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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Giffnock 2 (home) 22nd Nov. 2017

November 24, 2017 Leave a comment
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Brand new floor! 🙂

Giffnock 2 at home and when I looked at the 2 teams’ line ups and the fact we had 2 players missing, I thought here we go again!! ….. O ye, of little faith!

First up was Joe McDonald for us at No.5 in the early kick off, against Garry Blanchflower. Great start from Joe 1-0 up; as Garry came off after the 1st he said “There will be a point where the back stops aching, but I’m also just starting to get tired. That’s when I’ll peak!”. Well that must have been the 4th game then, as Garry evened things up for the 2nd time at 2-2. And so to the 5th! This was the proverbial 5 set thriller and Joe managed to hang on at the end to sneak the 5th game 13-11 (MOTM Joe? Well maybe!)

Next up was Paul Treon for us against Daniel O’Sullivan. Paul romped the first 2 games and Daniel really battled for the next 2 winning both on tie breaks! And so to the 5th! Another 5 set thriller! Paul went 9-1 up, then Daniel came back to 10-7. Things were getting very tense! Fortunately Paul sneaked the last point and took the match 3-2 (Paul could easily be MOTM for us!)

So one more tie to win the match!

Me v Stu Pitt next at No.2 – well the win wouldn’t be coming from this one then, would it? Hold on I found myself 2-0 up with some sharp shootin’ just when I needed it! I thought I’d need to stay positive – keep going for it! No? well I got chopped in the 3rd game! Huuuuummmmmm! The 4th game was even all the way. It was 3-3 then 10-10 then 13-13 and even 16-16. I was trying to stay positive, (at 17-17) but kept hitting the tin at the wrong time, so time to ‘power it’ about a bit – 18-17 up! so a last gasp effort and my 5th match ball, and I hit a cracker to sneak home! Best win of he season for me – MOTM? Maybe?

Next up was Colin Clark (DLWE) v Mark Coyle (Giffnock). Colin was close in the first 2 games, narrowly losing the 2nd 12-14. Then the marker changed and I offered to do the “last one” to which Col said “Thanks for the vote of confidence!” So maybe it was my fault he lost the 3rd. Tough opponent in Mark Coyle though.

Last up was Craig-Valente Wallace for us v James ‘run Forres’ Singh!  This was a similar to the last match, with a close tie-breaker, in the first, then James had too much in the legs for Craig and so won 3-0 (although I suspect Craig may have strained something! Mind you I suspect Sut may have strained something in my match as well!).

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Baked potatoes and fillings of beans, cheese & tuna for tea. None of the youngsters ate the potato skin! Who does that?

And not only that, but James was telling me how he doesn’t get tired for 50 mins on court! Wow! I’m sure he means 5 mins – must have misheard him!

Good 12-11 win (thank god for the bonus points!) Read more…

Live on BBC TV Sport – ‘England’ v ‘Rest of the World Select Side’ – Friday 24th Nov. @ St.Georges Hill (check out the BBC red button)

November 23, 2017 Leave a comment

Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Newlands 2 (away) 15th Nov. 2017

November 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Optical Express DLWE v Newlands 2 – Away Match Report 15th November 2017
Everyday, it’s a getting closer
Goin’ faster than a roller coaster
Love like yours will surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey-hey

Buddy Holly

The DLWE love of squash is definitely a roller coaster! One day the teams are safe in their respective divisions the next we have water leaks invading our courts, players moving even to outer Houston and the fourths team becoming Whitecraigs LT&SC 4.

The only constants are West Squash Pizzas for dinner and me losing at no.2 (I know my job in the team!).

After a loss last week against Newlands 1, spirits were low facing the noisy neighbours Newlands 2.

I played Fraser McCann at No.2 and the result was an inevitable defeat – you could have eaten a Tunnock’s tea cake in the amount of time I was on court. Afterwards myself and Graham Parkins discussed whether there should be some handicap system? “Maybe weights around the youngsters ankles?” suggested Parky, “Or a point for every year younger these whipper-snappers are?” I proposed (this would would mean I’d start 2 and a half games up and so would only lose 2-3; Parky would have started 5 games up!).

Loss 0-3

Andrew at 3 was up against Lee Chambers, Andrew played pretty well. Lost the first two took the third and was nip and tuck in the fourth . Shots as always technically good and signs of improved bouncebackability.

Loss 1-3

Paul Treon, at 4, was on same time against Andy Morris. I was finished so quick I marked this match. Paul played pretty well; lost the first two took the third and fourth. It was nip and tuck in the fifth. Shots, as always, technically good but a few too many mistakes.

Loss 2-3

Dave Craig at 5 was up against Dave Fallis, only saw bits and Dave not quite at best and did not get going. Early days and more training to come

Loss 0-3

Last up was Craig Valente Wallace at 1. Craig was the success last week with a battling 2-3 loss against Newlands 1 and hopes were high.

The first two games were tight but his opponent Mark Ford nicked them. The fightback started and Craig took the next comfortably. I helpfully informed him to keep on playing how he had played in the third. I could not see him losing ….. Yes, he lost in the 4th. Still good effort

Loss 1-3

Overall loss 4-18

The only success i had this week was advising Kieran O’Neil in-between games! I helped bring the ship home for Newlands 13th team!! 🙂

Food was an excellent veggie pizza and chips (and an Erdie)

 

A- Hey, a–hey-hey

Love like yours will surely come our way

 

 

(© Iain Beveridge – thanks for all your great reports Iain – RIP)

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Final Qualifying at the 2017 Qatar Classic $165K Tournament

Clyne v Lobban – It’s Goin Down! 3rd November 2017 @ Hamilton Squash Club Exhibition Match

It’s Goin Down!

3rd November 2017 @ Hamilton Squash Club

Clyne v Lobban

Last 20 remaining tickets now on general sale to all West League Clubs – Please contact Hamilton squash club through Facebook (tickets are £10 each)

SCOTPRO SQUASH CHALLENGE SERIES – HAMILTON ICE RINK SQUASH CLUB

Battle of the Sexes!

Georgia Adderley

(Scottish No.2 & Scottish Senior Champion at only 16 years of age. She also captained Scotland’s Under 16 Football team before deciding to become a Squash Pro earlier this year. She was Scottish Young Sportswoman of 2016)

v

Kenny Boyle

(Hamilton Squash Club number 1)

 

The Main Event

Alan Clyne

(Scottish number 1 & PSA World number 25)

v

Greg Lobban

(Scottish number 2 PSA World number 39)

 

ScotPro Squash was formed in March 2017 by Mike Hughes to try to promote world class Squash in Scotland. He is currently arranging further Pro challenge matches and hopes in the future to arrange sponsorship for a PSA tournament in Hamilton.
[See https://scotprosquash.com/]

All proceeds from this event will go to funding junior coaching at Hamilton Squash Club

 

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Alan Clyne Beats His Highest Ever PSA Ranking

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2017-18 West Leagues Start Tonight – let the fun begin! Here’s the 1st Division line up

September 27, 2017 Leave a comment