Hot contest for squash titles

The Forbes Squash Club's annual championships continued into the second week last Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Thirty four semifinals matches decided the finalists for the Plate and Grand Final events.

Ladies A Grade; Michelle Bentick beat Louise Webb 3-0 and Alex Bayley beat Michelle Bentick 3-0.

Ladies C; Alex Jones beat Lucy Cowhan 3-0, Lindy Cowhan beat Sam Haley 3-0, Kimberly Chudleigh beat Sam Haley 3-0 and Lucy Cowhan beat Kimberly Chudleigh 3-0.

Mens A: Darryn Piper beat Brendon Allegri 3-0 and Lockie Miller, 3-0, Jay Kross beat Oli Dawes 3-1, Clint Ridley beat Chris McQuie 3-2 and Wayne Bilsborough beat Dan Bayley 3-2.

Mens B: Scott Webb beat Dennis Haynes 3-2 and Anthony Gordon beat Pete Cowhan 3-0.

Mens C: Max Ridley beat Ben Barnard 3-0 and Henry Kross beat Steve Allegri 3-0.

Juniors: Bradman Hardy beat Isaac Barnard 3-0, Angus Webb beat Claire Bayley 3-0, Angus Webb beat Isaac Barnard 3-1 and Jono Webb beat Isaac Barnard 3-0.

Well after two weeks action the ensuing Friday night grand finals caused much anticipation and they didn't disappoint.

Eleven finals matches were all played. In the usual order of play, Plate Finals precede the Grand Finals.

Juniors: Plate; Isaac Barnard beat Jono Webb 3-0. Final; Bradman Hardy beat Angus Webb 14-15, 15-12, 15-12, 12-15, 15-11.

Ladies C: Plate Lucy Cowhan beat Kimberley Chudleigh 3-0; Final Despite a two set lead, Alex Jones was eventually defeated in the fifth 15-11, by Lindy Cowhan.

Ladies B Final; Ellie Cowhan lost to Bec Connell 9-15, 15-11, 15-5, 7-15, 10-15.

Mens C: Plate; Sam Mackay zoomed home 15-6, 15-9, 15-10 over Josh Barnard.

Final; Max Ridley played well but couldn't halt young Henry Kross, losing to him in the fourth set 14-16.

Mens B: Plate At one set up and one down Mark Webb went on to defeat Haig Carlisle 15-6, 15-9; Final Scott Webb was on a roll and didn't let up in a straight set victory, over Jack Gordon 15-12, 15-10, 15-9.

The Men's A Plate Final was a top match. Burcher man Clint Ridley claimed a fourth set victory 15-11, over Wayne Bilsborough, who won tough matches to make the final.

Ladies A Final; A very entertaining match where Michelle Bentick was down 13-15, 9-15 then evened the score 15-12, 15-9, but succumbed to Alex Bayley's consistent boast winners eventually losing 6-15.

The much-anticipated Men's A Final was a contest between two of squash's best local exponents.

Darryn Piper excelled in both speed and tactics, after winning two sets convincingly; he lost the third to his opponent, Parkes player Jay Kross 9-15 but returned to court and sped to a great fourth set victory 15-5.

What a night! Young Henry Kross from Parkes at nine years of age is I believe, the youngest player to win the Mens C Grade Champs Final.

Our current competition resumed Wednesday night.