Dumfries Squash Club holds numerous club tournaments throughout the year.
In November 2009 the club hosted the first South of Scotland Masters Open Squash Championships (a Scottish Squash Masters Circuit ranking tournament). This tournament is now a permanent fixture on the Scottish Squash Masters calendar and will attract 90-100 players from all over Scotland and England.
In April 2012 the club hosted the first Scottish Open Racketball Championships. This inaugural event attracted nearly 50 players from Scotland and England and is planned to be an annual event.
Several teams from the club participate in the Dumfries Squash Premier League and the Dumfries & Galloway Squash League and new participants are always welcome.
We have strong representation in the Masters Tournaments throughout Scotland and several individuals representing Scotland in the Masters Home Internationals each year.
Bard Vet Cup 2013/14
The Bard Vet Cup is again sponsored by Bard Vets Ltd and organised by Ronnie Carter. The Draw and Rules are available below:
Please note that due to numerous games not being played last year this year the dates have been fixed for all of the matches. Hopefully this will allow all of the games to be played on time.
Jim Thorburn Trophy 2014
The Jim Thorburn Trophy 2014 is sponsored by Les Martin - the Plasterers.
The first round will be played on Tuesday 26th November 2013
Jim Thorburn Handicaps
Jim Thorburn Handicap Adjustments
CARTER TAKES D&G CLOSED TITLE 2013
Ronnie Carter claimed the D&G Closed squash championship title with a convincing 3-1 win over Jim Scriven. The D&G Closed was held at Dumfries Squash Club attracting a 48-strong line-up of the region's top players.
The top 16 players were entered into the A competition with the remaining 32 players competing for the B trophy. The only significant players missing due to injury were Jimmy Wells and Robin Ridley, the 21-time winner of the event and the defending champion, respectively.
In the first rounds of both competitions on Tuesday night, all the matches went according to expected form. The second round of matches on Wednesday night saw all of the top four seeds of the A division progress through to the semi-final with the match of the night being a close contest between Jim Scriven and Chris McCutcheon with Scriven edging it 3-2. In the B division there were no major upsets with all four top seeds progressing to the quarter-finals. In the A division Plate Dave Bass easily defeated Raymond Kirk 3-0, while Sue Strachan beat Andy Jones 3-2 to move into the semi-final. In the B division Plate the match of the night was between Steven Miller and Steven Forsyth with Miller edging it 3-2.
In the B division quarter-finals, the top three seeds had comfortable wins but the fourth seed, George Burnie, went down unexpectedly 3-1 to Andy Maclachlan of Castle Douglas.
Friday night was semi-finals night. In the A division Ronnie Carter beat Andy Morrow 3-1 and Jim Scriven earned a well-deserved 3-0 win over Davy Lindsay. In the A Plate, Lister McKiddie overcame Sue Strachan 3-1 and Lindsay Johnston posted a similar result over Dave Bass. The B division saw one-sided wins for Geoff Dean against Andy Maclachlan, and for Scot Radley over Willie Best, the latter retiring with a calf injury. In the B Plate Dennis Whitelaw defeated Steven Miller 3-2 while David Davidson defeated Duncan Sharp 3-2.
And so on to Finals Day. The B Plate final ended in a 3-0 win for Dennis Whitelaw over David Davidson.The A Plate final pitted Lindsay Johnston against Lister McKiddie and after five epic sets Johnston came out the victor 3-2 thus securing his first A division Plate trophy. The B division Final matched Geoff Dean against the third seed Scot Radley. In the first two sets Dean's power-game overwhelmed Radley and he took a 2-0 advantage. In the third set Dean established an early lead but Radley pegged him back to bring it back to 2-1. The fourth set was again one-sided in Dean's favour and he closed out the match 3-1
The A division Final guaranteed a new holder of the D&G Closed trophy matching Lockerbie's Ronnie Carter against Jim Scriven. Scriven came out blazing and established an early lead only to be pegged back with Carter taking a tight first set 9-7. The second set was tight early and remained tight until 3-4 when Carter had a run of six unanswered points to take the second set 9-4. Scriven bounced back in the third and established an early lead and took the set 9-4. In the fourth set Carter took an early 4-2 lead and with Scriven struggling to counteract Carter's boasts the game the match and title went 9-2 to Carter.A Event Result
A Event Plate Result
B Event Result
B Event Plate Result
Charity Squash Tournament and Evening
Let's Squash Meningitis
Dumfries Squash Club recently hosted a charity event on behalf of Callum Neill and his family to benefit "Meningitis Research Foundation". The event included a handicap squash tournament and an evening of entertainment.
