The scene is set, Division 1 will see top 2 teams Brighter Whites battle against Team Three and in division 2 competition it will be top of the ladder Killer Whales against the big surprise of the competition De-Faults battling for Autumn Pennant 2018 Premiership glory.
Division 2 was a tense scene as Gloria’s Angels looked nervous against a team full of confidence in De-Faults. The night started strong for Gloria’s Angels as Chelsea Thornton continued with a solid season as she defeated a very much improved Heather Laity in 3 games.
However, it did not go to the form guide with the results that followed. Emily Herrmann filling in for team De-Faults after number 1 Chris Edlington, who sustained a knee injury 2 week prior to the end of the normal season, (Herrmann) was outstanding with an upset victory over opponent Tom Jaensch in a 3 games to 1 boil over.
Jake Wilson continued his recent domination over a tough opponent in Gloria Jago winning 3 games to nil giving his team (De-Faults) a 2 rubbers to 1 lead and the chance of a big upset win.
Aggregate winner Izaak Luitjes (De-Faults) having had a break out season, showed no signs of nerves, with a win for his team and it would see them through to the grand final.
The result never in doubt as Helen Munro (Gloria’s Angels) had no answers to the power game of Luitjes winning in 3 games and sending the unlikely finalists into the decider against Killer Whales who will have to bring their best game to defeat the team full of confidence in De-Faults.
De-Faults 3.9.158 def Gloria’s Angels 1.4.134
Emily Herrmann (F/N) 1.3.55 def Tom Jaensch 0.1.48
Jake Wilson 1.3.45 def Gloria Jago 0.0.26
Izaak Luitjes 1.3.45 def Helen Munro 0.0.15
Heather Laity 0.0.13 lt Chelsea Thornton 1.3.45
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(Aggregate sheet for Division 1)
In the Division 1 preliminary final it was the strong performance of Team Three winning 3 rubbers to 1 against Limp Bizcutts that will see them battle top team Brighter Whites for the Division 1 Autumn Pennant premiership.
Chris Tassone was in hot form defeating Donna Fisher in 3 games to get Team Three off to a good start. Michael Bacon started fast against opponent Jeannette Vear winning the first game in a thrilling 17-16. Nevertheless, it was the calm play of Vear against Bacon that levelled the preliminary final 1 rubber each.
Gary Callaway was able to withstand a great fight from Kerry Spinks winning in 3 close games to hand Team Three 2 rubbers to 1 lead heading into the final match between Martin Hawson and Wayne Sparks.
Sparks scored the first game 15-14 and it looked like it was going to be a tussle to the end. Hawson was able to find his rhythm and settled into his game to fight back to win in 4 games and secure the win for Team Three.
Team Three have the task of a rematch against Brighter Whites who have been constant all season and it will be a battle of nerve and smart squash that will determine which team with take division 1 premiership glory.
Mildura Squash Inc. would encourage all players, family, friends and spectators down to Irymple Leisure Centre on Wednesday 27th June 6.30pm onwards for some great Squash action and to see who will be crowned Premiers for the Autumn Pennant Season 2018.
Team Three 3.10.194 def Limp Bizcutts 1.4.188
Gary Callaway 1.3.47 def Kerry Spinks 0.0.41
Martin Hawson 1.3.59 def Waye Sparks 0.1.52
Chris Tassone 1.3.45 def Donna Fisher 0.0.34
Michael Bacon 0.1.43 lt Jeannette Vear 1.3.61
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(Aggregate sheet for Division 1)