After three consecutive blisteringly hot Monday nights, cooler conditions were a welcome relief for players as the second round of Numurkah Squash Club’s spring competition commenced.
Alan Rae began his line one match with Trevor Eddy in promising fashion, winning an entertaining first game.
However, Eddy returned to his pre-Christmas form, taking out the remaining three games and the match 7-9, 9-4, 9-6, 9-5.
Greg Brooks looks as though he has spent the summer fastidiously working on his game and began his match well against line two heavyweight Phil Armstrong.
Slowly, Armstrong was able to turn the tables on Brooks to record a well-fought win 7-9, 3-9, 9-4, 9-1, 9-1.
Also on line two, an interesting clash of styles was developing in the match between Gavin Banko and Sam McPherson.
Banko jumped out to an early lead in three of the four games with his strong drives to the back of the court.
McPherson slowed the game by taking the pace off the ball and the results followed.
McPherson eventually closed out the match in four games, 9-4, 9-7, 9-10, 9-5.
In a good exhibition of the variety of shots a squash player should have in their arsenal, Christine Poort was run to all points of the court in her line three match against Ian Alexander.
After five exhausting games, Alexander prevailed 9-6, 8-10, 10-8, 7-9, 9-5.
On line four, Sonia Withers continued her excellent start to the year with a solid victory over Gabrielle Ransley 9-2, 9-1, 9-2.
Newcomer Sam Gierveld showed promising signs despite her line five loss to the more experienced fill-in Steffen Nordbye 9-3, 9-5, 9-1.
In what is sure to be one of many battles, brothers Eamon and Hudson Storer locked horns in their line six contest.
Under the expert guidance of their father Andrew, it was Eamon who emerged victorious 9-5, 9-3, 9-3.
Other results: Brian Rae d David Poort 9-5, 3-9, 9-6, 7-9, 10-8; Karl Koelman d Dave Kelly 9-4, 9-1, 5-9, 9-7; Will Watkins d Marco Franco 9-1, 9-7, 9-3; Max Hall d Matt Connors 9-3, 8-10, 6-9, 9-5, 9-0; Sonia Withers d Jason Kelly 9-4, 9-5, 9-5; and Sam Kelly d Kate Kelly 9-1,9-0, 9-0.