Superb standards in inter-school squash tournament

All the entrants
All the entrants

Pupils from Jed Grammar School and Galashiels Academy S1-S2 gathered at Gala Squash Club for the Inter-School Squash Championship final.

The Jedburgh (JGS) team comprised Steven Dawson, James ‘Veg’ Wieczysty, Kerry Munro and Daisy Findlay.

Representing Gala Academy were Blair Turner, Sean Easson, Paul Boggs, Ryan Goudie and Beth Logan.

The girls’ championship was a round-robin between the three girls and the opening rubber pitted JGS girls Kerry and Daisy against each other.

In a close-run match, Daisy triumphed 2-0 (11-7, 11-9). Kerry then took on Gala Academy’s Beth Logan and Beth won in a relatively quick 11-3, 11-2.

The final match featured Beth against Daisy and, although Beth ran out 2-0 (11-4, 11-2), it was a much closer game than the result suggested.

Beth Logan won the girls’ competition with four points, ahead of Daisy Findlay on two points and Kerry Munro.

The boys’ tournament was straight knockout and there were some swashbuckling tussles between most of the players, as they were pretty evenly matched across the board.

The first round opened with Gala pair Paul Boggs and Blair Turner fighting out a 2-0 (11-4, 11-6) for Blair, plus Sean Easson and Steven Dawson in a titanic tussle which ended 2-0 for Sean (11-9, 11-8).

Steven covered every inch of the court but long, tight shots from Sean proved too strong for him.

In the semi-finals, James ‘Veg’ from JGS also lost to Blair Turner 2-0 (11-2, 11-7), as Blair seemed to be improving game to game, while Sean Easson conquered the older Ryan Goudie 2-0 (11-7, 11-5).

The final was an all-Gala affair, with Sean and Blair producing some excellent squash and great movement.

Blair took the first game 13-11 as the scoring went tit-for-tat, until Blair got the last point with a sensational drop shot.

The second game was just as intense and some long rallies were fought out. Sean just managed to hold on and win 11-9.

With the match locked at 1-1 and heading into a decider, both players were tiring and getting heavy on their feet.

This game produced fewer rallies and adrenalin took over. Sean got off to an explosive start and quickly took a 5-1 lead. Although Blair battled on bravely, he just couldn’t get the gap back and Sean conquered 11-6 and 2-1.

In the plate tournament, the games were short and fast. Results were: Ryan Goudie 11, Paul Boggs 4; Steven Dawson 11, Daisy Findlay 4; Ryan Goudie 11, Kerry Munro 5; Steven Dawson 11, ‘Veg’ 6.

The final was contested between Steven and Ryan. Steven managed to bring home the trophy with a stunning display in a 11-5, 11-9 victory and ensured JGS didn’t return home empty-handed.