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Thursday’s Results – British Nationals 2016 – Manchester

February 12, 2016 Leave a comment

British Nationals 2016 – Manchester

February 11, 2016 Leave a comment

British Nationals Feb 2016The Main Draw of the 2016 Nationals kicks off tonight with the top two seeds Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, being ranked in the top 12 ranked players in the World.

The Scottish hope comes from No.6 seed Greg Lobban (PSA World No.37) and Joel Makin made it through the qualifiers to represent Wales

I think Chris Simpson may be the man to keep an eye on, but what do I know!

In the women’s draw the top two seeds Laura Massaro (PSA World No.1) and Alison Waters (PSA No.13) look nailed on to reach the final (and it’s a shame that Sarah Jane Perry (PSA No.12) didn’t get a chance to meet Alison in the semi-finals – but you’ve got to beat everyone if you want to win!)

And don’t forget the age groups with Peter O’Hara, Fiona McLean, Mark James, Pauline Douglas, John Rae, David McAleese, Jim Dougal, Tom Adams, Colin McMullen & Rodger Longman all representing Scotland. I hope you all play to your best.

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PSA Shot of the Month – January 2016

February 10, 2016 1 comment
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DLWE (Kelvin Financial Planning) v Western 2 – Home (Match Report) 3rd February 2016

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It’s all about the ‘T’

It was a Western showdown last week and so hopefully our chance to pick up a few points against their 2nd team.

I was only a couple of minutes late, but when I arrived there was already the discussion that many teams must have most weeks! And I’m equally sure it goes like this for everyone “Oh well if you are No.3 and I am No.4 and we’re here first let’s just play and get things started as there’s not much difference between the numbers” !!!

I managed to divert this and at the same time get on first against the other No.3! So I played against Gavin Picken (who I had sparred with in the first half). I remembered he was an Ironman athlete and a good tennis player so the tactic of trying ‘not’ to get into too much of a run around would be crucial! For me!

So inevitably the first rally seemed to last for an absolute age and I thought I’ve got no chance if this carries on. Fortunately it didn’t and I managed to hit a very good dying length (helped by the fact that Gavin didn’t volley much). In the end the result was comfortable looking, although I can’t help thinking it would have been much closer if I hadn’t got my tactics right. Another frustrated opponent and another one chalked up to experience for me!

At No.2 Jason (Lang) went on next against Dave ‘Hello sailor’ Kelly. I joined this in the third game and Jason was comfortably in control. Unfortunately for Dangerous Dave he was just too quick and so Jase won comfortably 3-0 (no innuendo intended towards Dave, he’s just a sailor! #FrigginInTheRiggin)

Craig (Valente-Wallace) went on next at No.1 against Sam Peacock and at the same time I marked the No.4 match which was Joe (McDonald) against Joseph Ghaemi, so I didn’t see any of Craig’s match. However, he seemed to be winning comfortably 2-0; but then Sam made a great comeback in the 3rd game, but ultimately Craig must have reapplied the pressure as the 4th was comfortable and he won the match 3-1. Sam was delighted with the point and presumably gave himself MOTM!

Meanwhile, in the No.4 match up, our Joe was 2-0 down and not really getting the ball deep enough, then just like the match next door Joe won the 3rd game and looked good doing it with a much better length ball. However the 4th game was quite scrappy with both guys fighting for the dominant ‘T’ position; unfortunately for us Western’s Joe got on the ‘T’ more often than our Joe and eventually won the 4th game to take the match 3-1.

Last on and making his 1st team debut was Finlay McGhee (which comes out as ‘Friendly Maggie’ on my voice recognition doofer!) against Jon Moore. Great performance in the 1st game saw him winning 11-3, but his opponent came back to take the 2nd – game on!

Once again it was length to the back that was going to make the difference and this time Finlay managed to be the one to create the pressure and bring home the match 3-1. MOTM for Finlay the debutant.

So a good 16 points for the team and I think we are getting vertigo with our lofty position in the 1st Division! So maybe we were due a special dinner to celebrate?? Nope Jacket potatoes! Yuck!!

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Harrow Winners this Weekend

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Alan Clyne wins the 2016 Edinburgh Open

Edinburgh Open 2016 Champion Alan Clyne with his trusty Harrow Vapor

Alan Clyne won the biggest BSPA Tournament of the year and he did it the hard way by beating the No.1 & 2 seeds!

The semi-final was Alan’s crucial match, winning against the No.1 seed (and PSA World No.15) Daryl Selby, in a 3-2 thriller.

He then beat Tom Richards in the final with a 2-0 lead before Tom (No.2 seed and PSA World No.23) had to retire with an injury.

A fantastic result – many congratulations Alan!
BSPA Edinburgh Open Mens Results 2016

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