The Box League Weekly Update!

Hello everyone and welcome to your weekly update of the box leagues! With us now closer to the end of the rotation than the start you’d think positions in the boxes would be starting to become apparent, but in pretty much every box it’s still anyone’s game!

Keep up the momentum guys! Still 2 weeks to go!

Box 9

Sophia continues to make strides in box 9 with a 3-0 victory over Angus Mackay. In a match between 2 players who were looking for nice long rallies concentrating on finding their length, it all came down to the error count. Sophia kept her cool and walked away with the 5 points, Angus will be looking to make a comeback soon!

Angela Hopkinson makes her debut into the rotation with a close victory over Janine (3-2). In a match well salted with profanities and offensive outbursts from Janine…to herself…this match between two well matched players eventually went to Angela after a tight 5th game which could have gone either way!

Box 8

Archie Niven v Kirsten (0-3)

In Scott’s first recorded match of the year he clocks up a 3-1 victory over young Archie Niven, who’s game has really been coming along in recent months! Scott puts his win down to playing the length game well and taking the safe shot to keep the pressure on. Tiredness nearly let him down though, and he’ll be working on keeping the focus on through the rest of his box matches!

Box 5

Ben Anderson makes his debut into the rotation with a difficult match against Pravin Surianarayanan. Pravin puts his victory (3-0) down to luck, with Ben unable to play to his full potential after bursting the strings on his racket meant borrowing a spare from the front desk. But knowing Pravin, his cool composure is as likely a cause as any! Props to Ben for fighting through on a borrowed racket though, and with the scorelines in the games being more even than the final result suggests the rest of the box had better watch out! These two are both strong contenders!

Pravin augments his position in box 5 with a win over Paul (3-2) with a dramatic finish, the last game going to 19-17!

Box 4

Box 4 keeps up the momentum with a 3-0 win for Andy Cramb over Fraser Thomson. Not detracting from Andy’s game, Fraser put his defeat, ultimately, down to his poor positioning, and lack of movement, things he’ll be working on for his next game.

Box 3

In a match described by both players as scrappy in the extreme, Graham Beveridge takes his first box match at Scotstoun 3-2 against Paul Wynne. Paul (playing the person he thought he would be playing this time!) described the bitter 13-15 loss in the 5th as coming down to scrappy play and loose shots to the centre of the court. Paul maintains his position at the top, but for how much longer, with Graham on the scene now?

Not much is the answer! Graham bags himself another 5 points, this time off the back of a 3-0 victory over Ben Dreyer. Graham puts it down to being more consistent in his play, hitting the straight lines and subsequently holding the T much more effectively.

Box 1

Tom Blakeman joins the fray up in box 1 with a victory over Craig Rothnie (3-1)

The Box League Weekly Update!

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Happy Friday everyone! And welcome to the next weekly update in the January rotation!

We’re starting to get into the meat of the games now, with people vying for position and promotion, with great games in almost every box!

Box 10 

In Box 10 the story this week is all about Ann Wilber, and her triumphant strides to the top of the box. Ann has staked her claim to the top spot on back to back victories against both Raghbir (3-0) and Claire (3-0). Ann says she’s focusing on movement and getting back to the T after every shot, it’s working so far! With these victories Ann has now won more matches than lost them, go Ann!

Box 9

Things have kicked off in box 9 with a victory for Sophia over Janine (3-0). In a scrappy box where everyone is capable of taking the top spot, will this first victory pave the way for Sophia to make the jump up in the next rotation? Janine commented that she’s getting closer to Sophia so she should be on guard! #fightin’words!

Box 7

Box 7 is heating up with a flurry of games this week!

Robyn McAlpine clocks in a victory against Neil McBeth (3-0) and a defeat against Stewart Ramsay (0-3), but takes the bonus point for playing, to keep her at 6 points for the moment.

Stewart manages to pip Robyn to the top spot by managing to take a game during his defeat to Andrew Cadamy (1-3), Proving that every point counts come the end of the rotation!

Box 5

In a match defined by lucky as hell shots off the rim of the racket, this dashing (we all know it’s true!) young box league reporter managed to finally break his box league losing streak, with a win over Mr Russel Fortsyth. Russel managed to wipe the smile off my smug face with a win in the second game, but a tight rein on the pace of the 3rd and 4th games swung them my way. This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and keeping a slower pace is definitely helping with my accuracy. Russel claims Mr Hannah is next in his sights, it will be interesting to see how Russel’s quick drives come up against the notorious lob-drop master!

Box 4

Things have kicked off in box 4 this week with George Allan storming to the top of the box with victories over Edith (3-0) and Andy Cramb (3-0). Standing 9 points proud now it’s going to be a fair challenge for any of the other contenders to catch him! Not that it can’t be done! George finds himself in a box of determined players, with Ruairidh Davison, Fraser Thomson and Andrew O’Connor all still to play!

Box 3

In the first game of the rotation for box 3, Paul Wynne takes a tasty 5 points from Ben Dreyer to put him at the top of the box. In a match between two notorious hard hitters, it was the drop shots and high serves that claimed the victory for Mr Wynne. Considering that Paul admitted having organised the game under the assumption it was Ben LEIL that would be turning up, that’s not a bad wee first result for Mr Wynne, clearly hoping to get himself back into box 2 following relegation last rotation.

