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First British Win In The Women’s British Open Since 1991

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

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Ramy & Laura Win British Open 2013 Titles

BritishOpen2013_40JUBILANT scenes were witnessed at Hull’s KC Stadium at the weekend for the second time in two months as a English player won the British Open women’s final for the first time since 1991.

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.

An emotional Ramy Ashour became the first Egyptian winner of the British Open since 1966 after he claimed the title at BritishOpenWinners2013_41his second attempt.

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

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Everyone’s Taking up Squash!

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Racktball Around Scotland 2013 Tour Starts in 2 weeks

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2013 British Open – Results so far

Allam British Open 2013The 2013 British Open kicked off yesterday in Hull, with the 1st rounds of the Open Tournament being played at the K.C. Football stadium.

 

To see the Open Draw click here

To see the Woman’s Draw click here

 

To see the Masters Draws click here

 

The top 2 seeds in the Men’s Draw are Ramy Ashour (No.1) and Nick Matthew (No.2 and defending champion) – and they could meet for a showdown on Sunday. However James Willstrop (No.3), Greg Gaultier (No.4 seed) will no doubt have something to say about that!

In the Women’s Event it’s once again hard to see past Nicol David to retain her title, but the big challenge may come from Laura Massaro (seeded No.2)

Masters Results – Over 35s and Over 55s Home Internationals at Scotstoun

The Home International Masters Squash in Glasgow this weekend saw both the Over 35s and the Over 55s take a magnificent 2nd place in this years competition.

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In the brand new Scotstoun venue  the scores were:

Over 35s Scotland v Wales 2-3 (wins for Simon Boughton, Owen Haden & Peter Buchan)

Over 35s Scotland v Ireland 3-2 (wins for Simon Boughton, Mark Ford & Owen Haden)

Over 35s Scotland v England 2-3 (wins for Simon Boughton & Mark Ford)

The over 35s team was Barry Mason, Owen Haden, Mark Ford, Blair Mackenzie, Peter Buchan, Simon Boughton (see pic).

Scores for the Over 55’s were:

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Over 55s Scotland v Wales 5-0

Over 55s Scotland v Ireland 4-1

Over 55s Scotland v England 0-5

Over 55s Team was: Paul Harris, Boyd Kidd, Peter Shivas, Robin Ridley, Martin Sullivan and Keith Gristwood

Great Results for both teams.

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Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

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Scotland Reach Semi-finals in the European Team Champs

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It was a fantastic result for Scotland’s Mens team as they reached the Semi-finals in the European Team Championships at the weekend and finished 4th in Europe.

The team was Alan Clyne, Greg Lobban, Doug Kempsell, Chris Small, Stuart Crawford and Kevin Moran and this is the second year in a row that the team has place 4th in Europe, which is a wonderful achievement.

To see a full report of the match have a look at the Scottish squash web-site by clicking here.

To see the results click here

Click ‘read more’ just below to see if you can you spot the Scottish Referees – or click here

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David Lloyd West End 2013 Championships – Finals Day

2013 DLWE FinalistMay the 4th saw the Finals Day at David Lloyd West End as three trophies were up for grabs including the ‘Open Title’, the ‘Plate’ and the ‘Super Plate’.

First on was the Super Plate final and this was won by Wendy McDougal as she beat Fraser Thomson 3-0 to win the tournament (having played the semi-final just an hour before – beating Cameron Gauhl in another tough match). The final was a good game to watch and after explaining the ‘turning rule’ to Fraser a much safer one!

Next on was the Plate Final and Sandro Mazzucco took on Alastair Baird. Al looked like he was cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory, but Sandro sprung into life to wrestle the 3rd game back – spurred on by the crowd! The 4th also went to Sandro with some great rallies and now it was really exciting. However Al managed to compose himself in the 5th game, to sneak home 3-2, but it may not be long before this score line is reversed if Sandro continues to improve like he has this season.

Last on was the Open Final and it was a repeat of last years Championship as Doug Macmillan took on Richard Cantlay. In the 1st game both players looked nervous and…………………………….

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The 2013 Scottish Junior Inter-Regional Teams

2013 Inter-regional TeamsWest win 4 of the 5 titles (Tayside & Fife take U19s)

West of Scotland Juniors stole the show with a flurry of gold medals, but were denied a all the titles by Tayside & Fife last weekend.

The first ever event at Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth squash facility saw 108 players, representing the country’s best juniors, meeting at the new courts at the Scotstoun in Glasgow.

For Tayside & Fife, last year’s winners Elspeth Young, Craig Valente-Wallace and David Beaumont stepped up an age group and along with Calum Johnston and Rory Irwin denied the West a full winning streak again. The gold medal decider was against the West and after losing the first two matches, Tayside & Fife had to win the final two to win the title. David Beaumont & Elspeth Young stepped up to the challenge and took both matches 3-0.

David Ward, Chairman of SSRC (the oldest members squash club in Scotland), presented the prizes at what is hoped to be the first of many events at the Scotstoun facility.

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