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Match Report 9th February 2022 v Giffnock (away) – West Squash Division 1

February 10, 2022 Leave a comment
M.O.T.M.

Giffnock are 2nd in the Division so this was going to be a tough one tonight and so it proved!

When I arrived I met Stuart Pitt who said we were playing each other tonight as he munched a box of pasta. Obviously carb loading for a tough 5 setter against me as he’s heard about how fit I am (I’m only one vowel away from being ‘fit’!)

Talking of which, the battle of the heavyweights was on first, as Ollie (Millen) took on Mark Coyle at No.5. Mark obviously loves the home courts and Ollie got involved in playing his game a bit too much early on to lose the 1st game. However, when he slowed it down, he had much more success and maybe should have picked up a team point right there. Unfortunately, Ollie narrowly lost the 2nd game 13-15 and the match slipped away after that 3-0 to Mark and a good performance.

I was talking to Garry Blanchflower and Kenny ‘penalty point against ‘ Hardy in-between games and as the insults were flying and they told me I was rubbish, I told them both, “I used to be Jason Broadberry you know!”

I went on next and Stuart had obviously changed his mind about playing me, as I was now up against Ben Mazzucco at No.2. I remembered that he liked to boast (a lot), so I thought, ‘be ready for that!’ Unfortunately, I didn’t reckon on how well he did it, as well as the great drops (and many other shots). The bottom line is that he was far too good last night and won 3-0. I think I’d have to play him a few more times just to work out what the hell was going on! Mind you he’s not lost many in the league this year, so what can you do!

Next up was Chris (Murphy) v James Singh – a lot of tough matches for Chris this season against guys that are playing full time. However, Chris is so difficult to read on court and he can always create problems in every match. This time it was game 2, when at around 8-7 you could see that Chris could sense the finish line! Slightly helped by a 50/50 game-ball ‘call’, he walked off court at 1-1 leaving James to argue the call with the ref….. Ollie! (Nae chance!!).

Normal business was resumed after this (although the 3rd was close) and James won the next 2 games to take the match 3-1

At No.3 Cammy (Colquhoun) and Stuart Pitt claimed the court next. Hamish was a bit annoyed about this as he’s turned up especially early (for him) tonight at 7.20pm!!! So he used the time to nip home and get a change of clothes and a towel, which he hadn’t brought with him! (Ollie’s influence is definitely rubbing off on him).

Well Cammy and Stu would obviously be on for about 2 hours anyway, right? Wrong! Tonight was Stuarts’s night and he had a point to prove on his home courts. Cammy tore around the court as usual, but Stu was in control to take all 3 games (3-0). Cammy needs to regain his determination for not letting the opponent dictate too much, but after he conceded that he was ‘happy with the run’, he asked if I’d meet him in the park and throw a frisbee for him to chase sometime!

Hamish (Buchanan) and Neill Morris were on last at No.4 and this was a great ‘age v youth’ contest (Naill is really old!). Hamish upset Nial’s momentum to take the 1st game, but the experience was turned on in the next 2 and so Hamish found himself 2-1 down. However a great determined performance in the 4th and 5th games turned things on it’s head and Hamish played an absolute blinder to win the match 3-2. The whole team, and travelling support, were impressed and we all agreed that this was the best he’d ever played, so we bought him a pint to celebrate (and the fact it was the first time he was ‘legally’ allowed a pint!). Lovely pizza and chips for dinner (posh ones obs as we were at Giffers!) and they even had Erdinger for me! But it was not long, before we were on our way back to Whitecraigs for a game of darts to commiserate our loss (and to be regaled with Ollie’s chat; that only got him in trouble a few times!) ……. Hamish’s team won the darts as well!


Match Report 2nd February 2022 v S.S.R.C. (home) – West Squash Division 1

Who’d have thought trying to get a squash team out in Glasgow when the re-arranged “Old Firm” match was on would be a good idea? So, we were massively stretched this week with six players missing from the 1st and 2nd teams alone!

