Border to host inaugural state title

Albury-Wodonga’s racquetball players turned in some outstanding performances at Wangaratta.

Albury-Wodonga’s racquetball players turned in some outstanding performances at Wangaratta.

RACQUETBALL is booming on the Border.

Only days after 23 Alb- ury-Wodonga players pick- ed up outstanding results at the Victorian championships at Wangaratta, officials have confirmed the Border will host the inaugural NSW racquetball titles next October.

The titles will be part of the national grand prix tournament and carry more than $10,000 in prizemoney.

Up to 180 players will line-up at Albury’s Commercial Club and the Wod- onga Squash and Racquetball Club with Australian squash great Sarah Fitz-Gerald to headline the entries.

National champion Cameron White, who is unbeaten in 14 years, will also play.

Border players will fancy their chances of success after collecting a swag of titles at Wangaratta earlier this month.

Gary Hosie proved the giant-killer by collecting the B grade crown while 15-year-old Tom Friere showed maturity beyond his years to win D grade.

Another grand prix rookie, Di Bailey, completed the trifecta when she claimed the silverware in the E grade event.

Campbell Shobbrook and Nicola Baines also acquitted themselves well.

The grand prix champion awards were presented during the championships with Chris Nicol (B grade runner-up), Friere (E grade champion), Mitchell Nero (E grade runner-up), Casey McPherson (F grade champion) and Darcy McPherson (F grade runner-up) recognised.

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