It's an Open field for CQ
SQUASH: More than 50 players from across Central Queensland and beyond will compete this weekend at the Gladstone Squash Senior Open.
The two-day event, which starts from 9am on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, will have the Open category as the feature.
The Open will consist of top eight graded players and matches will be played out of a best of five sets.
Gladstone Tennis and Squash Centre manager Rob McBean said a number of players are favourites.
"The players to watch out for are Ben Tobin from Bundaberg who has won the event the previous two years,” McBean said.
"Gladstone's David Turner is our current A-grade men's champion while Ben Courtice from Mackay is another.”
McBean said at the time of print that there are 50 entries from Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Mackay, Brisbane and Moura.
The winner of the Open will receive $300 in prize-money and the minor place-getters will get $150 and $50 respectively.
Depending on final numbers, McBean said that there may be up to five divisions with formats to vary per division.
It's somewhat of a family affair for the Turners with David's mum Rebecca to compete as will his younger brother Nathan, 13.
"I have been playing for 25 years and it's like a family and fitness thing for me,” Rebecca said.
"Nathan is on his way up while David has improved even further this year and will play up in the Opens.”
David spent some of the Christmas school holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport and he is confident that this will give him the edge.
"I learnt a few things like how to push myself and things such as fitness and the recovery side of squash,” David said.
"I wasn't really aware of that and it just shows what it takes to go to the next level.”