Squash open about to begin

The annual Forbes Shire Council Squash Open will get underway tomorrow night, featuring a mix of local and visiting players.
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The open tournament will be played over three days, with most of the action on Saturday and Sunday, however with a full roster of players expected, some games have been scheduled for Friday night.

Fifty players from areas including Sydney, Canberra, Orange, Bathurst, Parkes and Grenfell had already nominated earlier this week, but organiser and Forbes Squash president Garry Dempsey hoped for a final field of about 70.

The open, in its third year, has attracted major sponsorship from Forbes Shire Council and has drawn most of the field from last year, including men’s open winner, Michael Bolton.

Two locals who will be confident in the lower divisions of the tournament are Jack Tobin and Isabelle Cowhan, who both won their divisions at the recent Western Junior Tournament, held in Dubbo.

Jack Tobin won the boys under 17 B grade trophy at the March 3-4 tournament, defeating Chris Driver in the final, while Isabelle Cowhan also won her under 15s division.

Tobin, who will still qualify for under 17s next year, won all his matches in the B-grade event, 3-0, including the final.

The 17s A-grade pool featured high ranking juniors including Rohan Toole and Jeff Salmon, who are both expected to be leading competitors at this weekend’s Forbes Open.

Last week’s floods caused the cancellation of the fifth round of the Wednesday and Thursday night competitions, but the water has receded from the Golf Club carpark and play was expected to resume last night and again tonight.

Spectators are welcome to attend the Squash Open at the courts all this weekend and also to enjoy dinner and entertainment at the Golf Club this Saturday night.

More in Saturday’s Advocate.

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