Squashing the competition

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GIFFNOCK Tennis and Squash Club’s annual championships have drawn to a close.

The premier event — the gents open — was contested by top seed Stuart George and second seed Owen Hadden.

Owen started strongly and won the first game confidently, however after a slow start Stuart made it 1–1. Owen again put pressure on the number one seed and made it 2–1 and an upset looked to be on the cards.

The fourth game was very close and Stuart demonstrated his commitment and determination by chasing every ball and on occasions diving to retrieve during some rallies to make it 2–2.

Before the fifth and final game commenced, there was spontaneous applause in appreciation of the standard of play and entertainment provided by both players.

The result eventually favoured Stuart after another close and hard-fought game where either player deserved to win.

In the gents closed event, Daniel O’Sullivan came out on top, with Patrick O’Sullivan winning the handicapped event, as well as the under 17s and under 15s.

In the Masters event, Graham McAinsh was the winner while the under 19s was won by Stuart Pitt, the under 13s by Chris Murphy and the under 11s by Struan Walker and Craig Thomson.

Owen Hadden won the open racketball event while Chris Murphy won the under 14 racketball.

Patrick O’Sullivan was the gents most valuable player.