The handicap squash tournament was held on Friday evening 18th October and all-day Saturday 19th October. The handicap tournament consisted of an "A" and a "B" event played best-of-five to 15 PAR with
first-round losers entering a plate event.
The competition was a fantastic success with everyone commenting on the way the tournament was organised, the quality of squash and also the camaraderie and sportsmanship of all the players involved. The handicaps were very fair throughout with only a couple of adjustments needed before the next competition.
The "A" event was won by Jim Scriven with Garry McKean as runner-up.
The "B" event was won by Steven Miller with Scot Radley as runner-up.
Chris McCutcheon was "A" event Plate winner with Chris Miller as runner-up.
Graham Anderson was "B" event Plate winner with Billy Wilson as runner-up.
Prizes were awarded at the end of the competition to the winners and runners-up of both the events
For A & B event final results please click here
Callum and his family then organised an excellent evening of entertainment at the Dumfries Sports Club, following the competition.
Ben Clements opened up the evening with his acoustic set, followed by singer Ali Hughes. Both of these excellent acts entertained a very large crowd in the Sports Club Bar.
A very well organised raffle was held, with prizes for almost everyone in the bar. Grant Anderson (professional auctioneer) then auctioned off a variety of items with the prices going through the roof! Mostly by Callum himself! However, he did remind me that it was all for a very worthwhile cause.
Once again a huge thanks must go to Dougie and Carol Brotherston and all of the bar staff for keeping all the thirsty people well refreshed!
To date, an amount of over £1600 has been raised with all proceeds going towards Meningitis Research Foundation.
D&G CLOSED UNDER-30 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The D&G Closed Under-30 Championships were held at Dumfries Squash Club on Sunday 10th March attracting the region's top young players. What started with a football team-sized entry whittled down to a 7-a-side rugby team entry on the day due to late withdrawals and a no-show.
There was only one surprise in the first round matches with Mark Wallace of Castle Douglas defeating Andy Jones of Dumfries 3-1 while the remainder of the top seeds all progressed through to the semi-finals with comfortable 3-0 wins.
The 2nd round of matches (the semi-finals) matched Chris McCutcheon against Chris Miller and Mark Wallace against Callum Neill. McCutcheon came out on top 3-1 against Miller, albeit all the 2nd and 3rd games were close, and in the other semi-final Neill took the match 3-2 against Wallace. This was the best match of the round with Neill hanging on to win the 1st 11-9 after having been 9-3 up. Wallace won the 2nd relatively easily 11-5 to tie the match. The 3rd was close all the way through and after Wallace squandered two games points he finally took the game 13-11. The 4th was again relatively tight and Neill held an 8-4 lead only for Wallace to come-back and hold match-point. He couldn't convert and Neill produced a 3-point streak to take the 4th 12-10 and tie the match. Neill came out flying in the 5 th and took a 6-0 lead; Wallace battled back to 8-5 but Neill closed out the match 3-2.
In the plate matches David Coutts from Castle Douglas proved too strong firstly for Andy Jones winning 3-1 and then for Danny McBryde winning 3-0 in the Plate final.
The Final matched Chris McCutcheon against Callum Neill, a repeat of last year's final. McCutcheon took the first set comfortably 11-4. The 2nd set was much tighter but McCutcheon won it 11-8. Given that Neill had played a five-setter semi-final you thought it was all over but Neill then played some excellent controlled squash and took the 3rd set 11-8. The fourth set definitely proved that Neill had burnt-out and was white-washed 11-0. McCutcheon thus secured his third consecutive D&G U-30 title. Full results can be viewed here.
