OUTSTANDING: Luke Bain prepares to unleash in the semi-final against Alessandro Badalassi.
OUTSTANDING: Luke Bain prepares to unleash in the semi-final against Alessandro Badalassi. Contributed

Bain’s squash success at state level

THE NSW Squash Championships at Thornleigh saw Coffs Harbour players produce great efforts to figure among the best in the state.

Top performer was Luke Bain in under-17 boys who finished runner-up.

Luke's consistency allowed him to control his early round match for a comfortable win against his ACT opponent, before stepping up to upset the No 2 seed in the semi-final in four games.

He moved into his first final and after a slow start managed to get back into the game with long rallies which was more to his liking.

However, he found it hard to counter the pressure and was unable to convert the vital points.

Eventually Luke went down in straight games 11/8 11/5 11/8.

Jakob Dillon also contested under-17s to finish fifth after saving his best until the final day.

It was his finest result for the tournament with a strong four game win 11/5 11/5 7/11 11/7.

In the under-19 age group Brad Harrison and Keelan Birch both finished in the top four.

The boys played off for third position with Brad winning a marathon match in five close games.

Aden Smith and David Bergan performed well and finished the competition on a high.

They recorded their best performances to wind up seventh and ninth respectively.

On completion of the presentations, Keelan Birch was named in the 20-player NSW Bluetongue team.

The team will travel to Cairns in September to contest the Australian Age Championships.

Meanwhile, a September 3 starting date has been set for this year's North Coast Open.



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