Juniors prepare to squash their rivals
SQUASH: A focus on doubles could see some Bundy junior squash players win medals later this week in Townsville.
Bundy's Tasmin Swan, Ashley Andreassen, Zachary Richter, Khianni Richter, Damon Pegg and Will Stupart will represent Wide Bay tomorrow in the squash state Secondary Schools titles.
Tasmin and Khianni will compete in under-19 girls with Will and Ashley doing the same in under-19 boys.
Finally Damon and Zachary will compete in under-15.
"The players have had extra practice under the guidance of coach Ben Tobin for the event,” Bundaberg Squash junior development program co-ordinator Steve Richter said.
"For Khianni, Damon and Tasmin it is their first state school titles so we hope they gain something from it to get better for next year.”
The six athletes will compete in doubles and singles competition with the focus being on the doubles.
"They play mainly doubles in the schools competition and locally we play more singles,” Richter said.
"For us we've been trying to make them used to playing with four people in a court and using the right shot selections and tactics during those games.”
Richter said out of the group the best chance for success came from Ashley.
"He's got a chance of winning something at the competition,” he said.
"He's a veteran (of school competition) and been to a lot of these events.
"He's been playing the game since 12 and he's very experienced.”
Richter said the competition would be tough for all the players with the Brisbane and south Queensland players to be strong throughout.
He hoped the squash players could gain some wins against the other regional players in the competition.
The titles start tomorrow at the Kirwin squash centre.