Dear Member,

Upon the release of the Scottish Squash Guidelines for reopening of Squash Clubs (Scottish Squash Guidlines) please find below the measures that will be in place for your safety, and the safe reopening of our squash club.


Del Sharratt, Gala Squash Club TTreasurer, is the respected Covid officer, having run and still continuing to do so risk assessments of the club. The club and Del conform to council rules, having been scrutinised by them.

Measures will be in place. It must be reminded these are in the interest of yours and public health, something much bigger than any sport could be. 


Playing Squash – Please follow the Following Guidelines:
1. IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CORONA VIRUS THEN DON’T PLAY – common sense, if you have the symptoms of the virus then stay away from the squash club – but ANYONE who feels they MAY have the Virus and has been at the Club MUST let Del/Iain G know for the purposes of Track and Trace.
2. USE THE ONLINE BOOKING IN SYSTEM – We are all set up on and this is the ONLY way to book courts now, you MUST book this before playing.  Members ONLY, no guests using the club please.  this is to keep the footfall within the club to a minimum and to record track and trace.  The courts have been staggered for alternate use.  **If anyone has problems logging into the booking system then let Del Sharratt or Iain Gorman know and we will talk you through it or book on your behalf**
3. TRACK AND TRACE – Also sign the Sign-In sheet at the door of the squash club with Time of arrival.
4. COMMONROOM IS OUT OF BOUNDS – apart from parents of kids.  Under 11s are allowed to play unconditional squash, if playing another kid then One parent may spectate.  But ‘Hanging about’ in the Common Room is a strict NO
5. ARRIVE READY TO PLAY – Arrive ready to step on court.  If you need to change trainers then do it at court door, do not leave any kit behind in the club and take your bags on court with you
6. SHOWER AT HOME – The Changing facilities and Showers are out of bounds, the Ladies toilets at the moment are the only ones available to use.
{ We are renewing the faccilities in the Gents imminently then we will look at the changing room re-opening}
7. KIT – Bring your own racket/balls/goggles. If anyone needs any kit from the Club then let me know and I will assign one racket per person with their name on it and that is the one they will use.  Use your own Balls if possible.  If you use ANY kit from the club then clean it after with the wet wipes provided.
8. ARRIVAL – Try to arrive at the club separately.
9. ETIQUETTE – Do not wipe your hands on the walls.  As the courts are staggered this allows enough time for players to clean any areas they have touched or sweated on after their game.
10. PLAYING DIFFERENT OPPONENTS – At the moment we Are only allowed solo squash and household squash.  SOLO squash means only ONE person on the court for a 45 minute session, swapping in and out with someone else is not allowed.  Household squash is UNRESTRICTED SQUASH against persons of the same household or “household bubble” common sense prevails!
11. DON’T SHAKE HANDS – After the game don’t Shake hands with opponent, a nod or “good game” will suffice for now.
12. HAND GEL – there will be several hand gel stations around the club, upstairs and downstairs, use them upon arrival and before you leave.

Life is like a box of chocolates. We’re on the roses just now…..


updated 30.08.20

Table Toppers put to Sword

Border Reivers 18-2 Grange 5s.
The Border Reivers took full points against runaway league leaders Grange 5’s. this was a fantastic performance in all matches from the Borderers as their winning streak is now 7-in a row.
Grange 5s brought a strong team down inc. former club champion Christy Looby, but the Borderers fought valiantly and took the scalp fairly straightforwardly.
Pat Spence 3-1 Tom Crawley (9-15, 15-13, 15-10, 15-6)
Jordan Reid 3-0 Christy Looby (15-10, 15-5, 15-9)
Graeme Gillie 3-1 Robert Koenig (8-15, 15-11, 15-10, 15-12)
Adam McKay 3-0 Steven Thomas (15-10, 15-9, 15-8)
Tony Elliot 3-0 Duncan Cleat (15-13, 15-10, 15-2)

Another Victory for the Reivers

Border Reivers 15-3 Waverley 4s


Del Sharratt 0-3 Dan Makharinsky

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


Graham Gillie 3-0 Alex Ross

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


Iain Laing 3-0 Werner Kittell

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


Adam McKay 3-0 Akash Chopra

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


Tony Elliot 3-0 Gordon Scott

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


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

Scalp for The Reivers

Linlithgow 3s 7-12 Border Reivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edinburgh Open 2020

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

Edin Open Champion and Former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad

F Category Plate Tournament Winner – Jordan Reid

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

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

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

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

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

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

M Buccholz3-1 Naylor

T Elliot 3-0 F Halton.

