Record entries for NC Open

FOCUS will certainly be on the Coffs Harbour Squash Centre tonight with the staging of the sixth North Coast Open PSA/WISPA Challenger Tournament.

The tournament continues to grow in status as one of the leading and most-popular events on the Squash Australia calendar at this time each year.

Major sponsors Squash Australia and The Coffs Hotel are to be congratulated for supporting this event which has attracted a very strong list of players from Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Sydney and country centres across New South Wales.

Queensland's Steve Finitsis, the 2007 champion, will be defending his title again this year with his main challengers Zac Alexander of the AIS Brisbane and Brad Freeme of Scarborough.

The Women's Open will be headed up by Donna Urquhart of the AIS, currently world-ranked number 29.

Her main challengers will be Zoe Petravansky of the AIS and Samantha Davies of Scarborough. Samantha Davies is in good form, having just won the Queensland Open Title and will be looking to push Urquhart thoughout the event.

Local interest will be with Tamika Saxby as she takes on her more fancied rivals and she is hoping to perform well at the weekend.

Daniel Spring heads up the local club participants in the Men's A Grade and is expected to be one of the leading players in this division. Alex Gough is another who will be looking to impress as both players have been training hard for the event.

Duncan Marchant and Andrew Mulhall will be out to stem the challengers in the very competitive Men's B Grade along with Ben Luffman and Steve Herring.

Work has now been completed at the Squash Centre with the restoration of a sixth court, now ready for the influx of visitors to fully test over the three days of competition.

With a record 118 entries the tournament organisers are confident that the new court will ease time schedules for a smoother running of proceedings each day.

Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the sessions which start tonight at 7.00pm or at any stage during the weekend.

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