The Quokkas were the standout team in round three of the Numurkah Squash Club summer pennant on Monday night, winning four rubbers against the Wombats.
First-season player Hailey Harris recorded her first win against junior Bailey Brooks in the line six match to get the Quokkas off to a strong start.
Both players are still learning the game and Hailey won in three games 9-5, 9-0, 9-6.
Jake McDonald has started the summer pennant well and is proving to be a hard task for other line three players.
He played Wombat Christine Poort and continued his winning streak, also in three games, 9-4, 9-4, 9-2.
Brother and teammate Sam McPherson added to the Wombats’ woes when he took on Greg Brooks in line two.
Brooks is like a dog that won’t go away, nipping his opponents heels and running circles around them, but McPherson popped the lead on and had Brooks under total control.
McPherson won the match between the two team captains and the Quokkas’ third match for the night 9-5, 9-2, 9-6.
Then the big boys came out to play in the line one match, when Andrew Storer played Wombat Christian Lecompte.
Storer had the ball on a string in the first game and his soft touch was brilliant with deft drop shots.
Lecompte is a strong line one player and always pushes to make his opponent play one more stroke.
Storer took the first game 9-4 and Lecompte pushed harder in the next two games, but Storer also had a strong result with a three-game win, 9-4, 9-6, 9-7.
The game of the night was the two captains of the Bandicoots and Emus teams in the line two match on court one.
Bandicoot Cameron Wallace looked very relaxed and played his best for some time against Gav Banko.
Banko won in five good quality games, despite smashing the ball into the front wall and it coming back to hit his chest in the first of four match points. He won 8-10. 9-4, 5-9, 9-3, 9-7.
Other Emus v Bandicoots matches: Max Hall d Geoff Eddy 9-3, 9-2, 9-6. Eamon Storer d Kobi Hipwell 9-2, 9-6, 9-4. Sarah Brooks lost to Caitlyn Brooks 10-9, 5-9, 8-10, 5-9.
Rats v Warthogs: Ethan McDonald d Dave Kelly 9-1, 10-8, 5-9, 9-7, Ben Armstrong d Hudson Storer 9-1, 2-9, 9-1, 9-2.
Ladder after round two: Bandicoots 43 games won, Emus 38, Quokkas 27, Rats 27, Wombats 23, Warhogs 18.
Earlier, Bandicoots jumped out of the blocks after round one.
Warthogs virtually started a week behind the pack with only one game won due to some bad losses and players not being available.
In round two last week, the Warthogs hit back and gained some valuable games against the ladder leaders.
Each team has six ranked players and in the line six match Warthog Eamon Storer easily accounted for Hailey Harris in three games 9-0, 9-0, 9-4.
Warthog captain Dave Kelly, recently promoted to line two, played Bandicoot captain Cameron Wallace and, after a tight first game, went on to win in three games, 10-8, 9-4, 9-6.
Phil Armstrong picked up three games for the Bandicoots with a 7-9, 9-0, 9-0 win over Dave Poort.
The battle of the round was the Rats and the Quokkas with five out of six matches played.
Rats’ line one player Damien Hipwell accounted for Andrew Storer 9-4, 9-3, 9-5.
Storer earlier played a catch-up match for round one against Emu Andrew Meredith, winning in five games 8-10, 9-5, 9-3, 6-9, 10-8, but didn’t have the legs to go on against Hipwell.
In the line two match Ethan McDonald represented the Rats against Sam McPherson.
While McDonald will run all night, McPherson was a bit too polished and won in four games 9-5, 5-9, 9-2, 9-7.
McPherson’s brother and teammate Jake had a similar outcome when he took on Rat Nick Pettigrove in the line three game.
Jake got to two games up and dropped the third before winning the match 9-0, 10-8, 4-9, 9-3.
In only the second match of what he hopes to be a long squash association, newcomer Ben Armstrong had his first win against Quokka Neroli Eddy.
Armstrong is improving every time he picks up a racquet and won in three games, 9-0, 9-0, 9-1.
Rats’ line six player Breanna Inglis was delighted with her first ever win over Hailey Harris 9-3, 9-7, 9-8.
Results for Emus v Wombats: Gavin Banko d Greg Brooks 7-9, 3-9, 9-7, 9-7, 9-2; Geoff Eddy lost to Christine Poort 7-9, 9-4, 6-9, 9-6, 0-9; Brad Kerry d Jack Kelly 9-1, 9-7, 9-3; Nav Chhina d Hudson Storer 9-6, 9-7, 9-3; Kobi Hipwell d Bailey Brooks 9-1, 9-0, 9-0.