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Program makes juniors better squash players

Ian Michael about to make a return against Mitchell Ramstadius in Wednesday competition.
Ian Michael about to make a return against Mitchell Ramstadius in Wednesday competition.

By PETER SAXBY

COFFS Harbour Squash is launching a new development program for juniors players commencing from Friday, November 24.

The program runs for the balance of Term 4, 2006 and Terms 1 and 2, 2007.

Be a Better Squash Player program is supported by the Australian Sport Commission and Squash Australia, providing junior players with a structured weekly coaching session by Accredited Coaches and court time at the Squash Centre.

Participants will receive a player's pack, with added value each school term through re enrolment.

The program is open to school students, all ages, competing in Friday competition or wanting to take up the sport or wishing to improve their current playing ability.

Full particulars including session times and costs are available at the centre or by phoning 6653 6523.

Congratulations to players competing at Ballina at the weekend. In Division 2 Tamika Saxby emerged winner withstanding some strong physical challenges by her older male colleagues.

Tamika's all round ball control and placements giving her the edge throughout.

Jakota Darcy-Townsend making his first tournament appearance showed he is a player of the future winning Division 9.

Jakota, eight years, had an outstanding service game and when challenged in rallies his placements were equal to those of more senior players.

He defeated Matt Law-O'Keefe of Yamba in the final 3 sets to one. Well done, Jakota.

Zack McDonald put in one of his best performances, beaten on a countback for a semi final berth, but not before he upset two of the top players in Pool B, Division 3.

Glenn Nielsen-Robson also tried hard and was pipped in his semi-final in five tough sets.

The Club Challenge Board swings into action from this Friday with juniors able to challengeany player, one division above them. Rules are on the notice board for all to enter the challenge.

Club Championships Players are reminded to get entries in for the Club Championships on December 2 and December 3.

Juniors are eligible to contest two events and compete in a senior grade as well. There will be a special event for our younger members and some good prizes on offer duringthe weekend.

Coffs Harbour will have three representatives competing for the North Coast Region this weekendin the Dunlop Cup at Orange, Western Region.

The Dunlop Cup brings together a mixture of players, from national level to club player in a tournament of singles and doubles over two days.

With more than 100 players taking part, Coffs representatives Tamika Saxby, Myles Bennell and Andrew Mulhall will be strong contenders in the Under 15A Division.

I will be taking the opportunity to attend the National Coaches Conference at the AIS CanberraNovember 17 to 19.

With more than 50 coaches attending including some from Asia and New Zealand it presents a great opportunity to learn new and creative coaching methods being adopted. The Conference covers Quality Assurance Developments in Squash Coaching, Teaching Styles,Videotape Analysis of Sport, Practical Coaching and for variety, Business Opportunities andChallenges in Rural and Regional Areas.

It should be fun.