Welcome to a brand new rotation!

Hello everyone!

Congratulations on a great rotation everybody!

We got a lot of engagement for the first rotation of the year, with several boxes maxing out and completing all of their games! Unfortunately a few injuries as well, but hopefully we’ll be seeing some triumphant returns to the leagues soon.

Thank you to everyone who provided comments for the weekly updates, they’re new, so let me know in the comments in the facebook page if you think there’s anything that needs to change.

This next rotation is going to be 6 weeks long ending on the last Friday of March, 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!

As is (now) tradition here comes the stats dump for those that care!

The top 5 points winners from last rotation were:

1) Finlay McGhee– 27 points

2) Paul Treon– 24 points

3) Pravin Surianarayanan – 22 points

4) Paula Dillon – 22 points

5) James Martin – 21 points

All games played:

Finlay McGhee, Paul Treon, James Crowhurst, Tom Blakeman, Craig Rothnie, Pravin Surianarayanan, Paul Hannah, Euan McGarviee, Russell Forsyth, Edward Doyle, James Martin, Andrew Widelko, Kirsten Mackenzie, Archie Niven, Scott McAlpine, Noemie Colcombet, Sophia Grantm Andrew Stirrat, Angela Hopkinson, Angus Ackay, Janine Thomson, Paula Dillon, Ann Wilber

Best win/lose ratios:

1) Finlay McGhee   +4

1) Paula Dillon  +4

1) Pravin Surianarayanan  +4

4) Paul Treon  +3

4) Robyn McAlpine +3

4) Kirsten Mackenzie  +3

4) Sophia Grant +3

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

  1. Pravin Surianarayanan   +7
  2. Edith Mackenzie   +6
  3. Archie Niven +6
  4. Edward Doyle +6
  5. Ruairidh Davison +5

Well done!

Have fun everyone!

And good luck!

The Box League Weekly Update!

The results are in ladies and gentlemen! The last few matches of the rotation made all the difference. Make sure to check out the monthly roundup for the usual stats and check out the biggest movers in the league! And keep an eye out for the next rotation which will be dropping over the weekend!

Box 10

Paula v Ann (3-2)

Box 8

Archie v Noemie (3-0)

In a change of tactic that paid off for Scott, slowing the pace, increasing the concentration on each shot, and increased accuracy let Scott find the length on his straight drives and take the match against Noemie 3-0. Noemie was focused on intercepting the ball for the volley drop at every possible opportunity, so accuracy and good tight balls were the key for Mr McAlpine! Although unfortunately not enough to move Scott into promotion territory, could it be enough to save him from relegation?!7

Box 6

Ed v Adrian (3-1)

In a weirdly strung out match that lasted 2 weeks Ed Doyle (finally!) manages to take the win! This is a match that started 2 weeks ago, and was suspended after a broken racket and a very generous offer to reschedule for the remainder of the match at a later date. From 2-0 down after the first leg Adrian managed to pull back a game in leg 2 before finally succumbing in the 4th to fall 3-1 . This win puts Ed comfortably at the top of Box 6, with only 1 day to go before the end of the rotation!

Box 4

Edith jumps to the top of Box 4 with a tidy win over Andrew O’Connor (3-1)! In what is becoming a pattern for Edith, she managed to keep the rallies going, forcing the pace for the opponent, that Andrew was unable to keep up. Andrew commented that finally his drops were starting to hit the mark, but Edith’s initiative taking when he was running out of steam kept the match in her favour! With only one more game to play to pick up those tasty bonus points, Edith is perfectly placed to maintain her position for the end of the rotation!

In a close game that went right to the wire in terms of time, Ruairidh managed to take the match against Andy Cramb 3-1! In what couldd be the last game of the rotation in this box, it could be the difference between 3rd and 4th place for Ruairidh!

Box 2

In an extremely tight match defined by attacking play to the front of the court, Abid manages to scoop the win against MrBennett (3-2)! Although he puts it down to luck on the most part, this could be the victory for Abid that brings the confidence back up following a 3 month lay-off last year! It’s certainly enough to move him up into promotion territory!

Box 1

Finlay v Tom (3-0)

In a double blow for Mr Rothnie, he falls to Finlay (3-0) who outpaced Craig to comfortably take his place in 2nd, and to Paul Treon (3-1) who with his son watching, couldn’t fail to succeed, joining Finlay in joint 2nd!

