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Scottish Open Racketball Tournament 2014

IMAG0293-4If you’d like to see photos of the 2014 Scottish Racketball Open in Dumfries please click here

If you’d like to see the individual results and winners photos please click here

2014 Champ

2014 Champ

 

a Fantastically Colourful Tourney!

a Fantastically Colourful Tourney!

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

The Team is announced – to see the article in the Herald click here

 

To see interviews with the Scotland team click here & also click here

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Gaultier Returns to PSA World No.1 after 4 years

Greg is world No.1

Greg is world No.1

Greg Gaultier has returned to World No.1 for the first time since Nov 2009 and his intention is to stay there this time. On the 1st occasion he was on the top spot for just one month and in an incredible turn of events he held the first ever joint No.1 position in February of this year when he joined Nick Matthew at the top.

But April see’s Greg take the title solo, by just 180 points, with a win in the Windy City Open in Chicago in early March.

Nick Matthew will no doubt be determined to challenge Greg for the World No.1 spot next month, but both players will have to look over their shoulders as Mohamed El Shorbagy has hit a career high of No.3 which is an amazing result for the 23 year old from Egypt.

The full PSA world rankings are available by clicking here

It’s also good to see Scotland’s 2 Harrow stars moving up Alan Clyne at No.37 (up 1 place) and Greg Lobban at No.75 (up 2 places).

Not to mention Douglas Kempsell and Kevin Moran at No. 122 and 136

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Whitecraigs LT&SC 2014 Club Championships

Iain McDermott left receiving the prize from Tim Ross (squash convener)

Iain McDermott left receiving the prize from Tim Ross (squash convener)

The last two weeks has seen the Whitecraigs LT&SC 2014 Club Champions crowned and in the Men’s Tournament there was a hell of a final between Iain McDermott and Steve Luker.

Iain McDermott on the 'T' v Steve Luker (must have been the 5th!)

Iain McDermott on the ‘T’ v Steve Luker (must have been the 5th!)

Steve took the early exchanges and won the first two games and looked in total control. He volleyed well and didn’t let Iain have a sniff of the ball let alone the ‘T’. But Iain is renound for coming back from some pretty tight situations and that’s exactly what happened in this match. He began lengthening the rallies and getting Steve behind him. He also began reading Steve’s drops much better and crunching them to a length any time he saw them. So 2-1 soon became 2-2 and so to the 5th!

By now you could see that Steve was tired, but so was Iain. It was still anyone’s game to win. Steve needed to control the match more and find the corners and Iain needed to keep doing what he was doing. The crowd was deep in discussion about who would do it.

The 5th game was another high paced affair and as Steve faded Iain powered on to take the match and become the 2014 Men’s Champion. It was a great match to watch.

Calum, Mark, Steve and Oli (and me)

Calum, Mark, Steve and Oli (and me)

The Junior Club Championships were played the next week and this was a good quality tournament played as a round-robin. It all came down to the final match between Oliver Millen and Mark Taylor.

Both players had maximum points going into the final so it was winner take all. The final was a great display of determination and power. Both lads love to wallop the ball and both hate losing to each other (despite the fact they’re friends). Oli was nervous and Mark was determined to run everything down.

However a season in the Wednesday Men’s teams proved to be the difference in this match as Oli was able to move Mark around the court and keep him in the back. Mark did run many of Oli’s shots down, but in the end Oli was just too consistent and too experienced as he won the match 3-0 and became the 2014 Junior Club Champion.

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Laura Massaro – World Champion (BBC Interview)

tumblr_n2w57lFfcE1sx5xuzo1_1395581026_coverLaura Massaro is the new World Champion in Penang

To hear a Radio 5 Interview with Laura please click here

Click here to see all the details of this stunning result, which sees the first British winner since 1999

Laura won a 5 set thriller 11-7  6-11  11-9  5-11  11-9 in the final against Nour El Sherbini (and her opponent had put out the World No.1 Nicol David in the semi-finals also in 5 games).

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Highlights of The 2014 Canary Wharf Classic – Matthew v Wilstrop

 

 

DLWE v Giffnock 1 – Away (Match Report) 19th March 2014

PaulHannahLogoYou could cut the tension with a knife as we travelled to Giffnock to play the potential league champions last night. I say potential as they still needed 1 point to secure the title. Would they do it!?!?? Could we stop them?!?!?!

We on the other hand were safe from relegation and only really turned up for the team photo and the celebration! IMAG0229

David (Craig) was first on against Owen Hadden (who fancies himself……….now where was I? Oh yes fancies himself as Giffnock 1s MVP – having amassed 18 wins out of 18 this season). I can’t believe Dave lost the very first game to Owen and handed Giffnock the title; what an anti-climax!!! Congratulations Giffers.

To see the full article press ‘read more’ below. To see all DLWE articles got to Current Match Reports by clicking here

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18th-22nd March – Canary Wharf Classic – London 2014

index.20Mingling with the bankers in London’s financial district on Monday will be 16 of the world’s top squash players. It is day one of the Canary Wharf Squash Classic, the capital’s coolest little tournament – and the only one played out entirely inside a small glass box.

Here to defend his title is James Willstrop, the world No.5 from Yorkshire. In the decade this event has been running, he’s won it four times.

Willstrop is a maverick athlete. In person he is unexpectedly charming. Famously sportsmanlike on court, he is regularly written off as being too nice – something he disputes. ‘I believe that sport should be played with respect,’ he said.

‘I’ve been to world No.1 and won world team championships. So you can win being – people call it “nice”, don’t they? – and I don’t know whether it is nice. It’s just respectful.’ venue.54

To see the draw for the tournament click here

To see the history of the tournament click here

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British Open Confirms PSA World Top 30 in Men’s Draw

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The entire world’s top 30 players will be competing for the prestigious title of Allam British Open men’s champion in May after entries closed for the $150,000 tournament sponsored by Dr Assem Allam.

 

From Yorkshire’s Nick Matthew, who currently heads the PSA World Rankings, down to world no.30Omar Abdel Meguid, of Egypt, have entered the World Series Platinum tournament that will be hosted at Hull’s impressive indoor Sports Arena from 12 to 18 May.

 

Matthew will be seeking his fourth Open title – to follow those he won in 2006, 2009 and 2012 – while Egypt’s Ramy Ashour will be defending his crown. Recent Windy City Open champion Gegory Gaultier is the third past champion confirmed in the draw and will be aiming a repeat of his 2007 victory.

 

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DLWE v Hamilton – Away (Match Report) 12th March 2014

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Were we safe from relegation yet? Technically no, but probably yes. So a few points tonight would secure it for us and away to Hamilton was where we went to mine those few golden nuggets.

Rich & Sean were missing from the team, so we strengthened the line up by adding Kev Cameron! And the debutant to Division 1 went on first at No.5 against Colin McGeady. This was interesting match up to referee as Kev used his pace and Colin used his experience. The court was roasting and Kev ran about scraping everything back (just) making a real nuisance of himself, but Colin looked in control and took a good lead in the 1st game. Unassailable you might say, because it was! But only just, as he sneaked home on the tie break. Kev fought back well and took the 2nd by lengthening the rallies. In retrospect it’s easy to see that the 3rd was where the match was won, especially as it went to a tie break. Unfortunately for us Colin won it and then had the comfort of knowing he didn’t have to win the 4th (which he didn’t).

An so to the 5th!

To see the full article press ‘read more’ below. To see all DLWE articles got to Current Match Reports by clicking here

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