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Gala Seal Maiden Victory

Gala 13-8 Heriot Watt 3


Darren Quinn 1-3 Ben Graham

Darren won his first point for Gala in the opening tie of the night, Darren took a while to get started quickly going down 6-0 but one nick at the front changed the dynamic of the game and Darren rattled off a series of good points to storm away to 13-10, he kept his composure and took the first 15-12. The Second game started fairly even and wa 6-6 before Ben started playing consistent full length shots and won 15-8; Ben now had the momentum and worked out Darrens weak back hand to capitalise with the last two games a pretty comprehensive 15-4, 15-5.


Ruaridh Kohler 3-0 Alistair McPhail

Ruaridh stayed calm and composed throughout this tie, the Veteran played his trademark game of keeping the opponent at the back of the court and throwing in a front court boast to claim several points. Ruaridh was enjoying the game and didn’t let his head go down when he lost easy points. He won his maiden victory 15-11, 15-12, 15-8.


Del Sharratt 0-3 Alex Young

Another great match, Del played some great squash and his shots were going where he placed them, Alex was on equally good form and the match was great to watch. Several rallies were tight to the wall but Alex seemed to get to everything. Sharratt nicknamed Young “Inspector Gadget” as he seemed to reach the ball no matter where he was on the court, Alex held out longest and won 18-16, 15-11, 15-6.


Pat Spence 3-2 Zolst Husz

Pat Spence seems to have a knack of making every match he plays last the distance, most of Pat’s league games this season have resulted in 3-2s whether victories or losses. Although the first game was 15-8 to the Young student, Gala Veteran Spence composed himself and slowed the match down, Pat used the Lob shot to secure several points in the second game and Pat started commanding the match. Again another thriller, and Pat also seemed t obe enjoying the squash. It was fairly even though and Husz fought back to 2-2 but this made Pat rethink his game and he used deception in his shots to send Zolst the wrong way and won 8-15, 15-7, 15-11, 13-15, 15-10.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Josie Wishart

Played 10 won 10, Gala’s top seed Elliot remains unbeaten in League 5 and with only 4 games left he is hoping to see out the season undefeated! Josie Wishart played some great squash and was very fast and fit but Tony Elliot proved skill was the key and this was a rather straightforward 15-8, 15-7, 15-9.


Gala Captain Del said “A great Team effort, things clicked tonight and we All played well at the same time. It was a thoroughly enjoyable match and a well deserved victory; we all gave 110% and it was well worth it! We only have 4 games left and I hope for another couple of victories before we’re out.”

a Bridge too Far for Gala

Bridge of Allan 3 18-1 Gala


Ruaridh Kohler 0-3 Kyle Penman

Teenage Prodigy Penman didn’t put a foot wrong in this match. Fresh from the East under-15 championships, Penman was eager to kick on and play in the Open Leagues.

Ruaridh Kohler was no match fro the youngster as Kyle was so accurate in al his shots and Ruaridh just couldn’t find a way past.

The Third game represented Kohlers best game as he found the back corners more consistently which seemed to be Penmans Only weak spot. But the Bridge of Allan Youth took it 15-2, 15-4, 15-11.


John Sharratt 1-3 Josh Spinks

John got a Consolation point for Gala in this tie, again it was Youth v Experience and the fitness and stamina won out as although it started a good close game for the first two games 15-7, 14-16; John just couldn’t stay the pace and Josh won 15-4, 15-1.


Del Sharratt 0-3 Ross Waddell

This was one of the more evenly matched games, some of the rallies were long and fast but Ross Waddell proved to good and Skillful for Del Sharratt and took it 15-9, 15-6, 15-6


Amir Hosny 0-3 Ben Orr

Amir Hosny showed his dedication to Gala as he’d just played for Glasgow Uni earlier in the day in the University Championships. This started a GREEAATT match and both players were playing long tight shots. This was tight all the way through thee first game and Orr just sneaked it in a close 17-15. But that was it for the Gala Man as he just ran out of steam and Ben Orr completed his victory with 15-4 and 15-6, although Hosny fought valiantly his fourth match of the day was just one too many.


Graham Bensted 0-3 Robbie Harper

Robbie just refused to miss anything, even though Bensted bossed the rallies from the T-Line, Harper was equal to anything Bensted threw at him and took it 15-4, 15-2, 15-2.


Bridge of Allan showed why they were top of the league tonight, what an amazing display of squash, most of there team were teen agers and the standard is top drawer.