S.S.R.C. were our opponents tonight and they had a full-strength team out (obviously not a Teddy bear or Celt among them!). First on was Ollie (who was desperate to watch the match) against Joe Ewan at No.3. – Ollie was getting his excuses in early with chat of a side-strain, which was causing definite internal bleeding and scarring!! Then he goes on court and win’s the first game! (no more sympathy!). His opponent, Joe, upped the physical pressure in the 2nd game and stormed it 11-3. Ollie’s side must really have been hurting as he said he would probably have to retire if it didn’t get much better – and unfortunately that’s what happened in the 3rd game – so Joe took the tie 3-1 by retirement.

At the same time as this match was going on, one of our 1st team debutants, Peter (Meulemans) was up against an on-form Jesse Mills at No.4. The match seemed very close 10-12 8-11 in the first two games, but Jesse took them both. Could Peter convert his chances to get a massive 1st team point? Well, a great performance in the 3rd game meant he did exactly that. However, Jesse shut the door in the 4th and won the match 3-1 – great team point though!

Our second debutante took to the court at No.5 as Jenn Saldana (normally a 3rd team stalwart) took on Brian Robertson. No surprises here as Brian was too experienced, but Jenn got better and better as the match went on 4-11 6-11 7-11 (maybe if it were the best of 9 she’d have sneaked the 5th!).

I was both looking forward to… and not looking forward to my match at No.1 v Ali Prott. I suspected that if he decided to play with all guns blazing, I’d probably only get a point or two in total! However, he didn’t do that, but instead ran me around until I sounded like a smoker with emphysema. Great fun and I definitely got one point on my own (an amazing backhand drop!). 3-0 to Ali and I look forward to following his squash career.

Last on was Cammy (Colquhoun) v Dan Wearing at No.2. I though Cammy could chase everything down and maybe sneak a game or two against Dan, however, he wasn’t at his meanest today and Dan played very controlled squash to win 3-0 (although at 9-3 up in the 3rd Dan was relieved to get over the line 12-10!).

So into the ‘Back Bar’ for pasta bake and garlic bread and the second half of the Old Firm match. Much like the squash, the locals didn’t look too happy with the score-line (although I think our fight was better!)


Match Report 8th December 2021 v Strathgryffe (home) – West Squash Division 1

Last match of the first half and Strathgryffe came calling.

I got the early start this week and the flashing squash racket of Ross ‘Red’ Lorry awaited me. It was all out attack from point one and I had to implement “anti-serve return status” immediately, after Ross dispatched the first few into the nic! This was destined to be a quick match, with short rallies and so it proved – I think I was fortunate that Ross went for so much, as he also made a few mistakes and I managed to keep the lead in the individual games to win 3-0

Next on at No. 1 was Chris (Murphy) v Dave ‘Laminator’ McCormick – at first sight this looked a bit of a mismatch, but Chris was slow to get going and Dave played really well, so a tight 11-8 to Chris was followed by an even tighter 10-12 to Dave. However, after that Chris moved up a gear (from 1st to 2nd! 😊 ) and finished the match off 3-1. Really good point for Dave though.

Ollie (Millen) pulled rank on Hamish and stole the court next, to play Craig Wright at No.5. This was another good match up and although Ollie won the first 2 games they were both close. Craig got the vital lead in the 3rd with some great determined play and good volleying and snuck home, but Ollie took control of the 4th to bring home the match 3-1 on fitness! (no really!)

Hamish (Buchannan) finally got the court to play Scott Adams at No.4 next and at 23-23 in the 1st, he didn’t want to let it go! What a 1st game this was! Both players were feral in their desire to hammer the ball and win the game, but Scott just held on to win 25-23. Hamish changed his game to be in control to win the 2nd and Scott did much the same in the 3rd. Unfortunately for us it looked like Hamish didn’t believe he could win the last one and so lost 3-1. Entertaining match to watch however & M.O.T.M. to Scott!

Last up was Cammy (Colquhoun) v James Dare at No.3. Cammy looked in charge of this match and James looked a bit tentative going forward. However, when James was on the ball, he had Cammy doing quite a few court sprints (but then Cammy loves doing court sprints, so he was happy to chase and chase!!). In the end a reasonably convincing win for Cammy 3-0, but I could see a that he was disappointed that the match didn’t go on for an hour!

So up to the bar to find the rest of the team (doing not very much) and after a coldish shower we had chili & rice for dinner with a large triangular crisp thing which was excellent. So a 16-5 win and around a mid-table finish to the 1st half.