Jim Thorburn Handicap Trophy 2013
The 2013 Jim Thorburn Handicap Trophy was sponsored by Les Martin - the Plasterers. The Final was played on Finals Day - Saturday 23rd March 2013 the winner was Callum Neill and runner up was Gary McKean.Jim Thorburn Handicap Final Result
Jim Thorburn Handicaps
Jim Thorburn Handicap Adjustments
Jim Thorburn Handicap Rules
Bard Vet Cup 2012/13
The Bard Vet Cup is again sponsored by Bard Vets Ltd and organised by Ronnie Carter. The Draw and Rules are available below:
Bard Vets win the Bard Vet Cup by defeating Walker & Sharp 12 - 11 in a very close final. View the final placings by clicking here.
D&G Closed 2012
RIDLEY TAKES D&G CLOSED TITLE
Robin Ridley claimed the D&G Closed squash championship title last weekend with a convincing 3-1 win over Garry McKean. The D&G Closed was held at Dumfries Squash Club all last week attracting a 48-strong line-up of the region's players.
The introduction of a B division tournament last year proved particularly popular and was included again this year, so out of the 48 entries, the top 16 players were entered into the A competition with the remaining 32 players competing for the B trophy. The only significant players missing due to injury were Jimmy Wells and Steven Wallace, the 21-time winner of the event and the defending champion, respectively.
In the first rounds of both competitions on Tuesday night, the majority of matches went according to expected form with the major surprise of the night being the defeat of the No. 1 A division seed Ronnie Carter of Lockerbie, last year's runner-up, by Chris McCutcheon. In the B division the surprise was the 3-2 defeat of George Burnie by Dean Brotherston, the newly-crowned D&G Secondary Schools champion.
The second round of matches on Wednesday night saw three of the top four seeds of the A division progress through to the semi-final with the matches of the night being a close contest between Chris McCutcheon and Davy Rogerson with McCutcheon edging it 3-2 and Garry McKean beating Jim Scriven 3-1. In the B division there were no major upsets with all four top seeds progressing to the quarter-finals. In the A division Plate Iain Anderson cruised past Callum Neill 3-0 into the semi-final. In the B division Plate the match of the night was between Wayne Petrie and Ross McLachlan with Petrie edging it 3-2.
In the B division quarter-finals, the top three seeds had comfortable wins with only one match decided 3-2 with Lindsay Johnston taking the honours over Chris Miller. In the B division Plate all four seeds progressed through to the semi-final albeit Petrie had a close run with Graeme Anderson winning it 3-2.
Friday night was semi-finals night. In the A division Robin Ridley beat Malcolm McCubbin 3-1 and Garry McKean earned a well-deserved 3-2 win over Chris McCutcheon in a close contest. In the A Plate, Neil McBryde secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Castle Douglas' Colin Davies and in the other match Iain Anderson defeated Keith Gristwood 3-2. In the B division, Lister McKiddie finally over-whelmed Lindsay Johnston 3-2 while Sue Strachan powered past Jim Graves 3-0. In the B Plate Gary Smith defeated Thornhill's Archie Park 3-2 while George Burnie defeated Wayne Petrie 3-0.
And so on to Finals Day last Sunday. The B Plate final ended in a 3-0 win for George Burnie over Gary Smith with Burnie's experience overcoming his opponent.The A Plate final pitted Iain Anderson against Neil McBryde. Anderson took the first two sets, but McBryde came back strongly to take the third 9-3. The fourth went to Anderson 9-2 thus securing his first A division Plate trophy.
