Understudies step up

LOCAL squash players have filled the void vacated by the sport's big names in the closely contested Grafton Squash Open at the Big River Squash and Fitness Centre last weekend.

Local players 'cleaned up' in both the men's and women's B and C grade, but fell by the wayside as pre-tournament favourite, Hayden Hamshaw, marched towards the Men's Open section.

Big River Squash and Fitness Centre owner Tracy Gray, who won Ladies A grade, said the locals had done 'quite well' in the competition.

Young Moana Gray was one of the best of the locals, dropping only one game on her way to the Ladies Open title.

Other winners were Lismore's Ben Stevens who took out Men's A grade, while locals James Law-O'keefe and Nicholas Harris won Men's B and Men's C grade respectively.

Gray said there were not a lot of spectators at the Open, but for those who made the effort, there was plenty of action on the court to saviour.

“There some tough five setters in the semi and quarter finals,” she said.

“So those who got through were really the cream of the crop.”

Gray said next years upgraded event would be 'bigger and better' an would hopefully attract the nation's elite players.



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