Complacency costs squash team

ALLANDER CYAN were handed a deserved defeat 4-1 against Giffnock 5 last week as complacency cost them any chance of the win.

At 5 Alastair Graves struggled to get into the groove and lost the first two games against his older opponent.

Alastair clawed it back to 2-1 but eventually the experienced Giffnock man took the game 3-1.

Next on court was Ken Findlay boasting a skin-tight knee strap as a reminder that he was returning from injury. However, Ken lost the tie in 3 quick games.

At 3 was Donny Kneale who struggled to overcome a poor start and went down in the first two games. Despite a gutsy fight back, Donny lost out 3-1.

The penultimate tie saw Chris McGeady well and truly turned over by his rampant, young opponent.

The rising star, normally found in the higher Giffnock side, dazzled Chris with a show of darting and diving before running out a 3-0 winner.

With the match well beyond doubt, it was left to the seasoned Phil Graves to rescue some team pride at no 1.

Phil also started slowly but in the crucial second game a typical determined chase around all corners of the court brought Phil all square at 1-1.

A few rays of quality play followed before a few generous early Christmas gifts from his tiring opponent led to a solid 3-1 victory and man of the match award for Phil.

Unfortunately, the Allander Cyan seconds fared no better as they lost 3-2 to an unbeaten Broomhill side.

At no 1 was Ian Gault who matched his opponent at 1-1 for the opening two sets. His opponent stepped up his game, however, and Ian eventually lost the match 1-3.

Hamish McKay, at 2, narrowly lost the first game, won the second and lost a contact lens in the third, causing him to lose his five-point lead — and the set.

From there Hamish, complete with his recovered lens, lost the fourth and deciding set against the Broomhill man of the match.

At 3 Ray Small fell to 2-0 deficit before losing a fourth-set tie break to end up on the receiving end of a 3-1 defeat.

Norrie McMillan, still on a winning streak stuck, to his usual game plan, losing the first two games and fighting back to take the match 3-2, and the Allander’s MOM award.

Never one to take the easy option, Norrie played well under pressure, playing lobs and cross court shots, to take the third game on a tie break to keep the match alive. This seemed to break his opponent’s confidence and gave Norrie the edge in the final two games.

Gordon Gray at 5, having left his daughter’s birthday party early to play in the match, took a game to work off the cake.

He lost the first against a surprisingly agile, wily and fit septuagenarian who played nice drop shots whilst running laps around the court.

Gordon then won the next game easily; as well as the third. In the fourth the strings on his racket broke which didn’t help and, armed with a borrowed racquet, he lost the fourth game in a tie break.

Gordon recovered in the fifth, playing some nice side court drives to take the match 3-2.

Meanwhile, the Ladies Allander Team beat Hamilton 3-2 last Monday to maintain their push on the Ladies’ Division 2 title.

The teams will now indulge in the Christmas Break before a return to action in the second week of January.

The Mens’ First Team will face Strathgryffe 4 on January 11, while the seconds host SSRC 3.

However, the Ladies’ Team will face a later return as they await the visit of Parklands on Monday, January 16.