Sunday, 18 November 2012

O'Brien Bucket Final (Fri, Nov 16)

The Bucket final saw new member Stephen Thomas make it all the way through the matches to meet old hand but still a youngster Colin Williamson.

Colin is no stranger the the O'Brien Bucket final, being runner up twice and competing in most of the draws for the past few years.
Movember. Stephen's psychedelic shorts
Steve on the other hand had never been on court where a referee was in attendance, never mind a crowd of spectators! Amongst those spectators were Mum (Janis) and Dad (David) Williamson, David having won the cup a few years ago. No pressure then!

After a nervous start (by the marker - David Grieve isn't used to 'American' scoring) the crowd were entertained with a good-natured final, Colin's experience (despite his youth and heavy handicap) coming through and enabling him to win 3-1 on the night. I know Colin has wanted to get his hands on this trophy for some time, well done. He takes the spoils of a prized Titan racket bag and has his name engraved on the oldest trophy in the Grange squash club, a few lines below his Dad. 
Another well done to Stephen Thomas, brand new to the club and Edinburgh he battled hard for his runner-up position and I'm sure he will enjoy his prize of a choice bottle of red wine. The experience will stand him in good stead for next year.

We have a new competitions secretary this year, Jonathan Norrie. A huge pat on the back for him, we had 32 entrants in this year's Bucket and Jonathan persuaded all of the hopefuls to get their games played inside the tight schedule and the final was a great success. Well done Jonathan. (Report: Bill M)

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