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– DDSRA AGM Tuesday 27th May 2014

The DDSRA AGM will take place on Tuesday 27th May at Forthill Sports Club in the function suite at 7.30. The AGM will be followed by the presentation of prizes and a light buffet.

DDSRA Individual Tournament Report: 23 – 25 November 2013 , David Lloyd, Monifieth
By Graeme Patullo

An impressive 25 players enter the 2013 DDSRA Individual Tournament held at David Lloyd Centre, Monifieth.
With the exceptionally large entry, qualifying rounds were played on the Friday evening. Most notable matches/results from the qualifiers were:

• Ray Kelday’s three games to 1 defeat of Graeme Patullo – after losing the first game 0-9
• Shane Lindsay’s 4-game tussle with the fast-improving Ken Daly (9-6 in the 4th)

With the field now whittled down to 16 players, the 1st Round ‘proper’ commenced on Saturday morning. With so many entrants, it was inevitable that there would be some close matches between similarly-ranked players.

The pick of the 1st-round matches came in the match between Joe Ghaemi (Dundee University; No.6 seed) and Mark James (Montrose; No.11 seed). Both players enjoy hard-hitting squash and in five closely-fought games, Mark took final game, 9-5.
All of the top-4 seeds progressed with 3-0 wins.

In the ¼-finals, there were some more closely-fought matches between the top players. Again, the pick of the matches involved neither of the top two seeds. Instead, the excitement came in the matches between Tom Adams (no.5 seed) and Adam Robertson (no.4 seed). Adam, after taking the 1st game had a game-ball in the 2nd but failed to capitalise, losing it 9-10. He fought hard to win the third game 9-8. However, his exertions from the first three games seemed to have taken their toll as Tom’s gritty style won out to win the 4th game 9-0 and the 5th 9-3.

The ‘other’ match-of-the-round, was an all-Montrose affair. Mark James, after his ‘battle’ with Joe in the previous round played DDSRA’s version of Peter Pan, Boyd Kydd. The first two games were shared (9-7 to Mark followed by a 10-8 to Boyd). The third game was to prove decisive. Boyd took an early lead only for Mark to claw back to 6-all. At this point, Mark’s extra power seemed to dominate and he stormed to a 9-6 win (2 games to 1 lead). The 4th was simpler for Mark. After taking an early lead, he never looked in trouble, winning the 4th game 9-4.

Sunday morning saw the first semi-final between top-seed, Gregor Newton (Abbotsford) and Tom Adam. It was Gregor who started quickly (or was it Tom who started slowly?) racing to a 2 games to nil lead (9-1, 9-1). Tom battled hard in the 3rd but Gregor was always in control, taking it 9-6.

The second semi-final was again an ‘all-Montrose’ affair, this time Peter Buchan coming up against Mark James. All four games were closely-fought with the players sharing the first two games (9/6 to Peter, 9-7 to Mark). The next two games were both won with 9-6 scores – with Peter taking them both for a 3-1 victory.

The keen-anticipated final between the top-2 seeds, Gregor (Abbotsford) and Peter (Montrose) didn’t live up to its billing. Peter’s tougher route to the final seemed to have sapped his energy and it was Gregor who dominated most of the rallies. Peter’s retrieving skills were tested to the full as Gregor pushed him to the four corners of the court whilst, at the same time, dominated the T-area.
Gregor took all three games to become the well-deserved DDSRA champion for 2013.

Whilst the Main event was progressing, players who had lost in the qualifying/first rounds were contesting the Plate event. Again, Graeme Patullo failed to progress past the qualifying round (therefore missing out on the first round of both events!), losing meekly to the wily Ken Daly in 3 games – a significant result for Ken (as we will read later).

Pick of the Plate quarter-finals was the match between Abbotsford’s Ray Kelday and Forthill’s Shane Lindsay. With lets and strokes liberally sprinkled throughout, and the referee/umpire/marker being tested fully, the match was poised at two games each. The 5th game was a classic! Again both players tested the marker as they progressed to “9-all”. With neither player appearing keen to win the match, after both had failed to convert match-balls, it was left to Shane to finally end the match with a deft drop-shot to progress into the semis, 10-9 in the 5th. The remaining quarter-finals were all 3-0 victories.