Fifers Fly Away with Victory

Galashiels 6-12 Kirkaldy 2


Brian Magowan 0-3 Steve Creene

Brian had just been drafted into Gala’s team half an hour before the match kicked off due to Ian Gorman having to call off at last minute for an emergency.

Brian was making his league Bow, he had previously represented Gala in pre-season friendlies but this was his first experience of league squash.

It proved to tough a step for Brian and Steve Creene kept his focus and concentration to take it swiftly 15-6, 15-3, 15-4.


Del Sharratt 1-3 Bob Russell

This was a good close tussle. Del led the way from the start in the first game 5-2, 9-5, 12-6; it was exciting squash and Del seemed to have the more accurate shots, Bob was slightly caught out with Del being Left-handed and having to switch his shots to cross court, 15-9 to Del. The second game was similar to the first just reversed, it was Bob that took a lead and similar tight, full length shots made for good rallies, bob took it 15-10. Bob seemed to have momentum and found the corners when it mattered, he went 9-5 up and 13-7 but Del got the serve back and Bob couldn’t deal with Del’s lob serves and Del quickly got it back to 14-14, it was indeed a loose serve from Del that handed the game to Bob 17-15. The fourth game was tight from the outset although Bob seemed to have the edge and control in the rallies, Del stood firm till 9-9 but Bob just wouldn’t stop running and took the fourth 15-11 for the victory.


Pat Spence 1-3 Alex Allan

Two Veterans of the Sport, and both players knew how and where to place the shots, Pat made some out of character unforced errors and didn’t have his usual consistency. It was a close match and closely matched squash styles but the Fife Man took it 15-12, 7-15, 15-13, 15-13.


Adam Niemczewski 1-3 Andy Cant

This match was a cracker, this is the top end of the teams and both players showed there class. The younger and faster Adam made it difficult for Andy as he wouldn’t give up and seemed to return anything Andy would throw at him, several rallies were Andy Cant standing on the T-Line and Adam running from corner to corner. The first two games were shared 8-15, 15-11; during the third game, with Adam 11-4 up, the Gala player felt something twinge in his leg and had to stop for 30 seconds to stretch. But he couldn’t recover and Andy got back into the game and fro 4-11 he won 16-14. The fourth game was more subdued as Niemczewski wasn’t running like in previous games and was noticeably limping, Andy took this 15-7 as Adam just marked time through this.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Mel Crockatt

The Ever reliable Tony Elliot maintained his 100% win rate for Gala with a fairly comprehensive victory over Mel. Although the rallies lasted several shots, Tony seemed to motor awany during each game and string off s run of 6-7 points without reply. Both players boasted the ability to switch from back to front or left to right but Tony never really needed to get out of second gear and took it 15-11, 15-9, 15-6

Haddington Howler

Tyne District 12-6 Gala


Harvey Kane 0-3 Dylan Pearman

12yo Pearman made it 2 victories out of 2 against Gala with a stunning performance against Gala debutant Kane. It seemed like Dylan could run about all day and was full of energy, Dylan commanded the match from the start and ran away 15-10, 15-0, 15-6.


Josh Bain 2 (w/d)-0 Iain Laing (2-3)

Bain had been commanding this game, and although took a 2-0 lead it was closer than the score suggests; but early in the third game Bain just twisted too much and pulled a muscle in his leg, he hit the floor like a sack of tatties and had to withdraw from the match. The match then was awarded as 3-2 to Iain Laing.


Ruaridh Kohler­­ 0-3 Gordon Hamilton

Ruaridh found the going tough in this match, Ruaridh normally a squas plkayer at no.5 had to step upto no. 3 due to call offs.

Ruaridh couldn’t be faulted for effort and determination, th first game seen some decent rallies but Tyne’s Hamilton just managed to keep the ball tighter to the walls to take it 15-9.

In the second Gordon seemed to switch up a gear and Ruaridh was sent to every corner of the court, Gordon stayed focussed and took it 15-2.

In the third Ruaridh found his length and enjoyed some prolonged control but the Tyne squasher just seemed to have the edge and took the third 15-9.


Del Sharratt 0-3 Nigel Pearman

Del was up against it in this tie, Pearman was normally the Haddington Clubs top seed and Del was usually in at 3-4 for Gala. Del gave a good account of himself; in the first game each player seemed to rattle off several points on the trot 4-0, 4-4, 8-4, 8-9, but in the end Pearmans skill shone through and he won the first 15-10.

