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!

The Box League Weekly Update!

The penultimate week of the rotation has seen a massive burst of matches! There’s been some great games and a lot of drama as people scramble to get their games in. Keep up the pace Eagles!

Box 10

Janine finishes off her run in this rotation with a final win against New-comer Steph (3-0). Steph was slightly outclassed during this match, but she’s keen to get her games played and improve. She’s going to be one to watch as her awareness on court improves with practise! With all of Janines games now played, the only question now is can anyone catch her?

Alex is certainly making a solid attempt! With a win against Steph (3-0) he moves to within 10 points of runaway Janine! Will he have the time to get his last 2 games in?

Box 9

Jaime has secured first place in Box 9 with a win in his final match of the rotation, this time against Angus (3-0). Although the quality of the squash played was somewhat hampered by a pair of rather severe hangovers, Jaime will be happy with result, and Angus will be eyeing up the possibility of 2nd place, which is still very much up for grabs!

Speaking of 2nd place Peter is certainly staking his claim, with first a win over Puala (3-0) and then another 1-0 win over Ann. Peter mentioned that in the match with Paula, there were times when he feared for his life! She is fierce! Ann commented that returning his serves was always a challenge, but when she did the resulting rallies were pretty good, she’ll be happy that her shot selection is definitely improving! The combination of a good serve followed by a good drop shot nabbed Ann a few points, and Peter is going to need to work on movement on court to counter it!

Box 7

Robert makes his debut into the rotation with a close but ultimately decisive set of games against David (3-1). David couldn’t say enough on the quality of Roberts game, he’s certainly expecting this young member of the club to rise up through the boxes fast! Very soon he’ll be vying for the top spot in the upper boxes. Robert will be happy the training sessions are paying off! Keep up the momentum!

Box 6

In a disappointing match for Ben, Russell takes the biscuit with a 3-0 win. Ben just couldn’t seem to find his stride as Russell ran away with it in 25 clear points over the match. Ben particularly struggled with unforced errors, but from past experience I know Russell will have played his part in moving Ben around the court to great effect. Ben is still sitting comfortably in 2nd place, though he’s on a shoogly peg there, its still anyone’s game in Box 6!

Box 5

In Andrews first match of the rotation after sunning himself in Cyprus for a month I managed to take advantage of him being out of practise to snatch a 3-0 victory. The games are always close against Andrew as we play a very similar style of game, but ultimately it was Andrew’s lack of accuracy on his drop shots that cost him the match. He’ll certainly be looking to redeem himself before the rotation ends!

Box 4

In the first match of the rotation in box 4 (get your skates on guys!) Pravin manages to claim a vicotry over Paul Hannh (3-2). Pravin puts the win down to divine intervention, with the hands of the old gods and new guiding the ball straight into every nick on the court! with Paul taking 2 games however, the result is all but decided in box 4! May the graces of the squash gods guide them to happy matches!

Box 3

In a “monster battle” (not very flattering Jonny!) Edith came out strong against a slightly apprehensive Jonny, to stake her claim to the top of Box 3. It wasn’t to be however as Jonny clawed his way back on top in a 5 game massacre (3-2)!

In a second win for Jonny this week, Ben stumbled with a series of sub-par drop shots to allow Jonny to slide up to the top of Box 3 (3-0). Jonny claims that although the counter drops from Ben made up for the initial lapses in quality, the final result tells a tale of too little too late in this case!

Box 2

In an extremely close match with some properly high quality plays, Graham manages to take the win from Sandy by the skin of his teeth (sorry Paula, I do know it’s not actually a thing!) Graham commented after the match that with a good run of matches under Sandy’s belt he could definitely see him playing up in box 1 some time soon!

The Box League Weekly Update!

Another happy week in the box leagues!

With 11 matches played this week its been a frenzy getting everyone’s reviews on the games! I’m seeing a lot of people thoroughly enjoying the competition and a lot of drive from people to continue on up the boxes and to start playing for the Monday and Wednesday night league teams!

This is your 2 week warning folks! Boxes 3, 4 and 7 I’m looking at you in particular!

Box 10

Raghbir makes good use of his powerful serve to take a win over newcomer Steph (3-0) in her first ever box league match (welcome to the boxes!)Steph still has some work to do on her volleys and retrieving the ball from the back of the court, but these are things that will come with time. She says that as long as she got past Raghbir’s serve she got on OK, so there are definitely some positives there to build on!

Alex takes his first win of the box leagues from Janine in a tense set of matches marred by strokes and contentious points (3-0). Alex definitely needed to work hard, with Janine chasing a clean sweep through Box 10, but eventually the hard work paid off. Janine took consolation from the fact that at the end of the game Alex looked like he’d run a mile, while she was her usual cool, calm and composed self! Alex will be hoping to come to terms with real game situations like scoring, strokes and lets, but these will come with time!

Box 9

Richard takes his second game of the rotation, this time against Angela (3-0). Angela knows Richard is a hard player to take on, with difficult serves and quick tempo making it difficult to get into a good rhythm. Angela will be focusing in future on claiming the points from her own service points, capitalising on taking control of the tempo of the match.