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

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

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

M Lockhart 3-0 R Todd

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

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

G Nagy 0-3 J Reid

3-in a row for Reivers

Abercorn 9-12 Border Reivers

Nick Burton 1-3 Jordan Reid
Jordan got the Reivers off to a victory with a hard fought 3-1. Jordan took the first 15-9 but the Borderer wasn’t going to have it all his own way as Burton fought valiantly in the second for a 15-13 to tie 1-1. But the more the match went on the more Jordan got into it and won the rest 15-10, 15-7.

Stewart Simpson 2-3 Graeme Gillie
Defenitely match of the night, as both players had contrasting styles, Simpson relied on skill and placement where as gillie excelled in speed and movement. Gillie powered off to 2-0 with 15-13, 15-9; but in a tight match Simpson brought it back to 2-2 with 15-12, 15-10. The decider was just as tight and another day this could have went the other way 15-12. Gillie scored another victory for the Reivers

Tom Clemens 3-0 Del Sharratt
Clemens got Abercorns first victory in this tie, the first two games seemed to be straightforward Clemens winning 15-9, 15-9. But Sharratt changed his game in the third game as Clemens wasn’t a fast hitter,Sharratt left the ball a bit later before taking the shot and this made for a better game. But Clemens JUST held on for 1-14.

Ali Fleming 3-0 Pat Spence
Spence once again ran into a young and fast opponent, and was put to the sword by the fast pace game. 15-9, 15-12,15-10. Spence prefers a more deliberate and controlled game but this was fast and packed and it favoured Fleming from the start. This made it 2-2 in rubbers and the match would be decided by the top seeds in the next match

Martin Browse 0-3 Tony Elliot
15-4, 15-3, 15-1 pretty much tells the story of this one. Browse, who had been promoted to top seed as Senga MacFie had recently picked up an injury, found the step up too difficult. Elliots reputation in league 5 meant theis was going to be a daunting experience for Browse.
Elliot took the game and the Victory for the Border Reivers.

Victory at The Oriam

Heriot Watt 4s 5-15 Border Reivers

Alex Borwell 2v3 Darren Quinn
Quinn secured his first ever victory for the Reivers, although at 2-2 Quinn felt his hamstring tight and nearly pulled out of the match, but he tried to protect his right hand side so he didn’t have to lunge much and took this game 13-15, 15-8, 13-15, 15-8, 15-7.

Jonathan Huntley 0v3 Jordan Reid
This was a straight forward victory for the Borderer, Reid was quick about the court and there wasn’t much he wasn’t reaching, this went 15-4, 15-5, 15-3.

Sajid Mohammad 0v3 Graeme Gillie
The experience of Mohammad couldn’t live upto the fitness of Gillie, although there were more rallies in this match, this was similar to the Huntley v Reid match and Gillie seemed to clean up in no time 15-3, 15-4, 15-4.

Thomas Ewen 3-0 Del Sharratt
Although Del was victorious in the previous match between these two players, in this one Del was on the tail end of a virus and still wasn’t his usual self and seemed to coast through the match. The Student won 15-13, 15-12, 15-5.

Callum Ross 0-3 Tony Elliot
Another League match down and another 3-0 victory for Tony, This was a closer game than most of the previous rubbers and Tony certainly didn’t have it All his own way. This was 15-3, 15-7, 15-8 for the Borders Top Seed.

How Xciting

Border Reivers 15-7 Craigshill Xcite

Del Sharratt 3-2 Walid Magby

Sharratt started well in this rubber going 5-2 up fairly quickly.  Sharratt’s serves were accurate from the start and several points were won with Aces.  But once Walid got the hand back, Del would find it difficult to get the ball past him and this made for a close game, but Del’s aces held out for a 15-13 triumph.  The second game seen more rallies, both players were surprised at some of the shots they were able to get to and this was a great game for spectators.  Walid won 15-12, the third game seen Del go off the boil and this coupled with Walid finding perfect length and width meant Walid took this more straightforwardly 15-6.  Del was 2-1 down but he seemed to find his mojo again as the fourth game was like the first in that Del had prowess on this serves and again took it 15-13.  The fifth game seen Del grow in confidence as he was off to a 7-1 lead before Walid started finding his game again but oi twa too late and Del took the match with 15-7.


