Friday, 31 January 2014

Minileague 4 Results

Here are the results of the last minileague of 2013

Click in the frame and scroll down for your league or click here for a full screen view.


Friday, 17 January 2014

Squash Club report for the Grange Club AGM 2014

Membership: As at the beginning of December 2013, Grange Squash Club has 130 members regularly playing in the competitions and mini-leagues. Courts continue to be hired at The Academy Sports Centre to ease the peak-time pressure. Paid membership of the squash club is just over the 200 mark.

Juniors: Junior membership has been very successful and is again coached and mentored by Fiona McLaren and John Bain. Every Saturday afternoon John and Fiona give up their day for the coaching sessions, and also travel to competitions with the juniors. Their contribution to the future of squash cannot be over-stated.

Courts: The new courts are taking shape and at the end of last year were on schedule. This is a very exciting time for the Grange club in general and the squash club in particular, and we look forward to the new courts opening in May.

Competitions: We run several competitions for the members with all being keenly contested. The mini-leagues continue to be a great success and The Grange Open was organised for the first time by Kevin Moran, and was very successful in both the number of entrants and the quality of entrants.

Open Teams: The Open teams have reduced to 4 teams this season after losing a few key players over the summer.  Demand is still high and we field 4 team each week with ease with teams in Divs 1, 3,4 and 5.  The 1s are currently struggling with level in Div 1 as we still  find it hard to attract players at the upper end of the squash ability spectrum however its hoped that the success of the GO and National League side will help attract more players to the club.  The other teams are competing well within their respective leagues and should all have genuine shots at promotion.

Ladies’ Teams: At the end of the first half of the ladies season, Grange 1 came a very respectable 2nd, behind the runaway winners of ESC 1. We won 7 out of 10 games against some stiff opposition and in the face of several injuries and study leave.
Grange 2 suffered a bit from having to sub up to the firsts and we still managed to win 5 out of 10 games. We were in danger of gaining promotion to the first division but could only muster 3 players for our final game. So, we finished very comfortably in 3rd place. Congrats to Edinburgh University and Waverley 2 for gaining promotion to the 1st division.

Treasurer’s Report: The Squash Club finances are extremely healthy at the moment, with balances showing of £1,165 in the old Gameball account; £3,782 in the old Juniors, social and Competition subs account; and £1,116 in the new consolidated account; giving a round total of £6,063.  This is entirely due to the efforts of David Grieve with Gameball, Dougie Brown with the competition subs, and Fiona McLaren and John Bain with the Juniors. Many thanks to all of them. This means the squash section can easily make its promised contribution of £2,500 to the building costs for the new courts.

Social: The regular Friday night squash club remains very popular with newcomers, potential members (most sign up) and regulars alike.

Plans: From May 2014 we will have 5 squash courts, two of them new state-of-the art glass-backed courts. The club intends to grow the numbers of squash members.

Acknowledgements: I would like to thank the squash committee (all volunteers) for the past years in continuing to run the mini-leagues, competitions, juniors, teams, club-nights, socials, accounts and IT. Thanks also to general committee and membership and our members for the fantastic club spirit we have.
Finally a huge thanks to Christy Looby, who is taking a sabbatical after many years of imagination, hard work and enthusiasm in all his roles as Squash Club mover and shaker. I’m sure Christy will enjoy his hard-earned rest.

Bill Marshall

Squash President

Annual General Meeting


The Annual General Meeting

will be held on

Wednesday 29th January 2014