Semi-final #1 saw Dave Williams progress without hitting a ball as Ken Daly’s body finally packed up. After three bruising matches in less than 24 hours, Ken decided to call a halt to his pain. Semi-final #2 took a little longer as Shane defeated David Brown in three quick games 9-3, 9-0, 9-2.
The final was brilliantly marked as both players, expert in the finer points of the game of squash artistry, danced around the court. The mercurial Dave Williams (RAF Leuchars) took the first game narrowly (9-7) before easing to a 9-4 win in the second game. Shane fought hard in the third as both players recognised its importance. At 8-all, Dave called “1” to hand Shane a “game ball”. However, Shane was left swinging at fresh air as Dave’s thumping drive whistled past him, giving Dave “8-all, match ball”. Dave’s tactics seemed to have changed as he went for an audacious drop-shot to end the match. It failed – and Shane was again serving for the game. This time he triumphed as Dave again failed with an impossible drop-shot taking the match into a fourth game – or so we thought.

Sadly, for all involved, Dave announced that, due to injury he would be unable to continue. Shane therefore became DDSRA Plate Champion – outlasting all of the other entrants.

The Ladies event had fewer entrants than expected but Jennifer McArtney and Tricia Watson progressed to the final. The first two games were both won narrowly (9-6, 10-8) by Jennifer before she raced to a decisive 9-1 victory in the third to claim the Ladies DDSRA title.

With all the excitement of the ‘Main’ and ‘Plate’ events, one could be forgiven for over-looking the handicap event. Despite the note-pads, lecture notes and reference books littering the off-court viewing areas, matches seemed to continue from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. Nobody really knew how the scoring system actually worked (“point-per-rally” and “deduct two points for winning a game” etc) and, I don’t think that anyone really cared. In the end, everyone who participated seemed to have a whale of a time, playing plenty of matches against each other. In the end, a Combined winner (Tricia Watson) and a Ladies winner (Courtney Vijars) was announced.

In summary, an excellent weekend was had by everyone who took part. Thanks to all who marked/refereed any matches. Congratulations to all the tournament winners. An especially huge “Thank You” to Dave Williams (for devising a draw so ingenious that even Einstein would have required scientists from CERN to help him understand it’s full complexities) and Jennifer McArtney (for ensuring that everyone had plenty squash and that all matches were started (approximately) on time – and for her endless supplies of Jelly Babies and Jelly Beans (for energy, of course).

IMPORTANT – Meeting with John Dunlop, CEO Scottish Squash posted 26/08/2013

The following is a message from David Williams (DDSRA Match Secretary (Mens)

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Hi all,

We have arranged for John Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Squash (& Racketball) to come to Forthill Squash Club on 3rd September at 1900 (7pm).

The purpose of the meeting is to take the first steps towards working with Scottish Squash without necessarily worrying about affiliation or other costs (though I’m sure that will come up). (On a side note, the committee agreed at the meeting on Tuesday 20th to drop the non-SSRA DDSRA fees from £80 back down to £40. Affiliated clubs remain at £20.)

I would strongly encourage ALL teams to send at least one representative (not necessarily a committee member or team captain) to attend and speak with John directly. We want to find out what he would like us to do, what he thinks SSRA can do for us, and how we can start building a brighter future for squash in the area.

I’m sure I don’t need to point out that over the last few years DDSRA teams have suffered – Brechin and Forfar both folded, last year we nearly lost North Fife 1 and RAF Leuchars, and now St Andrews University are having their courts demolished (!?) despite being one of the most dedicated and active clubs in the region. To prevent further closures and develop the sport at all levels from grassroots, competitive juniors, students, club level (where most of us currently lie) Competitive Masters and perhaps even some Performance players, we are going to need assistance from our governing body.

