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Yamba Squash Club Championships

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What a big week at Yamba Squash Centre last week. The semis and finals for the 2015 Club Championships were played and won with a few unexpected wins for some players.
The semis can quite often produce just as many exciting, close matches as the finals and it was no different this year. The semi between Paul Tarasenko and Torben Mikkelsen in men’s A Reserve was fast and furious. Paul got the better start, running away to a two nil lead but Torben has a never give up attitude and ran and ran to claw his way back to a win in 5. A little bit unexpected as Paul has been playing some good squash in the competition.
The ladies A Grade semi between Helen Anderson and Kerry Bennett saw another upset with Kerry taking Helen by surprise and winning in 5. Helen did not play badly just that Kerry’s game was spot on.
The pairing of Kane Hancock and Paul Tarasenko proved the dark horse team in the doubles. They won through the round matches, being the only team undefeated and come the finals they did not want to spoil their record. Their opposition in the finals was Michael Davidson and Robert Hodson and needless to say Mick being the stronger player in that pair did not see much of the ball. Kane and Paul won the first game 21-19 but went down in the second 21-15 and had a good lead in the third but Mick and Robert made a comeback, but right on the bell Kane and Paul won 20-19.
The ladies A Grade final was between Philippa Hayman and Kerry Bennett. After watching Kerry win her semi Philippa knew she could not give her an inch and even though Kerry pushed Philippa to a long game in the second it was Philippa who came out winner in three. Both these ladies already have their name as winners on the honour board and the trophy.
Ladies A Reserve winner was Wendi Moffitt with a win in three over Lauren Mikkelsen, B Grade winner was Allison Bennett in four over Jamie Disson and B Reserve winner was Angela Zammit.
Men’s A Grade match was between Michael Davidson and Tony McFarlane. These two players have met many times in the finals and Tony has recorded more wins but it looked like an upset was on the board as both players traded game for game, but it was Tony who came out winner in the fifth. This match was probably the best Michael has played in a long time and the crowd loved it.
Torben Mikkelsen continued on his winning way with an exciting win in five over Kane Hancock. Both these players are extremely quick so it to was a great match and the crowd appreciated it. Men’s B Grade was won by Robert Hodson with a win in three over Brendan Watkins.
Writing about these matches does not do them much justice as the players put their all into playing regardless of what grade is played.
The new competition started this week but it’s not too late to join up just call in or ring and speak to Steve and Sue Pilley they are more than welcoming of new players.
Sue Pilley

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