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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – PAGE 13
By Peter Moore
With the Jedi scattered and their numbers unknown, last
Friday night’s crowd surrounding the Mt Barker squash
courts seemed carefree and reckless.
There was a good reason for this.
Earlier in the week, the Sith had proposed that the warring
factions agree to a temporary cessation of hostilities in
order to respect the first four days of May – a holy time in
Squash Force Lore that culminates with May the 4th Be
The Sith then suggested that a special tournament on May
Day be played in the No Man’s Lands of Courts 1 and 2, to
honor the axioms of True Squash Play.
The Sith were adamant such a tournament could only
work without Jedi involvement; and talk of “Jedi cleansing”
A 24-hour ceasefire document was conceived and shortly
thereafter signed by all four parties present!
... And so, for one magical Friday night the Rebels, Bounty
Hunters, Wookies and Sith let go of the bloody battles
that had been... and for one precious evening they were
comrades united in tournamental purpose.
The Court 1 tournament featured Bounty Hunters against
Rebels, and it began with controversy as it became
apparent that the Hunters themselves had hired sharp-
shooting Wookie Wendy Pope in an effort to unsettle Rebel
Raice Kincaid and break her winning streak.
What followed was a thrilling game, as Rebel Kincaid
continued to show no mercy when serving, terrifying her
opponents with the dreaded “loopy serve” technique.
Kincaid was able to win a couple of points each game with
a single tap of the racquet, giving Pope a handicap.
Hired Hunter Pope’s hopes rested upon her ability to place
the ball as far from her opponent as possible, so success
was usually found within a metre of the back wall against
As the games progressed, Pope got within striking distance
certainly the hunter-for-hire Wookie improved perceptibly
over the match and played well, but the unbeatable run of
Rebel Kincaid continued in style 7-15, 10-15, 13-15.
Impatient Bounty Hunter Dave “Powerhouse” Campbell
bowed forward in an effort to clear the lintel and strode into
the arena looking for Rebel Andrew Strauss.
Last time they met, Strauss had defeated Hunter Campbell,
but Campbell had selective memory.
A useful technique, it allowed Campbell’s opponents to
remember their wins against him, which led to complacency,
underestimation and ultimately manslaughter.
Campbell in turn did not remember any defeat and so
knew no fear.
Rebel Strauss started well, playing his regular game,
sticking to his own rules.
Strauss controlled the centre and made Campbell run,
needing to tire the Bounty Hunter out of necessity, but a
nasty inevitable side-effect was evoking Rage Dave.
Suddenly something shot past Strauss’ left ear. Fortunately
for Strauss he was unharmed, having installed ear plugs.
Campbell was now Rage Dave.
If only Rebel Strauss could play through the first three
games, he would have a solid chance!
With minimal damage to the front wall, Hunter Campbell
won the first game and wanted to steam-roll Strauss but
Strauss knew the rules and took a break.
Strauss played solidly with little error and looked set to
take the second game but Campbell self-evoked Rage
Dave and the decimation continued through a tie break to
a 2-0 lead.
Eventually Rebel Strauss tried to protect too many angles
and, in doing so, lost some perception giving Hunter
Campbell the victory with 15-10, 20-18, 15-11.
Bounty Hunter Keith Bridgman faced old foe Rebel Peter
Moore in a challenging match.
As Bridgman looked to close down the first round through
great efforts, Moore discovered equilibrium.
While Hunter Bridgman began with gusto, Rebel Moore
seemed to maintain a steady pace that somehow enabled
him to be faster than usual.
Moore also looked to hit the ball more softly than usual but
inexplicably Bridgman had to tear about the court.
Winning the first game, Moore resumed in exactly the same
vein and, while Bridgman hit a few into the centre, Moore
dispatched most points by placement after placement
instead of going for the killshot.
Nothing about the subdued Rebel changed throughout
the match and although Bridgman hunted down everything
relentlessly, it was Moore who controlled the outcome
through to a 13-15, 7-15, 10-15 win.
A mysterious masked Bounty Hunter known only as XX
entered the arena for the last match, challenging Rebel
leader Matt Peterson.
A no-nonsense Peterson, having observed the Hunter in
practice, settled in to win at any cost.
Hunter XX started well, showing excellent command of the
court – and a powerful tweak of the wrist that could be used
at the last moment to confuse Peterson.
But the Rebel leader stood by his classic approach and
the players hurtled through to a controversial 17-15 win for
The referee had made a couple of questionable
judgements meaning Peterson in particular had to keep his
cool to get back into the game.
Controlling the second game through to a win, Peterson
then lost the third and recovered beautifully to wrest control
of the fourth game to tie at 2-2.
Many rallies had lasted an inordinate amount of time and
the crowd was amazed at both players’ ability to alternately
place the ball with precision.
At match point Peterson was awarded a let.
