Rowland back for Rum City
REIGNING Bundaberg senior squash player of the year Damien Ogilvie’s team will take a world-class advantage into this weekend’s Rum City Open.
Former world number seven and regular world tour finalist Craig Rowland will head the top-ranked outfit, which is also made up of Damien’s brother Hayden and Ian Jackson.
Rowland has been coaching Ogilvie, and opted to join up with the locals instead of his Brisbane team mates for Bundaberg’s biggest squash event in 2010.
“It’s a privilege for him to be playing with us,” Ogilvie said.
“Craig always makes the effort to visit these regional carnivals and support our competition, and he’d definitely be the best player here this weekend.”
Ogilvie teamed with two of his brothers last year to finish fourth, but sees this year as a perfect opportunity to clinch a maiden Rum City title.
“It’s a pretty good start having Craig here,” he said.
“But we all need to pull our weight to win it.”
Ogilvie will slot in at number three, his brother will play as number two, with Rowland the obvious pick for top player.
Perennial champion Jim Mobbs has been absent from the local scene this year, in preparation for the World Masters Championships in Germany.
He will make an appearance, alongside his son Dom, in an attempt to knock Rowland and co off their perch.
Mobbs is widely regarded as the best player in Bundaberg, while his son has been playing in Brisbane.
“He’s telling me he is a bit fitter than he was,” Mobbs said.
“So we’ll see how he shapes up this weekend.”
Dom will have his work cut out though, pencilled in as number one for the tournament starting tomorrow.
The open draws 120 players from as far as Brisbane, Gladstone and Munduberra, with seven divisions contesting titles.
Sue Davis will line up in a Gladstone team, with a famous racquet-sport connection of her own.
Davis is the niece of tennis legend Rod Laver — she will hope some of his success rubs off on her squad in division one.