Russell Gersbach’s Gladiators confirmed their favouritism tag with a three-game win over Soldiers in the Dubbo Squash Club’s A grade mixed grand final.
Gladiators never scored less than eight games throughout the season and along with Soldiers always seemed to be in control of their encounters.
Gersbach led from the front with a straight-game win over Matt Stewart and Tania Teelow and Terry Miller added to the tally.
Teelow was taken to four by Kelly Fitzgerald in the No 3 game but Miller had all the shots to beat Fitzgerald in the No 4s.
Gladiators finished with 10 games as Paul McLeod picked up one against Lisa Northill but Leanne Clarke was outgunned by the cagey Ron Everett in straight games.
The B grade mixed competition was also finalised when Warwick Burke led Battlers to a 9-6 victory over Vicki Bolton and Hells Angels.
Winners for Battlers were Burke, Julie Furner and Graeme Andrews while Andrew Madden played strong for Hells Angels.
One of the best games of the night was between Andrews and Sue Shorey in the No 5 position.
After winning the first game 15-5 Andrews looked to be in control until Shorey struck back to win the next two 15-6, 15-6 which set up a thrilling encounter.
Andrews got back on equal terms 15-11 in the
fourth before finishing the stronger 15-7 in the deciding game.
Hells Angels started the match as a slight favourite after being minor premiers but Burke and his Battlers survived a count back to finish second.
They then went from strength to strength and won the game that mattered.
Meanwhile, only two games separated Screwballs and Ataraxia in the Tuesday night mixed grand final.
Screwballs added to
the upsets on grand final night after coming through from third place and the minor semi-finals to get the better of the minor premiers 11-9.
Members of the Screwballs team were Elizabeth Scholes, Travis Copeland, Robyn Shorey, Dan Robinson and Leah Strudwick.
Scholes, Robinson and Strudwick won their matches for Screwballs while Danielle Freney and Luke Forrester won their matches for Ataraxia.
Anyone wanting to play competition squash in 2005 is reminded that there is a list on the squash club notice board at the RSL courts.
Dubbo club has Tuesday night mixed competition and then A and B grades each Wednesday night, starting after the school holidays in February.
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