Happy Christmas and Hogmanay when it comes and looking forward to seeing the 2nd half (and the other half!).


Match Report 1sh Dec. 2021 Whitecraigs LT&SC away v Western (Div 1. West of Scotland Squash)

Vapor

An away match last night and Western are like a box of chocolates….. you never know what you’re going to get!

Martin Woods was there to greet us and he was playing No.4 tonight (yeah I know!), so he went on first v Ollie (Millen) and I went on at the same time at No.1 this week (no Chris) v Robert Adam. I’m not sure what happened in Ollies game except to say he got dispatched 3-0. He seemed to be playing better by the 3rd game, but no points this week. 0-3 down.

On the other court Robert and I were having a right old ding-dong. We’d largely decided to mark it ourselves as both of us agreed to disagree with a few of the decisions on offer. This made for a very pleasant game. Robert seemed in control in the 1st & 3rd games, and I nicked the 2nd & 4th on tie breaks to take it to a 5th (when I got out of the court after the 4th their No.3 (Ben) was waiting to go on assuming I’d lost! Bloody Cheek! 😊 ). However the last game was a step too far for me, so Robert won 3-2.

When I got back to the other court – gently fuming! – Cammy (Colquhoun) was 0-2 down against Scott Hay at No.2. I hadn’t seen the game, so I just told him what I would do against Scott and hoped for the best; bish-bosh he won the next two games, although with the scowl on his face that made him look like he lost them both! So between games, I told him to “bloody cheer up, as the match is yours to win……… and if you don’t win I’m taking your new Harrow Vapor away!” Another epic battle ensued, and Cammy still has his Vapor! (and the match cheered me up as well!)

I went for a shower and so missed the start of Hamish (Buchanan) v Ben Ramasubbu at No.3, but Hamish was 2-1 up and playing great when I returned. However, the very stylish Ben R used all his experience with 12-10 thrillers in both the 4th & 5th games to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat! Tough to take from Hamish, but I’m not sure he did much wrong, Ben just tied both his shoelaces at just the right times (for about a minute each time!) to give himself enough breath to sneak it! 3-2 win for Ben.

Last on at No.5 was our debutant Dave Simpson against veteran Kieran Pole. Nerves were a factor early on as Kieran took a 2-0 lead, but Dave was motoring by the end of the match and could easily have sneaked the 3rd game. If he had, he may well have ‘done a Cammy comeback’ – however Kieran just had enough to stop Dave using his hard-working game to gain that crucial foothold. 3-0 to Kieran.

So, Chinese takeaway for dinner and spicy noodles for me as the rest of the lads tucked into a about 20 other containers & bags. A strange seating arrangement at Western meant we all split up with our individual mountains of food, but we all thoroughly enjoyed the scran (and no one told me the result for the Merseyside derby so I was looking forward to seeing the footie when I got back. Although obviously not before a trip back to Whitecraigs for an Erdinger and Ollie regaling the car with all sorts of hilarious X-rated stories!)

So a 17-7 loss tonight, but a good hard match with three 3-2 results.


Match Report 24th November v The Rugby Club

November 25, 2021 Leave a comment

The Rugby Club came calling last night and they brought a solid team.

First on tonight was Ollie (Millen) v Allan McKay at No.4 and I didn’t see too much of this one, but Allan seemed to be in good control. It was a 3-1 victory for him, but Ollie did get a game and he’s looking much more solid every week. Of course we had to hear about how he should have won and would have won and will win next time, but it’s all on the day!

Next on was Hamish (Buchannan) v Dougie Emery at No.5. I thought Dougie may be too steady for Hamish tonight and ultimately I was right, but (after the 1st game) it was a really good fighting performance from Hamish. He got into a good rhythm and used his speed against Dougie to create a lot of problems. He also fought really hard to get 2 games, but ultimately Dougie brought home a close final game to secure the 3-2 win with the right shots at the right time.

