Courtney Mather lines up her shot at the junior squash finals at the weekend.
Courtney Mather lines up her shot at the junior squash finals at the weekend.

From strength to strength

EMERALD junior squash boasts both quantity and quality.

Court Action hosted the junior squash finals at the weekend with strong numbers taking part.

President of Emerald Junior Squash Jason Archer said it was a close decider between first and second placing with the final round of matches to prove the decider.

"Team 3 won with most points at 106," he said, explaining teams are awarded a point for each win taken by the players throughout the season.

"Team 6 was second on 99 points, it was a close margin."

A highlight match in the junior finals was between Colton Payne and Chris Banish, with Colton taking out the win in four games.

Bolton took out the first two games but Chris held on and made a comeback in the third and tried right to the end, only to go down by three points in the fourth game.

"There was plenty of running around and quality shots," he said.

"They played really good and showed good sportsmanship."

Other players who showed good sportsmanship and were awarded Player's Player were Kaitlyn Archer and Alex Cook.

Cody Holloway took home the encouragement award, a second win after taking victory in his match against Kayan Cook in four hard-fought rounds.

A first for junior squash was the Dave Leitch Annual Best and Fairest, which went to Raven Albert.

The award was introduced in appreciation of Dave, who has been committed to junior squash for 10 years.

With six teams of four players in the junior squash competition, Emerald boasts the strongest squash numbers in the region and is one of the largest in the state.

With a number of players representing Queensland and the Central Region, Archer encouraged any youngsters interested to come and try out.

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