Pat Spence 0-3 Robin Nisbet

Two Veterans of the game took to the court and this was a battle of the Squash shot rather than speed and fitness.  Spence used his customary drop shots to try to kill the ball, but Nisbet was equal to them and read the shots well as he would respond with cross court drives and although the squash was good and the match was close Nisbet just had the edge as he won 16-11, 15-9, 15-10.


Iain Laing 3-2 Iain McIver

Laing was made to work for victory in this one, this rubber threw two very similar players together and it could have gone either way.  They shared the spoils in the opening games and after some intense squash it was 1-1.  The third game seen Laing get the better of McIver; Laing used a superior squash brain and when McIver thought he hit a winner Laing was all over it.  This went 15-7 to Laing.  McIver seemed to give a big push in the fourth game and pulled out some amazing fast accurate shots to take it 15-13 to tie at 2-2. But McIver had gave his all in the match and was just chasing the game a bit in the decider as he seemed to move less freely and Laing won 15-7 to take the Reivers to a 2-1 lead.


Adam McKay 3-0 John Taylor

McKay didn’t get this all his own way even though the scores of 15-10, 15-7, 15-10 made it look easy.  McKay hasn’t played much squash of late and didn’t quite have his eye in as much as League regular Taylor.  McKay was faster and more skilful and in the end that was what won him the match 3-0.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Phil Brown

Tony kept his 100% record this season going.  Whatever Phil would do Tony would do better and Phil tried everything, different styles and different shots but Tony was just too good and clinched the match for the Reivers with this victory.


Reivers Captain Del Sharratt said “Boom, that’s the first time we have beaten Xcite.  They have a good squad and they are all  of similar quality; they came down here looking for victory in the 3,4 and 5 seed rubbers but a gallant effort from myself and Laing put pay to that.  This is a huge win for us and we goto Heriot Watt next week oozing with confidence.”

Post Christmas Blues

Dalgety Bay 2s 13-8 Border Reivers


Iain Penman 3-1 Jordan Reid

This was Reid’s Debut for the Reivers and the youngster made a good start, Reid rattled off several points off his serves and won the first 15-11.  But that proved to be the only game that Reid won as the Fifer Penman took the rest in a CLOSE fought 15-13, 15-10, 15-10.


Paul Jukes 1-3 Graeme Gillie

Gillie, is another fairly new player for the Reivers.  This give Gillie a played 2 won 2 record.  Jukes sneaked the first 15-13 and Gillie sneaked the seconds 15-12 but Jukes was flummoxed by Gillie’s unorthodox squash style as Gillie plays with BOTH hands and seldom uses a backhand.  Gillie got better the more the match went on and reeled off the remaining games 15-4, 15-9.


Alan Jones 3-0 Del Sharratt

Jones has only played a handful of games this season and Sharratt couldn’t shake off the cobwebs from the Festive break and seemed half a yard behind throughout the game.  Sharratt was chasing the game from the start and although some long rallies ensued the match was closer than the 15-8, 15-6, 15-8 scoreline suggests.



Grant Sinclair 3-1 Iain Laing

Iain Laing played some great squash and used his years of experience when playing his shots in this match.  But Sinclair seemed to be able to keep Laing at the back half of the court so won several rallies with drop shot or boasts as Laing had been pinned to the back of the court and couldn’t get to the short shots quick enough.  This was one of the better matches of the night as both players oozed experience and kept each other guessing with some trickerty.  Sinclair took it 13-15, 15-9, 18-16, 15-11.


Tony Elliot 3-0 Neil Whiteside

The ever reliable Elliot didn’t have too much trouble polishing off Whiteside in this match.  Whiteside had been undefeated this season but Elliot was a higher Calibre opponent and Whiteside just couldn’t live with the Borderer.  Tony took it 15-6, 15-6, 15-10.


Captain Del Sharratt commented “We were all a bit rusty after the Christmas break, but they are in the same boat so a lot of the games were sluggish.  Reid and Gillie are both fast, fit squash players and with a bit of coaching will be major assets to the Border Reivers.”

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

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