D&G Squash Championships Final 2008/9

7 12 2008

Winner Robin Ridley and runner-up Neil McBryde

DG Closed Finals: Winner Robin Ridley and runner-up Neil McBryde

The Dumfries and Galloway Closed Tournament was once again held at Dumfries Sports Club.

Attracting more than 40 entries from around the region, the competition was sponsored by Botex Forestry Cranes, Dalbeattie.

Play started on Monday night without the big two of Jim Wells – illness and Les Harkness – injury.

This really opened up the draw and made for some great matches and brought some new faces into the frame.

By Wednesday night things were taking shape and there were plenty competitive, close matches for the spectators to watch.

Friday was semi-final night with Robin Ridley and Malcolm McCubbin first up.

Malcolm set his stall out from the start, playing straight, commanding the T, and trying to work Robin into all four corners of the court.

Robin was unfazed by this and set out his stall, doing the most of the work but, more importantly, winning most of the points.

After 50 minutes of hard work, he was in the final winning 3/0.

In the other semi-final was a surprise package, Neil McBride.

Having just beaten Lockerbie’s No. 2 Davy Lindsay, he was after Ronnie Carter, Lockerbie’s No. 1 but Ronnie suffered a recurrence of an old injury and Neil was handed his dream trip to the final.

Colin Davies, a Castle Douglas stalwart, played his way quietly through to and won his own semi-final in the plate where he would meet John Thin, who all week had played some pretty good squash himself.

Saturday was finals day.

Runner-up John Thin and winner Colin Davies

DG Plate Finalists: Runner-up John Thin and winner Colin Davies

First up were Colin and John in the plate final.

What a game they served up for the large gallery. John’s better length won him the first game. Colin responded and levelled up at 1-1. John went for pace in game three but in turn sacrificed the safety of a good length. He then slipped behind 2-1 after a monumental fourth game.

John once again levelled at 2-2 both players went hard at it in the fifth and final game.

With the match going to and fro. The match was there for the taking by any of the two by this time they were tiring. Tied at 6-6, Colin pulled a couple of winners out of the bag and the plate was his at 9-6 in the final game.

The men’s championship final was played out by No.1 seed Robin Ridley and the unseeded Neil McBride.

Neil pulled in a large crowd to help cheer him on through the game of his life.

Robin, who is the Scottish No. 1 over 50s, is a very mean competitor and gave Neil no openings at all.

Neil threw every shot in his vast armoury at Robin to gain some sort of edge, but to no avail as Robin won the crown for a second year with a 3-0 winning margin.



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