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!
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!
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!?
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!