Kurstyn Mather during the Gladstone Junior Squash Open.
Kurstyn Mather during the Gladstone Junior Squash Open. Luka Kauzlaric

High quality play at squash tournament

A BIGGER than expected Gladstone Junior Squash Open field has wowed onlookers with the high quality of their play on display.

It made it difficult for new players in their first tournament.

Over 30 players turned up for the two-day event, a big increase on last year which tournament director Michael Laver hopes will continue when the open rolls around again next season.

Laver said the best part of the tournament was not the play, but the attitude every player showed on and off the court.

"It is a great bunch of kids," he said. "It is all so well-natured.

"They are competitive on the court but so friendly off it."

Players flocked from the local association, Emerald, Bundaberg, Moura and Rockhampton.

While the locals fared well in trying to defend the home court advantage, successes were shared by all the different regions.

The next step is to wait for the younger players to continue the journey from first tournament to the elite.

"There were some new players as well, a good group of new faces," Laver said.

One of those was Peter Kamasz, a 15-year-old who has now focused on squash after beginning a year ago.

"It was a lot of fun though," he said.



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