The warmer weather is upon us, the ball is already bouncing more and, some of the not so young are forced to run more.
Such was the case with the match between Will Watkins and Gav Banko.
Hard hitting shots by Gav forced Will around the court pushing some long rallies. Will used a few lobs to regain the serve but Gav came through wining in four games.
In an early match the Brooks sisters fought it out in an epic battle with Sarah just getting over the line in five games.
The score was reflective of the equilibrium displayed between the two with both girls tallying an even 41 points.
But at match end it was Sarah who defeated Caitlin winning three games against two.
The Kelly Brothers was another family event and it was bigger brother Jack who triumphed over Sam winning in three straight games.
The night continued to provide several good matches with spectators on the side line reporting different opinion on some of the matches.
In the match between Dave Kelly and Nick Pettingrove, one comment was that it was ‘‘the match of the night’’ yet another spectator provided less comforting reference and described it as a scrappy game.
The two players certainly came away spent with Dave Kelly the winner having played through to five.
Andrew Meredith stood up against Andrew ‘Straz’ Storer.
Meredith regaled that his game was a little rusty after a few weeks off but none the less found his form and settled into some good squash with some long rallies.
It was however Straz who came through winning in four.
Over on court three Sam McPherson showed Cam Wallace some of his finer skills and won in three straight games.
This court saw another match follow on — one that provided considerable entertainment — between newcomer Ethan McDonald and veteran Greg Brooks.
Ethan is like the ‘Eveready Battery Man’ who runs and runs and runs, nearly breaking the sound barrier as he goes and, he seems to reach everything.
His older opponent Greg (who we are told is fast approaching the half century mark) also tried the fast lane.
On more than one occasion his finesse forced him to provide a pirouette in order that he play the shot and quell the momentum.
It was however Ethan who came through in the fifth to win the match.
Another match that was hard fought was that between Brad Kerry and Jake McPherson.
The end score was not reflective of the effort of the two and some good ‘line and length’ shots were played by both. Brad was having a win with his short game but Jake proved too consistent down the walls taking the match in four.
Many other games were played and all were enjoyed. Such was the case in the closing game between Neroli Eddy and Sam Gierlveld.
These two ladies played a magnificent game both running from the ‘T’ to the corners and back again.
Their individual skill sets have shown vast improvements in recent times and the closeness of this game was testament to the efforts that they both have put in.
This particular match provided reference to all that it matters not at what level you play — it is all about contribution and commitment. And the score — well let’s see how many ask?
This was indeed a great night of squash.