Forbes hosts squash open

Forbes Squash Club President Garry Dempsey and Alex Cowhan work through this weekend’s Forbes Open squash draw. 0903squashdrawThe reigning men’s and women’s champions of Forbes squash will take to the courts this weekend to defend their titles in a field that is bigger than last year.
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Rowan Toole from Canowindra and Jennifer Brown from Sydney will be back in town to defend their titles for the Forbes Shire Council Squash Open, hosted by the Forbes Squash Club starting tomorrow and concluding Sunday.

At close of nominations on Tuesday night, 73 entries had been received, up about 15 per cent on last year.

Five men’s grades and four women’s grades will be contested over the weekend, with play commencing tomorrow night at Forbes courts, all day Saturday and Sunday, with finals commencing at 1pm. A half day’s play will be held at Parkes courts.

Presentation will be at completion of finals, around 3pm.

“Competitors will come from all over the state, with some excellent players competing in the top grades,” an organising spokesman said.

Some junior players will host very high national rankings.

A strong local contingent will contest nearly all grades, with local junior Regan Acret a hot contender in B grade men’s, Ollie Dawes in the men’s state grade, and Alex and Isabelle Cowhan in their respective women’s divisions.

Games are played in a timed format; five minute warm up

and 25 minute, non-stop play, proven to be very physically demanding.

“Forbes Squash Club has denied sporting club trends and has been able to improve competitor numbers this year,” the spokesman said, attributing the increase to the smooth and efficient running and catering of the event.

Spectators are welcome to watch, either at the courts, or on the television in the hotel area.

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