The East of Scotland Closed Champs 2014 are coming up!
Entry forms are available on the East of Scotland Website and some copies are at the club! Hurry though, Entry closes 2nd November!
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The Third squash team were away to Heriot-Watt for a Friday night fixture in week one – two days longer to practice was the optimistic view!
Up first was Heather Spens at number 3 and at the same time, Captain Neil Porter on the glass front-and-back show court for the first time since his uni days! Heather played her usual controlled game outsmarting and out-thinking her student opponent. Despite his occasional dose of power she ran out 3-1 winner find more info. Meanwhile, Neil struggled to get going until the third game against a talented young player originating for the Central Junior squads and too many tinned shots from promising positions saw a quick 3-0 loss.
The three Andy’s look to be a regular fixture in this team and with Lapish getting his eye in for the fourths on Wednesday, he was keen to repeat after being a late call up for the flu ridden John Usher. He lived up to his good showing this week with a 3-1 win to match his Wednesday scoreline. Andy Langlands found the show court a bit tricky to get used to and went down 3-1, while it was up to Andy Shanks to steal the show, and the bonus points, with a commanding 3-0 win at number 2.
A promising start with some good, and some indifferent performances, there will no doubt be a lot of challenging for places in this team with Andy Shanks pressing Neil and Andy Lapish pushing his namesake!
Tuesday night saw the fourth team in action against Watsonians away find this. They narrowly got beaten 3 ties to 2 with new member Andy Lapish showing his strength at number 1, a 3-1 victor and Martin Robertson chipping in with a hard fought 3-2 at number 5. John Allan struggled to get into the game at 4 taking only a solitary point, while Gary Loake managed a game at 3. At 2, Iain Clark had a bit too much for Neil Kempsell in the first game of the year.
Wednesday it was the turn of Waverley’s courts to have a ball hit in anger this season, with the 2nds running out 3-2 winners against Mamma’s Pizza. A useful 16 points to kick off the campaign, the highlight being an excellent first string match with Tom Facer taking on Neil Macallister and choosing to play “Set 1” at 8-8 in the fifth! Neil stole that point after coming back from 8-4 down to take a high quality game enjoyed by a large crowd of supporters and teammates! Bar that the team consisted of Rich Nettleton at 2 who admitted he had a bad night and would be better next time, Pete Cochrane with a great win at 3, Mike Read looking comfortable at 4 and now in his second year at the club after a long absence, former junior Luigi Pedreschi holding his own at 5 dropping only 5 points in the process!
The 1st team was up next, but with a late call off from one of our team, Pete Cochrane stepped in at 5 after a tough match only an hour or so earlier. Pete fought hard but went down 3-0 to a very talented Heriot Watt newcomer. Chris Ferguson had too much for Michael Ross at number 1, as did David Munro on his return to the squad in prevailing over the talented Taylor Flavell at string 4.
It was up to Scott Tulloch against Martin Ross or Greg Nicolson against Kyle Gribben to try and seal the win, but with both the Heriot-Watt boys training with the national squads, and Greg and Scott just coming off the back of the tennis season and a little out of practice it was always going to be tough! Scott managed to get a game but went down 3-1 and Greg never really got going against Kyle, going down 3-0.
Not a terrible return of points for the team, but not the start they would have wanted! Hopefully back to full strength next week and onwards and upwards!
Monday night saw the return of the East of Scotland squash league season and Monday nights are ladies night!
Our first team, captained once again by the irrepressible Yvonne Ferguson, took on the defending champs, Edinburgh Sports Club 1sts buy cialis online cheap. A tough ask in itself but away from home and it becomes even trickier with Sports Clubs notoriously low ceilings making slowing the game down with a tactical lob or two difficult at best.
There was hope in the form of a weaker pool of ladies from Sports club with two teams in the top division they have decided to split into two pools, and have spread their strength across the teams.
Up first at 5 was a long time absentee on the squash court, Ruth Hunter, and she went down 3-0, but is sure to improve with more court time. At 4 and 3 were Jo Watts and captain Yvonne, who both showed their experience in claiming comfortable 3-0 victories to put Waverley in the driving seat.
Sports club aren’t champs for nothing though and their strength at 1 and 2 was obvious when they beat our top players Heather Spens and Emma Robinson 3-0 to secure the tie 12-6 after bonus points.
Captain Yvonne said she was happy with the first game and looking forward to competing with Sports Club 2nds.
The ladies second team was also in action away to the relegated Abercorn team who would be looking for an immediate return to the top flight! A tough draw for the seconds as well made harder but holidays and injuries to a number of key players. Waverley showed up a lady short but thanks to a couple of the non regulars stepping in at the last minute they at least put a team out! The team of Sue Scotland, Fiona Robertson and Katrina Ferguson had the grateful thanks of captain Lesley Kempsell. As she said, things can only get better as the season progresses.
Saturday 27th September saw the fantastically social staging of the charlie grant tournament at the club. The event attracted another bumper entry in 2014 and a great time was had by all entrants. This years winner was yet another newcomer to the club in Stephen Nussey who just edged out last years winner Gerry Taylor.
There was plenty of food and drink on offer after the events conclusion with many players staying on to enjoy atmosphere in Waverley’s bar. Thanks to Dave Ferguson for organising with fantastic support from Yvonne and thanks also to Vera Grant for presenting the trophy on behalf of her parents.