The Box League Weekly Update!

The games have started flowing folks! The lower boxes have properly gotten into their stride and are starting to get interesting!

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Elisa is making a dramatic entrance to the mixed boxes with a pair of wins over first Bal (3-0) and then Raghbir (3-0), taking her to 1st place and 9 points clear of the rest of the pack! I can see plenty of opportunity though for the rest of that box, and 1st place is by no means guaranteed for the newcomer!

Angela gets herself off to a similar flying start in Box 9 with another win, this time against Alex (3-1), but with points to her opponents for the games she dropped, things are even more up for grabs there. In particular I can’t see Alex being content with 3rd place! It’s gonna get feisty!

The real upset so far is in box 7, where Scott flying high off of his win against Mr Ramsay thought he’d have an easy time of it! It was not to be though, with another newcomer, Garry putting him right in his place with a 3-2 victory! Archie Niven also stakes his claim to position in the box with a win over David Naylor. So far Scott is hanging on to 1st place thanks to the 2 games he took off of Garry, but it’s by the fingernails! Both Garry and Archie are going to be gunning for that top spot, and with a game in hand each, Scott is going to have to pull something special out of the bag!

Angela is back! Can she be stopped?! This time with a 3-2 win over Paula, taking her an incredible 12 points clear at the top of the box! The only thing now separating what was left behind from Angela’s storming rampage to the top of the box is that both Paula and Hugh managed to take 2 games from her before she ran off into the sunset! Can any of them catch up?! Hugh is certainly making a go of it, a 3-0 win against Janine keeps him within touching distance of Angela, but both of them have some tough matches ahead!

Robyn is once again picking up points, this time leaving Alaisdair by the wayside, in a 3-1 victory making it clear that she won’t be pushed aside easily as she keeps on charging towards the top boxes and a proper challenge!

Box 10 is getting interesting! The tussle for second place has begun behind Elisa with Ann taking a 3-1 win over the newcomer (goan yer sel Ann!) and Raghbir bounces back from his defeat against Elisa to take a 3-0 win over Bal. The extra game played keeps Raghbir a point clear of Ann but things are definitely going to be interesting going forward!

Archie Niven is making it clear that his win over David was no fluke, taking an other win, this time a 3-2 slog against Scott. Scott must be starting to feel that shoogly peg wobble as Archie comes racing up behind him. Scott is going to need the wins in his 2 remaining games to keep himself relatively comfortable!

Box 2 is getting interesting too with Mr Treon beginning to pull ahead of the pack after taking a 3-0 win from Jonny. Craig Bennet throws his hat in the ring, with a 3-2 thriller against Mr Wynne, this pulls him up to share 2nd place in the box but with a game in hand he certainly has the advantage. This one could just come down to who gets their games played in time!

In a crushing blow for me, Ben takes first blood in Box 4! if it weren’t for the fact I managed to salvage a game i’d be distraught! Nonetheless Ben takes the lead in Box 4 while I trial behind with my 2 points!

Spoke too soon! It’s not over yet this week for Box 10! Ann clocks in a 3-0 victory over Bal to take her just 2 point shy of the top spot and with a game in hand. This is going to be a tight box!

The Box League Weekly Update!

Coming to you one day early (you lucky ducks!) here comes your weekly roundup of the battles for position in the boxes!

It is now the end of week 2 of the rotation everybody! With Just 6 weeks to go, now is the time to think about setting up those games to make sure you don’t have to cram them all in at the end and risk missing out on those juicy bonus points!

Last week I played a warm up match against Robyn before her trip over to Dublin for the 5 nations, where she represented Scotland. I came out victorious….Just! Normally I’d keep my voice down about having beaten a 12 year old, and even more so had I lost! But it was a seriously close match! All of this means I can sympathise completely with Andy Cramb who fell to Robyn’s vicious precision in Box 5. The rest of the guys in that box are going to have a seriously hard time to anything other than battle for second place! At 3-2 the match was hardly a walkover, but persistence and endless stamina, Robyn is a real threat!

Angela is also making a splash down in Box 9 with a win over friend and Box League newcomer Hugh. Hugh joined the boxes on Angela’s recommendation and may be feeling a bit miffed that the first thing she did was take him to the cleaners! It’s a tough box for this pair, and I think they’ll have to fight hard to keep a hold of 1st and 2nd places. There is one more wild card in the form of Gordon Marquis who is also new to the boxes and could throw a racket in the works to upset the whole set-up, but lets wait and see!

Up at the top end of the boxes the Pauls throw down as Mr Treon battles to regain his position in box one that he lost at the end of last rotation. A 3-1 victory against Mr Wynne is certainly a good step in the right direction but this will be another tough box, with Taso making his reappearance and everybody else hungry to challenge the guys up in box 1!

Things are getting interesting down in Box 7 with Archie taking a win over David Naylor to secure joint 1st place with Scott. I can see these two battling for dominance over the course of this rotation, but it’s going to be tight with a lot of keen individuals sharing the box!

The Box League Weekly Update!

Welcome one and all to a brand new rotation!

I’m going to be doing something a little different for the weekly updates this time around. Rather than a match by match account, which towards the end of the rotations can take about 90 minutes a day to pull together, I’m going to do a more general overview of where people are sitting within the boxes and the dramas around them getting there! If anyone wants to get in touch and give feedback on their matches I’ll be extremely grateful, but I’ll be a lot less on the ball about sending out requests for comment, unless it was a particularly influential match for standings in the respective box.

That being said, off we go!

Week one has been a quite one with just the one game played in the two days available. Box 7 sees its first tie breaker of the rotation, between Scott and Ramsay. It’s early days but I’m expecting to see a lot of tight results in the very evenly matched box 7!

It’s New Rotation Time!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! Roll up! Roll up! It’s time….for a brand new box league rotation!

