Scott Arnold plays eventual winner Craig Rowland in the semi-final. Photos: ADAM HOURIGAN
Scott Arnold plays eventual winner Craig Rowland in the semi-final. Photos: ADAM HOURIGAN

Rowland?s class decides squash final

By Adrian Miller

WHILE crowd favourite Donna Urquhart was unable to come away with the title, the Yamba Bowling Club 2006 Open Squash Tournament, held this weekend in Yamba, was still a major success.

Almost 100 players from 24 clubs from as far away as Darwin and Victoria descended on the Yamba courts to fight for the coveted title.

In the men's, number one seed Craig Rowland beat third seed Steve Finitsis, three sets to one, 11-6, 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, to take home this year's title.

In the women's, third seed Casey Brown upset first seed Amelia Pittock, winning three sets to love, 9-5, 9-3, 9-2.

Tournament organiser Steve Pilley said the finals featured some quality squash.

"Craig is a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist and world top-10 player, so Steve did really well against him," he said.

"Casey played a really good match as well and really asserted her authority over Amelia in the end."

Pilley said the weekend had proved another fantastic success.

"It was a fantastic weekend with really good and exciting matches," he said

And while the tournament didn't see a sentimental win from local girl Urquhart, Pilley said she played some quality squash.

"Donna lost two and won one match," he said.

"She was playing people ranked above her who were really on another level but it was still great experience for her."



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