Hunter XX then attained match point but Peterson held
him off to take the match in an epic 17-15, 10-15, 15-13,
The Rebels had won the night 3-1 but demanded Hunter
XX reveal himself.
Hunter XX fled and the Rebels gave chase! Rounding a
corner, Rebel Moore came face to face with Jedi Wilkinson
standing guard, protecting the masquerader’s escape.
An all too familiar laugh boomed out, and Jedi Master
Kinlough revealed himself to be Hunter XX.
Rebel leader Peterson swore an oath and vowed to defeat
Master Kinlough fair and square.
Moore swore a further oath and he and Wilkinson drew
The Jedi had infiltrated. They had heard and seen
Wookie Shane Patterson and Sith Kaye Lucas opened the
Court 2 display with style, treating the audience to a five
game demonstration of willpower and tactical prowess.
Patterson began with clear intent, using all of the court and
varying his shot selection to keep Lucas on her toes and off
of her rhythm.
With Patterson taking the first game comfortably, Sith
Lucas focused into her strengths and took the second
game with an elegant mixture of deep floating serves,
precise drop shots and unexpected lobs.
Unperturbed, Patterson held to his plan but allowed his
opponent to break away from him late in the third game.
A dangerously wounded Wookie emerged, intent on
bludgeoning the fourth game.
Adrenalin helped to keep Wookie Patterson ahead to bring
the match into a fifth and final game but the decorated Sith
had a reserve of energy to precision-tap the ball away from
Patterson’s grasp, granting Sith Lucas a rousing 15-10,
4-15,10-15, 17-15, 6-15 win.
With an athletic spring in her stride, Wookie Wendy Pope
started well in her second match, quickly finding a good
rhythm to use against her stoic Sith adversary Rowan
It had been a mere seven days since their last encounter
and Elliott seamlessly resumed his winning form to take the
first game away from Pope with a series of powerful strikes
into the deep.
With both players on a steep skill acquisition curve, Pope
responded with greater variance in shot selection, hitting
tight wall drives when required.
The Sith retaliated with tight shots down the wall, regularly
recalibrating to keep Pope on the move.
Pope’s richer variety and nimbleness countered Elliott’s
powerful forehand over the course of the next 58 points in
games two and three, with the serve constantly changing
Elliott’s recent serve improvements became crucial in
holding match advantage after the third titanic game; the
Dark Jedi’s confidence grew and the Wookie did her best to
keep the momentum from her third game win.
In the end Sith Elliott required four games to defeat the
ever-impressive Pope 8-15, 14-16, 15-13, 8-15.
The third and fourth matches between the Wookies and
Sith were uncannily similar in script.
Both games were super-charged and as a result the
crowds were treated to an hour-long emotional journey of
exquisite heartache, pain, hope and victory.
Wookie Josh Buckley eventually took on Sith chancellor
Trevor Keen in a match replete with crowd-pleasing rallies.
It was common knowledge that Wookie Buckley had
recently developed a penchant for the Friday afternoon kip,
so it was no surprise that the Wookie was caught napping
on court by chancellor Keen for the first game. Seizing the
initiative, Keen dragged the Wookie to the court centre and
left him in a legal receiving position as he switched sides
serving at leisure.
Thankfully, an errant serve to the centre of court struck
Wookie Buckley early, rousing him.
While they are quick to action, Wookies are known for their
slow, gradual gain of focus from a position of rest and this
too was seized upon by Keen, who whizzed the ball past
Buckley to the back of court.
Keen bagged the first game and Buckley had the
opportunity to recover fully, turning the tables on the Sith to
pin him, while Buckley got a few of his own serves in. The
scores reversed in the second game and now Buckley had
the momentum as well as a plan to worry Keen’s backhand.
Buckley won the third in short order.
Chancellor Keen re-distributed his dark energies to his
raquet arm, extending it substantially and now Buckley had
a hard fight, with Keen’s reach saving him on numerous
occasions, but Buckley’s tight shots saw him through to a
7-15, 15-8, 15-4, 15-12 victory.
Both warriors came out swinging hard and fast in a
fantastic Wookie-Sith finale pitting captain Joe White
against Darth Lok.
No quarter was given, leading Wookie White into an error
prone region early on.
It did not amount to much as Darth Lok’s accuracy was
awe-inspiring, earning Lord Lok the first game without fuss.
White came back into the arena for game two after a
mental assessment and suddenly White regained control
of the centre, moving the ball from one corner to another at
will, keeping it free of Sith influence.
White took the second game, but had to call on all of
his abilities to stave off the onslaught of an enraged and
powerful Sith Lord to take the third.
The fourth game was the toughest fight and one gets the
feeling that Darth Lok had left his charge a little too late.
White seemed to have focused all reserves of energy into
shutting down the match early.
White’s reach and focus saw him through to an 8-15,
15-8,15-9,15-12 victory and thus on countback gave the
Wookies a narrow 9-8 win over the Sith.