Congratulations to you all on a great rotation!

We had 3 boxes complete every single one off their matches and several more very close behind. We had a few stragglers making the last week a real flurry of results, and pretty much changing the final positions in every single box on a daily basis! Not to mention that the final point counts came out very close all across the league, showing some healthy competition and a real drive to catch those points!

We’re saying farewell for now to several players not returning to the next rotation, several to injury and several more to exams (good luck!), and even a few to leaving the country. We’ll hopefully see them back at the club in the future!

We are however saying hello to some new players! Welcome, make yourself at home, get those games in and enjoy!

And welcome back to another couple, back from injury and chomping at the bit to prove themselves!

This next rotation is going to be 7 weeks long ending on Firday 24th of May, so plenty of time for all of your box matches, and a challenge match along the way as well for those hoping to climb the ladder in the teams! This will also to take into account all of those lovely Easter Holidays (you lucky bunch!).

With the Club champs also going on during this period, make sure you get your games in early so there isn’t a critical shortage of courts, ye be warned!

As is (now) tradition here comes the stats dump!

The top 5 points winners from last rotation were:

1) Jaime Sotelo – 29 points

2)Alex Yovanovitch – 25 points

3)Finlay McGhee– 22 points

3) Jonny Neil– 22 points

3) Edward Doyle – 22 points

All games played:

Finlay McGhee, Jonny Neil, Brian Canty, George Allan, Edith MacKenzie, Ben Dreyer, Edward Doyle, Adrian Curtis, Euan McGarvie, Andy Cramb, Andrew O’Connor, Ben Anderson, James Martin, David Naylor, Scott McAlpine, Archie Niven, Neil McBeth, Sophia Grant, Jaime Sotelo, aaaaaaaaaand Janine Thomson!

Best win/lose ratios:

1) Jaime Sotelo +5

2) Finlay McGhee  +4

2) Jonny Neil  +4

2) Edward Doyle +4

2) Peter McGowan +4

2) Janine Thomson +4

The big movers! These are the largest changes in overall position since the start of the year, onwards and upwards you champs!

  1. Pravin Surianarayanan   +15 (as Pravin is leaving us to head back East, this will unfortunately be as high as Pravin will climb, although I’m sure he could have gone a lot further, Haste Ye Back!)
  2. Edward Doyle   +15
  3. Robyn McAlpine +15 (gulp!)
  4. Adrian Curtis +11
  5. Andrew Stirrat +11 (also leaving us for this rotation)

Well done!

Have fun everyone!

And good luck!

The Box League Weekly Update!

And that’s it for another rotation!

Apologies in advance this week, as I didn’t have time to get in touch with all of you who valiantly battled through to get all of your games played! I’m taking a look at what other form the weekly update could take, potentially just a synopsis of box positions as opposed to a match by match account, as the time it takes to contact all 55 of you after every match is becoming a bit much!

In any case, here comes the weekly update!

Congratulations to everyone who got their games played! 67 matches played this time around and the quality is definitely improving at every level! The Scotstoun Eagles definitely remain a force to be reckoned with!

Keep an eye out for the monthly roundup, with all the stats and commendations, there’s some proper belters!

Box 8

Archie secures 2nd place in box 8 with a lovely win over Neil (3-2). In a game of, reportedly, 3 halves, Archie took his time to get up to speed, coming back from 6 points down to take thee first game. The second went his way without too much trouble, but Neil, unwilling to just let things slide upped the ante to bring things even and take thee match to a decider. After a tight first half to the game, it was a case of Archie running away with it and taking control to see out the match. It’s been a good rotation for these two and I’m excited to see where they end up next!

Box 5

In a display of force Adrian ran over Mr Cramb to take the match 3-0, and then again against Andrew (3-0). This swift 1-2 takes Adrian all the way up to the top of the box! The game against Andrew in particular was fondly retold to me by Andrew as a gut busting slog that the 3-0 final score doesn’t really do any justice to. With these two victories Adrian has now done all he can, with only the other results to follow determining his final position of the rotation!

Ed came off best in this tactical match against Andy (3-2). Andy’s improved result against Ed was put down to better tactical decision making, leaving fewer opportunities for Ed to force Andy around the court, taking up valuable lung capacity! With this win Ed moves up to second place, but within reaching distance of that glorious top spot, all it would take is a win against Andrew to leapfrog Adrian, I can’t wait to see the result of that one!

Andy regains some composure after the quickfire defeats against Adrian and Ed to take a tight set of games from Andrew. The youngster reported having to struggle against unforced errors due mostly to being out of the sport for a few weeks. Andrew will be hoping for some redemption himself against Ed in the coming days, but with the end of the rotation sneacking up on us, will he have time!?

Box 4

In a frustrating result for Ruairidh, Paul takes his first victory of the rotation (3-2). The first game went decidedly in Paul’s direction, but a determined Ruairidh didn’t let the match slide away from him. It went all the way to a decider after Paul came back from 10-5 down to take the game 15-13 in the third, and then slipping to give Ruairidh the fourth. The decider was a nail biting affair ending up going to Paul in a 17-15 crescendo! Ruairidh notes that he’s going to need to work on staying cool under the pressure of leading in points during games and not losing his head.

This sentiment was very quickly put to the test in Ruairidh’s next match against Pravin, but this time Ruairidh was able to maintain pressure and take the win (3-2)! Pravin had to tackle with several error strewn periods in the match, and Ruairidh with a niggling ankle injury, but eventually the games went his way. This could very well be Pravin’s final match in the box leagues and indeed as part of the Eagles as he prepares to fly home at the start of next month. From all of us Pravin, thank you for joining us and supporting not only the box leagues but the teams too! Safe journey home, and hopefully this isn’t the last we see of you!