Poor start for Allander against Newlands

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Newlands 5th team produced a strong performance and took full advantage against an Allander side missing two of their key players.

Ian Turnbull moved up the order to number 3 and put in a determined effort against a more skillful but less agile opponent. Ian managed to fight back to 2-2 but just fell short in the deciding game. Gregory Dudziak, back after a few weeks absence struggled to maintain the pace set by Newland’s number 5 and eventually succumbed in the fifth.

Phil Graves at number 4 was quickly out to show how many game points it is possible to lose in a single game. The first game went on and on, until his opponent managed to squeeze ahead to win. The rest of the match was evenly balanced but the younger player held greater reserves of stamina after the exhausting first game and won 3-1. Jeremy Bushell at 2 was up against a seasoned performer who could easily have been playing at number 1 and went down 3-0 in straight sets. Lastly Chris McGeady at number 1 faced a very talented player who should have been playing in a higher league. Chris put up a good fight and just fell short in each game to go 3-0 down.

Meanswhile the men’s 2nd team squash were at home to SSRC 6 from Maryhill and faired much better beatng their opponents 5-0.

John Millar and Hamish McKay both made short work winning 3-0 in positions 5 and 4, followed by Sajjad Chauhdry who also powered himself to a 3-0. Gordon Todd came close to dropping a game at position 2 but recovered and maintained the pattern of straight wins. Ken Findlay in the top slot had a tighter tussle but completed the night with the fifth 3-0 win.

In other news the annual club handicap competition was played last Saturday and the final was fought between top 2 players Jeremy Bushell (pictured left front) and Chris McGeady. Despite the handicap, Chris (pictured right with trophy) managed to inch ahead in the final to win the championship