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North Kessock squash star wins national title for a second time

By Will Clark

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North Kessock squash star Greg Lobban has been crowned Scottish national squash champion for the second time in his career.

WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2022 Scotlands Greg Lobban Picture: Jeff Holmes/Team Scotland
WSF World Doubles Squash Championships 2022 Scotlands Greg Lobban Picture: Jeff Holmes/Team Scotland

The Inverness Squash Club athlete defeated Rory Stewart from Crieff 3–1 in the final which was held in Edinburgh.

Lobban claimed victory in the final winning 11–3, 6–11, 11–9, 11–9.

It was his first Scottish championship title since first winning the tournament in 2013.

Meanwhile, Munlochy athlete Alan Clyne, also from Inverness Squash Club, claimed a bronze medal after defeating Fergus Richards 3–0 in the third place play-off.

Clyne, who has been Scottish champion 10 times, suffered a shock defeat to Stewart in the semi final.

Both Clyne and Lobban have been called up to the Scotland squad for the Commonwealth Games which take place in Birmingham in July and August.

Lobban will team up with Stewart for the men’s doubles in Birmingham, while Clyne has been paired with Dougie Kempsell.

Preparing for the Commonwealth Games, Lobban hopes to return with a medal.

“It’s great to be selected – I’m really looking forward to being part of the team again,” Lobban enthused.

“To represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games is the pinnacle for squash players. The games only come round once in four years and so to be picked as part of the collective team Scotland is special.

“These games are unlike any other event, so just to be part of something with all the best athletes in Scotland is a privilege.

“Looking back at my career, competing at a Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was incredible – the noise and buzz was unbelievable.

“It was the best two weeks of my sporting career, but I’m sure Birmingham will be very special in its own way.

“Naturally I’ll be pushing hard for a medal in the singles and I’ve got really exciting partners in the doubles.

“I enjoy playing with them and we have already enjoyed success at the World Doubles.”

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