GHS keeps fine Valley squash tradition alive
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON High School have continued a proud Clarence Valley tradition by winning the CHS boys State knockout squash competition in Sydney last Friday.
The team ? Anthony Don, Ashton Anderson, Dean Butcher and Kyle Lawler ? beat Taree High to win the Stellar Trophy.
Josh Duff, who was unable to attend the finals series at Thornleigh Squash Centre in Sydney, had been an integral team member throughout the qualifying rounds that began in early April and involved around 80 High Schools.
Don, Butcher and Lawler are Year 12 students with Anderson in Year 10.
It was the first time Grafton High boys team have won the State CHS knockout competition.
However, the girls team won in 1992 and 1994.
Maclean High boys and girls teams have also been prolific winners, the boys successful in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and the girls in 2001, 2002.
Grafton High's coach-manager Ron Butcher, who has successfully managed the Grafton High boys and girls squash teams for over a decade, said it was a wonderful performance by this year's boys team to win.
Grafton won the North Coast Championships before beating Moree High to gain a place in the four-team final series.
In the semi-finals Grafton won 3-1 beating championship favourites Northmead High who boasted two Australian ranked junior players and Taree defeated Kooringal High (Wagga).
Grafton blitzed Taree in the final winning every game to re- cord a convincing win.