Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Calendar of national league "home" matches

National League Matches @ Grange


TUE 26 NOV 7pm Newlands Women

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Colinton Men

TUE 14 JAN 7pm ASRC Women

TUE 4 FEB 7pm ASRC1 Men

TUE 18 FEB 7pm Bridge of Allan Women

  "     "   " 7pm Giffnock Men

Tue 18 Mar  7pm ESC1 Women

Sun 13 Apr 7pm Thurso Men


East of Scotland Clubs - Then & Now

Continuing series on East squash (click here for Ladies Episode 3) ... now the turn of  Open leagues

58 Clubs that have played in East/Lothian Leagues 1969-2012

Up to 80 miles of travelling

View Squash clubs that played in East of Scotland Assoc in a full screen map


17 Clubs presently playing in East Leagues

Up to 40 miles of travelling

View 17 Clubs now in East of Scotland leagues 2013/14 in a full screen map

Friday, 22 November 2013

Receive your Free £5 Titan Racket Discount Voucher

Are you Looking to upgrade your squash racket?
A Christmas Gift to start your squash new year?
Why not try before you buy by taking advantage of a FREE trial ‘HIT’ and receive a £5 FREE Racket product Voucher.
WHEN:   Saturday 7th December  @ 10.45am
WHERE:   Court 1 at The Grange Squash Club.
To reserve your  Titan Racket Trial ‘Hit’ contact Club Coach and Titan Club rep Mike Hall
tel/text 07834736296.
P.S. If  Saturday 7th December is not convenient please contact  Mike to choose a more suitable time and date.

Friday, 15 November 2013

November Newsletter

Hi All,

Another packed newsletter, there is so much happening at your club.
Top of the bill in this newsletter are the two squash treats in store for you this month.

TOP Class Squash
The weekend of the 23/24th hosts the Grange Open, attracting top players from all over. There really will be some top class squash here and it is FREE to watch for members AND guests.
On the Saturday after the squash matches is a not-to-be-missed exhibition game between Greg Lobban and Dougie Kempsell, last year's exhibition game was spectacular this one will surpass even that.

The next squash treat is on the evening of Tuesday 26th - both the National League AND the Ladies National League are playing at the Grange, come down and cheer on the home sides. Again this is FREE to members AND guests. Our 4th team also play their home game at the Academy that night, the bar will be jam packed full with great banter, come along and  enjoy the evening.

Opening Night
A very popular evening, the fun competition was again superbly organised by Karen Kennedy, and food provided by David Grieve.
The winning team look suitably impressed with their prizes!

New Squash Courts
It's started. It really has. The eagle has landed (actually that is a dummy bird on the grass tennis courts, it's not a real eagle, despite all the photo's being taken by passers by) and the building work has commenced. Please see the attachment from the club Chairman with more details of the racket sports development and restrictions on parking.

Quiz Night
This Friday 15th. Club night as usual at 7:00, as always some will slope off to the bar - er quiz early and others will keep the club night going.

O'Brien Bucket Final
Is on Friday 22nd, the oldest trophy in the Grange squash club will again be keenly contested - come along and cheer your favourite player on the night.

Fun Rules Night on a Friday
We haven't forgotten about the promise to do some fun rules nights, let me know if you would be interested in this - numbers would have to be limited to 12 or so, but if it's popular we can do several more nights. The idea is to watch a few set plays from the balcony, listen to the players pleas, and vote on the outcome of Let, No Let or Stroke. Then hear what the call should have been and the referees explanation of why. The emphasis will be on fun as much as learning, and it won't take all night.

We now have a few more participants, another 3 or 4 will make all the difference. It's still great odds for that £100 prize cheque every month.
Harvey won last month, on the same night his team won the opening night prizes. He fairly skipped out of the club that evening!

Andrew Beames has kindly 'volunteered' to do the social media side of the club, so if you have anything you want put on the website, placed on the blog, stuck on Facebook or put in the online calendar drop him a line, the contact email is in the signature block at the bottom of this email.

Personal Accident Insurance
This is already included for registered competitive players of SSRL ( players) however SSRL have offered the same cover for £10 to all other registered players.
Please let me know if you are interested and I'll collate the figures.

