WINNERS: 2019 Season 2 premiers Mark Arnold, Teneale Luckraft, Keegan Luckraft, Nick Manolis, Anthony McLaren and John Alexander.
WINNERS: 2019 Season 2 premiers Mark Arnold, Teneale Luckraft, Keegan Luckraft, Nick Manolis, Anthony McLaren and John Alexander.

Chinchilla squash squads battle it out in finals

The hot weather and lack of air truly made conditions for the 2019 Season two Chinchilla Squash Club final out of this world.

Held at the courts Thursday, December 5, the tiny took on the mighty with team Pluto and team Jupiter going head-to-head.

It was a tough run for team Pluto who on the night was overshadowed by Jupiter’s sheer size and might, losing to the giants 10 games to seven.

President of the Chinchilla Squash Club Teneale Luckraft said the match between Keegan Luckraft and Riley Wilkes was the highlight of the evening.

“Usually they have quite a tough tussle and Keegan really came out firing that night and was very keen to win his first premiership as a junior. He really did the hard yards and took Riley by surprise and brought it home for team Jupiter 3-1,” Luckraft said.

The final match was between Pluto’s team captain Russell Wood and Jupiter’s back-up number one John Alexander. John replaced Anthony McLaren who was out with a torn hamstring.

Despite John giving it his best efforts, Wood proved too strong taking the match 3-0.

The finals completed the 2019 year of squash with fixtures starting again in February.

The Chinchilla Squash Club is embarking on a new era with a new facility being built next year.

“Earlier this year we received $84,000 among two grants, one for $34,000 and the other was $50,000, so we can now start building a new and improved club house starting early next year which is very exciting for us,” Luckraft said.

Murphy Pipe and Civil have also sponsored the club, Luckraft said, to start a junior development program to promote the sport to young athletes in Chinchilla.

“They’ve given us $800 to produce a program that encourages novice and beginner juniors as well as to coach and develop our current juniors,” she said.


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