Mildura Squash Autumn Pennant 2019 is up and running, players hit the squash court in perfect conditions after a hot summer break to some entertaining First round encounters. Some players looked a little rusty, others had been making the most of some extra court practice time over the holidays.
In Division 2 competition Team One was just a little too good for Team Four winning 2 rubbers to 1. It was Husband V Wife as Davin Demarco (Team One) took on Aleara Demarco (Team Four) in the first match. Aleara won the first game in a close 17-16 battle. However, it was Davin taking over the match to win the next 3 games in a very competitive contest to take the bragging rights home.
New comer to pennant Maz Valentino showed good hitting to account for Helen Munro in 3 games and confirm a team win for Team One. Junior member new to pennant Kane Woodfrey got the job done against another new member in Cris Dean in 3 games to give his team a rubber win for the night.
Team Three was more consistent in their 2 rubber to 1 win against Team Two. Gloria Jago (Newly inducted Life Member) was at her crafty best to defeat hard-hitting Chris Edlington in 4 entertaining games to start the night well for Team Three. Natalina Mammone was pushed all the way to her victory by a fit opponent in Heather Laity getting a solid win in 3 games.
Chelsea Thornton was able to get a rubber on the board for Team Two as she was able to use a good touch game to defeat Matthew Cook in 3 games.
Division One competition saw Hard Knutts win 3 rubbers to 1 against CC & Dried. Paul Takacs was victorious against fill in Eamonn Whyte winning 3 nil. Michael Penna was beaten by a better opponent on the day in Chris Stamos going down in 4 fast paced games. Donna Fisher was able to play a good short game to defeat her opponent in Cameron Whyte 3 games to nil.
Match of the night was the battle between Graeme Whyte and Simon Morrison. Whyte took the first game and looked to be in control of the match before Morrison staged a rugged fight back to take the next 2 games to lead 2-1. Whyte rallied in the 4th game miss hearing the score line reeled off 6 consecutive points to extend the match to a 5th game, where he started a bull out of a gate winning the next 5 points to lead the last game and was not challenged for the win.
Team One was in the winner’s circle defeating Point ‘O’ Five 2 rubbers to 1. Wade Stephens new to the district was faultless in his first match winning against Chris Tassone in a crafty 3 game effort. Kevin Healy (Newly Inducted Life Member) also victorious for Team One as he was able to extend the rallies wearing down his opponent in Doug Garsed to claim the win in 3 games. A win to Wayne Sparks in 4 power hitting games against son Zac Sparks who was able to maintain a high standard for the entire match pushed his father to work for the win, the highlight for Point ‘O’ Five. Steve Pongrac and Jeannette Vear had a no match.
Division One: Hard Knutts (T2) 3.10.218 def CC & Dried (T3) 1.5.172, (Paul Takacs 1.3.45 def Eamonn Whyte (F/N) 0.0.25, Michael Penna 0.1.60 lt Chris Stamos 1.3.57, Graeme Whyte 1.3.68 def Simon Morrison 0.2.64, Donna Fisher 1.3.45 def Cameron Whyte 0.0.26)
Team One 2.7.141 def Point ‘O’ Five (T4) 1.3.106, (Kevin Healy 1.3.45 def Doug Garsed 0.0.26, Zac Sparks 0.1.51 lt Wayne Sparks 1.3.53, Wade Stephens 1.3.45 def Chris Tassone 0.0.30, Steve Pongrac 0.0.0 nil Jeannette Vear 0.0.0)
Division Two: Team One 2.6.139 def Team Four 1.4.108, (Davin Demarco 1.3.61 def Aleara Demarco 0.1.40, Maz Valentino 1.3.45 def Helen Munro 0.0.23, Cris Dean (F/N) 0.0.33 lt Kane Woodfrey 1.3.45)
Team Three 2.7.133 def Team Two 1.3.93, (Gloria Jago 1.3.56 def Chris Edlington 0.1.43, Matthew Cook 0.0.16 lt Chelsea Thornton 1.3.45, Natalina Mammone 1.3.45 def Heather Laity 0.0.21)