Parkes Services Squash Centre hosted one of the biggest squash tournaments in NSW and possibly Australia last weekend.
Almost 200 players and 50 teams from all over NSW and the ACT contested the event, with Parkes taking out the top grades in both the men’s and women’s top divisions. The 30 local players competing across the grades did their town proud.
The event came to Parkes after Dave Fuller, who ran the Orange Intertown for over 40 years, sadly lost his battle with cancer last year. Dave’s son Nathan Fuller asked Jay and Judy Kross from Parkes to take on the event. The high numbers meant they had to hire the Forbes courts for the weekend and took over the Parkes Services Club carpark to accommodate everyone.
The tournament consisted of teams of four players across A, B, C and D grades, and attracted some very talented athletes, including current professional tour players David Clegg and Jennifer Condie, former Australian player and world number 64 Simon Carruthers, Australian Masters squash and indoor cricket representative Peter Bastow, former national champion Jesse Keegan, as well as local stars NSW title holder Lockie Miller, and NSW and Australian Champion Henry Kross.
Peter Bastow, who had come back to squash after a 19-year break, said he tried to play as many events as possible. “I did not know what to expect in Parkes coming here for the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised.”
Simon Carruthers said it was good to get out of Sydney. “It is great to see the squash community get behind Dave Fuller.”
Dave’s son Nathan was on hand to assist with the presentations and asked Parkes to host the event in 2022 again after the success this year.
Results – Men’s A: Parkes; Ladies A: Parkes; Men’s B: Wagga; Ladies B: Wyong; Men’s C: Springwood; Ladies C: Forbes; Men’s D: Crookwell; Ladies D: Dubbo.