Junior squash is thriving at Numurkah Squash Club, with some really talented young people getting involved.
Nine-year-old Hudson Storer kicked off the night against 12-year-old Jorja Eddy on court two in a line six battle.
Storer jumped out of the blocks with a 9-1 win in the first game. Eddy stepped up in the second game, opting to volley instead of hitting off the back wall, but going down 9-5.
Storer continued his impressive game with a 9-1 result in the last.
The gallery was impressed with the quality of the match and terrific sportsmanship displayed.
The match of the night was Andrew ‘Straz’ Storer taking on Shepparton young gun Shaun McPhillamy, who had taken the honours against him just weeks ago, in a line one battle.
Points were hard to come by in the first game, but Straz showed touch and finesse, winning 9-5.
A packed gallery watched the exciting rematch, with the young bull clinching the second 10-8 with very tight shots along the walls and his customary deep backhand serves from the forehand service box.
The third game was a toss of the coin, terrific reflex shots from Storer awarding him a 10-9 result.
Storer struggled to get depth with his shots in the fourth and went down 4-9. But his experience shone in the last game, saluting 9-4.
In the gallery, line one stalwart Dave Poort showed age does affect memory, stating: ‘‘All us old fellas used to play like that years ago’’.
Poort is well known at the club for absolutely smashing the ball and and on Monday night came up against Brian Rae.
Poort started well 9-5 and took advantage of two let calls that scuttled Rae in the second game, taking it 10-8. He closed the door on Rae 9-7 in the last.
Peter McPhillamy drove up the highway from Shepparton to show Phil Armstrong how things are done on line two.
McPhillamy’s long reach and speed on the court were too good. The end result 9-2, 6-9, 9-7, 10-9. Not just a loss on the scoreboard — Armstrong also broke his brand new racquet trying to dig out a deep McPhillamy corner shot.
The last match of the night saw Travis Lukies and Max Hall in a line three battle that forced scorer Will Watkins and referee Damien Hipwell to get involved.
Hall won 5-9, 9-1, 9-5, 9-7.
After five rounds the team standings are the Titans and Bulldogs level on 60 games won, the Griswolds just behind on 59 and two ahead of the Drovers on 57 games.
●Other results: Line one: Andrew Meredith d Allan Rae 9-2, 9-0, 6-9, 9-7. Line two: Will Watkins d Cameron Wallace 9-3, 9-2, 9-5; Sam McPherson d Gavin Banko 3-9, 10-8, 9-1, 7-9, 9-4. Line three: Dave Kelly d Karl Koeleman 9-5, 10-8, 9-2. Line four: Marco Franco d Geoff Eddy 9-3, 9-6, 9-0; Sonia Withers d Gabrielle Ransley 9-4, 9-7, 9-3; Matt Connors d Nick Pettingrove 5-9, 9-0, 9-2, 9-3. Line five: Jack Kelly d Jason Kelly 9-4, 9-4, 7-9, 9-0; Daniel Centra d Jack Kelly 9-6, 9-7, 9-5. Line six: Sam Kelly d Kate Kelly 9-0, 9-0, 9-2; Eamon Storer d Neroli Eddy 9-1, 9-5, 9-5.