Round 5 action in the Mildura Squash Spring Pennant was a battle as players, fought hard to get wins on the board, vital to individual aggregates and the Super Teams ladder.
Division 1: Adam Stephens took the early lead against opponent Wayne Sparks to lead 2 games to nil. Stephens played fast hard-hitting squash and looked likely to run away with the match. Sparks then changed tactics to slow the pace of the game with some good tight hitting and took the 3rd game. Stephens having adjusted was too strong the eventual winner in 4 games
Jeannette Vear and Donna Fisher, the top ladies of the Mildura Squash pennant battled long and hard Vear eventually claimed victory. Winning the 1st game Vear looked likely to go on and get the job done however, Fisher then stormed back playing inspired squash to take the next 2 games and pushed hard in the 4th game, Vear just holding on to win the 4th 15-13, before eventually winning the 5th game. The crowd was certainly treated to some great rallies and shot making.
Other results saw a spirited effort from Doug Garsed gallant in defeat to Paul Takacs 3 games to nil. Michael Penna and Chris Stamos had a marathon battle with Penna taking the 1st game, Stamos recovering to lead 2-1, before Penna was able to battle hard to get the win in a 5-game marathon.
Steve Pongrac in the winner’s circle defeating Adrian Horvat 3 nil. Dale Watson seemed to be the everywhere man as Simon Morrison had no answers for some of the long rallies seemingly on the losing end of most, it Watson the eventual winner in 4 games.
Division 2: Match of the round for Division 2 competition was between Natalina Mammone and Rohan Whyte. Mammone started the match red hot and was able to take the first game with some great rallies, the 2nd was a close battle and 17-15. Whyte was able to then find some great rhythm on his serving and score points freely, to get back into the match and level 2-2. The 5th game was a real battle as it went point for point until a crucial rally won by Natalina Mammone followed by an error from Whyte gave her the win in the 5th game 15-13.
Other results saw Natalina Mammone filling in against Heather Laity. Penna continuing her improvement was competitive but Mammone was not to be denied winning in 3 games. Helen Munro in a purple patch of form was able to with stand the short game effort of Matthew Cook, with some great retrieving and win in 4 games.
ALERT SUPER TEAM REVEAL: TEAM 5 IS = (Div1) Michael Penna, (Div1) Steve Pongrac, (Div2) Cameron Whyte and (Div2) Helen Munro
ALERT SUPER TEAM REVEAL: TEAM 7 IS = (Div1) Zac Sparks, (Div1) Chris Tassone, (Div1) Adrian Horvat and (Div2) Charlotte Fisher
Division One Results:
Level One: Adam Stephens 1.3.46 def Wayne Sparks 0.1.38, Michael Penna 1.3.75 def Chris Stamos 0.2.71, Chris Tassone 1.3.53 def Eamonn Whyte 0.1.51, Paul Takacs 1.3.45 def Doug Garsed 0.0.31
Level Two: Jeannette Vear 1.3.69 def Donna Fisher 0.2.59, Dale Watson 1.3.49 def Simon Morrison 0.1.46, Steve Pongrac 1.3.45 def Adrian Horvat 0.0.27, Michael Bacon 1.3.61 def Aaron Willis 0.1.51
Division Two Results:
Level One: Gloria Jago 1.3.45 def Rohan Whyte (F/N) 0.0.14, Jan Paul Rensen 1.3.45 def Charlotte Fisher 0.0.29
Level Two: Helen Munro 1.3.47 def Matthew Cook 0.0.39, Natalina Mammone (F/N) 1.3.45 def Heather Laity 0.0.17, Natalina Mammone 1.3.66 def Rohan Whyte 0.2.67