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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!

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Next Weekend the YoungSTARS are @ Whitecraigs LT&SC (25th November) – so why not come along and join the fun :-)

November 17, 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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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Western 1 (away) 1st Nov. 2017

D1B39DA0-4E82-4153-8D79-EBC16F13039C Western 1 away and a tough match against a strong side this season.

Andrew Glen went on first at No.4 and played Richard King. Andrew had been away the British Junior Championships (B.J.C.) over the weekend and had 6 grueling matches, so he was probably a bit jaded going into this match. However, he played well and was up against a very experienced opponent in Richard. Andrew got the 2nd game with some much straighter length, but after that Richard took control and showed all his experience to win 3-1 (Andrew did great at the B.J.C. in Manchester, by the way, and finished well above his seeding – click here to see his results).

The match of the night was on next as Paul Treon took on Ben Ramasubbu. Paul has been away for two weeks and has got a new baby, so training hasn’t been right at the top of his priorities recently, which is probably why he went 2-0 down! Still he was just getting his eye in, as it transpires, because he came to life in the 3rd and 4th with some great squash. And so to the 5th! This was also a tight one, but Ben had just enough left to sneak the match. Quote of the night from Michael Jackson (shamone!) when he arrived to watch his previous team mates and shouted, “Come on Nornern Ireland” to his 2 fellow countrymen! Also M.O.T.M. to both men for the entertainment, in the 5-game roller-coaster ride!

I was on and off quicker than you could say Jack Robinson (whatever that phrase means!). Anyway, the phrase was about right for this match and afterwards Finlay said, about my opponent Steve Halliday, “I’ve never seen anyone hit as many nics in one match before!” (I’m not sure if I should be consoled by that or not!). Having said that Steve is playing particularly well at the moment and he’s even played at No.1 for the team, for one of the games this season.

I went for a shower and missed the start of the No.1s, as Craig VW played Peter Halliday. By the time I started watching, the game was full of collisions, contended refereeing decisions and on court discussions. It was difficult to be sure which way to call any decision as one third of the crowd thought one thing, one third thought something else and the rest thought they should just get on with it (I thought they may have to settle it by “2 falls or a submission!” 😊 ). Having said that it was a physically hard battle and Craig managed to win the match 3-2 (the discussions continued off court!). Quite apt that this match was between Halloween and the fireworks!

Last on was Finlay McGhee v Liam Dickson. A real tough one for Finlay as Liam is very good and would play much higher up many teams. However, it was a pleasure to mark as both men hardly asked for anything. Liam was just too good tonight and won 3-0

And so to the bar! Finlay managed to eat his own weight in pasta after the match and it was Minestrone for the two Veggies. As the chat returned to the No.1s match! Time for a sharp exit!

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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Strathgryffe (home) 25th Oct. 2017

6FB3FA77-8326-4112-9AA3-573B60AFC983Flooded courts at DLWE meant that we had to move one of our club’s home games to an away fixture. Fortunately Strathclyde Uni were able to accommodate our 2nd team, so the 1st team kicked off early against Strathgryffe 1.

First on were the No.5’s – with Joe McDonald being drafted into the the 1st team to face Chris ‘The Pirate’ Patrick. Chris was busy telling us all his sea shanties about his bad back, his bad ankle and his bad hairdo (!) etc! – however he was as sharp as ever with his trademark volleying and his telescopic reach. Having said that he also showed his trademark ability to switch off at any time and lose multiple points in a row. Fortunately for him he was well in control of this match as Joe looked a little out of sorts. So a 3-0 win for The Pirate. Arrrrrrrrgh!

That match finished about 6.30pm – I went on next about 7.20pm! Mind you I made up lost time very quickly by putting in a terrible performance against John Meehan. 3-0 again and I’m beginning to get vertigo, as No.2 is a bit too high for me! (the sooner Andrew beat’s me the better!). John was clinical though and played well.

