Squash courts in high demand for open

WATCHING: Squash players gather in the gallery to watch a match during a recent round. Excitement is growing among Merimbula Squash Club members regarding two big events.
WATCHING: Squash players gather in the gallery to watch a match during a recent round. Excitement is growing among Merimbula Squash Club members regarding two big events.

Officials said it would be another massive week for the Merimbula Squash Club on the back of their popular winter competition. 

Wednesday is a calcutta event with a packed draw, while the following night on Thursday, the Merimbula courts would provide a home for international exhibition matches. 

Club president Matt Fanning said the club was working in conjunction with the Bega Squash Club to help grow the Tarra Motors Bega Open and the PSA tournament running in unison. 

Following on from the recent success of the NSW Masters tournament, where around 20 “overflow” matches were hosted at the Merimbula Courts, Bega Squash Club will be scheduling some exhibition matches at the Merimbula Courts.

Merimbula Squash Club President, Matt Fanning, says the exhibition matches will feature some great Australian and overseas players. He says it’s a real the Bega Valley can attract such quality players from around the world and help promote the region.

The Open competition is an 80 player draw where a number of local players will feature against visitors from Canberra, Victoria and Sydney in the north. 

Bega president John Stylianou said the Open had become a calling card for the region and was excited to see growth in the complementing PSA tournament. 

“We’re continually seeing capped fields in the Open which is fantastic and now with the addition of the PSA tournament, we’re also getting to watch some top level Australian’s and internationals on a local level,” Stylianou said. 

“Some of these players are among the top 200 in the world and we’re getting to host them in the Bega Valley.”

Both Stylianou and Fanning agreed, the tournament would provide a fantastic opportunity to see some international quality squash. 

Stylianou said the Open itself was even luring some top level players, gunning for the major prize, but there were a number of grades open to contention so even newcomers are able to contest divisional open crowns. 

The Tarra Motors Bega Open will start on Thursday and wraps up on Sunday afternoon with finals to be held at the Bega courts. 

Meanwhile, Merimbula will host exhibition rounds of the PSA tournament on Thursday from 6pm until 7.30pm and spectators are very welcome. 

The Courts are located opposite the new Waves restaurant (nee Zanzibar) in the old library building.

Any inquiries can be directed to Matt Fanning on 0429 952 220 or Alex Wakeford on 0401 544 671.