Ben Marshall represented Queensland in the squash state titles last weekend.
Ben Marshall represented Queensland in the squash state titles last weekend. Renee Pilcher

State team pick

SIX years on the squash court is paying off for Gympie’s Ben Marshall.

For the second year in a row the budding Australian squash player has competed at the state level and been picked for the Queensland team.

Last year Marshall finished first in the under 15 competition in Rockhampton.

This year’s state titles, held in Brisbane at the weekend, were a little tougher he admitted.

“I finished third overall in the under 17 boys. It was my third Queensland titles,” he said.

Marshall said he played three rounds and made it to the semi-finals, when he lost his first game.

“The guy I played was really good.”

Playing the best of five games, Marshall went down in the fifth after he and his opponent had won two games each.

“It was the toughest match I had played and the only won I lost.”

Now Marshall will head to Melbourne in September with the state team to represent Queensland. He will step up his training with two sessions a week at Caboolture.

Last year he was picked in the Australian team’s talent squad.

Marshall said he loved squash because it was underestimated. “It’s tougher than people think.”

Gympie Times


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