I went on next against Adam Hunter at No.2 and I haven’t seen a squash ball walloped this fast in quite some time (on Adam’s forehand……… note to self: ‘don’t put it there much!’). On top of that, he was really quick! From outside the court he probably looked even quicker against someone like me! However, he didn’t like it when I slowed it down and so guess what?!?? Well, no one was more shocked than me, when I won the 1st game, and in truth the match appeared to be close for the next 3 games, but unfortunately Adam won them all. I think it was a fair result and I played OK, but would have been interesting if just one of those two crucial drop-shots of mine went up at the end of the 3rd and 4th games!!! Ho-hum!

The No.1s were on next as Chris (Murphy) took on Andrew Glen. These guys have known each other for ages and have played many times, which was good news for Andrew, as he has seen some of Chris’s ‘unusual’ shots and was prepared for them. That said, Chris did win the 1st game with some great thought-out shots, just at the right time (especially the strange reverse angle he played to get a game ball!). However in truth, Andrew was so quick and well drilled that it would have been some performance to win this one against him. As Andrew grew in confidence, he got his own trick-shots out with, for example, a great top-spin return of serve! Chris was particularly annoyed at this as he said he’s taught him that one! 3-1 to Andrew (I’m looking forward to seeing Andrew’s squash career progress and hopefully a very bright future).

Last on was Cammy (Colquhoun) v Andrew McBean. I didn’t see much of this, but it appears that Andrews was well on top and Cammy wasn’t able to get the length and width required to step up to a slightly higher level. Still a good learning curve for him and if he takes away the lessons learned it will stand him in good stead and improve his game.

No gourmet burgers tonight, but we were in for a treat with a choice of Lasagna for the carnies and Mac & Cheese on offer as well. Ollie’s plate was so full you couldn’t see the top of the plate at all, and Chris’s second portion was so impressive I had to take a snap! 😊

No one went home hungry tonight – and with three teams at home and two university visiting teams it was a great atmosphere. Another Uni lad told me I coached him when he was much younger (Andrew Turnbull) I didn’t immediately recognize him as he didn’t have that beard when I knew him!   


Match Report 17th Nov. 2021 Whitecraigs LT&SC home v Giffnock (Div 1. West of Scotland Squash)

November 18, 2021 Leave a comment
where does he get his energy?

Well there were no fireworks tonight and the result was just as you thought it might be against a Giffnock team on top of the West Squash Division 1 table, but none the less it was a great night out.

First on at No.1s was Chris (Murphy) v James Singh. This was a bit of a rammy and the first blow was traded by James with a racket in Chris’s face and this was closely followed by lots of bumping and barging. Chris returned the favour, with ball driven into James’s leg (a tad unnecessary) in the 3rd game. Overall, I’d say Chris managed to shake things up well, because I expected to see an exhibition of straight drives, volleys and control from James, but this was not to be. Despite this James won 3-0, but Chris has to be commended for forcing his game plan on the match and making the 1st and 3rd games really tight.

Next on I marked Hamish (Buchannan) v Ben Mazzucco. Ollie (Millen) had missed this court as he was faffing about looking for the less essential parts of any players equipment like ………. a racket, kit, and shoes! However, he managed to find his racket (in the bar obviously) and discovered his unwashed kit from last week – or by the stench, maybe the week before that! (both teams thought Ollie had left a ripe stilton in one of the pockets and were less than impressed by the lack of Febreze!)

Back on court with Hamish and Ben, it was great to see my old team-mate (Ben Mazz) tonight and his undeniable attacking style helped him throughout the match. Giffnock’s Stuart Pitt said to me “Did you teach him to play a boast every other shot when you were both at David Lloyd’s?” and he had a point (as I remembered sessions Ben and I had on the backhand boast). Ben won the match, by attacking with the boast (among many great shots) so it was a lesson well remembered! 3-1 to Ben.  

By the time I made it onto the next court to see Ollie’s game, he was 2-0 down against Niall Morris at No.5. However, when I watched the 3rd game, Ollie was really getting involved in every rally. I thought maybe Niall was trying to get away from Ollie’s fermenting kit, but actually Ollie was sticking in the rallies well (although he was hitting cross-court far too much). Niall “what’s a drop shot” Morris was moving the ball around really well himself and there were some great (and long) rallies where you just didn’t know if Niall was going to slot in another good length, or if he was merely going to hit one to the back!! 😊  

Ollie played well to pinch the 3rd game, but he seemed far too happy with himself at this point, so Niall finished things off a bit too easily in the 4th for my liking. But a good team point from Ollie 1-3.

