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First week of Numurkah squash

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February 10, 2017

Plenty of new faces and some more familiar ones were on hand for the start of the summer pennant.

Many players were keen to blow off the cobwebs and shed the summer kilos.

Ian Alexander is a past champion of Numurkah who has been on hiatus from squash for several months but showed he still has plenty to offer taking a marathon match in five games with many telling drives and deft touches.

Although not as quick around the court as he once was, it is only a matter of time before he is back to full fitness and is able to take it up to the number ones and maybe even offer some coaching to our less experienced players.

Brian Rae and Damien Hipwell renewed acquaintances on the squash court and showed that although they may be past their prime they showed what grit and determination are all about with a rubber that went well past the hour, with Hipwell dominating early only for Rae to come barnstorming back into contention winning games three and four and almost pinching the game.

Alas it was not to be; Hipwell held his nerve to capture the all-important final game.

Greg Brooks and Cameron Wallace locked horns again like a couple of angry bulls who just love the thrill of the contest and the arm wrestle of fitness. They both darted around the court chasing everything down and lunging at seemingly impossible shots.

It was a great spectacle and although the scores didn’t reflect the closeness of the match it was a battle with Brooks showing that running a dairy farm won’t slow him down, taking the match in three games.

New player Nick Pettingrove and returning player Gabrielle Ransley played each other, with neither having picked up a squash racquet in quite a while — several years in Nick’s case.

It didn’t stop them from putting on an excellent display of line and length squash with Gabrielle showing more composure and experience to take the match — but Pettingrove has shown it is only a matter of time before his touch returns and he is a force to be reckoned with.

A number of juniors have joined the club and what they lack in experience they more than make up for in exuberance and determination.

It is being talked about at the club that it is only a matter of time before the names Eddy, Storer and Kelly will become future club champions.

Many are commenting on how how laden with talent the next generation of players is.

●A reminder to current players and people who may be interested in playing squash, that the courts are available on Monday from 6.15pm onwards free of charge and the club has racquets available to use, also free of charge.

The courts are also available at other times when the centre is open for any members who would like to sharpen their skills.

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