Peter takes another win this rotation, this time against Angela (3-0) to move him to within grasping difference of the top spot, and well into the promotion bracket. After getting his serves under control, and realising Angela’s drop shots would be the end of him, Peter managed to focus on applying his massive bank of power and forced Angela to the back of the court. Angela acknowledged the effort, saying she struggled to return anything hit at pace to the back of the court, most of her points coming straight off of the serve. The rest of the box will need to focus on their play from the back of the court if they want to overtake Mr McGowan now.

In a disappointing start to Ann’s rotation, Jaime takes a win (3-0) over last rotations star of Box 10. An claims she was slightly out-classed by the new-comer, but her own performance was fairly consistent. Jaime is looking forward to climbing the boxes and getting stuck in to some properly challenging matches.

Box 8

Archie shows off his front-of-the-court prowess once more, this time against Sophia, taking a tidy 3-0 win. Archie is becoming the one to beat in this box with Scott sitting within reach at the top of the box, taking down Archie will be the first step for most to make their own way upwards!

Like father, like daughter seems to be the case this rotation (exempting the youth, agility and good manners of course 😉 ), as Scott also seems to be unstoppable in Box 8. This time it was Sophia who couldn’t keep up with the improving Scott’s shots (3-0). He claims not to have played very well despite the score, not being able to find his length effectively and resorting to keeping things simple and playing the shots that would keep Sophia on her toes.

Box 7

Box 6

In a tough, physically demanding match for both players, Alaisdair eventually comes out on top with a win over Ben Anderson (3-2). After the first game to big Al Ben’s assessment was that he would need to rally before the next (his pun not mine, though don’t think i’m not jealous). Ben managed to battle through to take the 2nd fairly easily as Al’s fitness looked to be flagging. A 3rd game given away by unforced errors and strokes put Al under pressure, but seemingly not enough! Al came back to take the next 2 games as Ben just couldn’t keep up! Definitely an opportunity missed for Mr Anderson, who’ll be hoping for a rematch soon to even the score!

Putting her unstoppable mix of youth and daily practice into action, Robyn takes down another of the hardened players in Box 6. This time it was Russell that fell to Robyn’s agility (3-1). Keeping Russell moving and carefully choosing her shots left Russell with very few options. Can anyone stop this girl?!

Box 5

In a disappointing result for this rather dashing young reporter, Adrian takes the biscuit in a 3-0 win that does no justice to the effort involved for both players. Adrian’s fast, low, cross court drives to the forehand were of such a consistent width and quality that every single loose shot was destroyed instantly! I’m going to have to work hard in the future to keep my drop shots lower, too many balls hanging right in front of the front wall at perfect striking height gave the game away. A great match though, I’m very much looking forward to the re-match!

Box 4

Box 3

Box 2

In the first match of the rotation for Box 2, The craigs squared up to get the measure of each other! It was Mr Bennet that came away victorious (3-0), bringing his win/lose margin against Mr Rothnie up to +1. In a signature comment on the game, he relates it was a fun game, though it probably wouldn’t have been if he’d lost. Fair to say Mr Rothnie will be aiming to make their next head to head less fun for Mr Bennet!

Box 1

The Box League Weekly Update!

Welcome to the weekly update! It’s been a very active week down in the lower boxes, with some new faces making dramatic leaps to the top! With no games yet played in boxes 2, 3, 4 & 7, this is your 3 weeks left warning! Get playing Eagles!

Everyone is looking forward to the Open this weekend, and who can say if the extra practise this week will make the difference!

Box 10

Alex vows to increase the variation in his shot selection following a defeat to Raghbir (3-2). With Janine reigning supreme in Box 10 at the moment, this could be the win Raghbir needs to challenge her, at the very least he’ll be hoping it’s enough to secure second place! Still plenty of time left though!

Janine claims her first victory of the rotation over Claire (3-0). Claire claims she’s been out of practice for some time which contributed to the defeat to an on form Janine, she’ll be looking to regain some confidence over the next few games and come back swinging! (get it?)

In what is becoming the standard for Ms Thomson she takes another win, this time against Ragbhir (3-0). Janine left Ragbhir in the dust this time, with well placed serves and determination in the 2nd game when Ragbhir made a comeback. Could this win be the one that keeps her closest challenger in check?

Janine continues to dominate at the top of the box with a 3-2 win over Esme! In a fun match between the pair, maintaining the tradition of being extremely close, Janine takes the biscuit this time with focus on her serves. Esme reflected she needs to focus more on anticipating Janine’s shots and aiming for the back of the court more often to force Janine off of the T. Can anyone stop this woman?!

Box 9

Jaime takes his winning streak a step further with a nice victory over Paula (3-0). After taking a game to warm up Paula got into it and gave Jaime a really good match. Paula seems to have up’d her game under the careful scrutiny of coach Allan, just a shame he left at such a crucial moment!

And once again Jaime takes a victory to cement his place at the top of the box, this time over Angela (3-1). Dropping only one point in the first game Angela knew she was in for a tough one! She managed to get a game under her belt but couldn’t hold back the tide. The cheeky banter from the new comer may have been a distraction for Angela with accusations of laziness flying about I’d certainly understand! The rematch will most definitely be one to watch!