Next on was Cammy (Colquhoun) v Stuart Pitt at No.3. Although it was really Cammy Pitt v Stu Colquhoun as both players’ styles, were a mirror of each other! This definitely had 3-2 written all over it!! So after the first game and a half I thought, I’ll play my match and come back to watch the 5th!

I was up against an old advisory in Owen ‘Haddaway’ Hadden and although he’s been better than me in the last 15 or so years, there was a time that I could beat him! And tonight was reminder of those days, as I wrestled a tight 3rd game off him and was close in the 4th, but ultimately Haddaway remembered “What is squash? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more!” – 3-1 to Owen (it always hurts!).

Straight back to the 3-2 match next door and what do you know, it was the 5th game and match ball! Niall was regretting taking the markers chair as his muscles were in atrophy, and apparently Cammy had a big chance at 9-8 up in this game, but could only find the floor with his drop! So a good 2 points to the cause and time to hit the back-bar for burgers and chips.

Someone had put an old Man City game on the telly (the Agueroooooooooooooooo! one) which was played in 2012 ….. during the day …….. and James asked if it was on live! Stick to squash big-yin! Just then there was large ‘clang’ on the floor as Ollie dropped the biggest name he could with his ‘pint with Neil Lennon’ story. Everyone was gripped as they’d never heard it before, well not in the past 20 mins anyway! Match result was 18-5 but it was against the Division leaders so could have been worse.


Match Report 10th Nov. 2021 Whitecraigs LT&SC away v S.S.R.C. (Div 1. West of Scotland Squash)

November 11, 2021 Leave a comment

Scotland & England were both out of the 20/20 Cricket World Cup (England having lost an hour or so before we headed north of COP26 to take on SSRC tonight.

Have you ever actually played a match in the correct ‘Manfred Man’ order i.e. No.5, 4, 3, 2, 1? Me either, but that’s what happened tonight, at a packed Maryhill club, with other matches including our 5th team, making it a great atmosphere.

Ready, steady, go! On at No.5 was the Mighty Millen – or Ollie as he’s better-known v Jesse Mills. Normally I’d say that Jesse is quite capable of beating himself, but something had changed! Ollie battled well and even had his chances to get involved in a tough battle, to see where that took him. However, tonight Jesse was all over the court and kept Ollie quiet with his great retrieving and decent length. Ollie wasn’t able to keep the ball’s width tight enough and Jesse countered with a good short game to punish anything loose. Watch out ‘West Squash’, ‘he looks good, he looks fine’ (well his squash does!). 3-1 win to Jesse.

Next on was Hamish (Buchanan) against Brian ‘Robbo’ Robertson. Brian was impressive against Hamish and his dying length to both back corners was excellent. Hamish displayed his normal frequent tins, but I thought he could have kept Brian on court longer and examined his fitness much more, especially as Robbo was giving him about 40-odd years! Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be and Brian ran away with a 3-0 win (I wonder how good I’ll be when I’m as old as Brian? Well I’ve got 20 or so years to find out!!?!?!?!).

The No.3s were on next, as Cammy (Colquhoun) took on Joe Ewan. Joe won the 1st game easily (11-1 or so) and so I went to warm up for my match against Dan Wearing thinking this would be a very short match!

I was chatting to several people, during my warmup and someone asked:

‘How do you think you’ll do against Dan tonight?,’ but before I could answer, SSRC’s Scotty Mowat said:

‘You’ll get pumped!’ I had to concede that he was probably right. However, having thought about it much more, I realise that coming from Scott, it was probably more the old adage that ‘Even a stopped clock is right twice a day!’

When I came back to Cammy’s match, he was playing with a new racket and was 2-1 up! Where did he come from, where did Joe go? I’m not sure the new Harrow Vapor can take the credit, but Cammy was a different player. He’d pinned Joe to the back and stopped him taking control of the ‘T’. Now the attritional war was being won by Cammy and on top of this, his backhand volley drops and hard/quick length were impressive and forcing errors from Joe. 3-1 to Cammy.

