Sizzling start to DG Squash Leagues

3 11 2008

The John Henderson & Sons Dumfries and Galloway Squash Leagues got off to a sizzling start this week at Nunholm.

The D&C Lindsay Forestry side downed Peter’s Fish and Chicken Bar in Division One, and in Division Two the Cisco ‘Kids’ whitewashed Thornhill and Specsavers saw off the Stewarty’s Young Guns from Castle Douglas.

Division 1

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Division 2

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Division 1

Peter’s Fish & Chicken Bar Vs D&C Lindsey Forestry

In Division One Peter’s Fish and Chicken Bar (formerly Lanterna) played host to D&C Lindsey Forestry (formerly Royal Bar) and conceded a narrow 3-2 defeat.

At No 1 “the masters” Jim Wells and Ronnie Carter gave an excellent display of our beautiful game with Wellsy running away with a 3-1 victory against his old friend and adversary.

At No 2 Jim Scriven (League player of the year in 2008) was on fire against Davy Lindsay, both players enthralled the balcony with a very entertaining match with Jim securing a 3-2 victory.

At No 3 Keith Gristwood got off to a flying start against Neil McBryde who hot off the transfer list has been renamed  “the saviour of Lockerbie” but Neil fought back and clinched the game 3-2 which earned him the player of the match award.

At No 4 Sue Strachan (Ladies Champion) battled hard against Robert Grierson – the defector (ex Lanterna player) and once again the spectators were enthralled with a display of excellent squash with Robert gaining a 3-2 victory.

At No 5 Alan Miller put up a brave fight against Kenny Little (the Duracell Bunny) with Kenny running away with a 3-1 victory.

Division 2 

Cisco Systems Vs Thornhill

New Division 2 team Cisco Systems entertained Thornhill in their first home game this week. Playing in his first league game 15 year old Douglas Brotherston in at No 5 was up against Luke Park, one of Thornhill’s younger players. Luke found it a little difficult to settle on the Nunholm courts and Douglas raced to a 2-0 lead in short time. The 3rd game produced some good squash from both boys but Douglas made few mistakes and went on to secure a 3-0 win for Cisco.

On the other court Luke’s Dad Archie was pitched against Chris “Tigger” McCutcheon at No 3 and was a game of contrasting styles. Archie tried to slow the pace of the game down but Chris was driving the ball well and  used the space on court to his advantage. The result was a convincing 3-0 victory for “Tigger”.

Following  Douglas on Court 3 was the Cisco Systems “Auld Yin” Petar Zutic who entertained one of Thornhill’s seasoned players Brian Dick. The Thornhill plasterer found Petar a little too sticky to handle early on and found himself 0-2 down before recovering form and winning the 3rd but Petar regained the initiative in the 4th to go on to win 3-1.

The battle of the No1’s saw Chris Bellwood take on the evergreen Robert Grierson and both guys went at it in a tough first game which saw Robert sneak it at 9-7. Chris changed his tactics in the 2nd game and decided to slow it down a little and try not to get into the hard hitting game of the first. The change was a positive move as Chris won the next 3 games 9-5, 9-3, 9-2 to record a creditable win for the team.

This left 16 year old Iain Anderson to try and maintain the 100% win record playing at No4 against a former Nunholm player Jason Davies. Jason admitted later that he has not played too many games this season yet and was a little rusty! Take nothing away from Iain though who went about the job of getting the win and although he dropped  the 3rd game he was well worth the 3-1 victory.

A cracking start for the young Cisco Systems team who with the 3 bonus points record an 18-3 victory over the Thornhill boys who will be all out for revenge on their own courts next January!

Next game for Cisco is a home game against Kings Arms from Lockerbie – “More of the same please” said non playing captain Raymond Currie.

Specsavers Vs Stewartry Young Guns

Specsavers also got off to a winning start in Division 2 against a very lively team from Stewartry Young Guns (Castle Douglas) except that you probably would not call John Wilson a young gun these day, more like a clapped out cannon, still he was the only winner in a highly competitive game and these guys are only going to get better.

At one Stevie Easthill beat Mark Williams 3-0, Carol Black beat Neil Carmichael by the same score. George O’Neill was stretched by Callum Wilson while the aforementioned John Wilson beat Graham Anderson 3-2. Bringing up the rear as usual Peter Allen had to use his many years of experience to hold off a spirited Scott Davis.

If the rest of the season is played in the spirit of this game then we are looking forward to a great season.

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