Let the games begin

June 29, 2017

Let the games begin: Juniors Jorja Eddy and Hudson Storer kicked off the night of play.

The juniors kicked-off round three of Numurkah Squash Club’s winter season.

Hudson Storer and Jorja Eddy donned protective glasses in line with club policy for their line five match.

Storer’s serves into the corner and deep rally shots were a bit tough for Eddy, who was defeated 9-2, 9-5, 9-2.

Storer also filled in for an absent member in another line five match against Neroli Eddy.

In a late night for the young fella, Storer couldn’t back up his earlier win.

His serves were slightly off target with too many going high of the court.

Neroli worked up a good sweat and after losing the first game ended up winning 5-9, 9-6, 10-9, 9-1.

Damien Hipwell faced Phil Armstrong in the first line one match of the night and it ended up a five-game thriller.

In their first match against each other, Armstrong jumped away early taking the first game 9-3.

Hipwell got his game going and came back hard taking the next two games 10-8 and 9-5.

Armstrong wasn’t quite ready to head to the showers and took the fourth game 9-4.

Both players enjoyed a quick break before the decider, which was neck and neck. Neither got a decisive break and Hipwell had a chance to take the honours with a match point at 8-7.

Armstrong scrambled to take back the serve and levelled the game at 8-8.

As the receiver, Hipwell called ‘10’, opting for the game to go to 10 points instead of nine.

Armstrong took the next point and had his own match point at 9-8 but Hipwell was too good. A strong return of serve awarded him the serve back and two quick points later he had a great match win with the final game 10-9.

Two old adversaries, Will Watkins and Greg Brooks, had too much of a good time in their line two game.

Watkins took the first 9-7 but was clearly frustrated.

‘‘I’m playing too loose. He’s making me run and I don’t like that!’’ he said.

Brooks had an early break in the second game but five points ending with him smashing the ball into the tin helped Watkins take the second 9-7.

When Brooks got out to a 6-4 lead in the third game, Watkins declared ‘‘Right, that’s it!’’ but Brooks wasn’t bluffed and took the game 9-4.

Watkins’ arcing serves and high deep lob shots almost stroked the paint on the roof in the fourth game and found their mark.

Brooks saved one match point at 8-2 but the writing was on the wall and wily Will fittingly won 9-3 with a scrambling drop shot.

Both were sucking in great clouds of air after the game with Brooks playfully lamenting, ‘‘If I was two inches taller I would have got that!’’

Other results: Line one: Andrew Storer d Dave Poort 9-1, 9-7, 9-1. Line two: Sam McPherson d Cameron Wallace 9-4, 9-2, 9-4; Gavin Banko d Peter Blake 9-4, 9-3, 0-9, 9-8. Line three: Christine Poort d Nick Pettigrove 9-5, 9-4, 9-2; Dave Kelly d Marco Franco 9-7, 4-9, 9-1, 9-7; Max Hall d Geoff Eddy 7-9, 9-5, 2-9, 9-2, 9-2. Line four: Sonia Withers d Daryl O’Connor 9-6, 9-0, 9-5; Daniel Centra d Jack Kelly 9-6, 9-2, 9-1.

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