Squash clinic informative for Merimbula members

Pat Siciliano leads one of several coaching drills, this one featuring the up-and-coming Sophie Maratheftis.
Pat Siciliano leads one of several coaching drills, this one featuring the up-and-coming Sophie Maratheftis.

Last Sunday a group of Merimbula Squash Club members enjoyed the opportunity for a professional coaching session, led by Pat Siciliano.

From Quenbeyan, Siciliano has travelled widely and been involved at senior coaching and education levels for three decades.

To maximise the benefit, numbers were kept to around 15, with the session appealing to both new and experienced players, young and old.

Siciliano took the group through a very informative DVD covering key squash rules and their application, which at times can be quite tricky, especially the interpretation of the “let” call which is quite unique to squash.

“The session was the first of its kind I’ve attended, and that’s probably true for most who were there,” club president Matt Fanning said.

“I sure got some good information from it, learnt a few things – the quirkiest was that if you are unlucky enough to ‘throw up’ on the court, then you forfeit the match!”

Club secretary Alex Wakeford coordinated the event and had the foresight to ensure the TV used for the instructional DVD also picked up the Bathurst 1000. 

With the recent finalisation of the sale of the site to ALDI, Fanning confirmed the club is engaging with council to make their good their commitment to use funds from that sale to build three new courts as part of an indoor facility adjacent to the Pambula Aquatic Centre.

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