Queanbeyan Leagues Squash men go down in Pennant final

Queanbeyan Leagues Squash Club captain Shane Gurney plays a stroke against the Tuggeranong Vikings in the penultimate round of the ACT Autumn Pennant Series. Photo: Joshua Matic.

Queanbeyan Leagues Squash Club captain Shane Gurney plays a stroke against the Tuggeranong Vikings in the penultimate round of the ACT Autumn Pennant Series. Photo: Joshua Matic.

THE Queanbeyan Leagues Squash Club ACT Pennant first division side will stick together and give the Spring season a crack after going down in the Autumn competition grand final last Saturday.

Captain Shane Gurney said their opponents Dickson "were just too good" on the day at the Woden Squash Centre, and their extra finals experience got them over the line.

The north Canberra team raced out to a 6-1 lead on individual games won, before Gurney took the only set for Queanbeyan on the day in four games to reduce the final margin to 7-4.

Despite missing the chance to take a hat-trick of Autumn Pennant titles, Gurney was gracious in defeat, and said Dickson had been the best team all season and had every right to take the title.

"The last three grand finals we'd also played against them, so we probably got a bit lucky in the last competitions, but not this one," he said.

"Their number one and two [order of players to take the court] are very good, but their X-factor I thought was number three Hayden Ross who had come over from New Zealand because we didn't know how he would play."

The match was lost for Queanbeyan after two sets with Dickson reaching an unassailable lead.

In a battle of the competition's two best players, Queanbeyan's Jhie Gough took on Howie Johns in the opening set, going down four games to three, while Oliver Brown lost the second set in straight games.

Gurney said he would like his men to train more during the week ahead of the Spring season starting in August and they could add to their trophy cabinet.

"Everyone's backing up to play again, it's just a matter of being more consistent with practice and building more momentum," said Gurney.

The Autumn season proved to be tight overall, with Dickson claiming just one more individual game than Queanbeyan.

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