Squash: Dumfries bag two titles at nationals masters

1 04 2010

Dumfries Squash Club was represented at the ultimate Scottish Squash Masters tournament of the season, the Scottish Nationals in Aberdeen and came away with two titles and two runner-ups, even though several players missed the tournament due to injury or other commitments.

Davy Rogan comfortably won all of his round-robin matches to secure the O-75s title and top the Scottish rankings again.

In the O-45s current Scottish Champion Jimmy Wells was in excellent form once again.

He won his quarter-final 3-1 and in the semi-final he defeated Lockerbie’s Ronnie Carter 3-0.

In the final he faced Mike Spalding who had just moved into the O-45s. In a close first set, Wells took a 5-1 lead but was under constant pressure and a burst racket string broke his momentum resulting in losing 9-7.

In the second set, Wells struggled to regain control and lost that 9-3. In the third set, he again took a strong lead only to be pegged back and finally losing 9-6.

While not retaining his Scottish title, Jimmy Wells could take some comfort from topping the O-45 Scottish rankings.

In the O-50s, current Scottish champion Robin Ridley unfortunately suffered a compound leg fracture the weekend before the tournament and thus withdrew. Keith Gristwood lost his quarter-final narrowly 3-2.

In the O-55s, Raymond Kirk continues to be unable to find his form away from Dumfries. However, he made it through to the final of the Plate but lost 3-2 in a closely-contested match.

Sue Strachan won the final of the O-35 Ladies comfortably 3-0. She also entered the O-45 Ladies event and won two out of three round-robin matches.

In her third match she narrowly lost 3-2 to finish as runner-up to current Scottish champion Fiona McLean.

Faith Sinclair finished as runner-up in the O-50 Ladies to Eunice Bond who proved too powerful for Faith ending up winning 3-0 in the final.

All in all, Dumfries Squash Club has had a very successful season on the Scottish Squash Masters circuit and continues to punch well above its weight nationally.

Any squash players interested in being a part of the success of, or finding out more about, the club can call in at Dumfries Sports Club at Nunholm or visit the website: http://www.dumfriessportsclub.co.uk for further information.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard

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