The first tournament of the year was the Bondi Open 2017 at the Bondi Waverley Squash Club. It is always a tough tournament to play as it is the start of the year, after the Christmas/New Years break. We all played in the blistering heat of the Australian summer (and no AC!). It was fun to come back and play after winning the trophy last year. I knew it wasn't going to be easy to get it back again. The weekend started off
with a bye but followed by a tough quarter finals match up against Rohan Toole. He hits the ball with a lot of racquet head speed, so it is difficult to feel comfortable on the T. I knew I had to hit the ball well to get it past his incredible wing span and great reach, and if I didn't, I would be in trouble. I was pleased with my efforts to keep him out of the centre of the court and win a tough 3-0. That was just the first step...I was set to play Darcy Evans in the semifinal, another difficult matchup. I knew he would be extremely fired up, just as I was playing against my coaches, Rodney Martin, Geoff Hunt, and Byron Davis....all players always really want to beat your coach. Darcy always shows how much he wants to succeed on court and that drive can always be dangerous. During this match, I was grateful for my experience being an older player which I felt helped me to win another tough 3-0. He will continue to be a tough opponent in these local tournaments. Later that same day, I was back in the heat of the club, set to play former PSA player Matthew Karwalski in the final. All I can say is that this was a brutal match with the weather and such tightly contested points. I was lucky to run away with the match after being 2-7 down in the fifth game, but was pleased to fight back. Matt played well, always fights hard, and has wonderful sportsmanship- it is always such a pleasure to get on court with Matt. I was happy to win this final match 3-2 for the title and trophy for 2017.
A big thank you to the entire Bondi Waverley Squash Club crew for hosting this event!"
Thank you, Willoughby Squash Club!"
In the open, my first round I was up against Russ Menzies. Although on paper we had a difference on the matrix, Russ plays a steady game and hits a nice ball. He made me earn every point and I worked hard to get all three games. Then in the 2nd Round I was up again Michael O'Flynn. This was the first time I have played against Michael. After playing him, I see such a big matrix jump heading his way! He has already made great progression, having met him when I first moved back to Sydney 5+ years ago! In the semi final, I was up against Rohan Toole, a match up that I saw a couple weeks earlier at Bondi. He is currently a student at Newcastle Uni and was able to be flexible with the match schedule. A big shout out and thanks to him for being flexible to play early! I appreciate it! Rohan always continues to improve and in addition to his long reach, has a great intensity when he is on court. He will continue to be a top play in the Sydney area. Again, I felt my experience gave me the upper hand in this match and I was able to pull out a win to make it to another final. It was a great feeling to make it to my third straight final! I was set to play Darcy Evans after he had a grueling 3-2 win against Luke Hillier. I was grateful for the slight edge with less time on court in my legs but Darcy still came out firing and pushed hard throughout. I was happy to walk away with a 3-0 win and finish three tournaments in a row as the Elanora Open winner!
Thanks to everyone at Elanora for a fun weekend of squash!
It has been a big seven weeks of tournaments and I am pleased to walk away with two titles and a runner-up. What great results to start 2017! I look forward to competing in the up and coming tournaments across NSW as the year progresses."