Oamaru clubs fight out division 1 title

Oamaru Excelsior beat Oamaru Squash Club on a countback to take out division one of this year’s Squash Midlands interclub competition.

The interclub finals were all scheduled to be played at the Ashburton courts on Friday night, but the Oamaru teams played it earlier to save them travelling to Ashburton.

They were clearly the two best teams all year so it was a deserved final match-up.

Meanwhile all the other matches were played at Ashburton, and there was no shortage of top-level finals squash on show.

Division 2 was close again, in a grade that always seems to be the most competitive.

The semi-finals were closely-contested, with Mackenzie losing hold of second place when getting upset by Temuka, allowing Rakaia to sneak into the final.

The final between Methven and Rakaia went right down to the last match, with Rakaia needing a 3-0 win to take that title, but they could only manage a 3-1 victory, leaving Methven as division 2 champions.

Division 3 was also a close-run thing this year, with Timaru unbeaten coming into the final, but the Methven team produced just enough to scrape through for the win.

Timaru required a 3-1 win in the very last match of the rubber, but after some tight games came up just short.

In Division 4 Timaru had been consistently the best team all year and they came up against Pleasant Point in the final, with Timaru proving too strong to take a deserved win.

Organisers said that with three of the four divisions coming down to the last match on finals night it demonstrated the strength and evenness of these grades and with the standard of squash improving each year Midlands squash is looking in good shape.