Karen proves to be a wonder woman
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