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DLWE (Kelvin Financial Planning) v Whitecraigs RFC – Away (Match Report) 11th January 2016


Spot the squash player – Dog or Doug!

You know when you come back after Christmas and you think that the first match will be okay as everyone else is in the same boat as you having eaten and drunk too much all through the festive period? Well this was nothing like that!

This was a real tough one for us in the first half (when we only sneaked a 3-2 win). This time we were missing our No.2 and so everybody had to play up one position which ultimately meant carnage……..for our team!

Still at least we got an early start and we also had 2 courts. On at number five was David Craig and he played Aberdeen University’s Alex Ross (will be interesting to see if West Squash enforce the “You have to play 3 matches in the 1st half” rule!!). The 1st game was a real hum-dinger and it finished 21-19. Both players had their chances, but Alex eventually came through to clinch it. In the second game Alex really got into his stride and Dave didn’t volley well enough, so the game began to slip away from him. The 3rd was also close and we almost secured a crucial team point, but it wasn’t to be (or not to be!).

I noticed that the ball was a bit strange and found out that it wasn’t the normal Dunlop one, so I soon asked for a change of ball. I went on the other court and played at No.2 against Ewan Hearns and was out of the starting blocks like ‘s*** off a shovel’ and secured the golden team point. However after that Ewan woke up and won the next 3 easily! (although I had a sniff in the 3rd?!?!).

Next up was Joe McDonald against Harry Anderson. Harry has got all the shots these days so I advised Joe just to do as much as he could to keep in the match. I didn’t see much of the match as I was on court, but he must have done this quite well as he appeared to be in every game. I joined it late on in the 3rd with Harry 2-0 up – however Joe was 10-6 up -game ball. Unfortunately he couldn’t capitalise on the lead (especially painful was one ‘tinned’ drop, were the whole crowd groaned in sympathy) as Harry dug in. In the end Harry won on a tiebreaker and so three more points to the Rugby Club.

Next on was ‘The clash of the Dougies’ with Dougie Macmillan against Dougie Emery (as I realized when I said “Come on Dougie” halfway through the 1st game). This was 3 easy points to Dougie – t’other Doug had been up all night studying for an exam and I’m not sure he had played much over the festive period, so no real surprise. Three more points to Whitecraigs.

Last on was Craig Valente Wallace v Andy MacBean. These guys had an exciting 3-1 last time so this could have potentially been a real tight one. But it wasn’t to be tonight as Craig never really got going and (I believe) personal circumstances meant we didn’t see the best of him tonight. So The final three points to the Rugby Club.

So off to the bar for veggie chilli for Ewan and I and ordinary chilli for everyone else to celebrate the 1 point gained tonight (down 13 on last time!).

We need a big push in the next few weeks to capitalise on the great start we made last year.

I really wanted to say about the photo above that “One of them ran around all night chasing a ball for all he was worth…………… and the other was Doug!” but that would just be rude so I won’t say that! 😉



  1. January 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

    We in East got rid of all rules that we weren’t enforcing. The 3-matches-in-the-first-half rule was one of those that applied in the squash boom when good players had to have multiple clubs to have any chance of enough court time ( and to stop clubs bringing in ringers late in the season to help with promotion/relegation).
    If someone genuinely joins a new club after xmas and goes on to play nearly all the matches remaining, then we allow them play. For the last few years, we have never said no in the East. I think this is also a reflection that the players in East don’t have a win-the-league-at-all-costs attitude.

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Yeah, but west is best! 😉

  2. January 11, 2016 at 11:07 am

    … fully paid up family member of same club for 4+ years, West permission requested last year and this year and in at number #5, bank account scanned for expense payments, using borrowed racket/shoes/shoes/contact-lenses.
    … best undercover ringer in the west 🙂

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      I hope he’s paid you back in brewing management hours! 🙂

  3. January 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    WRT Alex Ross and the 3 games before Christmas rule:

    You can apply for specific consideration from the West committee to handle cases such as Alex where he is a local boy who is away at University during term time but otherwise would play for the club. We did and therefore had permission beforehand from Stewart Hamilton and Andy Duff for Alex to play, as we did last season.

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Yeah, but does he play Rugby – that’s a by-law! 😉

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