Men?s C Grade division, l-r, B Fidge, Jeff Edwards, Terry Mathews, winner Andrew Mulhall, runner-up Ashton Anderson.
Men?s C Grade division, l-r, B Fidge, Jeff Edwards, Terry Mathews, winner Andrew Mulhall, runner-up Ashton Anderson.

Carruthers claims fourth title

SYDNEY'S Simon Carruthers claimed his fourth PSA Title in a dazzling display when he defeated Steve Robinson of Melbourne in the Men's Open Final of the North Coast Squash Open in Coffs Harbour on Sunday.

Before a full gallery and in ideal conditions, both players produced some high-quality shots with Carruthers particularly savage on any slight errors by Robinson and were quickly despatched by the champion into the front corners as winners.

Carruthers won 11-/8, 11-2, 11-5.

There were some dramatic scenes after the Women's Open semi-final.

Number one seed Dianne Desira, of Melbourne, just won the semi in a gruelling five-set encounter but she was struggling with an injury.

Shortly after qualifying for the final, Desira had to confirm that she wouldn't be able to compete in the final.

She was the defending champion and looking to make it back to back titles but forfeited to Peta Hughes from the AIS in Brisbane.

The North Coast Open PSA/WISPA Challenger Tournament was an outstanding success with players from Finland, Korea, Victoria, ACT and Queensland joining a host of NSW players in Open and Graded events.

This was the fourth year the event has been held and forms an important part of Squash Australia's tournament circuit.

Coffs Harbour players were successful in a number of events with Peter Witjes taking out the Men's A Grade, Andrew Hunt Men's B Grade, Andrew Mulhall C Grade and Zack McDonald in D Grade.

Tamika Saxby Women's A Grade and Tara Hodges Women's D Grade.

Tournament organisers wish to acknowledge the contribution and coverage of the tournament by The Advocate, NBN Television and sponsors including local businesses Park Beach Bowling Club, Clark Rubber, Thrifty Link Hardware and Greg's Trophies.

Competitions: Thursday teams competiton gets underway this week with some new faces making a welcome return. Chris Betland, Barry Richards, Shane Bowden will add plenty to the strong line-up.

Play commences at 7pm each Thursday and there are still spots for reserves by contacting the centre on 6653 6523.

Junior news: Members of the North Coast Development Squad will be in training this weekend at the Coffs Harbour Squash Centre from 10am - 2pm.

Squad members have performed well during recent weeks at the Country Junior Titles. Andrew Mulhall, runner-up in the Boys A, Under 15 Division followed this up with a solid win in the North Coast Open, C Grade at the weekend.

Well done Andrew.

Junior rankings: Progress is well advanced on the new ranking system for junior players in NSW.

To obtain a state ranking players must firstly be affiliated with the State Association. This costs $15 per annum and can be arranged at the Squash Centre.

The benefits of membership include player insurance, bi-monthly News Letter on events and regional news.

Results of regional tournaments are forwarded to the Player Development Committee and updated regularly with new rankings posted on the 1st of month's September and November 2006 and immediately after the Australian Age Titles, October 10, 2006.

The Double Jump System as it is known comes into effect from 1 January 2007.

Upcoming events: The NSW Junior Academy hold their next camp at Thornleigh on September 16 and 17.

North Coast Representatives will be attending the final camp before State Representatives, Alex Gough and Tamika Saxby, both of Coffs Harbour, head to Tasmania for the Australian Aged Championships commencing from September 28.

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