Top quality squash was open on display
SQUASH: While the Gladstone Squash Open final did not have any local players in it, the battle of the Bens decider was a classic.
Bundaberg's Ben Tobin survived a come-back from Ben Courtice from Mackay to win a five-set thriller.
Tournament director Mick Laver said there was some high quality squash in the two-day event that attracted 60 players.
"Ben Tobin won the first two games and then Courtice won the next two before Ben Tobin held on in the last,” Laver said.
The lower grades also produced some exciting finals and there was success for a Gladstone player.
"Johnathon Easton took out the division three plate final where he beat Karen Hawkins from Rockhampton,” Laver said.
"It was in four games and he kept it together well.”
Laver said the division one, two and three finals were all close.
"They were all tough and hard fought,” Laver said.
Mackay's Matt Wellington beat Sam James from Rockhampton in five sets.
Laver said youngster James is one to watch in the future.
"Sam James has really improved from last year and he's a tall fella,” Laver said.
"The experience of Wellington got him through.”
Josh Ferguson of Mackay showed now effects from a semi-final five-setter because he had to do it all again in the final.
He beat Moura's Paige Myles in another five-set match.
"Paige is only a junior and Josh is in his early 20s,” Laver said.
Mackay's Michael Aguis defeated Bundy's Steve Dowling in the division three decider and in a big weekend for Mackay, Lucas Nielsen took out the open plate final.