Captain Sharratt humbled to accept Club of the Year award

Christy Looby (events manager), on left, presenting the Club of the Year award to gala Captain Del Sharratt
Christy Looby (events manager), on left, presenting the Club of the Year award to gala Captain Del Sharratt

Gala Squash Club has been named the East of Scotland Squash Association’s Club of The Year, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of its members.

“They travel to every event and their dedication is commendable,” said the association’s events organiser, Christy Looby.

Gala captain Del Sharratt, who collected the award, said: “I wasn’t expecting this, there are many teams in the East of Scotland Squash Association that deserve this award, including Division One champions Edinburgh University and Collington Castle for their victory in the Conference series, so I am honoured to accept it.

“Gala Squash Club are just happy to be participating with the big city clubs and look forward to many more matches next season.”

The final event of the campaign in the East of Scotland Squash Conference pitted Gala and Grange against City heavyweights Collington.

The match was played at Edinburgh Sports Club and coincided with the East of Scotland Squash Finals.

Once again, the capital outfit proved too strong for Gala and Grange, taking the match 23-16.

The Gala players found the going tough with Sharratt losing his rubbers 2-0 to Mark Crease and Gordon Robertson respectively. Sharratt’s final match against Paul McIntosh was abandoned after the latter pulled out through injury. Rachel McAleese fared slightly better, managing a 2-1 defeat to Laura Robson and Gregg Brown before going down 2-0 to McIntosh. Luis Molero had a bit more success when taking a game off veteran Gordon Robertson (2-1) and defeating McIntosh 2-1.