The B division Final matched Lister McKiddie, last year's winner, against the second seed Sue Strachan. In the first two sets Strachan's game of power and length overwhelmed McKiddie and she took a 2-0 advantage. In the third set McKiddie established an early lead which he never relinquished to bring it back to 2-1. The fourth set was extremely close all the way through with McKiddie holding game-ball at 8-6, then Strachan holding match-ball at 9-8 only for McKiddie to snatch the set 10-9 and for the match to go to a fifth and deciding set. McKiddie proceeded to take an early lead and at 7-3 it looked all over but Strachan fought back to 7-5 but eventually McKiddie secured the set 9-5 to retain his title.
The A division Final guaranteed a new holder of the D&G Closed trophy matching Robin Ridley against Garry McKean. Ridley, a veteran Scottish Masters cap having represented Scotland in the Home Internationals over the past several years, took a tight first set 9-5. In the second set McKean came out strongly and established an early lead and took the set 9-3. Ridley then took a 5-0 lead in the third and ended up taking the set 9-1. In the fourth set Ridley again took an early 6-0 lead and with McKean struggling to counteract Ridley's game the set, and title, went 9-1 to Ridley who becomes the oldest holder of the D&G Closed title.D&G Closed 2012 "A" event final results
D&G Closed 2012 "B" event final results
D&G Closed 2012 "A" event plate final results
D&G Closed 2012 "B" event plate final results
World Squash Day 2012
Dumfries Squash Club recently hosted a thrilling charity tournament and evening function to raise vital funds for a local children's service.
On Saturday 20th October members of Dumfries Squash Club took part in one of the world's largest team events. The latest figures for the World Squash Day 2012 event indicate the involvement of over 25,000 players, including many of the squash world's top 100 men and women, from over 530 squash clubs in over 70 countries around the world representing Team Squash and Team 2020 in an on-going bid to make Squash an Olympic sport by the year 2020.
Participants in Dumfries Squash Club's World Squash Day event.
The results from the Dumfries matches and the latest overall worldwide result, respectively, were as follows:
Dumfries: Team Squash - 8 Team 2020 - 12;
Worldwide: Team Squash - 6,259 Team 2020 - 6,060.
The Dumfries' squash matches were followed by an evening function featuring a disco, darts, pool and rowing competitions, as well as several court skill games. The £300 raised from the event was donated to Aberlour Child Care Trust's local children's service Aberlour Futures Dumfries.
L to R: Billy Anderson of Aberlour with Jim Scriven and Keith Gristwood of Dumfries Squash Club
Event organiser Keith Gristwood said, "We are proud to have supported squash's bid to become an Olympic sport in 2020 and to have taken part in probably the largest team event ever worldwide,
but we are even prouder to support Aberlour's work locally and hope our contribution helps make a difference".
Aberlour Futures - Dumfries were selected as the beneficiary of these fantastic proceedings. Futures - Dumfries is a locally focused service working closely with children and young people who are at risk of exclusion from education. Aberlour is the largest Scottish children's charity and were delighted to be involved with an event that holds so much benefit to local children and young people.
Billy Anderson, Assistant Service Manager for Aberlour commented, "Not only was World Squash Day a fantastic opportunity to promote one of the most physically-demanding sports in the world and strengthen its bid to become an Olympic event, but it has raised vital funds which will remove barriers towards accessing sports for local children and young people such as those at our Aberlour Futures- Dumfries. I would like to extend my thanks to Dumfries Squash Club and its members for their generosity and support for our service."
D&G Closed 2011
WALLACE TAKES FIRST D&G CLOSED TITLE
Steven Wallace took his first D&G Closed squash championship title last weekend snatching the fifth and deciding set 10-9 over Lockerbie's Ronnie Carter. The D&G Closed was held at Dumfries Squash Club all last week attracting a 48-strong line-up of the region's players.
New for 2011 was the introduction of a B division tournament, so out of the 48 entries, the top 16 players were entered into the A competition with the remaining 32 players competing for the B trophy. The only significant player missing due to injury was Jimmy Wells, the defending champion and 21-time winner of the event.
