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A grade men’s and mixed squash – Red Bellies and Abergowrie take out season one finals

A Grade Men's Champions: Red Bellies (L-R) Adrian Mazzucco, Brendan Aquilini (captain) and Alan Borello.

ALL the action was at the Ingham Squash Centre last week, with the best A grade men’s and A grade mixed teams vying for top spot in the season one grand final.

Close matches made for a tight finish with spectators entertained by some great rallies and strong performances.

In the A grade men’s competition, Red Bellies slithered their way to a two to one match win over Anacondas.

It was an exciting first match in the A grade men’s competition with Alan Borello from Red Bellies and Rodney Fascetti from Anacondas going head-to-head in a five-game match with Borella getting the edge over Fascetti in a 3-2 game win (3-11, 12-6, 13-11, 9-11, 11-4), scoring the first points on the board for the Red Bellies.

In the closely contested second match between Red Bellies player Adrian Mazzucco and Anacondas Liam Fascetti, spectators were left on the edge of their seats as the two battled it out, with Fascetti managing to come away with the win in three games – 11-8, 11-9 and 11-9.

The third and final match of the division was the decider between the team captains, Anaconda’s Mario DiBella and Red Bellies’ Brendan Aquilini.

DiBella took the early advantage, winning the first game 11-7, but he was unable to hold on, with Aquilini fighting back to take the remaining three games and secure the A grade men’s championship title for Red Bellies.

A Grade Men’s Runners-up: Anacondas (L to R) Rodney Fascetti, Mario Di Bella (captain) and Liam Fascetti.

In the A grade mixed grand final reigning premiers, Abergowrie were too good for Stone River, winning four matches to nil, but they were made to work for each victory.

First up, Deegan Mancinelli for Abergowrie went up against Stone River’s Carter Bates.

Both played hard in a four-game match, with Bates proving himself early with a 15-10 win, but Mancinelli pushed ahead to take out the remaining three games 13-15, 20-22, 12-15.

In match two of the A grade mixed division, Abergowrie’s Jack Nash took a convincing win in three straight games against Stone River’s Hayley Giliberto – 15-11, 15-12, 15-6.

Next saw Cody Cavallaro from team Abergowrie and Kate Butcher from Stone River fight it out in another exciting match, with Butcher coming out strong in the first game to win 15-8.

Cavallaro responded in the second to win 5-15 putting the pressure on Butcher who managed to get up in game three 18-16, but it was Cavallaro who went on to claim victory in the remaining games 14-16, 7-15 and cement Abergowrie’s win.

Abergowrie’s momentum continued into the fourth and final match, and while they had already secured the competition win, team captains Hayden Cavallaro, for Abergowrie, and Stone River’s Adrian Mazzucco, played-out a nail-biting final match.

Cavallaro came out on top, winning three games and closely taking the overall win by just three points 15-8, 15-10, 7-15, 12-15, 15-13, topping off Abergowrie’s winning streak and overall division victory. 

A Grade Mixed Winners: Abergowrie (L to R) Jack Nash, Hayden Cavallaro (captain), Cody Cavallaro. Absent: Deegan Mancinelli
A Grade Mixed Runners up: Stone River (L to R) Adrian Mazzucco (captain), Kate Butcher, Hayley Giliberto. Absent: Carter Bates.

At the awards presentations, Red Bellies player Alan Borello thanked the committee, owners Chris and Frank Erba and manager Diane Mancinelli for running the competition.

He encouraged everyone to support the club and play next season.

All the on-court action will continue when season two commences on Tuesday 13 July at 7 pm for the A grade men’s competition and Thursday 15 July at 6.30 pm for A grade mixed competition.

The junior competition will start on Friday 16 July at 3.15 pm.

Anyone who is keen to improve their fitness and give squash a go should ring or text Chris on 0429 260 806.

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