SENIOR squash is down to the business end of the season with both Monday and Wednesday comps battling it out for a place in the semi finals. At the end of last week’s play the team positions were decided. Monday night’s top team was that of Brian Petrus, Brendan Ives, Danielle Bellero, Ethan Hoffman and Renae Verri. They will play the team of Sean Hawkes, Suzy Bestwick, Janet Goodall, Judith Day and Duane Hoffman for a spot in the finals. The second placed team of Mick Gwynne, Hagen Wittner, Jake Rasmussen, Daniel Watts and Kyle Skyring will play that of Graeme Lawrence, Rhett Prince, Damien Bellero, Julie Verri and Sue Watts for the other finals berth. In Wednesday results the team of Sean Hawkes, Bev Gwynne, Jake Rasmussen, Treveen Page and Daisy Hawkes came out on top and they will play the team of Kerry Smith, Hans Rietveld, Brooke White, Sue Lawrence and Chantelle Cleary for a finals spot. Mick Gwynne’s team of Suzy Bestwick, Hana Sorensen, Rick Quaid and Rex Hawkes will play Nathan Hunt’s team of Brendan Ives, Janet Goodall, Natasha Fitzgerald and Adon Trewick to see who will secure the other finals place. The fourth round of junior squash was played last Wedenesday afternoon and there were some thrilling matches. Newcomer Jake Newham continues to improve and this was no more obvious than in his match with Cole Watson who is also on the improve. There were some outstanding rallies with both boys never giving up and running for everything. Cole won 2-1 but only 3 points separated the boys’ scores. Adon Trewick played well to snatch a 2-1 win off Brydhen Bender while siblings Sam and Poppy Lawrence fought in out with Sam almost winning the first in a long game. Poppy won 3-0. In other results, Daisy Hawkes d Hayley Gwynne 3-0, Lachlan Cowe d Lachlan Seibel 3-0, Dean Macarthy d Brydhen Bender 2-1, Rae Page d Chris Dwyer 3-0.
BRIGHT and sunny conditions lit the targets at the Mossman and District Rifle Range but an active mirage challenged shooters in a double 600m match. In the first match Neil Attwood opened the full-bore target rifle competition with a 5-point centre-bull but then dropped into a pattern of 3-and 4-pointers, reflecting the difficulty of pinning down the target in the heat mirage. Attwood’s final score was a steady but uninspiring 36 points out of 50 with no centres. Rob Wearne too found the target difficult to confirm in the moving air-mass and opened with three consecutive 3-pointers before settling mid-match and finishing strongly with three consecutive centre-bulls. Wearne recorded a low but, on a challenging day, reasonable 42 points with 4 centres to take the lead. With veteran Ron Schild having withdrawn through pre-match injury, Mal McKellar took the mound. Schild opened with a 3-pointer and circling the centre before closing with three consecutive bulls-eyes to post a 42/0. Wearne took the first-match win on a centrebull count-back. Norbert Schmidt opened the F-Class standard category and also struggled with the mirage, uncharacteristically pulling a 4-pointer (F-Class Standard centre-bulls are worth 6 points) with his first shot and dropping in two 5-pointers mid-match, to close with a disappointing, for him, 56 points out of 60. In the second match Attwood again opened for target rifle and lifted his percentage with a string of 4-point ’inners’, punctuated by just four 3-point ’birds’ to set a creditable 40 points out of 55. Wearne again opened strongly with a bullseye and a centre-bull, but then fell into an up-and-down pattern with six 4-point ’inners’ and another bull and centre, before a 3-point ’bird’ on his 10th pull opened the door for other competitors. Regardless, Wearne’s 47/2 was a matchleading score to keep the pressure on. McKellar was the last of the contenders to go down and, having changed his front ring size between matches in an effort to master the mirage, opened with six straight bulls-eyes including three centres before also pulling a 3-point ’bird’ on his 7th pull. A strong finish by McKellar however complemented his opening and saw him take the second match win with an excellent 52 points with 4 centres. Schmidt’s second range saw him again struggle with the mirage and he dropped a very uncharacteristic seven points for the range posting a disappointing, for him, 59 points out of 66.
A TOTAL of 64 bowlers celebrated Mossman’s last event for the year on Sunday, the Mossman Sugar Festive Men’s Day. Bowlers from across the district from Cooktown to Ravenshoe bowled for the championship at the Mossman Bowls Club for the prize. The Ravenshoe team shined on the day winning the event with 38 points followed by Dave Egan’s team who took second place with 35 and a half points. The hot favourites, the President’s Men skipped by Rod Parkes collected third prize. The females also battled a tough tournament with two games of graded pairs being played with R Petrus team 24 defeating D Highland team 23. M Crees team 24 defeated J Gard team with 13 and the raffle winner was Jean Marsh. With $600 worth of prize money awarded on the day mixed with perfect bowling weather the teams thoroughly enjoyed a great tournament. The Men’s Super Challenge is on again this Friday night at 6pm for the single players such as Dave Egan and pair’s team including Dave Blain, Darryl Mison, Mac Potter and Rod Parkes. Ladies games for 4th November are M Mijo team v’s J Gard team and M Crees team against D Highland team. Team Petrus has the bye. Our next meeting is 4th November at 10.30am.