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.