Next up was David Craig (nic-named ‘the big hansom’ by a former captain) for us against James ‘Saint-Tropez Tan’ Dare in the battle for “No.4’s most striking!” This was an excellent match and we soon secured the first DLWE team point of the night (about time too!). However James really got into his stride after that and took the next 2 reasonably easily. Big Davie put in a massive push in the 4th and it looked like James was tiring at 6-9 down; a 5th game decider surely beckoned? But from nowhere James won the next 5 points on the trot, to take the match and the most striking player! 🙂

Andrew Glen was on next and was promoted to No.3 this week and was up against Ruadhri McDougall. Both lads (and John Meehan) are off to the 2017 British Junior Championships from Thursday in Manchester, so good luck to them. However back to the mighty West Leagues and it was good to see the youngsters battling it out. At the end of the day Ruadhri had just a little too much composure for Andrew and despite all the games being very close it was just a few mistakes, at the wrong time, which proved to be the difference between them.

Last on were the No.1s as Craig Valente-Wallace took on our previous No.2 team mate, Jason Lang. I personally blame Jason for my elevated position this season and all the losses……and my lack of fitness…..and well everything else as well!! Seriously though, it’s good to see Jase competing at No.1 and this clash was particularly interesting as both ex-team mates had a point to prove (also good to see both using the Harrow Vapor Racket! 🙂 ).

This was a match of 2 halves (well, technically five fifths, but you’ll get the picture soon enough!). Jason dominated the first 2 games (7 & 7), but did a fair amount of work to get them. Craig got the 3rd easily, then it all got interesting. There were some massive rallies in the 4th and Craig managed to get Jase on the end of quite a few of them. Both men were beginning to look like a burst-baw, but at 7-7 it was the actual baw that burst, giving the players a quick breather. After the new knock-up, Craig kept the pressure on and, 45/50 mins into the match, the 4th game was won. And so to the 5th!

Craig’s fitness shone through in the 5th as he secured the winning point 11-6, but what a fight both men put up; it was a great match to watch. M.O.T.M. to both guys I’d say – click here to see the last point. 

Good luck to all the juniors going to the 2017 British Junior Champs in Manchester – look forward to hearing about the weekend’s results.

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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Whitecraigs Rugby Club (away) 12th Oct. 2017

63298245-EC5C-4BC8-93C6-297AEB93FBB3I travelled the mile-and-a-half to Whitecraigs Rugby Club to play the early match against Garry McKay (you know Garry, from Inverness). And with an 6.30pm start and a veggie meal already secured, it was going to be a good night!

Now, I remember Garry playing for Broomhill about 10 years ago and he was pretty good then and guess what he’s pretty good now as well. Well, far to good for me at any rate and handed me a choppin’ at No.2. Didn’t even give me a run!

The normal weekly scenario happened next, when none of the available players match up, so we have to play ‘squash puggy’ and wait for a couple of Bells. End ing this game was Andrew Glen and he was on next at No.5 against Allan McKay (you know Allan who hails from Inverness!). Andrew is on a roll at the moment, with 2 West League wins out of 2. Tonight, he once again played a really solid game and even in the tight moments managed to hold his nerve (helped somewhat by a few mistakes by Allan it has to be said). Three more points to the total and Andrew’s 100% record is still intact.

Next on at No.3 was Finlay McGhee for DLWE against Dougie Emery. D0A16568-3C5F-4B8D-92B7-C4103E43D900This was always going to be a tough one with Dougie on his home ‘Banbury-style’ courts (no not the Inverness courts). Could Fin get on the volley quickly enough? The result was 3-0 to Dougie, so the answer was ‘no, he couldn’t’ – however as I say, it was a big ask, against a very good opponent and on the different style courts.

