Donna back courting success
By TONY WHITE
YAMBA'S princess of the squash courts Donna Urquhart has been cleared to travel to Hong Kong and Malaysia for two important world rated tournaments next month.
The 18-year-old, now based at the AIS squash academy in Brisbane, was in doubt for the tournaments after badly injuring her ankle at the Australian Open Squash Championships in Melbourne early this month.
Urquhart's Australian Open aspirations at senior level for the first time collapsed under her when she badly twisted her right ankle tearing ligaments during the opening round.
Intense physiotherapy over the past three weeks has corrected the injury, but the five-time Australian junior champion said yesterday she had a minor setback this week.
"I've just come back from treatment, the ankle flared up the last couple of days but I'll be right to head overseas," she said. "It's (the ankle) much better and coming along well.
"I've been cleared to travel. I'm looking forward to playing tournaments again."
Urquhart will depart for Hong Kong on February 2 and return to Australia on February 18.
Her first tournament is the $14,000 Buler Challenge in Hong Kong then the $40,000 Kuala Lumpur Open Championships in Malaysia.
Urquhart, currently ranked world No.145, must qualify for both events.
"My aim is to try and get my world ranking down inside the top 100 over the next few months," Urquhart said.
"I'm hopeful of qualifying for both tourna- ments and then see how I go."
Scrum coach call
SYDNEY. ? Wallaby prop Al Baxter has called for the next national rugby coach to appoint a specialist scrum coach following the Australian pack's struggles on their European tour.
The Australian scrum was dismal against their European opposition, especially against England, and was savaged by the critics.
NSW tighthead prop Baxter, one of the players to come under scrutiny, was adamant the current pack could reassert itself at international level given time and specialist tuition.
He said there had been more focus on scrummaging at the Waratahs, with former Wallaby prop Enrique 'Topo' Rodriguez helping out earlier in the pre-season.
Baxter believed most of the Wallabies were keen to see a scrum coach appointed as part of the new coaching team to be announced shortly.