Eden squash finalists hard to crush

• The Eden Squash winners are (not in order) Phil Cottrell, Lionel Platts, Geoff Bartlett, Alex Wakeford, Peter Brannelly and substitute Tony Gordon.

• The Eden Squash winners are (not in order) Phil Cottrell, Lionel Platts, Geoff Bartlett, Alex Wakeford, Peter Brannelly and substitute Tony Gordon.

The finals of the Eden Gym and Squash summer competition were held recently. 

Organiser Patrick Avery said the final “capped off a successful return of squash to the area”. 

“Players came from as far as Bombala, and included Merimbula and Eden players,

 Avery said. 

The competition boasted six teams of five- a-side and was contested over a period of three months.

“Games were played at a friendly, yet competitive, level with men women and juniors combined to challenge each other on Monday and Wednesday nights.”

Avery said the regular season was very closely fought and led to an intense semi final recently. 

It was a surprise result for the third and fourth- placed teams to better their rivals and claim a berth in the grand final.  

This lead to the final being played between these two sides last Wednesday.

“A fantastic finals night saw the third- placed  team Blue score a very narrow victory over team Orange,” Avery said. 

 “The result was in the balance until the very last match, with the lead changing more than once.”

 The club congratulates the winning Blue team of Phil Cottrell, Lionel Platts, Geoff Bartlett, Alex Wakeford and Peter Brannelly. 

“Unfortunately team member Greg Nicolson was unavailable and was replaced by sub Tony Gordon for the final.”

 Meanwhile, the runners-up were Andrew and Mitchell Blaxter, Kade Ritchie, Adam McClure and Damon Lawler. 

Leanne Blaxter was unavailable and Peter Cottrell substituted in her place.

“Eden Gym and Squash thanks all participants for making the competition such a success,” Avery said. 

“And especially for all those who travelled so far each week. 

“We are looking forward to all of you continuing to support the  winter competition.”

The club said a special thank you to Philip Lukassen for organising the competition and spending his time to grade the players.

A grading for the winter competition will be held on June 4 and the club is seeking new players to join in. 

“All levels are catered for from A1 to beginners, and we especially encourage juniors to try out,” Avery said. 

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