Ford finds sil­ver lin­ing

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - SPORT - SQUASH

JA­COB Ford trav­elled to Bris­bane to com­pete in the Sandgate Ju­nior Open step­ping up an age group to con­test the un­der-19 boys divi­sion.

In the open­ing round Ford proved too strong for his Stafford op­po­nent se­cur­ing a straight games vic­tory to move through to the semi-fi­nals which were his first real test for the day.

Ford opened the first game with tight play to the back­hand court to take an early lead. His op­po­nent, Joel Arscott lifted his game in the sec­ond to level the scores at one game each.

Ford opened the third game keep­ing the ball tight with few an­gles to take the points and wrap up the next two games to reach the fi­nal.

The fi­nal shaped up with plenty of in­ter­est with Aus­tralian U19 num­ber four Nick Calvert tak­ing on Ford, ranked num­ber one in U17s.

Calvert took an early lead with good shot place­ment es­pe­cially to the front back­hand court catch­ing Ford stranded in the back court.

Af­ter wrap­ping up the first and sec­ond games in a close score Calvery ap­peared ready to wrap up the match but Ford found his re­serves and raised his con­sis­tency with some very long ral­lies be­fore he took the cru­cial points to draw­back a game.

In the fourth game, Calvert con­trolled the play early mov­ing Ford to all parts of the court. This took its toll on Ford and with a good lead ap­peared set to run away with the game but again Ford found that ex­tra lift, en­gag­ing in some ex­haust­ing ral­lies to draw back from 6-9 to level at 10-all. In the tie break Calvert used the front court quickly to close out the match in four games 11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 12-10.

Ford was pleased with his ef­forts how­ever as the match play gave him plenty of con­fi­dence for the up­com­ing Na­tional Closed Tour­na­ment in Townsville start­ing on March 24.

TOP TRIO: Sandgate Ju­nior Open run­ner-up Ja­cob Ford (left) with win­ner Nick Calvert and third placeget­ter Joel Arscott.

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