Palmer?s world title in was a buzz


THERE was a buzz throughout the squash centre during the week with the news of David Palmer reclaiming the world title in Egypt.

What a fantastic effort coming from two sets down to finally overpower his young French rival in an epic 104-minute final.

It was only four weeks earlier that David visited Coffs Harbour and showed the ease and power he commands on court to many local players.

Players at the centre have sent congratulatory messages to David via email.

It's a great result for David and squash in Australia.

JUNIORS: Friday competition is drawing to an end this term with some remarkable improvements from a number of players.

Line 1: Mitchell Ramstadius leads on 390 points; Line 2: Lucas Nicholls 321; Line 3: Chris Anderson is the new leader on 314; Line 4: Corey Merryman, Alex Aitken 316; Line 5: Lachlan Aitken 324, and; Line 6: Jakota Darcy-Townsend, 299, is showing plenty of potential.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Flat Chat Squash will be held on Saturday, September 23, from 2pm. A minimum of 12 players are required,with matches of 20 minutes each.

Prizes will be awarded to division winners with all proceeds to aid Tamika Saxby attend the Australian Junior Age Titles in Tasmania, commencing September 28.

NSW SQUASH ACADEMY: This weekend, players from the North Coast Region will be attending the third academy camp at Thornleigh.

It's a great opportunity for Coffs Harbour players Tamika Saxby, Alex Gough and Andrew Mulhall to work with leading Sydney players and players from other regions in an intensive programme designed to prepare the players for upcoming tournaments.

STATE ISSUES: September junior rankings have been released by NSW Squash, with a number of local players figuring in the State List.

In the Boys' Under-15 Division Alex Gough, Myles Bennell and Andrew Mulhall all figure in the top 8, which is well deserved by the boys and recognition for their recent good tournament results.

In the Girls' Under-15 Division, Tamika Saxby heads the rankings.

Juniors in the Coffs Harbour region in the Under-11 and Under-13 division are showing great potential and a number of them could be pushing for State rankings in 2007.

With the new Double Jump ranking system now in place for the balance of 2006 with the NSW Player Development Committee, juniors need to compete in graded or aged tournaments and be affiliated with NSW Squash.

Affiliation can be arranged at the squash centre for $15 with player benefits such as insurance and bi monthly newsletters provided by the NSW Squash Association. Further information for parents and players can be obtained by contacting Peter on 6653 6523.

COMPETITIONS: Tuesday night competition enters week 10 with Barry Rix the pace setter in Division One.

Barry is undefeated on 52 points having dropped only five games in the competition.

Line 2 John Sambrook leads on 35. Line 3 Myles Bennell 44. Line 4 Ross Gentle 43. Line 5 Terry Matthews 33. Line 6 Shaun Lawer and George Ruaporo 34. Line 7 Tara Hodges 39 points.

Thursday Teams Players who were absent on the first night of competition can make arrangements to catchup outstanding matches before 21st September otherwise matches will be forfeited. Players are reminded that matches can be preplayed only for the remainder of the competition.

Nominations for Tuesday and Wednesday competitions are now being taken and new players are welcome to join in with all standards catered for.

For further inquiries phone 6653 6523.

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