Next on were the No.1 with Craig Valente-Wallace for us, against Andy MacBean (fae Inverness!). This was the match of the night with Andy going 2-0 up and Craig, going from defence to attack, evening things up at 2-2. And so to the 5th! Both men were pretty tired now, but Craig got what looked like a winning lead, with a brilliant backhand volley at 8-6; he was going to be difficult to catch from there. At match ball Andy was given a ‘let’ and then he magnanimously refused to take it on reflection.  So another M.O.T.M. performance from Craig this week – it’s great watching him play like that.

So 2-2 in the match (just like a Wednesday West League should be) and last up were the No.4s with Paul Treon for DLWE and Scott Hay for the Rugby club. This was a good match especially early on when Paul was fresh! Paul was hitting some tremendous winning shots, followed by the odd tin (or 3), followed by another cracker of a shot. On the other hand Scott was getting everything back and really piling on the pressure. The 1st game was very close and the 2nd game was close-ish, but as the match proceeded Paul made more mistakes and Scott looked like he had plenty left in the tank. So a 3-0 win to a very fit looking Scott (who has been to Inverness on his holidays).

Close, but no cigar! A 3-2 loss and just the 6 points in the bag. Still a pint and a veggie curry later and it didn’t seem as bad. There was a sighting of Ewan ‘Nessie’ Hearns at the club as he joined the team meal and he’ll strengthen the WRC line up when he returns.

A week off next week and then onward to Christmas! (10 weeks to go! I know!)

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Optical Express D.L.W.E. v Giffnock 1 (home) 4th Oct. 2017

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DLWE Musketeers Paulthos, Fintagnan & Swing-amis

Well Giffnock 1 are always a tough proposition and as I’d moved to No.2 at the moment I thought ‘at least I wouldn’t have to get tonked by Owen Hadden….. again!’ However he’s also up to No.2 so nae luck there either!

First home match of the season and when I arrived early I found Ken McBrearty knocking up (for Newlands 3), so I joined him for a tune up. The hit soon deteriorated into squash-teckers with each of us trying to play a more ridiculous shot! (It was a draw! Topspin-forehand-volley-nic versus lob-boast-roller!).

Owen soon arrived to break up these shenanigans and although I started well in our match the inevitable soon kicked in and Owen was well in control. The gulf was so big that we ended up playing a sub-conscious training game, by pumping everything to the back (but he won this as well!).

Next on was ‘Andrew (100% record) Glen’ at No.5 against Calum Stout. I was only half watching this and every time I glanced at a rally, I saw it Calum winning in the main, but all the rallies were hard and Andrew was definitely playing well. When I saw Andrew later I said “Unlucky” to which he replied, “What do you mean I won!” (maybe MOTM again this week for Andrew? Still with his 100%-win record!).

Paul Treon was on next v Matt Stout and Paul lost a very one sided 1st game, but played much better after that and although it was 3-0, the last 2 games were much tighter and he made his opponent work for it.

On next were the No.1s with Craig Valente-Wallace v Stu George. Craig wanted to borrow my Harrow Vapor racket, so what could I say! But I’m glad I did; what a game this was and an unbelievably gutsy performance from Craig. Stu took the 1st reasonably comfortably, but Craig countered with a much more attacking game and some unbelievable physicality; he was throwing himself around the court like a man possessed. The 2nd was tight, but Stu edged it – and the 3rd was another ding-dong, but Craig won that one (great team point!). The 4th was more convincing for Stu, as Craig was like the proverbial burst-baw! (having said that he still chased everything he could). I could easily give MOTM to Craig for that performance, fantastic to watch.

Last on was Finlay McGhee and after last week’s heroics, he was really up against it this week v Chris Murphy. Unfortunately there was just too much of a gulf between the two players, but it didn’t stop Fin playing really well, especially in the 2nd game. However Chris was in control of the match and won 3-0.

So a loss of 4-16, but realistically quite a good performance against one of the Division’s top teams.

Both chicken & veggie pasta for dinner and it was hot, great and there was plenty of it! Result!

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