really got a grip of this game and was always chasing it eventually going down 15-8.

 

Pat Spence 3-1 John Wallace

The tie started close, more than 80 years of experience between the players meant the shots were well thought out. Spence had a great technique to send the opponent the wrong way, he would set up the same for every shot and it left Wallace guessing where the ball would go. Although the first couple of games were really close, Spence’s fitness won through as he motored away and wrapped up the tie 17-15, 12-15, 15-7, 15-3.

 

Amir Hosny 3-1 Jonathan Hughes

This was tie of the night, Hughes had previously been unbeaten against the Borderers but Hosny won out. The first game went 15-12 to Hughes, the shots were fast and tight and great squash was played, neither player wanted to give up and it was just occasional nicks that won the points. The second game was 15-12 to Hosny. Amir didn’t seem to tire and again this was a great display of squash by both players- The points were won by changing from full length to drop shots or vice versa. During the third game, Hosny knew his opponent was weaker at the back of the court on his backhand so Hosny sent most of his shots to that corner and the tactic won with 15-8 to Hosny. The fourth game Hughes tightened up his back hand and was dominating the rallies, able to stand on the t-line and make Hosny do the running. At 14-6 to Hughes he seemed to start swiping his shots and Hosny got the serve back, Hosny seemed to relax and this helped him play tighter shots as he expected it to go to a fourth game, but a relaxed Hosny soon had the game at 14-14 and Hughes couldn’t deal with the pressure as well as Hosny and the Reivers player took it 18-16 for thw 3-1 wictory.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Josh Bain

This tie was pretty straight forward for Reivers top seed; Josh Bain showed some glimpses of a great player and was able to put the ball pretty much where he chose to. But Tony was just equal to anything Josh could throw at him and won out 15-11, 15-6, 15-6.

 

Gala Captain Del said “It was always going to be a tough tie after Bensted pulled out just before the match started, it meant I had to shuffle things around and it was fantastic that Iain Gorman could step up at short notice. This puts us above Grange 5s in the table so it was an important victory.”

Reivers Feel the Heat

Kirkaldy 2 11-7 Border Reivers

 

Gary Bramble 0-3 David Brown

The first rubber of the night was won well by Kirkaldy veteran Brown 15-12, 15-9, 15-8. The challenge here was the sheer heat in the Kirkaldy Courts, The Reivers were used to colder conditions.The heat meant the ball was bouncier than usual and the shots that Bramble would kill in Galashiels courts were just bouncing up and Brown would capitalise with front boasts. The Veteran ran off 3-0 fairly quickly.

 

Graham Bensted 0-3 Steve Creene

This was much the same story as the first game as Reivers Bensted wasn’t used to the heat in the court and it completely changed the style of game, Creene made homer advantage count and although he triumphed 15-9, 15-8, 16-14 the game was closer and better than the scores suggested. This was won mainly when Creene played long full length shots that found the corners.

 

Del Sharratt 1-3 Robert Brown

Del started strongly winning the first 15-13, albeit assisted by some poor unforced errors by Brown who let some simple shots go wayward and gave away some silly points.

The second game seen Brown take control, Del was pinned to the back half of the court and Brown would therefore throw in a drop shot every so often that was out of Del’s reach and took it 15-6. Del was struggling in the heat and in the third game Del had to stop for breathe for 30 seconds as he was finding the heat too much and Brown took it fairly easy 15-5, after a couple of minute break Del seemed to find his feet a bit at the start of the fourth abut again proved to struggle in the temperatures and the Kirkaldy team – who were well used to playing in the heat took this one 15-6 for 3-1.

 

 

 

Amir Hosny 3-2 Alex Allan

15-8, 9-15, 10-15, 15-11, 16-14. This was tie of the night. Reivers Hosny, who seemed to make a habit pf playing in 5-set thrillers as his previous Cap had seen him go down 3-2; this time Hosny held out. Hosny managed to stay focussed despite the conditions and managed to play some tight shots and generally run down his Older opponent. Hosny nearly lost th game with some poor serving but managed to stay focussed and took the teams first victory of the night.

 

Tony Elliot 3-0 Andy Cant

Tony Elliot’s record for Reivers now is played 14 won 14. Although this game was no walk in the park. Elliot had pulled a nerve in his neck playing football over the weekend and found this impeded his movement and vision in the court, but the Reivers top seed put the pain to the back of his mind and triumphed over the Fifer 15-9, 16-14, 15-13.

 

Captain Sharratt said after the match “That’s the hottest court I’ve played on! They have recently installed some new Gas heaters at Kirkaldy, I’ve played in some hot courts before but they must be the hottest; I can’t remember ever finding it hard to breathe in the court due to the temperature before – but that is what home advantage is all about; when they come to the Borders the ball won’t be bouncing as much and hopefully we can use that to our advantage.

Lisa’s Gift

So with the clubs pledge we have sent Kevin Moran on his way with a £231 donation towards Lisa’s Gift.  Anyone that missed out goto www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kevinssquashtour to donate.

A big THANKYOU to all members that attended the night and all that have donated.
we had Racketball 3′s
Team Moran v Team Bensted.  Team Moran held on for 2-1 Victory
H Seggie 11v3 D Seggie; D Quinn 8v11 J McLean; K Moran 11v4 G Bensted.

then we had your Club Champion Tony Elliot v Kevin Moran Challenge match
K Moran 2-0 T Elliot (11-6, 11-4).

Then Kevin went on court with some of the Club juniors – Championship Runner Up Dougray Seggie, Hamish Seggie, Isaac Kane and Gabriel KaneLisa's gift

JUNIOR FINAL 2018

Dima Graham 3-2 Dougray Seggie

The first Gala Squash Club Junior Championship final for over 20 years was contested by Dima Graham and Dougray Seggie; 10 kids had entered the tournament and Dougray and Dima had won through to a much anticipated cracker of a final.  Dougray started as slight favourite as he had recently beaten Dima 2-0 in the Junior Ladder.
The match wa best 0f 5; in the first game it was point for point most of the way but the squash was good, Dima would play tight full length shots but the fitness fanatic Dougray seemed to get to everything.  The game was to 11 but this went to sudden death and Dougray took it with a deft serve 15-13.
The second game was just as intense, although Dima seemed more focussed this game and found good length as Dougray struggled to get the ball from the back of the court and Dima soon took a 7-3 advantage, although Dougray fought valiantly the younger Dima won 11-7.
The third game started well for Dougray, Dima couldn’t get his returns tight and the ball sat up more which Dougray would capitalise and send Dima round the court.  But at 6-3 down Dima won the serve back and seemed again to find good length with his shots and took the third 11-9.
By now the spectators were engrossed in the match, both players were showing signs of fatigue but neither would give up.  The fourth game seen longer rallies as both players were playing basic shots waiting for their opponent to miss and this gama again went to sudden death with Dougray taking it 12-10 for 2-2.
THe spectators were enjoyking a thrilling match, the decider got under way and both boys were wearying, it was at 4-4 that Dougray lost an extra yard of pace and Dima motored away and Dougray had no reply as Dima conquered 11-4 for 3-2.
MAtch Umpire Del Sharratt said “That was one of the most exciting squash matches I’ve seen since the commonwealth Games; I wish I could have played like that at that age!, it’s amazing that we have managed to run a junior championship again, the club is thriving and if Dima snd some of these kids stick in they will one day have there name on the champions Board.”champ4champ1

Junior Championship

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In the top half of the Junior Club Championship Young Dima Graham cement’s his place in the final after decisive victories against Hamish Seggie and Issac Kane. The bottom half of the draw is settled next week.