TALENT POOL: Gladstone Squash junior program has grown in recent times, and a lot of the players will now be playing in the Gladstone Junior Squash Open this weekend.
TALENT POOL: Gladstone Squash junior program has grown in recent times, and a lot of the players will now be playing in the Gladstone Junior Squash Open this weekend. Jake Jones

State's best squash players coming to Gladstone

BUILDING on the success of last year's inaugural Gladstone Junior Squash Open, local coach and organiser Richard Williams is hoping for an even better display when the tournament hits the Gladstone Squash Courts on Saturday and Sunday.

Expecting an improvement on last year, Williams was expecting more than 30 entrants for the Open this time around.

It is the hard work paying off for the coach, who has tirelessly tried to increase numbers and further the ability of those in the sport.

"We are working hard; the numbers gradually keep building," Williams said.

"This is the second Open. I guess it is established on the calendar now."

The junior tournament is drawing interest and athletes from as far as Bundaberg; with Emerald, Biloela and Rockhampton also sending entrants.

While the talent will be great from the surrounding associations, Williams thinks a winner or two will come from the local courts.

"Emily Turner and Bree Dunn are very competitive, along with a girl from Emerald," he said.

"There are a couple of strong Bundaberg players that will give Hayden Dunn a run too."

The tournament will include some of the best players in Queensland, as well as a number of players who have just returned from national level as well.

Williams would love to see young players who are interested in having a go come down and watch.

"You will see some of the best juniors in the state playing in them," he said.

Junior Open Times

  • Saturday- 9am-3pm
  • Sunday- 9am-1pm


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