Only 3 matches played tonight and all were in the Glasgow Cup. In Group A Tom Burns looks likely to finish top after a 3-1 win over Dave Gladman. Burns took the lead in the first half only for Gladman to equalise just before the break. Burns got back in front in the second period and as Gladman committed players forward Burns sealed the victory with a third. Gladman is favourite to finish second but his final match is against Dave Houston who has proved a difficult opponent for Gladman in recent games.
The other 2 matches were both in Group B and both involved Malcolm Lees. Lees made a strong start to the season in the SPSL but has struggled to find his form in more recent matches and so it proved tonight. He suffered two 2-1 defeats against first, Willie Fleming and then John Halpin. Both opponents were well worthy of their victories and for John Halpin it was his second win over Lees in a row. All three players are likely to progress from the group but the final order is unlikely to be what would have been predicted.
In the aftermath of the latest event in Scotland, and aftermath is probably the best word to describe it, I would like to thank all the players who took the time and effort to attend and helped make a successful event. There were very few complaints and the lack of excessive shouting would back up claims that most games were played in a very sporting manner. This also may have been attributable to the fact that the calibre of players fell into two very different groups. But overall I was very pleased with the behaviour of all present (although I have no knowledge of what went on in the hotel, your honour). My main concern was the people who came to enjoy themselves as opposed to those who only came to win or collect ranking points. So on that score I think we did ok. I think a special mention is due to both Yorkshire Phoenix and Netfa Teeside for travelling in very good numbers and getting involved in the spirit of things, SPIRIT being the operative word here. Although, to be fair, Yorkshire did enter into it more than most, just gutted I couldn’t join you. I would also like to thank the rest of the GTSA guys for their assistance with a special mention to Dave Gladman who was an absolute star in dealing with the majority of the admin work and having the results on our website almost as soon as the event was finished. I wish next year’s host every success with the event.