Finlay v Paul (3-1)

Scotstoun Open 9th March

The inaugural Scotstoun Open Squash Tournament, and Scotland’s first event adult Bronze event!
Each match will be best of three, PAR 11. Each entrant is guaranteed three matches. 
The event will be held at Scotstoun Leisure Centre, and will start at 10:30 AM sharp, with registration and courts free from 10:00 AM.
Trophies and small prizes for winners and finalists.

Sign up on Sporty HQ: https://www.sportyhq.com/tournament/view/Scotstoun-Squash-Open

The Box League Weekly Update!

Box 10

In a two pronged attack that leaves her in joint first with Ms Ann Wilbur, Paula Dillon makes her triumphant debut to this rotation with double wins against first Claire (3-1) and the Raghbir (3-1). Despite a lost ball during her game against a much improved Raghbir, Paula took control of the game, though according to her, whoever was serving tended to come out best! Paula is clearly keen to climb the ladder, will these wins be enough to secure promotion?

Claire puts her recent defeat against Ragbhir (3-0) to a lack of mental focus. Although if the reports can be believed Raghbir is definitely on the war-path! He’s been putting in the hours and is reaping the benefits. Claire has promised to focus a lot more on getting back to the T in future matches and chasing every single point. Lets see if it pays off!

Esme puts this 3-0 win over Ann down to maintaining a steady focus on her game, with practices the preceding two days. You can’t deny that keeping your eye in regularly definitely helps with the quality in a match! Ann commented she lost focus, but that the first 2 games in particular had some good rallies showcasing how far these two have come recently.

Box 9

Angela stakes her claim to the top of the box with a win over Angus (3-0) although perhaps not at his fittest after three nights out on the trot (good effort!) Angela takes the win alongside those beautiful bonus points for completing all of her games this rotation. Goan yer sel!

Although not quite able to take the full 5 points from her match against Andrew (2-3) Sophia does manage to claim the top spot in Box 9 with help of the bonus points for finishing all of her matches! Each time these two titans of the game meet, its always a close one, and always to 5 games! Sophia put this defeat down to running out of steam following a West of Scotland league match earlier in the evening. She’ll be looking for a win next time!

In an unfortunate end to Andrews jumps up the box table, he loses this one to Angus 3-0. However, with the point for taking part AND those bonus point for finishing up all of his games for this rotation, Andrew takes the three points he needs to leap-frog Angela to claim second place! Angus puts his victory down to Andrew having run out of steam after his game against Sophia minutes earlier and recent work on his own general fitness. His drop shot work made up the entirety of the comedic aspect of the game, but was clearly good enough to win the day!

Box 8

In one of Archie’s best performances on court, Archie takes a 3-1 victory over Andrew Widelko, to climb up to 3rd place and a god shout at climbing higher still! Archie puts the win down to committing to every point, and chasing everything down, which led to tight games and a good result for him in the end.

Box 7

In a good competitive game between Robert Philips and Neil McBeth (3-0), described by both players as a lot of fun, takes Robert into the top half of the box, with a real chance at the top spot! In the end this match came down to 20-18 in the third and ended with what is reported as an absolutely glorious backhand volley drop from Mr Philips, something Neil will be looking at reading a lot more closely next time around!

James puts this victory over Neil McBeth (3-0) down to slightly better hitting into space, given that the two players are of fairly even ability. Jame’s work on getting back to the T helped him out, letting him attack the ball faster, gaining control of the games. This win puts James into second place, but can he hold onto it?!

Robyn v James (3-0)

In a tough game against James Martin, Robyn takes the game 3-0 by managing to take advantage of James finding it hard on this occasion to find his cross-court width, and getting her volleys in, taking advantage of cutting down the amount of time he had to respond. This win puts Robyn up at the top of box 7, but can she hold onto it with the end of the rotation approaching?!

Box 6

Box 6 is off and running! First of all with a win for Ed over Rachel (3-1). With most of the games still to be played though, this box is still very much up for grabs!

Ed v Rachel (3-1)

In a tight game of long rallies Adrian clocks up his first victory over Rachel (3-0), where slowing down the pace and taking his time on shot selection gave him the match!

Box 5

In a tight match Pravin guarantees his place at the top of the box with a 3-2 win over Russell. Russell commented that he really needs to work on his killer instinct, however he did manage to get a lot of backhand practice against Pravin, who is a keen advocate of the long game! Pravin graciously commented that Russell is by far the fastest player he’s come across….in the 60+ category! With this win Pravin snags those illustrious bonus points for playing all his games and makes his position at the top of the box unassailable. The only thing to be determined now, is who will take second place?!