Dan and I were on next and the match went much the way both I (and Scotty M) thought it would. Dan was too good from the start, taking the first easily. I did much better in the second game, by taking my ‘between game’ advice from Ollie – and getting the ball behind Dan much more. However, it only delayed the inevitable, as I lost the match 3-0.

Later on, Scotty Mowat told me that I’d get two veggie pies tonight for dinner, but he was wrong, so he must have got something else right earlier on in the day to confirm the ‘Stopped Clock’ saying – which seems very unlikely! (or maybe Scott works off a clock that doesn’t have an a.m. because he’s ‘anti 24 hours’ or something equally bizarre, knowing Scotty!).

Last on were the No.1s as Chris (Murphy) took on Ali Prott, who must be pushing the top 5 in Scotland – this would be some workout for Chris! Unfortunately, Ali was all over this match and even when Chris did get on the ‘T’ another well honed shot came back at him, putting him immediately under pressure again. There was a point in the second game where there was a glimmer of hope at 6-5, but Ali soon shut that door and went on to win the match 3-0.

Mushroom pie, beans & chips for dinner (Scotch pie for the ‘normals’) and cake to finish. With quite a few tins of Tennent’s in him, Ollie was on good form, but when I told him earlier to get the ‘T’ as much as possible tonight, it wasn’t exactly what I meant!


Match Report 3rd Nov. 2021 Whitecraigs LT&SC home v Scoutstoun (Div 1. West of Scotland Squash)

This week’s story starts on Monday, when one of the team had to take a PCR test, so we didn’t know the line up until Tuesday. But all turned out positively (or negative to be more precise) and we were at full strength to welcome Scotstoun to the club.

This is the first time I’ve ever played against a Scotstoun team, so it was good to see that there was an ex-DLWEer (David Lloyd West End) playing for them in the guise of Finlay McGhee (and an ex-Strathgryffer at No.1 as well).

First on, for the early start, was Chris (Murphy) at No.1 v John Meehan – I sat down to mark this one and was looking forward to watching Chris play, but when an opportunity to nick another court arrived, I jumped at it (mainly because there were three teams at home, so it could’ve been a very long night!).

Anyway, do you know when you see an ex-junior who used to play in your squash YoungSTARS Tournaments in the past and they’re now grown up, but although you know that you recognise them ……. you don’t know why? Well, for me, the clue was that my opponent had ‘Niven’ written on his shirt and so I thought, the name ‘David Niven’ rings a bell? Na that’s the old actor bloke ………. was it ‘Pat Niven’, no that’s the winger for Scotland in the 80’s? It was actually the one and  only Sandy Niven (!) and I went onto the glass back against him. At 8-1 down in the 1st game, I thought those YoungSTARS tournaments have really paid off! I also thought, this is going to be short match as Sandy’s serves put me into all sorts of problems ……. every time – and also he was hitting a great length. However, I started to get into better ‘T’ positions and Sandy obliged me with a few tins at just the right times. I thought I played quite well by the end of the match and felt much more in control (3-1 win).

I saw Chris in-between my games and he was 2-1 down and plotting how to sneak another game. However, I think it was a great effort to get 1 point off an on-form John Meehan, so well played Chris and a good team point under the circumstances.

Next on was Hamish (Buchannan) at No.4 against James Crowhurst. Hamish stormed to a 2-0 lead – although not convincingly, so maybe stumbled would be a better verb! Therefore, I was not massively surprised to see James get back into the match, to level things up at 2-2 (aided by Hamish tinning the odd ball or 8!). James was a tricky player to break down, as he was very fit and you had to beat him several times to get a point. Hamish was also playing his opponent’s game too much and then snatching at the half-chances into the tin. Chris M went to speak to Hamish in-between the 4th and 5th and obviously made an impact as Hamish got out of the situation he’d created and won the 5th convincingly-ish (3-2 win).

Ollie (Millen) took to the stage next against Anastasios Markopoulos (thankfully ‘Taco’ for short!) at No.5. A club member had asked what time the team were playing tonight and when I saw him there, he said he was only really there to see Ollie get chopped and break a racket! Unfortunately for Bruce (!) Ollie looked in charge for the most part and although Taco had a great volley and half-volley, Ollie didn’t let him settle and he won the match 3-0.

