Squash notes

November 30, 2017

Squash club juniors Breanna Inglis, Sarah Brooks, Caitlyn Brooks, Hudson Storer and Kobi Hipwell.

The Chargers and Packers will play off in the Numurkah Squash Club spring pennant grand final on Monday night.

Two semi-finals were played on Monday to decide who was heading to the big dance.

The top-of-the-ladder Chargers line-up of Phil Armstrong, Sam McPherson, Max Hall, Sam Kelly, Nav China and Leesa Inglis took on fourth-placed Steelers’ Dave Poort, Will Watkins, Geoff Eddy, Sonia Withers, Eve van der Geest and Caitlyn Brooks in the first semi.

Inglis, who has not lost a match this pennant, set a good foundation for the Chargers in the line six match with a strong 9-2, 9-1, 9-4 win over Brooks.

Next on court, McPherson cemented the Chargers’ lead in the line two match with another straight game win over Watkins, 9-2, 9-4, 9-4.

Watkins returned from an injury spell and, while there were some cracking rallies, his recent lack of court time showed.

Line one players Armstrong and Poort were next and Poort took the first game 9-6, the first of the night for the Steelers.

Armstrong levelled in the second game 9-6 and Poort came back strongly to take the third 9-3 and claim a one-game lead.

Armstrong again levelled the game score, winning the fourth 9-5, but after not playing last week, fatigue set in and Poort claimed a good 9-4 victory in the last.

Team captains Hall and Eddy played the line three match. Hall took the Chargers into the grand final with a 9-5, 9-7, 9-4 win.

Withers played a knockout game against Sam Kelly 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 to cap off a great season on line four, but she will be in the stands watching next week.

McPherson filled in for brother Jack, who injured his leg playing last week.

The second semi had Packers’ Breanna Inglis start the night against Broncos’ Sarah Brooks in a line six match.

Brooks played well against newcomer Inglis and won 9-2, 9-2, 9-1.

Andrew Meredith stifled a late charge from Damien Hipwell and got the Packers on the scoreboard 9-3, 9-1, 10-9.

Ethan McDonald took the Packers to a one-match lead in a great five-gamer against Broncos’ Gav Banko, 2-9, 10-8, 1-9, 10-8, 9-0.

Dave Kelly played Christine Poort in the line three match and won 9-5, 9-4, 9-0.

Kelly went for the handshake early at 8-0 and looked nonplussed when Poort didn’t oblige.

He soon realised why and took the last point and finally got the handshake.

Neroli Eddy took the Packers into the grand final with a terrific win over Hudson Storer, who was filling in for brother Eamon, away on school camp.

They played three really competitive games in the line five match, 9-6, 10-8, 10-9.

Jake McPherson and Daniel Centra played a line four dead rubber, with Broncos’ Centra winning 9-5, 9-7, 9-6.

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