Scoundrels dominate squash open
SCARBOROUGH Scoundrels strolled to victory in yesterday’s Rum City Open, dropping only one match of the 12 their team contested.
The Brisbane-based side headed by professional coach Nathan Turnbull did it easy, beating their nearest rivals Wide Bay 3-0 in the final rubber yesterday afternoon.
The only blemish on the Scoundrels’ card was Turnbull’s loss to former world number seven Craig Rowland in his final match.
Turnbull has yet to beat Rowland, not even in practice games.
It is a challenge that he enjoys though, and one is he keen to eventually succeed in.
“It’s always a struggle against him. He’s still a very good player and is in good form at the moment as well,” Turnbull said.
The former professional does not compete at the highest level any more; instead he coaches and plays smaller-scale events.
“I really enjoy playing him; it’s good experience and you take a bit away from it,” Turnbull said.
“Just the pace he plays at is up a level from everyone else.”
Turnbull was impressed with his team’s ability to win so comfortably.
“We all played pretty well, and it was good having the four of us here this time. It gave us a rest when we needed it,” Turnbull said.
Ian Freeme, Sam Davies and Andrew Pringle made up the side — all members of the Scarborough Squash Club in Brisbane.
“We all love coming here for the Open. There aren’t many team tournaments around in Queensland anymore so we try our best to support this one,” Turnbull said.
The victor was injured last year, making him unavailable for Bundaberg’s biggest squash event, but he played with some success in the previous three tournaments with different teams.
“We’re trying to get more Brisbane guys playing here and I think it’s working because the competition is at a pretty good standard,” Turnbull said.
Young local player Sam Tobin impressed the visiting Turnbull.
“He’s a great talent and looks a player for the future, and there were a few other young guys hitting the ball well. It’s good to see talent coming through in the regional centres.”
Local title contender Damian Ogilvie was in the Wide Bay team that finished second, unable to match the depth of Turnbull’s troops.
Another Bundaberg player Jim Mobbs showed some good form, while his son Dominic was taught a lesson as player one against the likes of Turnbull and Rowland.