CENTRE COURT: Peter Taylor of Ipswich and Ben Harris of Brisbane train for the Australia Day Challenge Squash Weekend at Ipswich PCYC.
CENTRE COURT: Peter Taylor of Ipswich and Ben Harris of Brisbane train for the Australia Day Challenge Squash Weekend at Ipswich PCYC. CONTRIBUTED

Big names ready for a challenge

IPSWICH will host some of the country's finest squash players at the Ipswich PCYC from Friday.

Ipswich-based players such as Sunil Seth and Peter Taylor will mix it with the likes of former world number 10 Craig Rowland and world number 38 Mike Corren.

The women's draws include Laidley's Queensland representative Natalie Newton and current world number 41 Lisa Camilleri.

The Ipswich City Council and Australian Sports Commission are sponsoring The Australia Day Challenge, an international squash open tournament at the Limestone Park (Griffith Rd) venue.

The Australian Day Challenge invites Professional Men and Women to compete in the PSA (men) and WSA (women) open events at the tournament.

The PSA Men's Draw includes Players from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Pakistan and Guyana.

The WSA Women's Draw includes players from Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Korea and Estonia.

The Top Seed in the Men's Event is Corren from South Australia.

Corren has been a consistent performer over the past five years, winning numerous PSA events in Australia and New Zealand.

The number three seed is Ipswich product Seth.

Seth heads into the event in good form and with the confidence he took from defeating the highly rated Australian Rowland in five games late last year.

The Top Seed in the Ladies event is Camilleri from north Queensland.

Camilleri ended 2013 with a great run, winning the last three WSA Australian tournaments after returning from a problematic foot injury that kept her off court for over 12 months.

She is using the Australia Day Challenge as a launching pad into 2014, with the goal of climbing the world rankings again.

The ladies draw also includes Laidley star Newton.

Newton finished 2013 in good form after representing Southern Region at the State Titles, making the Queensland Sharks Team and helping them to their 10th successive national title at the Australian Junior Championships in September.

She was narrowly beaten in the Australian 19 years Girls Final at the AJC by Brisbane's Jessica Turnbull, who is also playing at the Ipswich event.

In conjunction with the PSA and WSA Open events the Ipswich Squash Open will also be played and will see other highly rated players such as Ipswich based Peter Taylor and Brisbane based Rowland competing. It is not just the elite who will compete.

The Ipswich Open includes a divisional or graded event to cater for all standards of players.

There will also be come-and-try sessions for juniors.



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