Squash: Nunholm players star in U-30’s in Castle Douglas

23 02 2009

Back Row (L-R) Chris Bellwood(4th), Chris McCutcheon(3rd), Iain Anderson (5th), Front row - Dean Brotherston (most improved player award), Steven Wallace(1st), Jordan Currie(2nd), Missing from picture - Scott Davies(6th)

Back (L-R) Chris Bellwood(4th), Chris McCutcheon(3rd), Iain Anderson (5th), Front - Dean Brotherston (most improved player award), Steven Wallace(1st), Jordan Currie(2nd), Missing from photo - Scott Davies(6th)

Last weekend saw the new Dumfries & Galloway U-30 Squash competition sponsored by Jas. P Wilson and Backswing played at the courts of Stewartry Community Sports Club in Castle Douglas.

A healthy entry of young players from ALL Dumfries & Galloway Squash Clubs played over the course of Friday night and all day Saturday. Due to the system played all players involved were guaranteed at least 3 games as they battled for final places.

The first round provided no real shocks but Callum Wilson of SCSC had to battle back from being 8-4 down in the first game against 11 year old Dean Brotherston of Nunholm to sneak it 11-8 and to then go on and secure a 3-0 win.

The second round saw the 4 top seeds progress with probably Chris Bellwood of Nunholm being pushed hardest by club mate Iain Anderson. Chris just had the edge on consistency during the match to secure a win and a semi final spot.

The semi finals brought together the top 4 seeds, all from the Nunholm Club, with the first between Steven Wallace(1) against Chris Bellwood(3) and the second Chris McCutcheon(4) playing Jordan Currie(2).

The match between Steven and Chris was probably a lot tighter than the spectators expected with Chris pushing Steven all the way and just losing out 11-9 in the first game. This then seemed to settle Steven and his power of shot proved decisive as he secured a 3-0 win.

The second semi saw No 4 seed Chris McCutcheon get to game ball in the first game only for Jordan Currie to fight back and pinch it at 12-10. Whether Chris saw this as a big chance missed, it affected his shot choice on too many occasions in the 2nd and 3rd games giving Jordan some cheap points. Jordan at 3-0 was happy to clinch the win and a final spot.

Before the final though saw the two Chris’s battle for 3rd/4th places and what a cracker it turned out to be. Both lads playing tight controlled squash with great variation of shots and some fierce driving on either side. They traded games to go to 2-2 and a deciding game saw Chris McCutcheon take the game and the match with some fine shot play at the front of the court. The match was a credit to both of them.

So the final had a lot to live up to after the game between the two Chris’s and it didn’t disappoint. Steven and Jordan have met in a few finals as juniors with Steven always having the edge. The first game saw both players trading tight shots and many of the rallies were long and punishing. Jordan was forced to do a lot of retrieving and with the score at 8-8 Jordan had a chance. But when he needed to make sure of not playing any unforced errors he did and with Steven also having a few nicks going in his favour he managed to hold out to take the first game 11-8.

The next two games saw Jordan trying to vary the game up by using more lobs, boasts and drops and to avoid trading drives with Steven, as his power play was so accurate. This effort from Jordan stretched Steven, but his higher level of consistency and control led him to take the final 3-0 and get his name first on the new trophy.

The new trophy for the competition was sponsored by all the Dumfries and Galloway squash clubs, Nunholm, SCSC, Lockerbie and Thornhill. This along with the sponsors’ prizes and trophies were presented by John Wilson of Jas P Wilson. This was after the SCSC Chairman Peter Hickman had thanked all competitors, organisers, clubs and spectators for their support in making the two days a success.

In reply new champion Steven Wallace on behalf of the players thanked the organisers and the Stewartry Community Sports Club for hosting the competition and noted how well the courts had played over the two days.

Full list of players and places –

1st Place – Steven Wallace (Nunholm)
2nd Place – Jordan Currie (Nunholm)
3rd Place – Chris McCutcheon (Nunholm)
4th Place – Chris Bellwood (Nunholm)
5th Place – Iain Anderson (Nunholm)
6th Place – Scott Davies (SCSC)
7th Place – Luke Park (Thornhill)
8th Place – Callum Wilson (SCSC)
9th Place – Jamie Struthers (SCSC)
10th Place – Grant McVinnie (SCSC)
11th Place – Dean Brotherston (Nunholm) – Named most improved player at tournament
12th Place – Martin Crolla (Lockerbie)
13th Place – David McBeth (SCSC)
14th Place – Callum Thomson (SCSC)
15th Place – Danny McBryde (Nunholm)

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