So last on was Cammy (Colquhoun) against Finlay McGhee at No.3 – ‘David v Goliath’ as far as height was concerned. It was great to see Finlay again, since our time at David Lloyd West End and it was also good to see the pocket-rocket playing as well as ever. In the 1st game, Cammy clinched victory from the jaws of defeat (from 2-8 down to sneak it 12-10), before Fin levelled up a close 2nd. The 3rd saw Cammy gain the momentum (11-3) and he never looked back, taking both games to win 3-1.

Not many fireworks tonight, but a good 4-1 team win, so we retired to the Back-bar for the now traditional gourmet burgers & chips – they were as good as ever and as there were not many veggies, I got extras – whilst watching Liverpool win the footie! Loving the post Covid Wednesdays – a bit strange, but great to be back!


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Match Report 27th Oct 2021 Whitecraigs LT&SC home v Newlands (Div 1. West of Scotland Squash)

October 28, 2021 1 comment

So, after two great results in the last two matches, we were up against the might of Newlands & Carlisle 1st team! Similarly, I felt for Preston North End up against the Mighty Liverpool in tonight’s footie; giant killing was always going to be a massive 3 pointer.

I arranged to play early against Fraser McCann – and he was ready to show me what life at No.2 was really like. First game ………. ‘chopped’. Second game – I slowed it down and confused Fraser for a few points, but ultimately it was ‘close, but no cigar’. However, I was amazing in the 3rd game and the 4th and the 5th …..… well I would have been if I hadn’t been chopped in the 3rd! (3-0 Fraser).

Next up was Chris (Murphy) at No.1 v Matt Bedwell. I didn’t see this, but I like to imagine that when Chris was fresh (i.e. in some of the first game) he was amazing and moved the ball like a young Jahangir Jase! Then when Matt wore him down, he moved the ball like a much, much older Jason. Then, by the end, he got tanked like a really old Jason ….. without his Argonauts! (3-1 to Matt!)

In the meantime, I was marking Hamish (Buchanan) v Vicky Bell on Court 1. Well earlier in the day, I though ‘Vicky will win this 3-0’, easily! However, Hamish went 1-0 up and then amazingly, 2-0 up! I would have to accept that although Hamish played well, Vicky was making 1 or 2 (or 10) uncharacteristic mistakes per game! However, during games 3, 4 & 5 there was some turnaround and normal service was resumed. Vicky went from ‘Tin-Tin’ to ‘Wonder Woman’, as she slotted the ball into every corner, to completely change the momentum. Hamish couldn’t get himself into a position to affect the result often enough and Vicky brought the match home 3-2.  

The last two matches, on at the same time, were Cammy (Colquhoun) v Mark Ford and Ollie Millen v Dave Fallis. I saw some of each match and it would be safe to say that either match could have been 3-0 to Newlands. However, Ollie fought really hard to strangle a game from Dave with some good match play in the 2nd – and Mark fought just as hard to deny Cammy his game. Cammy was unlucky not to pinch a game as he had Mark puffing at various points, but Mark was experienced enough to always stay ahead as to ensure a 3-0 win.

Burgers & chips for dinner tonight and my ‘double decker’ veggie burger was top scran! I asked for mayo with my chips and was told the closest they could get to mayo was brown sauce! Fortunately the closest they had to a pint of Erdinger was actually Erdinger (and they found the mayo!).

After most had left, there were just four of us to chat an uninterrupted flow of squash. We covered all sorts, like Shabana v Rammy – classy shots v amazingness – so who’s best? Gaultier – we all love you, but why are you so Gaultier? How to coach a backhand volley drop! Daryl Selby has a better technique than Peter Barker, so why didn’t he beat him more often? James Wilstrop has a better technique than Nick Matthew, so why didn’t he beat him more often? Being a pro squash player….. discuss! Asal – love him despite himself – or dislike him because of the way he behaves?!? It must have sounded like a foreign language to the bar staff!

You gotta love a Wednesday squash night out!! (and Liverpool won!).

So when I thought about playing Newlands earlier in the day, I thought, a giant killing or not, a ‘3 pointer’ would be a half decent result – but we got 4 points tonight ……… tough at the time, but I’ll – take that ……. and party! (Score 4-18)