Handy venue: From left - Cody Rediger, Daniel Wade and Brock Rediger.
Handy venue: From left - Cody Rediger, Daniel Wade and Brock Rediger.

Trio on backdoor steps to stardom

LIVING 150 metres from a squash court has its advantages. Three Waterview Heights junior players are making their mark in the squash world and it helps having a court literally at their doorstep. Daniel Wade and Cody and Brock Rediger are Waterview Heights locals and through their recent efforts have put the relatively small residential village on the map as far as squash is concerned.

Competing recently at a state rankings tournament at Thornleigh in Sydney Brock won the under-11 division with his brother Cody taking out the under-13 title. In a competitive field Daniel Wade made it to the semi-final stage in the under-15 division.

All three are members of the Waterview Heights Squash Club and play Monday and Tuesday nights in the local competition.

According to Cody and Brock’s father Shane Rediger the boys have improved dramatically under the watchful eye of their coach Matthew Cahill.

“Matt has been coaching the boys for the past three months out of own time,” Rediger said.

“He has done wonders fine-tuning their games…you can see there is a massive improvement in their game.”

Rediger’s son Cody, who is the current Waterview Heights Junior Champion and C-grade Club Champion, received a set-back recently.

“Cody broke his arm last year and only had the wires removed two weeks ago,” he said. “He still has two plates and nine screws in his arm which will most likely remain there for the rest of his life.”

Rediger, a keen squash player himself, admits playing against his sons has become a difficult task with wins few and far between.

“I used to have Cody’s measure but have lost to him on the past five occasions,” he laughs. “Apart from their obvious skill on the court all three boys know how to take a loss as good as a win…it’s something I’m proud of.”

Next on the agenda for Cody, Brock and Daniel are the State Titles to be held in Coffs Harbour next month.

“If the boys make the top three in their respective divisions at Coffs they would then go on to represent NSW,” Rediger said.

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