Great fights in squash titles
TAMIKA Saxby won the first event of the National Junior Series in Adelaide this week.
Lead-up matches enabled Tamika to adjust to the Ingle Farm court conditions before the finals where she needed five sets to overcome Victoria’s Sarah Cardwell – 11/8, 6/11, 14/16, 11/7 and 11/9.
The third set was a turning point and showed gritty determination from Tamika to storm back from two sets to one down and clinch the decider on her third match ball, in the Chris Dittmar Challenge.
Andrew Mulhall has showed great improvement in the boy’s under-19’s with three of his matches going the full distance.
His preparation allowed him to handled the conditions well, defeating Ben Rush (New Zealand) in five sets before eventually losing to Derek Chan of Sydney – 11/9, 11/7, 4/11, 12/14 and 11/7.
Following a well-earned rest day on Wednesday, play gets under way in the second tournament of the series today for both players.
WEDNESDAY saw a great roll out of players with mixed groups taking the opportunity to dust off Easter goodies and try the 21-point format.
Group winners were John Sambrook, Steve Filby and Helen Taylor.
Next week, timed squash will be the game and players are requested to be courtside by 7pm, please.
NEW South Wales Academy camp No 2 will be conducted at MAASH Sports and Fitness Centre, Sydney on April 24-25.
A number of Coffs Harbour players are expected to attend what will be an action packed weekend.
Endurance and track sessions will be used to gauge player fitness combined with a pool recovery session and players will be put through their paces in match play situations with coaches providing valuable game play tips.
Camp cost is $100 with facilities and equipment all inclusive.
Inquiries and registration can be made at the Squash Centre or telephone 6653 6523.
Junior term one finals
PLAYERS stepped up to full match conditions on Friday with all matches the best of five sets.
The improvement in abilities by many players was certainly on show as they battled for grade honours, lifting their performances above previous best.
Division 1 was won by Liam Sharman from Jayden Nicholls and the score line didn’t reflect the efforts by Jayden, going down in three – 11/9, 11/5, 11/9 – with his movements restricted.
But nothing can be taken away from Liam’s all-round performances during the term as top player.
Division 2 winner Ryan Cavanagh showed plenty of speed on court to defeat Sam Speechley in three sets – 11/7, 11/6, 11/7.
Division 3 produced one of the best matches of the day with Shaun Claughton coming from two sets down to grind out a well earned victory in five sets against Aden Smith – 8/11, 11/13, 12/10, 11/8, 11/6.
Little separated Division 4 finalists Zac Cowled and Matt Robertson with Zac producing his best effort and requiring two tie breaks for a 12/10, 12/10, 11/7 win.
Division 6 were not to be outdone with Mitchell Steel using his better placements against Koby Nolan.
Both boys providing one of the highlights of the competition with Mitchell winning in five – 9/11, 11/7, 6/11, 15/13, 11/9.
Division 7 saw a renewal of sorts with Connor Morton and Nelson Burrell in action and Connor winning 11/3, 11/5, 11/6.
Both boys will be moving up a division next term and keen to put their skills to the test as they have improved so much.
The encouragement award was won by Faith Hyland-Taylor and most improved went to Aden Smith.
The Pro Kennex promotion award went to Nelson Burrell.
Term two squash will commence on Friday, April 23, at 4pm.
Thursday night finals
RESULTS were good for the Bohannon family with both Mike and Jake winning their divisions.
Karen White recorded her first victory with a four set win against Steve Wrigley – 15/11, 12/15, 15/12, 15/10. Ryan Marshall was eager to impress and this time youth prevailed over experienced Dave Edwards 15/10, 15/7, 15/7.