With only eight games played on Monday evening of the proposed 18, round five seemed to be a ghostly night for Numurkah Squash Club.
A fit young Ethan McDonald, a new member to our competition from our local vet clinic, has climbed his way up into line three and took on Will Watkins.
McDonald was very mobile around the court and was dictating to Watkins with his court coverage. Watkins showed accuracy and placement with his cross court play as the fit McDonald chased every ball down, making Watkins change the game play to a long drop in the back of the court.
At one set each heading into the third, Watkins came in with a new game plan to get away to an early lead and kept McDonald on the back foot. McDonald returning onto the court for the fourth and fifth sets dominated the play, reminding Watkins he was here for the competition.
Placing some smart cross court rallies, both both played some really good squash. McDonald pushed through the last two sets and showed he will be leaving no room for error in this competition, taking the final points and winning in a thrilling five set match.
McDonald d Watkins 4-9, 9-5, 5-9, 9-5, 9-4.
In the line three match of the night, Max Hall took on Nick Pettingrove.
Pettingrove was in the game early, showing Hall how to get off to a quick lead. Hall came up from 2/7 down, concentrating on placing his shots long down the walls to win the first game.
Hall kept his confidence in the second match and gained an early lead, disturbing Pettingrove’s focus, Hall then closed in on the third game. Pettingrove came back with his eye on the ball but Hall kept pushing through the to show Pettingrove there was no room for error on this night. Hall d Pettingrove 9-7, 9-4, 9-7. A reminder to all pre-played or forfeited players to let Sam McPherson know how you played it out.