Squash masters in fine form

BENDIGO squash veterans were in fine form at the recent Victorian Masters Championships, played on their home courts in Barnard Street.

More than 100 players from across the state contested the tournament in age groups ranging from 35-39, up to the 80-plus division, which boasted two men.

Noelene Arundell led the local charge, winning the final of the women’s open 55-59 years section to claim the state title.

In the men’s competition, Cameron Penna was outstanding in coming runner-up in the open 35-39 years category, while Dean Hadlow was third overall in the open 40-44 division.

Other Bendigo players to finish among the placings were Jason Anderton (men’s open 40-44 years consolation winner), Chris Nanere (third in the men’s division two 45-49 years), and Brenda Stanley (women’s open 50-54 years consolation winner).

Bendigo Squash Club president Ian Kirkby the tournament had been a great success.

“The competition is usually held in Melbourne, but this year a majority of players requested it be held in Bendigo,” he said.

“Our club runs fairly successful tournaments and a lot of people wanted to come back here - the players like Bendigo and they love all the things happening here, like the Grace Kelly exhibition and other things, and they have time when they are not playing to have a look around.”

The three-day event was held at the Bendigo Squash and Racquetball Centre from April 20-22.

The centre will host another major masters squash tournament when the Victorian graded championships are held here in July 2013.