The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

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.

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