But the Sith were smiling... and the shadows grew ever
United they stand
MT BARKER DISTRICT SQUASH
Two young Hills swimmers took
to the pool to represent SA in
national competition last month.
Lobethal resident Victoria Wright and
Riley Kernot of Mt Barker previously
turned in solid qualifying results to be the
only Hills based athletes to compete at the
Australian Age Swimming Championship
at Sydney’s Olympic Park from April 13-
Both attend Hills Christian Community
Secondary School and are currently
involved in the national age squad for the
Marion Swimming Club.
Having won qualification for the SA team,
Wright contested eight events in the 12/13
girls category, comprising four individual
and four relay races.
Included in Wright’s schedule were the
400m, 200m, 100m and 50m freestyle,
the 16 and Under 4 x 100m medley, 18
and Under 4 x 100m and freestyle relay,
and the 14 and Under 14 4 x 50m medley
and freestyle relay events.
She more than held her own against
national rivals, making the finals in three
individual events and claiming two bronze
medals, together with seven top 10
Wright finished third in the 200m freestyle
in a time of two minutes 7.95 seconds and
the 400m freestyle in 4.28.19.
Her other individual 100m freestyle final
culminated with a fifth placing in 58.94.
She was part of the 16 and Under girls 4
x 100m medley relay team which finished
fifth and set a new SA record of 4.23.50.
Wright’s results also included seventh
in the 18 and Under 4 x 100m freestyle
relay, and 14 and Under 4 x 50m medley
relay, and ninth in the 14 and Under 50m
Kernot qualified for five individual Sydney
events in 12/13 boys category, the most
for a 13-year-old boy from SA.
Events he contested included the
200m individual medley, 100m butterfly,
200m butterfly, 100m backstroke, 400m
individual medley and 14 and Under 4 x
50m medley relay.
Kernot’s best event was the 200m
butterfly where he was seeded 17th
heading into the championships and took
6.02 seconds off his time to finish eighth in
his age group after clocking 2.21.19.
He also took a second of his personal
best time in his 400m individual medley
as he finished with a time of 5.14.86.
Kernot swam well in all other events
where he was on or close to his personal
Since the titles, both Wright and Kernot
who twice respectively won the Courier
Cup and Thomson Cup at the annual
SAPSASA Hills swimming carnival – have
been advised of selection to participate in
Swimming SA’s State Talent Identification
They are among 24 male and females
swimmers from SA required to attend
training assessment camps from which
a National Talent Squad from throughout
Australia will be chosen.
In national pool
Mt Lofty Reserve Women came from two sets down to eventually
triumph over a strong USC Lion team in the opening round of the 2015
State League Volleyball season on Saturday.
The opening two sets were fluctuating affairs, with neither side able to break away and
the lead changing numerous times before USC held its nerve a bit better to prevail 25-22
Undeterred and filled with the confidence of a strong pre-season and self-belief aplenty,
the Lofty women regrouped and set about slowly wearing down their opponent.
The fightback was led by precision passing from vice-captain and specialist passer
Amy Wood, who set up countless attacks for Lofty’s powerful front court, where hitters
Cheniah Potts and captain Georgia Williamson recorded kill after kill.
Williamson ended with a game-high 10 kills which blasted the USC defence to pieces.
Lofty cruised through to take the third set 25-10 and with the momentum well and truly
in its favor, the team continued to pile on the pressure in the fourth, serving ace after ace
to jump into a handy lead.
Serving was always going to be one of Lofty’s big weapons and this became increasingly
obvious as the match unfolded.
USC simply had no answer to the relentless serving might of Grace Love and the ever
consistent Lucy Ambagtsheer, who thumped down a massive 18 aces between them
both for the game.
With the game tied up at two sets apiece, Ambagtsheer got Lofty off to the perfect start
in the decider, taking the lead to 11-0 before USC registered its first point.
With a comfortable buffer, Lofty controlled the closing stages to take the final set 15-7
The hard-fought victory over a top contender gives the Lofty women plenty of confidence
going into this Saturday’s fixture against the Norwood Bears.
Lofty reserves a win
Hills teenage duo Victoria Wright (left) and Riley Kernot represented
SA at the recent Australian Age Swimming Championship in Sydney
and have also been included in a State Talent Identification Program.
Norton Summit Primary School
won the adjusted score category at
the 2015 Hills SAPSASA Districts
Athletics Championships held at
Oakbank Area School.
Celebrating the small school’s
impressive victory were team
members (rear from left) Joanna
Fearnley, Grace Playford, Ebony
Bottrill, Annabel Halloran, Riley
Smith, Mac Cowling, Dan Cowling,
Emilie Williams and Orlando
Front: Tyler Makings, Tai Bottrill,
Miranda James, Cathryn Williams,
Bella Gleeson and Oliver Riessen.
Image courtesy Mel Hunter.
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