Ladies squash Monday nights 7-9 pm.
Open to all levels (Even if you've never held a squash racket). There are a few rackets at the club that can be borrowed for the night.
Cost £5 for non-members attending as visitors - no charge for members.
We also use £1 coin for the lights so remember to bring one along with you.
You can also play racketball this - is slightly slower than squash but every bit as challenging.
Squash is a great cardio workout for those who are looking for a new challenge and is very sociable.
Craighelen Ladies First Team has secured second place in Division 4A of the West of Scotland Womenís Seniors 40 League. This gives the team promotion to Division 3 for the 2019 season. In their last two matches they beat Uplawmoor 6-0 and against Bearsden 2, the match ended three sets each, with Craighelen winning by two games. In the Uplawmoor match, Susan Bell and Sue Black won 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 and Sandra Juster and Jackie Morris won 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Against Bearsden 2, Sue and Jackie lost a very close match, 4-6, 3-6, 7-5. Lesley Reeve and Lesley McGowan fought hard to win by 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Sandra and Jackie had a good run in the league each playing four matches and winning three of them as a pair, thus finishing in joint third place, in the overall player statistics for Division 4 A.
Three Titles for Alan
There was a feast of tennis on display last Saturday when fifteen finals were contested at Craighelen. It was the culmination of three weeks of tennis played in the Senior Club Championships. Alan Barbour was the winner in three events. In a closely contested Menís Singles, Alan edged out last yearís winner, Adam Juster, by two sets to one. The first set went to Alan 6-4, then Adam came back with attacking play to take the second, 6-2. In the third set Alan played consistent tennis, chasing every ball down. He led by 4 games to 1 but back came Adam to win the following two games. Alan held his nerve and won the set, 6-3. The title was his! Alan and Adam teamed up in the Menís Doubles and in the final they played Harry Gould and Chris Bowman. Alan and Adam proved to be the better pair and won 6-3, 6-1. Anna Scullion retained her Ladies Singles title. Against, Susan Bell, the same opponent as last year, Anna played with authority and power. Her serves were, at times unreturnable, and her forehand proved to be a great weapon. Susan fought with determination and consistency, especially in the first set which went to a tie-break. Anna was however a deserved winner, the score being 7-6, 6-1. In the ladies Doubles the tables were turned, when Susan playing with Sue Black beat Anna and Sarah Colman 6-2, 7-6. Sue and Susan were the more consistent in the first set, but Anna and Sarah came back from 2-5 down, in the second and just lost out on the tie-break. The Mixed Doubles Final, always a crowd pleaser at the end of the afternoon, proved to be a close match. Sandra and Adam Juster, playing against Susan Bell and Harry Gould, won the first set 6-2, but Susan and Harry fought back to win the second by the same margin. A very close third set saw fortunes fluctuate, with Sandra and Adam just winning the set 6-4. Alan Barbour won his third title of the afternoon, the Vets. Menís Singles, when he proved too strong for Kurt Hart. In the Pot Luck Events where partners are drawn for, there were lots of close matches in the earlier rounds. In the final of the Ladies Doubles Pot Luck, it was a win for new member, Aimee Davidson, and her partner Sue Black. They beat another new member Amanda Byles, and her partner Sandra Juster. The match was very close with the final score being 7-5, 6-4. In the Pot luck Menís Doubles, Kieran Martin and Kurt Hart beat Russell Graves and Scott Weir, who has recently joined the Club, 6-3, 6-4, while, in the Open Pot Luck Doubles, John Middleton and Thomas Welsh beat Sue Black and Arthur Connolly, in a lengthy battle, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Winners in the Plate events -
Menís Singles - Scott Weir beat Gerry Black 6-4, 6-3. Menís Vets Singles Ė Gerry Black beat Lewis Graham 6-1, 6-4. Menís Doubles - Jim McGowan and Gerry Black beat Kurt Hart and Kieran Martin 6-0,6-0. Ladies Singles - Sarah Colman beat Sandra Juster - 6-4, 6-3. Ladies Doubles - Eileen Drummond and Lesley McGowan beat Gwen Burbidge and Dari Young 6-3, 6-2. Mixed Doubles - Sarah Colman and Rob Colston beat Lesley and Jim McGowan, in the longest match of the day, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
McRobert Thistle Trophies were presented to Gwen Burbidge and Lewis Graham. They were the points winners in a series of Sunday Afternoon Tournaments, held over the Summer months.
The final award of the day goes deservedly to Rob Colston. A trophy dating back to 1996, in memory of well known local player, Marie Dixon, it is awarded for excellent service to oneís Tennis Club. The Quaich rotates annually round the four local clubs. This year it was Craighelenís turn to nominate a recipient. Rob Colston has been a member of Craighelen for many years, holding several offices, but, in particular has worked with great diligence and expertise, as Treasurer of the Club. Rob manages the Clubís website and is always very willing to assist in the many day to day tasks involved in running a successful Club.
There are no home matches on Thursday nights as these are dedicated to Club play, so do come along from 7pm and join in the sociable tennis played on these evenings.