Greg Lobban Clinches 4th PSA World Tour title of his Career (at the Indian Summer PSA Securian Open)
Greg Lobban clinched the fourth PSA World Tour title of his career when he surprised top seed Julian Illingworth in the final of the Indian Summer PSA Securian Open, the PSA Challenger 5 event at Commodore Squash Club in St Paul, USA. Congrats Greg – great result (click here for the full details)
Strathgryffe came calling last night and as they finished in the champions league position’s in the past couple of years it looked like a tough match up for DLWE team who are at the Premiership establishing stage.
First up was big David (Craig) and his daughter Elvi. Both had rackets and although Elvi took to the courts first, it was eventually her dad who took on Ross (red) Lawrie at No.4. I was promoted to team child-care duties so Elvi and I sat and watched David and loudly clapped all his great shots – and booed Ross (whilst learning how to swing a racket!). Unfortunately due to David’s notorious slow match starts we were doing more booing than clapping (his warm up this week consisted of carrying Elvi’s Mickey Mouse backpack to the court). When David was one and a half games down we’d both seen enough Mickey Mouse squash and so it was book time and there’s none better for a 1 year old than ”Fox in Socks”! It’s so good it’s five star rated you know!?! Well what a difference that made and David won the 2nd game – I can’t tell you anything about the game, but what I can say is that Fox finds his second sock in a clock! Game 3 went to Ross and the 4th was a real close one with Strathgruffalo’s Ross winning it 15-13 to take the match.
So with child-care duties taken care of Uncle Jase went off to watch Doug (Macmillan) against the new Strathgryffe signing Karl (who also plays for the Isle of White & Chester!). Karl was a very orthodox player and by that I mean good. When Doug had the legs and lungs he was winning as he took the 1st game 11-9, but as Karl’s persistent line and length wore him down he lost the 2nd 9-11.
Doug’s training regime has developed this year and since the last match he’s been in full training in Poland. The good news was that the training was great, the bad news is that it was with the Tartan Army and although a draw was a great result in Warsaw it wasn’t going to be enough tonight. I’d say the key was the 2nd game and if Doug had won that he may have been able to win the match in 4 or 5, but with Karl tightening the screw with every dying length (and Dougie hitting a bit short) the match slipped away from us 3-1. Still another point to the team.
Next on was our new signing Michael Jackson (he’s heard all the jokes! Not that that’s gonna stop me!) against James Dare at No.5. Wait a minute James Dare at 5??? Just shows you how strong Strathgryffe are these days! Well it was a good game between MJ and James, but James was always in charge. The length ball is so important at division 1 level and Michael couldn’t get the ball past James often enough. I had to mark the next match so didn’t see the rest but James won 3-0 (don’t worry MJ – blame it on the boogie).
Next our new No.1 Craig (Valentie Wallace) matched up against Martin Woods. Martin stormed the first 6 or so points and it looked like it was going to be one way traffic, but just at this point Craig got into his stride by getting everything back and then forcing the pressure himself. It was all very tight at the end of the 1st game, but Martin sneaked home. And the rest of the match was a bit like the 1st game with Craig wining good ‘clumps’ of points, but Martin just holding on when it mattered. Craig can really apply the pressure though and when he joins it all up he’ll be a tough No.1 to beat.
I was on last at No.2 v Jason Lang and he beat me easily last time we played, but what do you know I managed to steal the 1st game after a slow start from JL. Well that’s good! Lost the next 2 though! That’s bad!! Then the inevitable advice was handed out to me by Simon from the 2nd team. “See what you were doing in the 1st game – do that more. And what you did in the 2nd & 3rd games – do that less”. “Thanks Si! When are you leaving for America again??”
Fortunately Craig had better advice and it centred on JL’s volleys. So in a very tight 4th I managed to “Do what I did in the 1st more” and win it – and so to the 5th. This was another very tight one, but this time just at the wrong time I hit one ball out and one in the tin. I’d like to blame the loss on Martin Wood’s terrible marking decision, when he didn’t give me a stroke!! I’d like to, but really the marking was absolutely fine (and the game was played in a great spirit). Still hurts though – to get so close and lose.
A couple of beers later and we were in the bar discussing all things squash and adding up all the clubs Karl plays for around the country. And the fact that they’re not within 200 miles of each other!
So I turned up at 6.30pm (always advisable when you’ve only got 1 court) and was soon on against Mark Coyle at No.2. Mark can certainly crack the ball on those courts and had I played that sort of game against him then I’d have lost very quickly……so I didn’t. Instead I took the slower ariel route and this just frustrated the Giffnock Young Gun. The scores were all pretty close, but I mainly felt that I was more in control than not and managed to win all 3.
No Sean again this week, to have a go at in the match report, not that this should stop me! And on a Forrest Gump theme I wish he was playing so I could use the “Stupid is as stupid does” quote!! Hope to see him back to full fitness soon.
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In the pre-season I’d won a very tight match against Doug Mac and so was fighting hard for the No.2 position in the team. When I told David Craig (our usual No.4/5) the news of my hard fought victory he said, without a hint of sarcasm “Oh has Doug not been playing at all over the summer then?”. Thanks Dave! (I dropped him from the 1st match!).
Good to see that as of today we (David Lloyd West End) are top of the table to Giffnock in 2nd place?!?! What a result – and quite frankly Newlands must be embarrassed with their 6th place showing (OK it may be alphabetical at the moment, but you’ve gotta take your victories when they come!).
So the first pairings to arrive together were all of Whitecraigs Rugby Club (except my guy) and our new team member Colin (Clarke) – so Colin went on first at No.4. against Nairn McMaster and immediately went 1-0 up. Great start I thought! Never expected that. And that’s when I went on court……
I (Jason Broadberry – in case you didn’t know!) was up against Dougie Emery at No.2 and despite knowing Dougie for many years and his tenacious spirit, I kinda forgot the old adage ‘never underestimate Dougie Emery’ – it’s always a mistake! But after winning the 1st game that’s exactly what I did. To be fair to me I did win the 1st game 11-0, (cont’d….. press read more to see all of the report)