Box 2

Raymond Brown v Jonny Neil (3-2) This one was described by both players as a lung busting slog! Incredible claims of wall slicking in the guise of wiping off sweat are being blamed for the ever lengthening games eventually going Mr Browns way. Props to these guys for pulling off a 9am Box Match too! good effort fellas!

Box 1

Up in box 1 Taso manages to take his 58th recorded match (3-1) against Mr Crowhurst in dramatic fashion! After comfortably taking the first, and taking Crow to game point in the second, Taso unleashed his secret weapon, ‘The Greek Shank’! Ever a man of peace, Crow gracefully stood down, to concede the second 16-14. Although unable to keep Crow in his place in the 3rd, Taso eventually finishes off Mr Crowhurst in the 4th.

This keeps crow at the top of the box for now by a clear 2 points, but there’s obviously some tight competition at the top! This brings the head to head record back to an even one each between these two titans of the game!

That’s a wrap folks on another Box League Weekly Update (BLWU? – needs work doesn’t it?)! Keep the matches flowing and forgive my messaging for comment out of the blue, on which note, if you do not want your games to appear in the update feel free to let me know and with no questions asked, old posts can be edited and new ones done while glossing over your valuable contribution to the heart of Scotstoun Squash Club 🙂

The Box League Weekly Update!

This is the first of it’s kind for the club so bare with me while I find the right tone, but what I’m aiming for is an update on the dramas, trials and tribulations in the battle for position in the box leagues from week to week. Successes will be celebrated, ongoing head to head stats examined, and how the results affect the current standings. Should be fun! Drop a comment to let me know what you think!

A quiet start to the new rotation! Only two matches to comment on this week, but both went down to the wire!

Down in the scrappy middle of the field in Box 5 this young upstart reporter took on the incumbent king of the drop and lob Mr Paul Hannah, returned from a 6 month absence from the boxes to stake his claim once more. From the start I knew sloppy drives would be the end of me, so tight long drives and pin-point accurate drops would lead me to victory! Alas, it was not to be. A first game to the “youngster” (15-13) was quickly shown up as a fluke, with a blazing return to the box leagues with the classy drop shots he is renowned for, Mr Hannah took the second (7-15) and then the third (12-15). Not one to throw in the towel, I composed myself, drew strength from the wisdom of my coaches, and played a couple of passable long drives to return the match to an even score (15-11). It was all to play for in the fifth, the sweat rained, the lets flew, but ultimately the impeccable lobs from Mr Hannah brought the match to a close (14-16) with the ball ending the match dead in the back right corner! This marks the Second 3-2 defeat for me against Paul, there will not be another!

And up at the top end of the quality spectrum, James Crowhurst claims a victory over Craig Rothnie in a sweltering 5 game meat grinder! Breaking the 1-1 head to head standoff, Mr Crowhurst brought his determination to bare to win his 115th recorded match. In a quote from the victor, the 55 minute slog was likened to a naked wrestling match in a sauna, with equal amounts of sweat, tears, sexual tension and ‘ball bashing’, until eventually Mr Crowhurst’s white shirt “became so sweaty it went see through, thus distracting Mr Rothnie in the final game”! One can only hope the quality of squash was on a par with Mr Crowhurst’s imagination!

A message of commiseration from the ‘other’ Craig, stated humbly “The Bennet variety has never lost to the Crow” #gauntletthrown!

Roll on week two of this rotation where I’m sure there will be even more upsets and triumphs!

Box Leagues Roundup

This is the first roundup post of the box leagues which will be a monthly post with news and information by Euan McGarvie at Scotstoun Eagles. Our open box leagues can be found here:

Happy new year!

This is just a quick email to let you all know that from this point on I’ll be taking on the role of managing the box leagues, with help from Martin when necessary. So if you run into any issues regarding the boxes don’t hesitate to get in touch with either of us.

The new box rotation is now published, with the box sizes (mercifully) reduced in size! From this point on they will run for 5 weeks. This should help with making sure everyone gets the chance to play all of their matches, as in general it averages as one match a week.

At the end of each rotation I’ll be announcing the biggest points winners, and special mentions for those in all of the leagues who have managed to take the bonus points for playing all of their matches as well as some other fun facts and figures for those that care.

The top 5 points winners from last rotation were:

1) Andrew Widelko – 47 points

2) Archie Niven – 40 points

3) Sophia Grant – 39 points

4) Angela Hopkinson – 39 points

5) James Crowhurst – 35 points

All games played:

James Crowhurst, Tom Blakeman, Paul Wynne, Ben Anderson, David Naylor, Andrew Widelko, Archie Niven, Sophia Grant, Angela Hopkinson.

Best win/lose ratios:

1) Andrew Widelko   +9

2) James Crowhurst  +6

2) Tom Blakeman  +6

2) Andrew Cadamy  +6

5) Fraser Thomson  +5

5) Stewart Ramsay  +5

5) Robyn McApline  +5

Have fun everyone!
Well done!
And good luck!
Euan McGarvie