SQUASH NOTES

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT -

Round six of Nu­murkah Squash Club’s spring pen­nant was played on Monday night.

Lad­der po­si­tions are the Pack­ers team of An­drew Mered­ith, Ethan Mc­Don­ald, Dave Kelly, Jake McPher­son, Neroli Eddy and Bre­anna Inglis on top with 66 games won. Charg­ers are sec­ond with 58, Steel­ers 51, Pa­tri­ots 49, Bron­cos 48 and Raiders on 26.

Line six be­gan with Leesa Inglis push­ing her case to be el­e­vated to line five, ac­count­ing for her daugh­ter Bre­anna 9-1, 9-0, 9-0.

In her first pen­nant Caitlyn Brooks showed great prom­ise with some strong re­turns of serve and good run­ning. Op­po­nent Kobi Hip­well is much im­proved since his de­but and won 9-4, 9-1, 9-2.

Good man­ners were ev­i­dent when Jake McPher­son played Jack Kelly in a line four match.

Jake called a shot down when the ball hit­ting the tin wasn’t heard by watch­ers and in the next point Jack looked to hit a win­ner but de­clared his shot a dou­ble hit.

In the third game Jake had won the point but re­quested a re­play point af­ter he stood on Jack’s foot dur­ing the rally.

Jake bluffed sev­eral times by ap­proach­ing the ball look­ing like he was go­ing to hit it into to­mor­row and then play­ing soft drop shots.

Jack won the first game 9-7 but Jake was too com­posed and plugged away in the next three games, win­ning 9-4, 9-3, 9-3.

Chris­tine Poort was ex­tremely frus­trated with her form and wasn’t afraid to ex­press it dur­ing her line three match against Nick Pet­ti­grove. She went down 5-9, 1-9, 9-6, 5-9.

Daniel Cen­tra and Brad Kerry played a fast paced line four match with Daniel start­ing well 9-5. In the sec­ond game Brad had op­por­tu­ni­ties but made too many un­forced er­rors. There were many ex­changes of serve but he just couldn’t string two points to­gether to get on the score­board.

Both play­ers have a sim­i­lar style with fast and tight shots backed up with strong run­ning.

Brad turned the tables in the third game, win­ning 9-3. Daniel was up 8-4 in the fourth game and played a shot low into the tin giv­ing Brad the serve.

More strong play helped Brad get a sniff at 7-8 but Daniel re­grouped, got the serve back and won match point at 9-7.

Ea­mon Storer showed some of his fa­ther’s magic and re­flex in his line five match against Sam Gierveld.

The match went to five games due a lot to Sam’s tena­cious run­ning and forc­ing Ea­mon to play an ex­tra shot in ral­lies.

Ju­nior Ea­mon is very com­fort­able at line five and showed great com­po­sure when he was down 4-6 in the last game.

Ea­mon got back the serve and won the last five points to win the match 9-4, 3-9, 9-6, 5-9, 9-6. Other re­sults: Line one: An­drew Storer d Damien Hip­well 9-1, 9-3, 9-0. An­drew Mered­ith d Phil Arm­strong 10-8, 9-1, 9-3. Chris­tian LeCompte d Dave Poort 9-2, 10-8, 9-7. Line two: Sam Mc­Don­ald d Ethan Mc­Don­ald 9-5, 9-3, 9-5. Gav Banko d Greg Brooks 4-9, 7-9, 9-5, 9-6, 9-6. Line three: Trevor Eddy d Dave Kelly 9-1, 9-6, 9-2. Line four: So­nia Withers d Sam Kelly 9-0, 9-0, 9-2. Line six: Jorja Eddy d Sarah Brooks 9-0, 9-0, 9-0. Leesa Inglis d Kobi Hip­well (make up game) 9-4, 9-1, 9-2.

Good sports: Kobi Hip­well and Caitlyn Brooks af­ter their match.

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