Squash club’s E graders Spring In­ter­club champs

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Terry Os­ment and Bryan Ryburn had their share of anx­ious mo­ments be­fore re­tain­ing their men’s cham­pi­onship pairs ti­tle at Te Awa­mutu Bowl­ing Club.

Last year’s win­ners clinched their sec­ond ti­tle in as many years with a 19-15 win over Lyall Thomas and Peter Jud­son.

The fi­nal was a topsy-turvy af­fair where the pen­du­lum swing to and fro on five oc­ca­sions over the 18 ends. Os­ment/ Ryburn rat­tled off an open­ing se­quence of 2, 1, 1, 1, to lead 5-0.

Thomas/Jud­son re­bounded with a 2, 2, 3, 1 to hit the front, 8-5, after eight ends.

Back stormed Os­ment/Ryburn with a run of 1, 1, 4, 1, lead­ing 12-8 after 12 ends, only to drop five shots on end 13 to trail 13-12.

Hon­ours were shared with sin­gles on the next two ends be­fore Os­ment/Ryburn se­cured a match-win­ning four shots on end 16 to take a com­mand­ing three-shot lead with two ends re­main­ing.

De­spite con­ced­ing one shot, Os­ment/ Ryburn fin­ished, win­ning the 18th end by two shots to seal their victory.

In the semi-fi­nals, Os­ment/Ryburn elim­i­nated Ken Parker and Mal­colm Hunter 18-7, while Thomas/Jud­son ousted Terry Young and Clark Am­bury 20-8.

Last year Os­ment/Ryburn beat Les Ashby and Peter Jud­son 17-3 in the fi­nal.

All five Te Awa­mutu women’s squash teams and five out of six men’s teams se­cured semi-fi­nal spots in the Spring In­ter­club com­pe­ti­tions.

Three of the women’s teams (B, C and E) and two men’s teams (E and F) pro­gressed to the fi­nals.

The only one of these teams to tri­umph on fi­nals night was the men’s E graders.

Hav­ing fin­ished top of their di­vi­sion, the Te Awa­mutu E grade team had the home court ad­van­tage for their fi­nal against sec­ond seeds Hamil­ton.

Te Awa­mutu started the night off strongly with No. 3 Aaron Don­ald­son win­ning his match 3/0, but this lead quickly dis­si­pated with a 3/0 loss for No. 1 Chris McKin­ley to a much higher graded player.

The host team re­gained the lead cour­tesy of a 3/0 win by No. 2 Patrick Brier.

Head­ing into the fi­nal match of the night need­ing only one game to se­cure victory, Te Awa­mutu were left count­ing game points after No. 4 Si­mon McVie lost his match 3/0. The count­back went in Te Awa­mutu’s favour by 10 points.

Te Awa­mutu had ear­lier beaten Thames in the semi-fi­nals, win­ning all four matches.

The team’s Spring In­ter­club tri­umph was par­tic­u­larly sweet after they had fin­ished run­ners-up in the Win­ter Pen­nant in­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion. The fourth seeds beat top seeds Cam­bridge in semi­fi­nals, only to lose the fi­nal to the sec­ond seeds Lug­ton.

Those in­ter­ested in giv­ing squash a try are en­cour­aged to make the most of the cur­rent Sum­mer mem­ber­ship dis­count of $125 for one adult or $50 for one child, valid un­til the end of Fe­bru­ary. For more in­for­ma­tion on this or to keep up-to-date with the club, visit the web­site at www.teawa­mu­tusquash.co.nz or like the club’s Face­book page.

Photo / Colin Thorsen

Te Awa­mutu Bowl­ing Club men’s pairs cham­pi­ons Bryan Ryburn (left) and Terry Os­ment.

Te Awa­mutu squash team, win­ners of the E grade Spring In­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion. From left, back row: Aaron Don­ald­son, Chris McKin­ley, Patrick Brier, Si­mon McVie, John Hay­ward. Front, kneel­ing: Corey Neil­son.

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