Thursday, 28 January 2016

Grange 4 vs. Heriot-Watt 4

Tonight’s match saw the 4th team playing HWU4, looking to carry on our fine run to keep up the pressure on the teams above us in the league.   
First up was Richard Nisbet and Jamie Helme at number 4 & 5. Richard was playing Mark Hounsell  and despite taking the first set, found himself second best for the rest of the match as Mark won 3-1,  (11-15, 15-11,15-12, 15-11). Meanwhile Jamie was playing Lee Calder on the other court, Jamie looked in control for the first two sets, before a lapse in concentration allowed Lee to take the third set, before Jamie closed out the match winning the fourth set to take the match 3-1, (15-10, 15-10, 14-16, 15-9).
Next up were Anthony Fitzgerald and Iain Gallacher playing Malcolm Lunn and Andrew O’Donnell 2 & 3 respectively. Iain got things off to a great start, taking the first two sets before Andrew retired in the third when the score was 8-0, to take the match 3-0 (15-7, 15-12, 15-0), meanwhile on the other court Anthony always had in nose in front against Malcolm, coming through to take the match 3-0 (15-13, 15-12, 15-12) to put Grange 3-1 up after the second round of games, securing the match points.
With the win points in the bag it was the turn of Andy Whitelaw to play Zsolt Husz at number 1, Andy was slow off the blocks and Zsolt was winning points with great touch and tight boasts at the front to take the first set, Andy found his range and forced Zsolt to the back of the court and Zsolt was unable to find the same accuracy with Andy taking the next three sets to win the match 3-1 (10-15, 15-10, 15-6, 15-5) to complete the team victory for the 4ths, winning 16-5.

Due to a private Burns supper being held upstairs, we were unable to get our usual spot in the long room and we invited our guests up to the committee room for the usual fayre of pizza and a drink of their choice and conversation turned to the strengths and weaknesses of the other teams in the division.


Anonymous said...

This could be interesting.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of the teams?

Did the opinions of teams change after a few beers?

Stags Heid said...

The strengths are that you get plenty of enjoyable squash in Div 5 as often a shot is framed or doesn't have its intended outcome.
The weaknesses are that Div.5 used to show its athletic merits in the bar, but now the new drink driving limit has put a stop to displaying any proficiency is pint-lifting.
The opinions don't change any more- see reason 2 above!