Sluggish start for A Grade squash

AFTER a four-week break since the grand final, most Gympie A Grade squash teams were a little sluggish for the opening night of the squash season.

Gympie Graphics began the night when they took on Fisherman’s Haul.

Graphics’ Zac Lazarevski had too much fitness for Bruce Pearce, 9-3, 6-9, 9-5, 9-3.

Michael Tiaoroa also downed Fisherman Pearce (playing up), 9-5,10-8, 9-5.

Graphics Ralph Le Frankcom then saw his team to an unassailable lead by disposing of Luke the Kidd, 4-9, 9-6, 9-0, 9-6.

In the final rubber, a determined Denise Maher saved the Fisherman from being whitewashed as he overcame Casey Ison, 7-9, 9-5, 9-6, 9-6.

Final score – Graphics up 3 rubbers to 1.

Last season’s wooden spoon recipients, Budget Steel, began their new season with a win over last season’s premiers, Gold City Steering.

Steel’s Tim Topplepop rode his luck to the extreme in his 10-9, 10-9, 10-8 win over Jim Herbohn.

Steering quickly responded with two consecutive wins, firstly by way of Grant Polley beating Toby Kraak, 9-3, 9-3, 6-9, 4-9, 9-5, followed by Jerome Smith doing likewise over Dave Hogan, 5-9, 9-7, 9-1, 7-9, 9-6.

This meant it was up to the team captains to decide the spoils in the final rubber.

Despite Mark Willcox’s best effort, it was Dave ‘The Captain’ Lawless who seized the opportunity for Steel’s 9-4, 9-4, 9-5. Steels were ultimately victorious, 10 games to 6.

Wide Bay Cabinets overcame Shepherd’s Retravision. Shepherds began with a bang as Marcel Delgado thumped Rhonda Keast, 9-4, 9-2, 9-1.

This was, however, Shepherds’ only moment of joy as Cabinets dominated from this moment on.

Firstly, Tom O’Brien beat Marcel Delgado (playing up), 5-9, 10-8, 10-9, 9-1, followed by Bob Brook getting home in a gutsy win over the younger Peter Elson, 8-10, 9-5, 9-0, 2-9, 10-9.

Finally, Neil Hughes outclassed Peter Elson (playing up), 9-6, 9-2, 9-5, to seal the deal for Cabinets, 9 games to 6.

The final match between Salmon Builders and Case Accountants was a tight affair until the end, with Builders prevailing.

John Kearney jumped out of the blocks for builders to overwhelm Ros Sterling (playing up), 9-6, 9-5, 9-1.

Accountants’ Clayton Whimcorp shed a few cobwebs to outlast Phil Morton, 5-9, 8-10, 9-3, 10-8, 9-1.

Accountants continued with Stephen-John Lahiff also defeating Phil Morton (playing up), 9-7, 9-2, 9-3.

Builders were not yet done as Dean Hogg hammered Tony Wayne’s-brother Kerr, 10-9, 9-2, 9-0, to see his team home, 8 games to 6.

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

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