A working relationship with SSRA may well be our only real chance to not only prevent further closures, but hopefully turn things around and grow the sport. I’m sure none of us want to leave a legacy of there being no organized squash in the region. I think it’s worth a try and encourage as many clubs to send representation as possible.

I look forward to seeing people there, if you have any queries please email me either on DDSRA or directly at davidgwilliams@btinternet.com, or call me on the phone numbers below.

Regards,

Dave Williams

DDSRA Men’s Match Secretary

01334 838342

07794 167756
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DDSRA AGM 2013 – Tuesday 28th May 2013

The DDSRA AGM will be held at Forthill Sports Club at 7.15pm on Tuesday 28th May. The meeting will be followed by a buffet.

Agenda available here DDRSA AGM 2013 Agenda

2012-2013 Season Individual Tournament – Update 14th March 2013

Taking place from the 8th – 10th March 2013 at Forthill Squash Club

It was with regret that the decision was made to postpone the men’s open and the ladies events due to the lack of entries (6 for the men and 3 for the women).

The men’s handicap event went ahead with 6 men and 2 women competing in a round robin format that meant everyone had 4 to 6 games. The final was contested by Chris Thistlethwaite of Dundee University and Robert Mulligan of Forthill. Chris won 15-11, 17-15.

It is hoped that the other events will be run at a future date but this will depend on the level of support. Please contact Jennifer McArtney if you have any comments about why the entries were so low or when would be suitable to re schedule

(Posted 2013-03-14)

Updated 2012-2013 Season Knockout Cup Matches Semi Final Draw now available for Download –

Updated Knockout Cup Draw is available to download / view from the following link ;
DDSRA KNOCKOUT CUP DRAW UPDATED 4TH MARCH 2013
Please note – details for the B Event are on page 2 of the document

(Posted 2013-03-04)

ISE Squash Open Event, Sunday 10th February, 1-4pm

Location – Institute of Sport and Exercise – University of Dundee, Old Hawkhill, Dundee

Everyone is welcome to come along to try out the Squash facilities available at ISE, University of Dundee from
1-4pm on Sunday 10th February.

Taster sessions will be available throughout the afternoon with opportunities to play and receive free coaching and tips. Demonstrations will also be scheduled with club players offering tips for improving your game and qualified coaches will be on hand to deliver fun coaching tasters for kids.

Come and find out what Squash opportunities and membership options are available at ise.
Plus, enter a free draw for a one-to-one coaching session.
For more details contact: ise@dundee.ac.uk. tel: 01382 384122.
www.dundee.ac.uk/ise

(Posted 2013-02-02)

2012-2013 Season Knockout Cup Matches Draw Available for Download –

The knockout Cup Draw is available to download / view for the following link ;
DDSRA KNOCKOUT CUP DRAW
Please note – details for the B Event are on page 2 of the document

(Posted 2013-01-20)

2012-2013 Season Knockout Cup Matches Update –

  • The Men’s knockout cup matches will be on the 29th January 2013, 19th February 2013 and 12th March 2013
  • The Ladies knockout cup matches will be on 20th February 2013 and 13th March 2013.
  • The draws will be done shortly and forwarded to all team captains.

(Posted 2013-01-03)

2012-2013 Season Update – League Commences 16th October 2012

  • The season will start with the men’s first matches on Tuesday 16th October. Please see resultszone for fixtures.
  • The ladies first match will be on the 24th October. The handbook with the fixtures in will be e-mailed to captains shortly.
  • The individual tournament will be held on the weekend 8th – 10th March 2013.
  • The Knockout Cup finals will be on Sunday 21st April 2013.
  • The league rules have been revisited by the committee and will be forwarded to captains for consideration before the matches start.

