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SQUASH

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.

SHOOT­ING

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.

BOWLS

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.

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