Angus makes his entry into the rotation with a nice win over Paula, who was saving herself for a competitive match later in the day. With this win Angus keeps himself in contention for the top stop in Box 9, He’s not going to just let Jaime run away with it!

Peter came off the back of his defeat to Jaime, to take a well deserved win against a (to be fair) injury impaired Angus (3-0). Angus is hoping for a rematch some time soon, he needs more time to get used to the shear power Peter can put behind the ball! With this win, Peter keeps himself in contention at the top end of box 9, on-wards and upwards from here!

In a very close game with Jaime, Richard makes his debut to the rotation, winning 3-1. Richard claims Jaime was playing extremely well, but managed to finally put a stop to Jaime’s triumphant march through box 9! After taking the first game Jaime lost out on 3 game points in the 2nd paving the way for Richard to gain momentum and sweep up the next 2 games.

Box 8

In this epic of a game, Scott takes a victory to a very much on form Neil (3-0)! Scott claims to a large number of mistakes particularly on the drop shots, giving Neil a lot of opportunities to rack up the points and take the lead deep into the 2nd and 3rd games. Re-focusing and keeping the ball long and narrow to the wall kept the games falling in Scott’s favor however, leading him to victory! All he needs to do now, is keep that focus in every game!

In a great game against Archie Niven, Scott manages to pull off a crucial win to maintain position in the box (3-1). Scott was forced heavily on his length game to keep the youngster out of the front of the court where almost every single one of Scott’s drops were being picked up. Hard low cross-courts and a steady return of service kept Scott on top though. Highlight of the match – not a single sweary word from Mr McAlpine! (I know right! how?!). Archie is reported to be seriously (well not that seriously) considering using his smaller stature to his advantage next time, and cut off Mr McAlpine at the knees! #watchyourback!7

Box 6

Match number 2 in box 6 goes to Mr Anderson, with a nice win over Stewart Ramsay (3-0). Stewart had nothing but praise for Ben’s great control of the pace of the game, leaving him time to find his length and make it very hard for Stewart to play a winning shot. Ben puts thee win down to his improved fitness and decision making when it came to shot selection. Although an absolute gent, Ben needs to watch his back! Stewart claims the after-match games went his way, making the preceding defeat murder-inducing! ye be warned!

Robyn continues her victorious strides up the boxes with another win, this time over Ben Anderson (3-1), who came in confident off of his win over Stewart earlier in the week. With Robyn’s commitment to getting to every single shot and continually improving her shot selection and control, Ben struggled to keep up. According to Ben it was still a very enjoyable match and although getting steamrolled in the 2nd (15-5) was happy to come away with a game under his belt. Can anyone stand in this girls way!?

Box 5

I finally manage to break my losing streak folks! In an extremely tight set of games against Mr Andy Cramb (3-1). With nothing more than a 3 point difference in every game, it was a battle against Andy’s precision and my freakishly long lunges! thankfully long skinny legs still count for something in this crazy world!

Box 1

Paul v James (3-0)

The Box League Weekly Update!

Welcome to a brand new rotation folks! Things are already off to a great start with games all over the place! With the Open coming up at the start of March this is a great opportunity to get in a few extra practice games to hone your skills before the big event!

Box 10

Its a good start for Angela at the front end of this rotation with a 3-1 vicotry over Ms Paula Dillon. Paula took the first game which got Angela worried, but the pressure seems to have done wonders and inspired her to take the next three games in quick succession. Angela says there were a lot of good rallies, and even points won off the serve! go you!

Jaime v Peter (3-0)

In a match between two first-timers to the box leagues Jaime takes his first steps to glory through a victory against Peter McGowan (3-0). This was the first competitive game for both players and they’ll definitely have come away with some things to work on. Peter in particular is determined to be focusing more on keeping his serves in to avoid giving away cheap points. Looking forward to seeing how these to get on as the rotation continues.

Box 8

In the first game of the rotation for Box 8, Neil takes the first steps towards victory with a hard match against Sophia (3-2), who managed to take the first 2 games but let the match slip through her fingers as Neil struggled back. With some great rallies making up a very enjoyable match, this’ll be one Neil remembers for a while! Plenty of time for Sophia to take the top spot off him though!B

Box 6 

In a profanity laden first match for Box 6 Robyn manages an epic 3-2 win over Alaisdair, luckily according to her father it’s nothing she hasn’t heard before (phew!)Robyn took the points by exhausting her older opponent by moving him around the court as much as possible and playing the safe shots consistently. She’ll have her sights on the top spot so watch out Box 6!

Box 5

In the first weekend of the new rotation Ed Doyle places his sights firmly on the top spot in box 5! With a glorious win over myself (3-0) where Ed’s fast, low, long balls were just too consistently perfect width and kept me in my place! It was then straight into a 3-1 slog with Adrian which puts Ed firmly in prime position ahead of his well deserved holiday this week! The match against Adrian looks to have been one of the closest I’ve seen! 4 games, 2 tie breaks, and the other 2 with no more than 3 points difference! Adrian will be looking for revenge soon I’m sure!

Box 1

Finlay v Paul (3-1)