INGHAM’S top junior squash players travelled to Brisbane last month for the Queensland Schools Sport Squash Championships.
Ten players from Ingham High and Gilroy Santa Maria College were among the 15-player squad selected in the Northern Region team, with players from Collinsville, Proserpine and Townsville making up the remaining five spots.
Ingham’s strong representation and talent in the squad added to the Northern Region’s success over the four-day tournament, with the team finishing fourth overall against seven other regions in the state.
The championships saw under-15 and open boys and girls divisions go head-to-head in individual games, with points allocated for each player adding up the overall division teams results.
There were outstanding performances by local juniors, including Ingham High student Ally Rhodes, who came runner-up in the under-15 girls top pool and went on to take out the under-15 team event with teammates, Gilroy’s Kate Butcher and Hannah O’Toole, from Townsville.
The girls played with grit and determination over the four days and their much-deserved victory as state champions secured them a spot in the under-15 girls Queensland Merit Team.
Ingham High student, Mackenzie Rhodes made the second tier pool final in the open girls division, going down to her opponent in a tight four setter and coming away as runner-up in her pool.
Under-15 player Sharief Kabay, who goes to Gilroy, also came runner-up in his pool. His team, which included Liam Fascetti, Jack Nash and Carter Bates, were awarded state runners-up in their division.
It was an extra special tournament for Ingham High’s Jack Nash, who won the under-15 boys ‘Spirit of Squash Award’ for his sportsmanship and positive attitude both on and off the court.
Ingham High students Lachlan Erba and Liam Fascetti both had a great tournament, making play-offs in their divisions – and narrowly missing a spot in the Queensland Merit Team.
Northern Region Team Manager Kim Di Bella said the championships were always a positive experience for young squash players.
She said: ‘The tournament is a wonderful opportunity for our all players to have a go at squash and to challenge themselves at a higher level no matter what their ability.
‘Northern had a great tournament with some great results and we are proud of all the players particularly their sportsmanship both on and off the court.
‘All players were supportive of their team members and listened attentively to advice from their coaches.
‘I think the most important part is that everyone improved throughout the tournament and came away with new skills and new friendships.’
With junior representative talent like this – the future looks bright for squash in Ingham.