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September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

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Harrow’s Craig Valente-Wallace Finishes 4th top Junior in the Highland Open

September 27, 2013 Leave a comment

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Craig’s first round qualifying match for a place finishing in the top 8 of the Highlands Senior B was against Glasgow’s Dougie Macmillan.

After a slow start to the match (going 2-0) down, Craig managed to regroup and win the tie break in the 3rd. And with momentum now behind him he also won a closely contested 4th game. However Dougie showed great class and managed to close the match out in the 5th.

After this narrow defeat, the man from Fife then went on to win his remaining 3 matches, Beating Martin Ross- 3-1, Dave Ireson 3-1 and in the final playoff match for placings he also beat Glasgow’s Ross Andrew 3-1.

All this meant that Craig finishing 9th overall and top 4 of the Scottish Juniors, which should be excellent preparation for his next tournament which is the Danish Junior Open in Copenhagen at the start of October (tough life as a top junior eh!!)

Congratulations Craig and good luck in Danishland!!

DLWE v Newlands 2 – Home (Match Report) 26th September 2013

September 26, 2013 Leave a comment

westsquashsitelogo1So another new season begins and a tough start for us, as one of the newly promoted teams, to face up against Newlands’ second team. But then that’s what Division 1 squash is all about, so we’ll just have to get used to it.
First on tonight for us was Sean (Norris) against James Singh at No:3 – now I’ve seen Sean play better than this, but to be fair I’m not sure it would have made much difference tonight. James moved beautifully around the court, despite a (slightly) injured knee and he was always in charge of this match. This was a typical first game of the season match from Sean and I’m sure he will tighten up and get quicker. So 3-0 to Newlands and we were still looking for our first point of the season.

Next on at number 4 was David (Craig) against Stewart Brumpton. Now this game had a 5 setter written all over it, as it was the battle of the chasers.

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Match Day 5 October 12th – RASTA Racketball Saltire Tour @ Whitecraigs LT&SC in Glasgow

September 19, 2013 Leave a comment

“Squash Was Made for the Olympics” says Jonathon Power

September 17, 2013 Leave a comment

SONY DSCAccording to a brochure created by World Squash 2020, a campaign that sought inclusion for squash at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, squash is played on over 50,000 courts by men and women in 185 countries.

“There’s no reason squash shouldn’t be included in the Olympics.” says ex-world No.1 Jonathon Power. “The sport is ideal for the Olympics, it was made for the Olympics.”

It is important to note that squash has no quarrel with wrestling, which beat out squash along with a joint bid from softball and baseball for inclusion in the 2020 Games, though the general consensus is that wrestling should never have lost its spot in the first place.

“Wrestling is the best sport in the Olympics, period,” says Power. “It’s the original sport, it’s the toughest sport.”

Sam Cornett the Canadian Ladies No.1 (pic above with Jonathon) says “I love the fact that it’s often been compared to chess. You’re watching squash and you can see the strategy unfold based on each player, it’s so different for every player.”

Asked about any possible arguments against the inclusion of squash in the Olympics, Cornett can only come up with one, and it’s not a strong one.

“ I’ve heard people say it’s boring,” she says. “My response to that is to try and understand the sport more. If I watch hockey and I don’t know the rules, you don’t really understand and you’re not really involved in the game. Learn the rules, then you’ll understand. Try the sport, and you’ll understand the excitement.”

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2013 Abercorn Squash Open 21-22 September – Everyone welcome

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Abercorn Squash Open 2013 Graded Tournament

21st – 22nd September 2013

A Squash Tournament for Adults of All Abilities!

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Alan Clyne wins New Zealand International Squash Classic

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Irish Open Alan Clyne 2012Alan Clyne clinched the New Zealand International Squash Classic title – but he had to survive one of the longest matches of his career to see off local hero Martin Knight in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event.

“In front of a large crowd and being ‘streamed’ live around the world, Harrow’s Alan Clyne (pictured above) showed why he is number 33 in the world and one of the fittest players on tour, in an epic five-game victory,” said event spokesman Michael Williams.

Alan got off to a fast start, winning the 1st & a tie break 2nd game. However the New Zealand champion fought back to draw level and force the match into a decider. “The match had turned into a battle of attrition and had been going 75 minutes by the start of the fifth,”

Alan got off to a good start and at 2-0 up the next rally ultimately decided the match as both players traded blows up and down the backhand wall in a rally that seemed to last forever. It finally came to an end when Martin Knight lost patience and went for a shot from the back of the court that resulted in a tin.

Alan extended his lead to 6-1 before closing out the match 11-9, 12-10, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6 after 91 minutes to collect the 5th Tour title of his career.

Many congratulations Alan.

To see how Greg Lobban and Kev Moran got to the final of the PSA Challenger 5 event at Coffs Harbour Squash Centre in N.S.W. Australia click here and scroll down

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2020 Bid Dies #WTF!

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment
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Results for Match Day 4 September 7th – RASTA Racketball Saltire Tour @ Abercorn – Edinburgh

September 8, 2013 Leave a comment

saltire tour logo 2013 croppedIt was another great RASTA tournament yesterday in sunny Abercorn and we now have 65 different players who have competed in the 2013 Saltire Tour. Everyone has a ranking based on their results at the 4 tournaments so far and you can see the updated ranking list by clicking here.

Thanks to Harrow for their continued sponsorship of the tour and I’m looking forward to the next tournament at Whitecraigs LT&SC for Match Day 5 on October 12th (which is where the 1st ever RASTA tournament was held). To see or download the Poster click here

Photo montage of the day is available by clicking here.

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West K.O. Cup v SSRC (away) 4th Sept 2013

September 5, 2013 1 comment

westsquashsitelogo1SSRC away tonight and when I arrived I saw John Dunlop (CEO of Scottish Squash) and wondered if he was here to do offer me an international call up!?!?! Unfortunately not!

First on was Jason Grinton v Chris Farrell and Kev Cameron v Steve Carlin at No.3 & 4 respectively. I marked the first of these two and Chris was always in control of this one. He played short really well he caught Jason with this tactic time after time. Jason was always on the back foot because of this and Chris managed to take the game 3-0. A good performance non-the-less by Jase.

I missed most of Kev’s game v Steve C, but I certainly heard it. The shouts of “What are you talking about referee!” and “What the ****!” were easily audible.

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