In the first rounds of both competitions on Tuesday night, the majority of matches went according to expected form with the major surprise of the night being the defeat of the No. 2 B division seed Colin Davies of Castle Douglas by Scott Graham. In the A division Andy Morrow was forced to retire whilst 2-1 up against Garry McKean due to the recurrence of a calf injury.
The second round of matches on Wednesday night saw all four top seeds of the A division progress through to the semi-final with the match of the night being a close contest between Ronnie Carter and Jim Scriven with Carter edging it 3-2. In the B division the major upset of the night was the defeat of the No. 4 seed George Burnie 3-1 by Scot Radley. In the A division Plate all four seeds made it through easily to the semi-final, as was the case in the B division Plate to their quarter-finals.
In the B division quarter-finals, all but one of the four matches were decided 3-2 with the major surprise of the evening being the defeat of the top seed, Lindsay Johnston, by Lister McKiddie. In the B division Plate all four seeds progressed easily through to the semi-final.
Friday night was semi-finals night. In the A division Steven Wallace beat Malcolm McCubbin 3-0 and Ronnie Carter earned a well-deserved 3-1 win over Robin Ridley in a close contest. In the A Plate, Chris McCutcheon secured a 3-1 win over Lockerbie's Davy Lindsay and in the other match the top seed Davy Rogerson was beaten 3-2 by Keith Gristwood. In the B division, Lister McKiddie once again defied the odds and finally over-whelmed Iain Anderson 3-2 while Scot Radley earned a walk-over from Scott Graham. In the B Plate George O'Neill defeated the top seed Martin Proudfoot of Lockerbie 3-0 while Dean Brotherston, the newly-crowned D&G Secondary Schools champion, took a close match 3-2 over Wayne Petrie.
And so on to Finals Day last Sunday. The A Plate final produced a repeat of last year's final pitting Chris McCutcheon against Keith Gristwood. The match also followed last year's final with McCutcheon taking the first set, but Gristwood came back strongly to take the second 9-4. The third went to McCutcheon 9-5 while the fourth went to Gristwood 9-2, thus setting up a deciding fifth set. It was close with Gristwood setting up a 5-2 lead only to be pegged back to 5-4. After a few exchanges of service Gristwood then pulled away to win 9-4 and avenge his fifth set defeat last year.
The B Plate final ended in a 3-0 win for George O'Neill over Dean Brotherston with O'Neill's experience overcoming his junior opponent. The B division Final matched Lister McKiddie against Scot Radley. In all three games McKiddie established an early lead which put pressure on Radley which caused errors and McKiddie eased to a 3-0 victory.
The A division Final matched Steven Wallace against Lockerbie's Ronnie Carter. Wallace left Dumfries' juniors over 4 years ago joining the Royal Navy and currently represents the Navy in the inter-Armed Forces squash leagues and came third in the Armed Forces Championships earlier this year. Carter is a veteran Scottish Masters cap having represented Scotland in the Home Internationals over the past several years. Wallace took the first set 9-2 and looked to be comfortably in control. Carter came out strongly in the second set established an early lead and took the set 9-5. Carter then took a 4-1 lead in the third only for Wallace to peg him back and ended up taking the set 9-5. In the fourth set Wallace took a 4-1 lead and after several exchanges of service the match was finely-balanced at 7-7. Wallace then held match-ball at 8-7 only for Carter to get to 8-8 and then hold game-ball at 9-8. Wallace came back and held match-ball at 9-9, only for Carter to edge it 10-9 and set up a fifth and deciding set. The fifth set was tense and the packed gallery was on the edge of their seats. Wallace took an early 4-2 lead and then stretched this to 7-3 and then to 8-5 and match-ball. The gallery thought it was all over - but Carter's determination saw him peg-back Wallace to 8-8 and then Carter held match-ball at 9-8. Wallace's nerves held and on getting service back at 8-9 he served out the match to win 10-9.
D & G Closed A event draw final results
D & G Closed B event draw final results
D & G Closed A event plate draw final results
D & G Closed B event plate draw final results
D & G Closed Tournament rules
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