International squash event a huge success

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A WORLD-CLASS EVENT… From left, Squash and Racquetball Victoria general manager, Russell McLean, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Kim O’Keeffe, PSA player, Ben Ratcliffe and Goulburn Valley Squash and Racquetball Club past president, Damian Maidment. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

International professionals from squash and racquetball spent several days in Shepparton last week for the 2019 Shepparton International Squash Competition.

The competition, which was hosted by Squash & Racquetball Victoria in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council and the Goulburn Valley Squash Club, commenced last Wednesday, August 14, with the grand final matches tacking place on Sunday, August 18.

The event was held at the Shepparton Squash Courts in Archer Street and featured a highly competitive field boasting 24 players from ten different countries for the PSA men’s event and, for the first time, 16 players from nine countries for the PSA satellite women’s event.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Kim O’Keeffe said it was fantastic to host another world-class event in Shepparton.

“This partnership continues to strengthen our reputation as the sporting event capital of regional Australia keeping the local economy strong and businesses busy,” Cr O’Keeffe said.

The PSA satellite women’s final was between Australia’s Sarah Cardwell and Grace Gear from the UK, with Gear winning the championship title in three close games, 11-13, 8-11, 11-13.

The PSA men’s final followed, featuring a showdown between Scotland’s Angus Gillams and Egypt’s Moustafa El Sirty. Gillams showed his class overall to take home the championship trophy over four games, 2-11, 11-7, 8-11, 4-11.

For all results from the Shepparton International Open, visit www.squashvic.com.au