The dust has barely settled from the Numurkah Squash Club winter competition and it was the opening round of the new spring fixture.
It was terrific to see several new faces at the club including local vet Ethan McDonald, Brad Kerry and Leesa Davis.
The spring competition has six teams of six players, ranked with the strongest at line one down to beginners and juniors in lines five and six. The line three players of each team are team captains.
Ethan played a grading match the previous week and was slotted in with the line three players of the competition.
He showed great skill and poise and dispatched Geoff Eddy quickly 9-1, 9-0, 9-1.
Leesa returned after a 30-year layoff and played in line five against Neroli Eddy.
Neroli’s experience and better racquet contact of the ball helped her win 9-2, 9-1, 9-3.
Club organisers have taken in these results and Ethan has been shuffled up to line two and Leesa to line six so that they can get more competitive matches.
The night also had the first challenge match for the season with Andrew Storer challenging Damien Hipwell for the number one position.
The challenge board is a ranking of all club players, who can challenge other players up to two positions higher than them on the board to move up the rankings.
Andrew has been biding his time since Damien beat him several weeks ago and he showed why he is undoubtedly the strongest player at the club.
In a powerful display Andrew regained the top ranking with a 9-2, 9-2, 9-3 win in the line one match.
Dave Poort and Christian LeCompte played a line one thriller which went down to the wire.
After a slow start the first game was tied 8-8 before Christian got a look at game point at 9-8. Dave won the serve back and also the next two points, taking the opening game 10-9.
An already tired Dave declared ‘‘That’s it!’’ to the gallery as he left the court for a quick break wishing the running was over.
But it wasn’t and Christian hit back hard taking the second and third games 9-3, 9-6.
Dave rallied in the fourth and levelled the match at two games all with a 9-5 win.
The fifth and deciding game was a ripper with both Dave and Christian having opportunities but it was Christian that lasted out and won 10-8.
●Other results: Line one: Phil Armstrong d Sam McPherson 9-6, 9-3, 9-3. Line two: Will Watkins d Cameron Wallace 9-2, 10-8, 9-1. Line three: Dave Kelly d Max Hall 1-9, 9-5, 9-6, 9-6. Line four: Daniel Centra d Brad Kerry 9-5, 9-2, 9-3. Sonia Withers d Sam Gierveld 9-0, 9-1, 9-0. Jake McPherson d Marco Franco 9-5, 9-3, 9-3. Line five: Jack Kelly d Sam Kelly 3-9, 9-0, 9-3, 9-7. Line six: Jorja Eddy d Caitlyn Brooks 9-3, 9-1, 9-0. Eamon Storer d Nav Chhina 9-7, 7-9, 9-4, 9-0.