And Finally
I found this link from Squash Ezine very useful:

9 videos of squash scenarios requiring a refereeing decision, with answers - how many did you get right? (I got 7 and 8 wrong)

Enjoy the squash,

The Grange Squash Club
Facebook/Blog/Website/Calendar etc:
President:        Bill Marshall
Hon President  David Grieve
Open Events:   Kevin Moran
Mini-leagues:   Douglas Brown
Competitions:  Jonathan Norrie
Juniors:           John Bain
Ladies Teams: Karen Kennedy
Open Teams:   Pete Cockburn
Social:            Ali Ross  
Treasurer:        Nick Lyth
RacketBall:     David Grieve      davidgrieve5@aol.comMembership secretary:  

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Up-coming social events

New events have been added to the Grange Calendar.
Take a look!
You can add it to your own calendar app by linking to:
view the calendar via the Grange Squash website:

This is a quick summary:

15th November 
Quiz Night

27th December Table Tennis evening

3rd JanuaryQuiz Night

25th JanuaryBurns supper and ceilidh

Club Closures Over the festive period the club will be closed as follows
24th December - from 1pm
25th December
26th December
31st December
1st January
2nd January - club open but bar closed

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Fourths Stay Top with Tight Win

Grange IV stayed top this week with a hard fought game against Dean

This week's intrepid adventurers were Andy Beames, Andy Claymore, Anthony Fitzgerald, Rocco and myself - a pretty good turnout for the fourths.

Being first up, I was a little alarmed to see a fresh faced student who was 'just getting back into it' which usually means 'I used to play Division 1'. But as it turned out, I was able to benefit from his rustiness for a 9-3, 9-3, 9-1 win.

On the other court, Anthony was involved in a ding dong, and by the end he had almost broken sweat! The first two were exchanged 6-9, 9-3 before entering a tense third. From 1-5, Anthony brought it back to 6-5 before it began to slip away and he faced game point at 7-8. But some heroic retrieving kept him in the game and he closed it out 10-8 before taking the fourth 9-2 for a 3-1 win. Well fought Anthony.

Andy Claymore up next, looking to follow up on his debut win last week. Great court speed gave his opponent little chance and the game was soon over 9-6, 9-2, 9-7 for a 3-0 unassailable lead.

Andy Beames went on court to keep the score turning over. But while his opponent played well, Andy simply didn't. What can I say? After winning the first game 9-5, the second was soon lost 7-9 and the tide was turning. The third went 9-2 and we waited for that famous fitness to kick in.  And so it did. But it didn't do much good. In the fourth, Andy seemed to think he was playing racketball and played through countless lets and strokes. In the one game alone he didn't claim three points where the ref had called stroke, only for Andy to play the ball and keep the rally going, only to lose the point. That's called making life hard for yourself. The game went 6-9.

When's the next ref's course?

Rocco was on next. To be fair he was rushing from work. I went for a shower, but when I went downstairs to their dungeon court, they were already shaking hands on a 2-9, 2-9, 2-9 loss.

So, overall a 3-2 win and a return to the top of the table. What's not to like.

p.s. Neil Love says sorry he missed the match - he'd have loved the pineapple pizzas.


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

2013 Grange Open

Hi All,

2 weeks to enter in the Grange Open 2013 Sponsored by Bonny Sports!

Set to be another great weekend of squash, the weekend of the 23rd/24th November 2013! 

Watch two of the best Professional players in Scotland on the Saturday of the event night (Saturday the 23rd). Great chance to watch some top quality live squash in Edinburgh.  

Exhibition match:

Greg Lobban:        Scotland #2
                                 World #86
Dougie Kempsell: Scotland #3
                                 World #129

Entries close for the graded Grange Open 2013 on Friday the 15th of November.

Entry forms can be found here...

Hope to see you all there!!

Kevin Moran
The Grange Squash Club
Open Events:   Kevin Moran

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2013 Over 50's competition

Hi All,

Please see here for details of the imminent 2013 Over 50s competition.
There are only 7 entrants so far, and looking around the club I can't believe there are so few over 50s ;-)

Sign up on the sheet on the notice board, or ping an email to Jonathan.
Finals night IS lucky Friday 13th December.


Minileague 2 results

Wow, that's more like it!

This was our most active league for 2 years, with 194 games played, up from 143 last month.
Well done to leagues 3, 10 and 12 for getting all their 15 games played. 
There were several others missing only 1 or 2 games.

We also had the closest league ever, in league 5, Nick Guise, Richard Nisbet and Matt Pearson were all tied on 32 points!

And between the 3 of them, they all managed one 3-1 win - I had to draw lots for promotion
Finbally, congratulations to Angus McPherson in gaining promotion to League 1 at the tender age of 16. Watch out!


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