Squash: Nunholm Finals Weekend 2009

24 03 2009
Les, Sue and Iain (Senior, Womens, Junior/Jim Thorburn Champions 2009)

Les, Sue and Iain (Senior, Womens, Junior/Jim Thorburn Champions 2009)

Finals weekend at the Nunholm Squash Club started with the semi-finals of the Club Championships last Friday night. Current Scottish Masters over-45 champion Jim Wells beat Malcolm McCubbin who was hampered by an ankle injury sustained during the week. Les Harkness beat Robin Ridley, the current Scottish Masters over-50 champion, in a close fought contest with some classy squash.

2009 Junior Championships

2009 Junior Championships

On Saturday it was the turn of the juniors who played out their Club Championship in a competition with ages from 11-18 including one of the junior girls.

Matches were hard fought but played in a friendly atmosphere and the sportsmanlike behaviour of all competitors was exemplary. The third/fourth playoff final went right down to the wire with the fifth and final game going to Dean Brotherston who was pushed all the way by a great performance from Joe Martin.

Finals day dawned bright and sunny with the juniors kicking off proceedings. Iain Anderson managed again to retain his 2008 crown keeping Douglas Brotherston in second place. They showed skill and determination, great movement and some hard accurate hitting.

2009 Finalists

2009 Finalists

The Ladies Championship was retained for a fourth time by Sue Strachan who just proved too accurate for Rosanna Pierro.

The Jim Thorburn handicap was a close thing but Iain Anderson added to his weekend’s haul by beating Phil Leek.

The stage was set for a great final with Jim Wells trying to retain his title against his long time friend and adversary Les Harkness. Jim got off to a good start in the first game with Les looking nervous and tense however he settled in the second showing some great racket skills and inventiveness.

The atmosphere on the spectator’s balcony was heavy with tension as they went 2 all; one game to decide a whole season. It was nip and tuck in the final game. The squash was superb and played with flare and determination but always in good spirits. To the mere novice squash player it did appear like a different sport.

Les finally took the championship ball with his usual finesse to win a title which had not been his for a long time. His flare and deception along with a better level of fitness than he’s had for some time just took him to victory.

To find out more about squash in Dumfries visit www.dumfriessportsclub.co.uk/squash.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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