State selection for promising squash duo
By TONY WHITE
PROMISING local squash players Holly Butcher and Kyle Lawler have been selected to represent NSW CHS against Queensland in Brisbane next month.
The star Grafton High School juniors won selection following their performances during the three-day NSW CHS Squash Championships completed yesterday at the Big River Squash and Fitness Centre, Grafton.
Butcher, 15, will team with Woolgoolga 12-year-old Tamika Saxby in the girls 15-years team against the Queenslanders.
Lawler won selection along with Matt Durda (Melville) and Matt Reece from Port Macquarie in the boys open team.
Ashlee Starr from Nambucca Heads has been chosen in the girls open team and Spenser Davis (Port Macquarie) and Alex Gough from Nambucca Heads in the boys 15-years team.
North Coast players again dominated proceedings at the CHS Championships.
The North Coast boys team defeated Western in the final.
Sydney North beat North Coast in the girls open teams event and Port Macquarie's Matt Reece was narrowly beaten by Ryan Cuskelly (Sydney North) in the boys single final.
Tamryn Beveridge beat Lara Millar (Sydney North) in the girls single final.
CHS North Coast Regional co-ordinator Col Fisher said the tournament produced a very high standard of squash.
"The standard was terrific. A lot of the players have Australian and NSW age rankings," he said.
"Some of the best young players in the state, from 12-18-year-olds, were on show and produced some great squash.
"It augurs very well for the future."
This is the third time in 10 years Grafton have hosted the CHS State Championships. The city hosted the 1996 and 2001 titles.
Foster said the current junior squash program has greatly benefited North Coast players.
"Thanks to the program the North Coast have been a dominant force for the past five to six years," he said.
"We have a strong history of success with the likes of Cameron Pilley and Donna Urquhart going on to greater heights with Australian representation and making a mark in world squash."