Bree Dunn and Emily Turner were part of the Queensland team which lost to New Zealand at the Trans Tasman Challenge in Brisbane.
Bree Dunn and Emily Turner were part of the Queensland team which lost to New Zealand at the Trans Tasman Challenge in Brisbane. Jake Jones

Challenging matches great value for pair

GLADSTONE squash players Emily Turner and Bree Dunn finished their Trans-Tasman Challenge careers between a "far-too-good" New Zealand and New South Wales.

The three-team competition was held over a week in Brisbane last month.

Five male and female players competed in both the under-17 and under-19 age groups.

Having played in the under-17 age group previously, Turner and Dunn faced the upper echelon of the challenge in the under-19s.

"They flogged us," Dunn said with a laugh. "I played very well but I got flogged.

"We combined New South Wales and Queensland to play New Zealand at the end and we still lost."

Turner was also happy with her performance, surprising herself even after a number of trips to the tournament over the years, in Australia and New Zealand.

Captaining the Queensland side, Turner tried to lead by example on the court, taking a number of scalps along the way.

"It was very challenging and a lot of fun," she said.

"The games we played were really hard, but personally I went better than I usually do and got some games off people I was supposed to lose to.

"I was captain which was pretty cool as well."

Finishing school at the end of the year, the Gladstone duo will try to make their way into the senior ranks.

Four years of the tournament has left both with a lot of experience to draw from.

"It was sad at the end saying goodbye to everyone," Turner said.



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