Ballyearl – Northern Ireland June 2013 – A particularly tough tournament this year by all accounts! As I walked into the Ballyearl Bar the first member I met held out his hand saying “Are you the new guy? Good luck, I hope you make it!”. So it was straight into it with no hanging around as the first round was ordered.
As the Ballyearl virgin, I went on at 5 (pints) literally against a particularly handy, and crucially sober female and immediately discovered drunk squash is a dark art. After half an hour of playing “which ball should I hit” she said “why are you playing after 5 pints” to which I replied “I thought that was the rules”.
At 4 (foot) Stu Ward climbed out of my hand luggage raring to go. Didn’t see much of this one but must have been a tough game as he had to leave early muttering something about hitting a wall….
A 3 (strikes and your out) Rich (Goose) Cant(p)lay has obviously been working on his movement, particularly to Candi Staton’s ditty Young Hearts Run Free. This raised more than a few eyebrows, and, he would like to think, one or two Tim Henman’s…..
At 2 (sandwiches short of a picnic) Jase was a bit put off his squash game when his opponent was heard to remark, “when I heard you were a vegetarian I was expecting someone ……. well ….. thinner”. So he decided to take up golf…turns out he hits a mean “tree” iron!
And finally at 1 (for the road) Barry Sutherland managed to get through the entire weekend without hitting a squash ball. On more than one occasion someone would say “I hear you’re a pretty handy player, can we see you in action?”, to which his reply was “Yep……..on Youtube”.
So we took home both the winners plate and wooden spoon (see attached) by virtue of beating the locals and being the only team left standing (just)!
Then it was off home after a delayed flight whiled away discussing the merits of renewable energy……..anyone for next year??
Interesting that none of the pictures involve squash!
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It was a fantastic start to the Racketball season at David Lloyd in Glasgow’s West End as a 30 strong field lined up to produce the 2013′s 1st Ranking List of this year’s Saltire Tour.
The Premier Division saw the top two from last year’s Ranking List compete for top spot. The winner was Richard McBride from Colinton Castle in Edinburgh who won 2-1 in a tightly contested final.
Division 1 also saw the East Coast take the top prize as Hatton’s Nick Tinning beat new RASTA man Alan Susskind (from Newlands) in the Final again by 2-1, however as Alan is new to the sport we may see some significant improvements to his game this season.
Richard Cantlay won the Division beating David Mazzucco in the final 2-0. However a special mention must go to the women’s side of the RASTA rankings as 2 new players, Juliana Jetty & Glynis McNeill held the torch for women’s racketball. They are now the top 2 female players on the 2013 RASTA Ranking list!
Amazing Massaro is the first British Open Winner since Lisa Opie in 1991
Laura beat Nicol David 3-1 in the 2103 British Open Final
Preston-based world number two Laura Massaro defied the odds to beat favourite Malaysian Nicol David 3-1 (11/4, 3/11, 12/10, 11/7) in the most tensely contested match of the tournament.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the world number one who was troubled by Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, a previous British Open champion himself who called on that experience, but couldn’t beat Ashour who won 3-1