Archive for May, 2011

Harrow Sword

It’s a pleasure to introduce the Harrow ‘Sword’ racket which was developed in memory of Derek Sword. Derek was one of Scotland’s top junior players in the in the days when Peter Nicol and Martin Heath were also making their way in World Squash.

Derek tragically died in the 9/11 attacks in New York and friends including Peter and Martin helped arrange the Derek Sword Trophy, which is now played annually by a New York and a UK team. The 140gm navy & white racket (from a Vapor mould) has Scottish, UK and USA flags and makes mention of the match venues of Edinburgh, New York and London (where the trophy has been contested) on the frame itself.

From this match the legacy was developed into ‘World Squash Day’ and this year the date is 5th November (should be some fireworks that night!).

For further details on this exclusive racket click here (or go to the ‘Harrow Shop’ tab and then rackets).

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David Lloyd West End Masters and Ladies Finals

(Me) Jason Grinton (winner) & John Turner (r-up)

Masters – Jason Grinton played his second final of the season as he took on John Turner (J.T.) in the DLWE Masters final on Wednesday and this time he had the added pressure of being the favourite.

It all started well for Jason and he was in charge of the 1stgame and always ahead. John kept himself in contention, but at 9-8 Jason turned the screw and won the next 6 points without reply to take the 1st game 15-8.

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David Lloyd Renfrew Championship Final

Steve Wilson (Open winner) & Sean Norris (runner-up)

Steve Wilson may not have been seeded to get to the final against last year’s champ Sean Norris, but given his recent form, not many people were surprised that he made it.

The very first rally set the tone for the match as Steve played very aggressive squash and Sean chased everything that was thrown at him. Sean eventually won the rally and then continued forcing Steve into making errors to take a 7-2 and 8-4 lead. However all this running was bound to take a physical toll and Steven worked his way back to 9-9 and then took a 13-10 lead. Once the finish line was in touching distance Steven wasn’t going to be denied and he eventually won the 1st game 15-13 (on a stroke).  (to see more photos click here)

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David Lloyd Glasgow West End Championship Final – Sponsored by Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd

me, Jason Grinton, Richard Cantlay, Craig Paris (Giles Insurance - Sponsor)

 An unexpected final indeed and it couldn’t have been better for the crowd with a 3-2 spectacle that lasted almost an hour. Going into the match the favourite was Richard Cantlay and the underdog Jason Grinton, but tournament squash brings it unique pressure and finals heighten that pressure so anything could happen……………and it did!

Jason got off to a great start as Richard played some nervous looking shots and it wasn’t long until Jason had a strangle hold on the 1st game with an 11-6 lead. Richard stemmed the tide, but wasn’t able to make up much ground as Jason kept the lead and took the 1st game 15-9. (to see more photos click here)

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David Lloyd Glasgow West End Championships

David Lloyd Glasgow West End Semi-Final – Well that was a great semi-final in the David Lloyd West End Championships last night as Richard Cantlay took on the young pretender Doug Macmillan. On paper I thought Read more…

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David Lloyd Renfrew Club Championships

David Lloyd Renfrew – Semi-finals

Well the semi-final certainly lived up to expectations as Jason Lang and Sean Norris did battle yesterday – and it was a Read more…

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