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2012 West Open

Congratulations to Stuart for winning his first West Open title ths weekend.

The Hamilton audience were treated to a great final with home player Kenny Boyle taking a well deserved 2-0 lead, but being gradually pegged back by some fantastic attacking play from Stuart.

Congratulations also to B event winner David Lindsay, representing Hamilton, and C Event winner James Singh of Giffnock.

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West Open Winner – Stuart George (Giffnock)

West Open R/up – Kenny Boyle (Hamilton)

‘B’ event Winner – David Lindsay (Hamilton)

‘B’ event R/up – Chris Farrell (SSRC)

‘C’ event Winner – James Singh (Giffnock) – ‘C’ event R/up – David Archibald (Strathgryffe)

DLWE v Western 3 – Away (Match Report) 24th Oct 2012

October 25, 2012 2 comments

Once again my late arrival meant that I missed Ben’s match (poor commitment I know!). Richard said Ben played well and won 3-0, as did Sean. Western’s No.1 (Steve) said he was a great No.5 to have and his opponent said he was too strong, so when I asked Ben how he played I was thinking he’d be full of himself. Instead all I got was “I was rubbish”. “Well,” I said “I hope play rubbish and win 3-0 like you!” (I didn’t though I was fabulous!…….. In my own lunchtime!!). So a good 15-10  15-5  17-15 to kick the evening off against John Millar at No.5 (Ben spent the rest of the evening texting).

 

I did see Captain Cantlay’s match though and he was playing a blinder. 15-9 in the 1st was followed by a great come back from 6-12 down to win a lung-busting 2nd game 15-13. “Hit straight,” was the advise “and even when you get tired of hitting straight and think that he (Hamish Foster their No.3) must be covering the straight he isn’t; so hit more straight.” Unfortunately Rich was of the opinion that Hamish would get bored of volleying his cross court drives away and so he didn’t change until 10-6 down in the 3rd (despite Sean and I telling him between every game). But digging deep Captain C straightened up and 6-10 down was soon 12-10 up. Enough of the tactics for Rich and just boom it any old place. Fortunately at 15-15 Rich found couple of good boasts to take the game 17-15 and the match 3-0 (MOTM to Captain Cantlay for sheer effort; and for winning the game without the use of a drop shot!).

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Squash on Sky (28th & 29th October) P.S.A. 2012 US Open

Fancy watching the US Open P.S.A. Squash action from earlier this month in Philadelphia? Well it’s on telly Sunday 28th at 7am on Sky Sports 4. Too early? Well how about 10 am on Sky Sports 3 as well! And if you miss all that it’s on again at 8am on Monday 29th on Sky Sports 3. Happy squashing!

Alternatively just record it!

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PSA $70K San Francisco (Netsuite) Open 2012

October 19, 2012 2 comments

Gregory Gaultier wins the PSA 2012 San Francisco Open

Greg Gaultier stormed home 3-0 last night in San Francisco to upset the rankings and take a stunning victory. All his opponent (Nick Matthew – PSA World No.2) could say was “That’s probably the best I’ve ever played when losing 3-0”.

It’s the first title since Greg became a father and he put’s his calmer attitude down to life with his new son, Nolan – “it’s changed my attitude. It makes me more calm on court.”

A fabulous win and if Greg is now going to be calmer on court then the rest of the squash world better watch out!

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Results for ‘Racketball Around Scotland’ Match Day 5 @ The Grange in Edinburgh 2012

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If you’d like to see a photo montage have a look at http://wp.me/PH6xZ-PC

And the full RASTA rankings list is available at http://wp.me/PH6xZ-F1 (now with 75 players!).

The next Tournament is at Edinburgh Sports Club on the 10th of November – click here for details

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DLWE v Giffnock 3 – Home (Match Report) 10th Oct 2012

My DLWE home debut tonight and Giffnock 3 came calling.

Ben (Mazzucco) was first on court again this week at No.5 and he demolished his opponent. The first two games weren’t even close, but inevitably a lack of concentration in the 3rd meant he had to scramble his was across the 3-0 winning line, with slides and desperate lunges; thankfully no splits and so no injuries caused. However cross the finishing line he did and I (of course) put the 3-0 win down fully to the new Harrow Syncro rackets he used tonight! I think he played Ewan Wallace, but it’s difficult to tell as I never saw Ewan after that. Good performance Ben!

Next up was Captain Cantlay & David (Craig) going on at the same time and I marked David’s game at No.4 against Mark Lesley. David’s warm up consisted of holding a Costa Coffee takeaway cup. An empty one?!?!? This may have had something to do with the fact that he looked like a plank of wood in the 1st game.

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Draws for “Racketball Around Scotland” Match Day 5 at The Grange in Edinburgh 13th October

October 8, 2012 1 comment

DLWE v Gryffe 2 – Away (Match Report) 3rd Oct 2012

 A trip to Houston tonight and a match up v Strathgryffe 2 – and when I saw Lee Frazer and Garry McIlree at 1 & 2 I thought the 1st team must be strong (and surely that also meant that Ross Lawrie would be playing at 3 in the 2nd team!). I arrived late (I was trying a new route via Foxbar and got hopelessly lost) so missed the No.5 string match. The two youngsters, Ben (Mazzucco) and Alex Ward were battling it out and Ben managed to bring the match home 3-0 for us; but not before a really tough 18-16 first game. All who watched told me that both players played really well.

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2012 US Open

October 3, 2012 1 comment

The World No.1 & 2 crashed out in the semi-finals of the men’s US Open to leave the door open for either Ramy or Gregory G to take the 2012 title.

Ramy Ashour beat Nick Matthew 3-1 and Gregory Gaultier beat James Willstrop 3-0 in the semi-finals. And with tough match after tough match taking its toll on the top seeds, it showed that when you’re not 100% against this quality of opposition they can take full advantage with wonderful shot play.

The final itself was dominated by Ramy, winning his 1st US Open title in three straight games, as the Frenchman had no answer to his speed and control  (11-4  11-9  11-9).

In the WISPA event Nicol David took the title from the young pretender Raneem El Weleily to win the her first US Open. In-so-doing she established a new record of titles by winning her 63rd final (beating Sarah Fitz Gerald’s previous record).

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