World number two squash player, David Palmer, with Coffs Harbour?s Peter Witjes and Sydney?s Simon Carruthers.
World number two squash player, David Palmer, with Coffs Harbour?s Peter Witjes and Sydney?s Simon Carruthers.

Palmer features in top class squash



SQUASH enthusiasts were treated to some top class squash action when world number two, David Palmer and Simon Carruthers of Sydney staged a fantastic display in an exhibition match on Saturday night.

Disruptions to flight arrival times on Friday night from Sydney due to a severe storm in Sydney didn't deter the two professional players who quickly had local players on the courts for some fun activities and warm-up exercises for the juniors.

Both players passed on some handy hints to the eager young players out to impress, before the seniors coaching session later that night.

David and Simon fielded many questions at completion of the coaching session giving participants plenty of tips to work on during training sessions making the night's activities one to remember.

Saturday's exhibition match was all class action with David and Simon warming up with leading local players Daniel Spring, Peter Witjes and Barry Rix.

Players gave their best and found the pace and placement of shots required too hot, with repeated lunging to the front court quickly testing fitness at the highest level.

Shots that passed David or Simon were picked up from the back court with ease only to drop back in the front court for winners.

The main exhibition saw David dominating the T, working Simon to all corners and with such pressure in the open set Simon needed to score some quick points to give him any chance in the game.

The pace saw Simon make a number of unforced errors which he was unable to claw back giving the first set to David.

The second and third sets produced much better rallies with players bringing out some remarkable recoveries and selected opportunities to put the ball away for winners.

The crowd was generous with applause as the marvelled at the court coverage of the players with David dominating rallies with some crisp ball to any part of the court to wrap up the match in three games to 11 points.

David gave an insight into squash at the top level, the need to concentrate on the European and American PSA circuits and the need for a base in Belguim as Australia is too isolated and expensive to provide a competition base.

Players will be able to follow his progress as he moves back to the UK for the English Open atSheffield and then onto the World Open in Eygpt.

With players such as David, World No 2 and Anthony Ricketts World No 4 available to visit country centres when in Australia and feature in matches with players of Carruthers standard, centres now have the opportunity to expose the talent's of the sports leading stars to local players.



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