Friday, 27 April 2012

Webmaster, Club night regular & cyclist extraordinaire

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the best left-hander at club-night, Mr Martin Jones ;-)

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Racketballers @ Linlithgow (Mon 16/4/2012)

I was first up tonight playing 2 against Mark. With the warmest and bounciest ball I have ever seen I found it hard to adjust to the pace and lost the first. The second and third were much closer but were also lost albeit only by a couple of points in each. I was however particularly unhappy to be informed later that Mark had been seen scoffing a Big Mac just before taking to court. Surely I should have been offered similar sustenance as this obviously must have given him an advantage.

Whilst I was on court Mike Wagner was also making his debut at 6 on the other court. I didn't see any of that match and by all accounts neither did Mike. Another 3-0 defeat although to be fair to Mike he had never played the game before and still seemed keen at the end to have another go.

Ex El Presidente Ally took the number 4 position and put up a valid display whilst also going down 3-0. Unfortunately Ally's stealth like movement round the court, rather reminiscent of the Indian's circling Custer's 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn, failed to gain dividends and in this case Custer was happy to stand in the middle of the court and pick off winners down the walls.

John Matthew was also making his debut at 5 and had an excellent game with Keith. Had he ever played racketball before he may even have pulled out a win as all three games were nip and tuck until the latter stages. Unusually John's downfall came as he decided to try and play several drop shots, something we have never seen him do on a squash court never mind racketball court. Having failed to impress with this tactic John reverted to smashing the ball as hard as he could and once he is able to do this without hitting the floor first, the points will come.

Jordan was next up at 3 and promptly lost the first spending more time applauding his opponent that making shots. He did however rally in the second and went on to WIN that game convincingly. Moving forward a superb shoulder charge seemed to have upset his opponent and given him an opening but rather than pushing home his advantage with the odd trip or elbow, he got all apologetic and girly and went down 3-1.

Last up at number 1 was Christy. Picking up on last years form neither the tin or roof were safe but despite a valiant attempt against a very good opponent, another 3-0 loss for the Grange.

All in all despite the overall score line we competed fairly well in this match against probably the strongest team in the league. If we can continue to build on this performance we may even pick up a few wins before the end of the season. Thanks go to Linlithgow for a pleasant evening, pasta and usual chat in the bar afterwards.

David Grieve (Captain of tonight's Titanic)

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Ashour dives like Dutton (Top PRO rally from Egypt)

Watch it fullscreen, best quality

Lady Ontario takes on Grange Ladies...

Today 3 of our top ladies hosted hosted Kathy Cowper on the squash courts. Kathy was here because her husband was running the Edinburgh half-marathon and Kathy was not going to miss out on her squash fix just to cheer him on.
Kathy is one of the top ladies master in North America as can be seen by the battle with her arch-nemesis on Youtube:
Donna, Lottie and Catherine all answered the call to host Kathy and it turned into quite a nice training prepararion for the Div.1 playoff. Picture is Kathy taking away a memento of her visit to Grange Squash, flanked by Catherine(l) and Lottie(r).

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Spot the Granger

Current Grange Squasher who was capped for Scotland 1986- Name please?
(Click the pic to zoom in)
For a bonus point: Name the Colinton player
For 2 bonus points: Name the Watsonians player
For 3 bonus points: Name the player who was also a Grange coach

Prize of a Titan grip for the most points.
Credit to Andrew McSherry of David Lloyd Glasgow for diggin out the photo.

Grange Wheelers: every Sun 10am Tour de West Lothian

Last Sunday Martin Jones took the yellow jersey as we rode the loop below (click to zoom):
Come and join us next week?

Monday, 2 April 2012

Club championships sponsored by Titan Sports

Upwards of 50 members and supporters packed into the gallery for
the season finale. The winners of the respective competitions were as follows:

Winner Runner-up
Open Will Kerr Alan Hamer
Open Plate Christy Looby Alan Stokes
Ladies Donna Cruickshank Lottie Fulton
Ladies Plate Jo Petty Dawn MacBrayne
Jim Moore Rich Miller Andy Claymore
Juniors Angus McPherson Andrew Boyd

Afterwards, we were treated to a stunning exhibition of
athleticism, trickery, showmanship and comedy by
Kevin Moran against Greg Lobban.
Greg won a Titan goodie bag for a hard fought 2-1 win
lasting over 45 mins, notwithstanding that they both had to play
a ranking tournament in Aberdeen starting 12 hours later.