Autumn squash competition report, June 19, 2017

Semi-finals week and things all went according to script with the top and second placed teams all going through to their grand finals.

Top placed Broncos took on fourth place Sharks on Monday.  After two matches, the results were decided for the first semi with the Broncos securing their spot. Declan Ryan defeating Anthony Iannelli and Roy Bandy defeating Ruth Tait. Shark Jacob Harrison defeated Jack Quinlivan.  

The Rabbitohs defeated Storm 2-1 with Kira Brettschneider defeating Mason Boardman and Carol Davidson defeating Ian Alexandera with the only win for the Storm coming from captain Mat Dunn.

Hawks played Dockers on Tuesday. Hawks’ Marg Eckley defeated Naomi Rawle 3-2, sealing the Hawks win and place in the grand final, Emily Jennings defeated Anne Knudsen 3-1 and in a battle of the Ryan siblings, younger brother Declan subbing up, defeated brother Liam 3-1. In other games second-placed Tigers played third-placed Cats, with players 2 and 3 doing the job for the Tigers with Callum Ryan and Jason Curry defeating their counterparts Jade Jennings and sub Mason Boardman to put their team into the grand final 2-1.  The sole winner for the Cats was Sarah McAliece defeating Tahlia Taylor 3-0.

The Brumbies defeated Crusaders on Wednesday night finals winning 2-1 with captain Cooper Boardman taking out Tony Naimo and Ryan Mahalm defeating Michelle Quinlivan. Emily Lyons the only winner for Crusaders defeating sub Brent Lister 3-0.  Court 2 saw Reds, 2nd, defeat Waratahs 2-1, which could have gone either way being neck and neck after two matches.  The captains having the decider, but in a close five set match, Macauley Harrison turned the tables on Sarah Quinlivan taking the honours and securing a birth in the grand final for his team.

The final night of semis saw Mariners, 1st, defeat the Warriors in a clean sweep with wins for Kelsey Deeves 3-2 over Narelle Ryan, Angelo Fiumara 3-0 over Will Rawle and Maanu Alexander 3-2 over Brian O’Leary.  The Victory narrowly defeated the Roar after the first two matches were tied and captains Col Thompson and Marcelle Steele taking on the pressure for their teams. Thompson finishing strongly over Stelle for Victory’s win.