Karen proves to be a won­der woman

Stirling Observer - - GOLF -

Gal Gadot will be hit­ting the screens this week as Won­der Woman in the new Jus­tice League movie but Bridge of Al­lan Sports Club may have found their own con­tender for the role in Karen Robert­son.

Last Mon­day Karen played a key part in the Richard­son and Star­ling-spon­sored ladies squash team’s 4-1 vic­tory over Ed­in­burgh Sports Club when she won a ti­tanic five-set­ter in the piv­otal num­ber three slot after com­ing from two games to one down to beat Claire Thomp­son.

Then 24 hours later, with the third team strug­gling to field a full team to make the 150-mile round-trip to Galashiels, Karen stepped up to the mark - and was once again in­volved in a five-set roller­coaster as she was forced to dig deep to beat Pat Sher­ratt, claim­ing the de­cid­ing game 1511, as the thirds romped to a 5-0 vic­tory that ce­mented their po­si­tion at the top of East League Divi­sion Five.

Mod­est Kaz, as she is known to all at Minewood, was keen to play down her hero­ics. “With the ladies game on Mon­day it was just great to be in­volved in such a hard-fought match and help the girls to an im­por­tant win which has taken us to third in Divi­sion One,” she said.

“I knew that the gents thirds were strug­gling for num­bers with Gala be­ing so far away and with the team be­ing such a young one with so many kids play­ing and I was de­lighted to be asked by skip­per Ste­wart Pen­man to fill-in.

“Hav­ing said that to have to play a sec­ond suc­ces­sive five-set­ter in 24hours was a big ask but thank­fully I man­aged to get the win, the thirds stayed un­beaten and top of Divi­sion Five of the men’s leagues.”

Karen said: “This is my first full sea­son in com­pet­i­tive squash and for me the big plus was that the two matches were com­pletely dif­fer­ent styles of play and I felt like I learned a lot and that my game will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit from these matches.”

While Karen was help­ing en­sure vic­to­ries for the thirds and the ladies sides, the gents first team had a night to for­get at Dal­gety Bay.

Andy Mel­drum’s gutsy four-set vic­tory helped the Minewood top team avoid a white­wash and skip­per Robin Bairner is hop­ing a re­turn to full strength will help his men bounce back against Ed­in­burgh Sports Club I at Minewood to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

Robin said: “The frus­trat­ing thing is that with a full team out I be­lieve we would have beaten Dal­gety Bay but you can only play with the cards you are dealt and we will be much stronger to­mor­row.

“Club cham­pion Andy MacBean will be play­ing and that just shuf­fles ev­ery­body down and I would like to think that will make all the dif­fer­ence to­mor­row night.”

Mean­while the sec­onds claimed a tense 3-2 vic­tory over ESC IV thanks to James Dougan’s five-set vic­tory at the top of the or­der against Oli Kass.

The third-placed squad travel to He­riot Watt Univer­sity tonight with cap­tain Martin Jack look­ing to main­tain the mo­men­tum that has seen his men move third in the sec­ond tier.

Martin said: “James had to dig re­ally deep to get us over the line and credit to him. But with the firsts stretched and James Ste­wart and Andy Mel­drum both step­ping up, we had to call on Sabine Macken­zie to help us out and we are very grate­ful to her.

“It’s go­ing to be tough at He­riot Watt but we will travel with con­fi­dence.”

Tough Karen Robert­son played two five-set­ters in two days

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