Squash club’s E graders Spring Interclub champs
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.
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.