Paul secures second place! In a tight game against Russel (3-1), Paul snags the final 5 points and a bonus pair for completing his last game of the rotation. Russell commented he enjoyed the game, though he still needs to gt used to playing a larger variety of players and styles! Paul noted that for “one of the oldest men to play the game of squash”, Russell was incredibly agile! Thems fightin’ words for an extremely gracious winner!

Box 4

In a good win for Andrew O’Connor over Ruairidh (3-1), Andrew makes his reentry to the box leagues after an extended illness. He comments that fitness is still his biggest issue, alongside coming up with some quality drop shots, something he’ll be working on in future! Rhuairidh was a little disappointed following this defeat, having lost his head a little during the middle two games, but there’s always next time!

In a good close game, Edith manages to take 5 points off of Ruairidh! It was Ruairidh’s fitness that let him down on this occasion, with Edith favoring longer rallies, that moved Ruaridh around the court until he ran out of steam. This win takes Edith up into second place with plenty of reach left to challenge the top of the box!

Box 3

Box 2

In Box 2 Raymond cements his place at the top of the box with a victory over Brian Canty (3-2). Raymond claims to have been showing off his generous side by taking the first two games but deciding Brian could do with the points allowed him to come back to even before leaping in to take the last game and the victory. Something tells me Brian’s assessment of the match may be somewhat different!

Abid v Raymond (3-2)

Raymond describes himself as properly gutted after losing to Abid (3-2) from 13-13 in the fifth! A hugely tight match that none-the-less gives Raymond plenty of points and keeps him at the top of Box 2, With so many games played, he is definitely taking advantage of the participation points that can make all the difference when the box ends!

Box 1

In a run of three games in a row for Mr Crowhurst he manages to take the 5 points in his game against Tom (3-1), but has to settle for 4 in a 7am match against Paul (3-2) which went to 15-13 in the 5th, and a solitary single point from Finlay (3-0) who was allegedly able to sweep James under the carpet while also smoking a cigar! #Skills

The Box League Weekly Update!

Hello and welcome to the box league weekly update! With only one week to go, the pressure is mounting to get those crucial points up on the board! Several people have now snagged those glorious bonus points for playing all their matches, which can make all the difference in the end!

Box 9

In what is becoming an epic rivalry, Angela describes the desperation of chasing an elusive victory in this 5 game slog against Sophia. The match ended up with both players exhausted and happy with a good match that could have gone either way, but it was Sophia who took the points to cement her place at the top of box 9. Angela is still hoping to hold on to second place so she can follow Sophia for a rematch! Watch your back Sophia!

In a dramatic lunge for the top of the table Andrew Stirrat takes two matches in one day! Janine fell ( 3-1) during a completely profanity-free match! Janine says that could have been the problem, and seems set on returning to form next time! And on the same evening Angela also took a hit, with Andrew taking that one 3-0. Angela puts the loss down to being out of position, something she’ll be working on in the future. This is a complete flip of the last time these two met, another fierce rivalry in the making!

Janine continues her sweary-word-free run with another unfortunate loss to Angus Mackay (3-0). Janine came away smiling however from her last match of the box, giving her the bonus 2 points, keeping her just clear of the bottom of the box, with one week to go though will it be enough?!

Box 8

In a game of ‘proper squash’ Andrew Widelko takes the 5 points with a 3-0 victory over Scott McAlpine. Two close games with only a couple of points between the two ultimately led to a disappointing 3rd for Scott who puts the loss down to Andrew hitting his stride, and himself lacking in recent match experience, edginess not allowing him to relax into the games, and a lack of focus on hitting his target as opposed to rushing a smash as hard as possible. Next time Scott!

Box 7

Robyn secures her first victory over Robert Philips (3-0) after a recent bout of games between the two which were close but ultimately went Roberts way. This one was a 45 minute battle, with quality rallies in every point, taking Robyn to the top of the box!

Stewart retakes the top spot! in a pair of games against James Martin (2-3) and Neil McBeth (3-2). Stewart has only one more game to play against Robert to get those glorious bonus points, but with Robyn having two more to play will it be enough?

Robert clocks in his first victory of the rotation over James Martin (3-2) moving him up to the same position as Robyn, 2 to play and the top of the box well within his grasp!

Box 5

Pravin wins a double on Wednesday night! In a combination team league and box league game, Pravin took this strapping young reporter to school! Pravin played his lines perfectly, waiting patiently for the easy point, and subsequently took the match 3-0. (Toot my own horn warning) However! with the point for showing up and the bonus points for playing all of my matches, I now sit a precarious single point clear at the top of the box. Will Pravin or Paul knock me off my pedestal? watch this space!