The second game Pearman used textbook back-back-front to tire Sharratt out and although Sharratt read the shots well, Pearmans shots were too fast and tight and Del couldn’t return them, 15-4 to Tyne.

In the third Pearman seemed to let his racket drop a bit, some key shots finding the tin and it meant Del was getting into the game. Del enjoyed commanding the rallies for most of this but again Pearman’s skill meant he knew where the corners were and took it 15-11 for 3-0.


Tony Elliot 3-1 Chris Dixon

Ever Reliable Tony again secured a victory for Gala, Elliot, who has yet to be beaten in league 5, had the edge in what was an intense tussle.

A usual slow start for Tony, as Tyne’s Dixon won the first 15-13. Both these players knew how to hit the ball and there were several long rallies tight up and down the wall and the squash was top drawer. This was a closely contested match and after the 215-13 in the first the games went 12-15, 17-15 as there was nothing to separate the players.

In the fourth game Dixon was slowing his serves down but Tony clocked this and kept the pace of the game high and Dixon just faded towards the end with Tony triumphing 15-8.


Gala Captain Sharratt said afterwards Tyne have a strong team, and Dylan is one for the future. With the exception of Tony, this was a reserve team for Gala and it was a respectable score considering our line up.

I’ve got some of my big Guns back for next week, home against Waverley 4 and I will be disappointed if we don’t secure victory in that tie

New Year Same Story for Gala

Galashiels 7-13 Edinburgh Sports Club 8


Andrew Chapman 3-2 Del Sharratt

Two evenly matched players opened the match, there were signs of post New Year fatigue, but with similar speed and styles this was an awesome opener. Indeed the first game went to sudden death, both payers covered every inch of the court and Del took the deciding point with a full length serve to take it 18-16. The Second game was just as slose and neither player could pull away, but the shots were tight and there wasn’t a point that didn’t go several shots into the rally, it was Chapman that took it 15-13. In the third game, both players player the full length game and managed to keep each other at the back of the court. A few lucky nicks though meant Chapman won 15-13. Chapman was starting to feel heavy footed but Del capitalized as he played the percentage shots and his patience paid off for 15-8. At 2-2 and neither players head dropping the decider was again close all the way, Chapman seemed to have the upper hand in concentration though and his tactic of back-back-front took too much out of Del and The Edinburgh man won 15-12 for 3-2.


Jordan Amaral 3-1 Graham Bensted

Another evenly matched game, in this one both players were hard , fast hitters so it was more of a war of attrition than the rallies in the previous Tussle. Bensted used his trademark serve to the corner to take several points but the Edinburgh player, considerably younger and fitter held out in a close match. This went – 15-12, 15-5, 12-15, 15-13 to Amaral.


Amir Hosny 0-3 Arun Pathal,

Although teenager Pathal took this in straight sets 15-2, 15-5, 15-9, the games were more evenly matched than the score line suggests.

Gala’s Hosny, who had represented Glasgow Uni earlier in the week didn’t do much wrong in the match, he just couldn’t get the killer shot that Pathal seemed to manage during the rallies. Both players covered the court quickly and the shots were accurate. Young Pathal’s grit and determination was what really clinched the match. Amir said after “I felt I played really well, what a player that boy is, he’s one for the future”.


Pat Spence 1-3 Tony Hadden

Another fairly similar styled match. But this was about lobs and boasts as opposed to hard fast shots in the previous games. Both players used their Squash Brains for this as they tried to out think each other and disguise their shots. Hadden was a bit more accurate with his shots and took this one 15-10, 11-15, 15-10, 15-7.


Matthew Boyce 1-3 Tony Elliot

The battle of the top seeds didn’t fail to disappoint. Elliot, crowned Gala’s Club Champion in 2017, was a bit slow out of the blocks and some very out of sorts unforced errors let Boyce steal the opener 15-10. Elliot didn’t let this phase him and focussed on his game and motored away in the next three games and although Boyce fought valiantly Elliot rattled off the next 3 games 15-6, 15-5, 15-8.


Captain Del Sharratt said “That was a battle; probably the most even squash match we’ve had in the league to date, all the players were similarly matched to the opponents and possibly home advantage was the key.”

Worthwhile Journey for Stirlingshire Team

Bridge of Allan 3 18-2 Gala


Iain Gorman 0-3 Stewart Penman

The first match up of the night was cagey and not too spectacular. Penman won 3-0 and the key was each game he motored off to 5-1 or 6-1 before Gorman could get into his stride and it was just too big a defecit for Gorman to overcome. Bridge of Allan took this 15-9, 15-6, 15-12.


