Young Sean McPhillamy was drafted into action as a late substitute for round three of the Numurkah Squash Club season, yet the very highly-rated Shepparton junior took no time at all to make his mark.
McPhillamy impressed a small but excitable audience in his four-game victory over 2016 Club MVP Andrew Storer, 7-9, 9-7, 9-5, 9-4.
In his defence, Storer was returning from an ankle injury, but his younger opponent seized the opportunity and made Storer run much more than is usually seen in his line one contests.
A return visit by McPhillamy will be keenly anticipated next week.
There was plenty of other action on every court on Monday night, as five games went the full distance.
Geoff Eddy found his touch improved with every game, as he defeated Peter McPhillamy 2-9, 9-5, 10-8, 7-9, 9-5. McPhillamy’s long reach allowed him to put many shots into the back corners, but Eddy prevailed with good hustle in their line four contest.
Ian Alexander’s return to Numurkah squash continued with success against the big hitting Karl Koeleman, 9-7, 9-7, 6-9, 7-9, 9-6.
Both players will be formidable opponents for all on line three, including old rivals Christine Poort and Max Hall.
After a mid-match lapse, where Poort came back from 0-8 down to win the third, Hall found extra resolve and hit clean winners to strike back and take the contest in five, 5-9, 9-2, 8-9, 9-4, 9-2.
Two of the club’s youngest players, Eamon Storer and Jorja Eddy, also enjoyed a five-game arm wrestle.
After a close start, scores deviated wildly in the remaining games, as one, then the other, player was dominant, before Storer prevailed, 6-9, 9-6, 9-0, 1-9, 9-3.
Revealed forms suggests both players have much to look forward to in coming matches and squash seasons.
Sam McPherson has dropped to line two this season, but once the adrenaline kicked in, excellent use of the drop shot allowed him to enjoy the comeback of the night, as he won the final three games against a tiring Will Watkins, 7-9, 5-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-6.
In other matches, Brian Rae impressed against Trevor Eddy, winning 9-6, 5-9, 9-2, 9-3 (line one); Jason Kelly and Sam Gierveld both showed improvement throughout the match, as Jason won 9-3, 10-9, 9-4 (line five); while the consistency of Phil Armstrong was too much for Cameron Wallace as he won 9-3, 9-1, 9-7 (line two).
Marco Franco defeated Nick Pettigrove 9-3, 9-5, 9-2 (line four) and Sonia Withers quickly saw off Matt Connors 9-5, 9-2, 9-2 (line four).