Squash matches go down to the wire

IN a night of extremely close contests, three of the four matches played went down to the wire in Gympie A Grade squash.

Budget Steel capitalised on a chance to topple leaders Gold City Steering.

David Lawless lifted off the Steels by beating Mark Wallcock in straight 9-2, 9-7, 9-3.

Dave Hogan was not quite up to the task, losing to Steerings’ tough Jerome Smith 2-9, 9-5, 0-9, 9-5, 2-9.

Steels then reclaimed the advantage with Toby Jug Kraak outlasting Grant Polley 9-7, 8-10, 6-9, 9-7, 9-2.

Heartbreak followed for the Steels as Jim Herbohn blunted their momentum by hammering a gallant Aaron Craig (playing up) 9-5, 9-5, 9-0.

Rubbers and games level, Steering were the victors 111 points to 100.

Next Shepherd’s Retravision faced off against Wide Bay Cabinets.

Shepherd Matt Robinson was no match for Neil the Jackal Hughes 8-10, 6-9, 3-9.

Cabinets continued when Bob Mad Dog Brook turned back the clock playing some vintage squash to edge out Puppy Peter Elson 9-1, 9-5, 6-9, 7-9, 10-9.

Shepherds got back into the match after Shane Mills out rallied Tom O’Brien 3-9, 9-3, 9-6, 9-2.

Marcel Delgado continued to erode Cabinets’ lead by getting on top of Rhonda Keast 6-9, 9-7, 9-4, 9-6.

However, Shepherds did not do quite enough as Cabinets prevailed by a slim 115 points to 113.

Salmon Builders and Case Accountants provided the closest nail biter of the night.

Builders Dean Hogg snuffed out Tony Kerr 9-0, 9-1, 9-3. Accountants’ Stephen-John Larff reciprocated by smashing Gary Elson 9-1, 9-3, 9-1.

Another straight sets flogging followed as Accountants’ Clayton Whincorp had the radar working against Phil Morton 9-3, 9-3, 9-6.

In the final rubber, yet another straight sets’ win saw Builders get the nod, with John Killarney beating Chris Simmo 9-7, 10-8, 9-0.

Rubbers and games even, Accountants got to sing the victory song by a mere one point 73-72.

In the final match of the night, Gympie Graphics won comfortably.

Opponents Fisherman’s Haul had a great start when Dennis Maher beat Casey Ison 9-3, 5-9, 9-5, 9-6.

It was then that the Graphics’ machine began to roll as Ralph Frankcom beat Chris Hoosits 9-7, 9-6, 7-9, 9-2 after which Michael Tiarower beat Bruce Pearce (playing up) 9-1, 9-2, 9-0.

Zac Lazzarevski continued Graphics’ unstoppable run defeating Bruce Pearce 10-8, 9-4, 0-9, 9-2. Graphics by three rubbers to one.

Order of play tonight 2, 3, 4 and 1.

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