BEFORE Christmas the conclusion of the 2012 Naracoorte Squash Club spring pennant season was completed on a very hot Wednesday evening.
Both the A and B grade matches were played in tough hot conditions with the outside temperature over 40 degrees.
A Grade: Top of the table after the regular season, the Dodge team were up against the second placed Ferrari team.
Unfortunately, due to injury, the Dodge team were missing their regular number one and highest ranked competition player Roger Dickenson, along with their reliable number four David Attwood.
The losses of these players proved hard to cover.
However Ferrari was also down a player with their number three player Tom Dennis not available.
The tie kicked off with the number ones playing and Ferrari's Nick Thring was a strong favourite to defeat the emergency Tim Koch.
Thring won comfortably despite some close patches during the rubber when Koch was able to get in the match. Thring won 3-0.
The number two match pitted James Tamblyn (Ferrari) against Peter Currie (Dodge) with Tamblyn favoured to win.
The contest proved a little tighter with Currie pushing Tamblyn to 10-9 in one of the games.
However in the end Tamblyn was too strong in the other two games and won 3-0.
The number three ranked Jack Johnson (Dodge) was a very strong favourite vs Ferrari's Francis English who was playing his second match for the evening as an emergency.
Johnson has been one of the most improved players this season and on paper a clear favourite.
In the end Johnson won convincingly 3-0.
The match up of the night both proved to be the number four ranked match-up between Ferrari's Francis English vs Ferrari's emergency player Scott Craig.
Dodge needed to win this rubber in straight games to have a chance of winning the grand final.
In the end both players had played extremely well and the end result the players were separated by just one point with Ferrari's English winning three games to two and 36 points to 35.
The second placed Ferrari team had managed to defeat top of the table all season Dodge team.
Ferrari 3 rubbers 9 games 96 points defeated Dodge 1 rubber, 5 games 84 points
B Grade: The B grade also had the top two ranked teams from the regular season matched up in the grand final.
The Cadbury team finished comfortably 11 points clear on top and had only lost one tie during the season.
However on paper there were some great match-ups, in particular the top ranked Rowan Wilkin vs Jack Johnson and the third ranked players Jamie Moore vs Liam Hay.
The results proved that these two teams were evenly matched and it was a very close tie.
The number one ranked Wilkin has led the Cadbury team from the front all season, winning most of his matches against Johnson.
It was an extremely tight contest with some great rallies in tough conditions.
Johnson managed to put his Nestle team in front with a very tight 3-0 win 28 points to 21.
Second ranked Kenn Jardine (Cadbury) vs Marlene Bull (Nestle) was another tight contest, with the experience of Bull pushing her higher ranked opponent.
In the end Cadbury's Jardine managed to win three games to one, 33 points to 19.
Third ranked (Cadbury) Moore vs Nestle (Hay) proved to be the match-up of the night, with the contest lasting the full five games.
Nestle's Hay managed to come out in front and pull off the upset win in a great rubber of squash.
The fourth ranked Isaac Noles (Cadbury) vs Jenny Dickenson (Nestle) was an entertaining match with Noles just a little too strong winning three games to one.
The washup: the tie ended up at two rubbers all and two games all.
The number one ranked Cadbury team getting up 117 points to 102 points.
All players should be congratulated for a wonderful night of squash.
Amazingly we are now quickly approaching the start of the new 2013 summer season, with A grade pennant played Wednesday evenings and B grade pennant played Tuesday evenings.
Seasons kick off with grading nights for B grade on Tuesday and February 5.
The season starts February 12.
A grade grading nights are next Wednesday and February 6 with the season starting February 13.
To be part of the competition ensure you contact Mel Dickenson on 0448 655 158 no later than Feburary 4.
New and returning players are more than welcome, both female and male players of all ages.
Spectators and emergency players always welcome to join in.
Come out and try out squash on one of our upcoming grading nights.