SQUASH NOTES

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - — Nu­murkah Squash Club

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.

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