Colinton Castle played host to a day of exciting and enjoyable squash action, as 8 secondary schools from across the East Region came together to battle it out for a place in the Scottish National Schools Final.

The event was a celebration of school activity and championed those offering pupils regular squash and racketball opportunities.

Divided into 2 pools, George Watsons College, Merchiston Castle, Dunblane High School, Royal High, Edinburgh Academy and Drummond Community High took to the court to begin the day’s proceedings.

Meanwhile, Galashiels Academy and Broughton High set about the opening of their own mini round-robin tournament, with some pupils experiencing a squash court environment for the first time.

After 69 fixtures, across 6 well contested and excellently played rounds the final standings read as follows:

Final Standings

Pool A

School A B C D E Points Rank
A George Watsons College 1 X 3-0 1-2 2-1 1-2 7 2
B Merchiston Castle School 2 0-3 X 1-2 2-1 1-2 4 4
C Edinburgh Academy 1 2-1 2-1 X 1-2 0-3 5 3
D Dunblane High School 2 1-2 1-2 2-1 X 0-3 4 4
E Royal High School 1 2-1 2-1 3-0 3-0 X 10 1

Pool B

School A B C D E Points Rank
A Merchiston Castle School 1 X 2-1 1-2 2-1 3-0 8 2
B George Watsons College 2 1-2 X 2-1 3-0 2-1 8 2
C Dunblane High School 1 2-1 1-2 X 3-0 3-0 9 1
D Drummond Community High School 1 1-2 0-3 0-3 X 0-3 1 5
E Royal High School 2 0-3 1-2 0-3 3-0 X 4 4

As a result both Royal High 1 (pictured below) and Dunblane High 1 (pictured above) qualify for the National Schools Competition.

SSRL would like to thank everyone who took part, Colinton Castle Squash Club for hosting and the volunteers who gave up their time to officiate.

The pupils represented their schools wonderfully and were a credit to the game of squash.

If you’re interested in your school taking part in the future or would like to enquire email

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Images: C.Cox

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