Top talent on display

Some of the finest young squash players in the regional areas of the state converged on Dubbo last weekend for the NSW Country Junior Age Championships.

YOUNG GUNS: Hallie Hogden and  Meg Christensen enjoying their squash at Dubbo RSL Club. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

YOUNG GUNS: Hallie Hogden and Meg Christensen enjoying their squash at Dubbo RSL Club. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo Squash Club hosted the event, which attracted 70 juniors.

“As one of the first junior tournaments for the year, it was great to see these players making the trip to Dubbo,” Dubbo Squash Club’s Ian Shepherdson said.

“The games were of a very high standard and I am sure we will be seeing some of these girls and boys in the representative teams.”

Mr Shepherdson said a large part of the event’s success was due to the contribution of others.

As one of the first junior tournaments for the year, it was great to see these players making the trip to Dubbo. - Ian Shepherdson

“A big thank you to all those who turned up to watch and to the RSL Club for use of the courts,” he said.

“We had a number of helpers over the weekend, without whom the tournament wouldn’t be possible.

“ We would also like to thank Stellar Sports for their donation of a Stellar “Aggressor” squash racquet to raffle. This was won by Graeme Commins of Dubbo.”

Money raised from the raffle will be used to promote junior squash in Dubbo and assist young players when they travel away.

The full list of age group results is as follows:

Girls winners and runners-up

U11B Mia Gallagher (Dunedoo), Maisy Ellis (ACT); U11A Haylee Besant (Rylstone), Sienna Butcher (Caringbah); U13B Meg Christensen (Dunedoo), Hallie Hogden (Dunedoo); U13A Marley O’Shannessy (Parkes), Jess Reynolds (Rylstone); U15A Georgia Lane (Dunedoo), Jemma Besant (Rylstone); U17B Paige Thomson (Dunedoo); U17A Eva Corkery (ACT), Claire Flannery(Corlette); U19A Skye Loach (Dapto), Elle Lane(Dunedoo)

Boys winners and runners-up

U11B Johnathan Stait (Dubbo), Will Bampton (Dunedoo); U11A Jordan Ghattas (Wyong), Henry Cross (Parkes); U13B Flynn O’Brien (Rylstone), Liam Kerney (Rylstone); U15B Logan Scrivener (Gulgong), Brodie Acret (Forbes); U15A Preston Schreiber (Caringbah), Luke Barry (Cardiff); U17B Mitch O’Connor (Dunedoo), Liam Pope (Parkes); U17A Sam Sergo (ACT), Haani Qureshi (Northmead); U19B Oliver Boyd (Willoughby), Jarrod Cooper (Rylstone); U19A Ryan Marshall (Willoughby), Patrick Hart (Northmead).

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