Play­ers flock from afar

Broome Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Laden

Squash play­ers from across WA flocked to Broome Re­cre­ation and Aquatic Cen­tre to take part in the third an­nual Broome In­vi­ta­tional Squash Tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment, which was held from May 18-20, at­tracted a to­tal of 64 play­ers in­clud­ing 24 from Port Hed­land, Kar­ratha, Ex­mouth, Man­durah, Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton and Perth.

The D-grade fi­nal was won by Connor Forde in a hard-fought bat­tle against up-and-com­ing ju­nior Cooper Matthews.

The C-grade fi­nal was a Port Hed­land af­fair, with Dan Carey and An­to­nio Ze­lenic play­ing a marathon five-set game, re­sult­ing in Carey com­ing away with the win.

The B-grade saw Broome lo­cals Chaz Gar­diner and Seth Lovell square off, with the in-form Gar­diner prov­ing too strong for Lovell.

The A-grade fi­nal had Perth’s Kane Fa­solo pit­ted against Man­durah’s Dwayne Si­mons and looked to be a game for the ages.

Fa­solo took a two-game lead, only to be reeled in by Si­mons to draw level. The fifth game saw a tug of war en­sue, with Si­mons hav­ing three match points be­fore Fa­solo ral­lied again to win the fifth and take the match.

Broome Squash Club’s Ken­neth Molyneux said it was the great­est match he had ever seen at the club.

Ni­cholas J Doyle, of Mirra­booka in Perth, was awarded player of the tour­na­ment for his fan­tas­tic ef­fort and sports­man­ship through­out the tour­na­ment.

Molyneux said the Broome In­vi­ta­tional Squash Tour­na­ment was a fan­tas­tic af­fair and looked for­ward to do­ing it all again in 2019.

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