(Posted 2012-10-02)

DDSRA Committee Meeting 16th September 2012

DDSRA Committee meeting is on Sunday 16th Sept at 7 pm at Forthill Sports club – open to 1 representative from each club.(Posted 2012-09-13)

At the Dundee and District Squash Rackets Association annual general meeting on Tuesday 15th May at Forthill Sports Club in Broughty Ferry, the retiring President Dave Gordon was presented with a wallet and a framed photograph of himself with some very amusing dialogue from the spoof newspaper “The Scotchman”. (Posted 2012-06-22) –

Dave said that he was thrilled with the gifts and would like to express his grateful thanks to the Dundee & District Committee and all clubs and players within. He would also like to wish the thoroughly merited new President Jennifer McArtney and her youthful new committee, lots of success in the future ahead.
For the record –

Dundee & District SRA – David Gordon
• President DDSRA for 9 years 2003-2012
• DDSRA Committee for 26 consecutive years
• Wrote Courier squash notes for 9 years from 1997-2006
• In 1978 wrote 10 editions for Courier on “Beginner Guide to Squash”
• In 1980 wrote 6 editions for Courier on “How to Avoid Common Squash Injuries”
• In 1982 Produced 2000 posters for Standard Life Assurance on editions for Courier on “How to Avoid Common Squash Injuries” which went out to every squash club in Scotland and England, plus every University, RAF, Army and Navy Bases in Scotland and England.
• Played for Scotland Men at over age internationals on six occasion in England, Wales and Ireland
• Qualified as Scottish Squash Coach at levels 1, 2 & 3 and coached at Forthill for 30 years and most other clubs in the area for 20 years.
• Played Premier Team Squash for Forthill for 10 years and coached the premier team for a further 15 years.
• Was made a “Life Member” of Forthill Squash Club in 2002 for “Services to Squash”
• Coached the Monaco Squash Men’s Team on several 2 month winter visitations.
• Was “Honorary Referee” of the “Monte Carlo International Squash Tournament for Men” on two occasions, when Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan contested the finals.

I think you will agree that Dave’s history in the sport is very hard to compete with and a fitting testament to the dedication he has given to the sport. We wish you all the best in the future you have earned it!

Picture of retring DDSRA President Dave GordonPicture of news article detaling Dave Gordon retiring from DDSRA


This years DDSRA AGM took place at Forthill Sports Club on Tuesday 15th of May at 7pm. Thanks to all who attended. (Posted 2012-05-16) –




This years DDSRA AGM will take place at Forthill Sports Club on Tuesday 15th of May at 7pm. (Note change of venue from previous years) – all welcome. (Posted 2012-04-20)


DDSRSA AGM Agenda 2012
DDSRA AGM 2011_Minutes

March 25th 2012 DDSRA Club Finals tournament – Venue Forthill Squash Club
Feel free to come along this Sunday to see some competitive squash play

Match Times are as follows

  • 10.00- Ladies plate
  • 10.40- Mens B plate
  • 12 noon -Mens A plate
  • 1.20- Ladies final
  • 2.00- Mens B final
  • 3.00- Mens A final


Dundee and District Squash Racquets Association Individual tournament on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2012 at Forthill Sports Club was a successful weekend (30 players competed in Mens Open and Handicap and Ladies handicap events , players came from Perth, Montrose, Arbroath, and St Andrews as well as Dundee) with some great squash for all to see.Here are the scores and results for you to either download (PDF format) or view –

DDSRA_Individual_Tournament_2012_Ladies Handicap Results
DDSRA Individual Tournament 2012_Mens Open Results
DDSRA_Individual_Tournament_2012_Mens Open Plate Results
DDSRA_Individual_Tournament_2012_Mens Handicap Results
DDSRA Individual Tournament 2012 Mens Handicap Plate Results

(posted 2012-03-15)

Dundee and District Squash Racquets Association Individual tournament Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2012 at Forthill Sports Club Download DDSRA Individual Tournament Entry Form 2012

Scoresheets available (PDF) for download from either the downloads page or the sidebar of any page. (posted 2011-10-18)

Good luck to all Gents teams taking part in the first competitive league matches of the 2011 – 2012 season – today. (posted 2011-10-18)

2011 – 2012 season Ladies League matches commence Wednesday 19th October. (posted 2011-10-18)
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