Del Sharratt 2-3 Karen Robertson

Del got Gala’s only points of the night in what was tie of the match. This game went the distance and each game down to the wire, the first four games went 13-15, 16-14, 12-15, 15-13 and although Del shot off into a 4-1 and 8-5 lead in the decider, Karen pulled it back to 9-9 in another close tussle. At 13-11 for Brige of Allan, Del tinned a straight forward drop and lost the serve and momentum and Robertson took it 15-11.


Graham Bensted 0-3 Walter McAllister

These two veterans of the sport oozed experience, as Bensted had player Team Racketball up and down the country and McAllister had won several Mastes Tournaments over the years. This match though proved fairly one-sided as McAllisters experience shone through and what he lacked in fitness he made up for in know-how and took it 15-6, 15-5, 15-9.


Adam Niemzewski 0-3 Robbie Harper

Robbe Harper, just off the back of the East of Scotland Under 21 tournament hit the ground running in this tie. THer was some good squash and both players were on good form. This was another match were BofA got off to fliers in each games and gala had to come from behind. This match up produced some awesome rallies and although Harper took it 15-6, 15-5, 15-13 the match was more intense than the score suggests.


Pat Spence 0-3 Dougie Curtis

AnotherBlank for Gala, as BofA took maximum points from this match, Gala’s Spence a seasoned campaigner was just up against a better player in Curtis and Curtis mopped up fairly quickly with 15-6, 15-2, 15-7.


Bridge of Allan came to Gala s League Leaders and Unbeaten, so we knew it was going to be tough; the pattern of this match was the Start of each game in the ties where BofA seemed to get off to the best starts and then were able to relax later in the games. That sort of thing comes from experience and Gala can only learn from games like these.

My Top End of the team are missing due to holidays and injuries and it means everyone has to move Up a level so we were up against it. I know we could do some damage in this league with a full team.


Del Sharratt

Captain GSRC

Waverley Win Again

Waverley 4 10-7 Galashiels


Iain Gorman 3-1 Brian Scott

Iain Gorman took full points for Gala in the first match, the first game was a story of long and hard hitting shots, the heat in the court meant the ball was bouncing well and the players started slowly. Iain took the first 15-7 and Brian the second 15-12 for 1-1. The this game Gorman commanded the T-Line and made Brian Scott do all the running about and took it 15-11; the fourth game again was a series of full length shots and Gorman again took charge of the rallies and made the more senior Brian Scott tire quickly and triumphed 15-12.


Del Sharratt 0-3 Stuart Johnston

In what is developing into a bit of a rivalry, Sharratt and Johnston took to the court, last season they played each other twice and it ended 1-1 with both players winning the home rubber.

This one went the same way, as home advantage played into Johnston’s hands, although Sharratt fourght valiantly Johnston recognised that Sharratt’s weak Backhand could be exploited and won almost AL the rallies on that side of the court. Stuart rattled the games off 15-7, 15-13, 15-9.


Graham Bensted 0-3 Andrew Melvin

Youth and Fitness prevailed in this match, Gala’s Bensted, who has a history of playing Racketball in Competitions was finding the switch to squash a little daunting. That coupled with the extreme heat of the Waverley courts meant the edge was with Melvin, Melvin took it pretty straightforward 15-6, 15-6, 15-13.


Pat Spence 3-0 Dave Ferguson (Inj)

Only Two games were played in this match as Waverley’s Dave Ferguson pulled up injured after the second, but Pat was dominant from the start and was on top in fitness, skill and know-how in this match. Pat had the better of Dave from the start and although Dave played as far as he could he was dissapionted not to have finished the match. Pat took it 15-11, 15-7 w/o


Kev Douglas 1-3 Neil Porter

Gala’s Douglas had calf trouble prior to this but played through the pain barrier, his movement was restricted and Kev didn’t want to take any risks and wasn’t reaching Porter’s drop shots as he usually would. The game was a bit duller due to the injury but Kev gave a good account of himself and each game went to the wire but Kev lost 18-20, 16-14, 15-13, 15-11

Gala Captain Sharratt said afterwards “Home Advantage is key in these league matches, Waverley have the warmest courts we will play in, where as Gala’s courts are considerably colder – this does affect the speed and bounce of the ball. It was a shame the injuries had to hamper the games but it was an enjoyable match.”

I hope Kev recovers as he’s a big loss to my team, but you can only play the cards you are dealt and someone else will capably step up I’m sure.

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.”