Bega Squash club's winter treat

• A grade winners from V&H Motors are (from left) Tim Harrison, Gerard Hanscombe and Cliff Pistorius.

• A grade winners from V&H Motors are (from left) Tim Harrison, Gerard Hanscombe and Cliff Pistorius.

THE Bega Squash Club’s grand finals were played last Thursday and now the club is preparing for its winter competition. 

The club said grading is already underway for the mid-year competition that starts on June 3. 

Interested players can register by calling Chris Bartlett on 0415 468 531 this week. 

Meanwhile, organisers and teams celebrated the conclusion of the autumn competition. 

Club spokeswoman Janelle Curtis said the grand final matches were “exciting”. 

“The final score of 10-6 does not indicate how close the A grade final was,” Curtis said. 

V&H Motors scored the win over CB Smash Repairs and Curtis said it was thanks to an “outstanding performance” by Gerard Hanscombe. 

“It was anyone’s match when the last players took the court and Gerard was ecstatic to reverse his comp results against Chris Bartlett,” she said. 

Curtis said it was a “double” for Hanscombe who also sponsors the Hanscombe’s Buses team that won B grade. 

“Unfortunately for Kellow Parbery, the young guns proved too strong,” Curtis said. 

Despite the loss, Curtis said Kellow Parbery had some “high achievers” and provided a good challenge. 

“It was pleasing to see a team made up of graduates from the junior competition perform so well, both on and off the courts.”

Curtis said the Hanscombe Buses team showed a high level of “sportsmanship and responsibility” throughout the season. 

Meanwhile, in C grade the scores held level at 6-6 between Mr Pizza and Sapphire Coast Trophies. 

The deciding match was the captains in Scott Galeano and Adam Twyford. 

“It looked all over for Mr Pizza with Scott down two-love,” Curtis said. 

“However, Scott repeated the performance that won him Top Video player of semis, digging deep to win the match 3-2.”

The result saw the Mr Pizza team win by just the one match to claim the C grade premiership. 

In D grade, Ian Powell scored a 3-0 win over Ian Umbers to claim the player of the finals award. 

The early win also helped push his Austbrokers Southern team to an 11-5 win over MGM Panelbeaters. 

MGM’s Annette Nichols was named the “captain of the comp” by organisers for her consistent effort throughout the season. 

Curtis said her team-mates held their captain in high stead for her efforts. 

“Annette phoned each week to ensure they were able to play, encouraged them and they had lots of fun, as well as making it through to the finals,” she said. 

Some players made it through the entire season unscathed and did not lose a match Curtis said. 

A grade’s Cliff Pistorius, Jordan Tarlinton in C grade and April Alcock in D grade haven’t lost a game this year. 

A number of prizes were awarded after the matches, but a highlight was a 20-year service award. 

“Ben Barker was awarded a Col Ferguson Memorial service certificate, acknowledging 20 years of commitment to Bega Squash,” Curtis said. 

“His first comp being as a graduate from the juniors in 1994.”

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