Russell Craymer (Hussey) and Sam Lane (Johnson) after a line six clash in the squash semis at St Mary’s.
Russell Craymer (Hussey) and Sam Lane (Johnson) after a line six clash in the squash semis at St Mary’s. Gerard Walsh

Squash hones fitness

RUSSELL Craymer reckons a game of squash each week gives some variety to his fitness regime as he prepares for his second Gold Coast Half Marathon.

Craymer, who is playing his first season, went down in three close games to another first-season player Sam Lane in Tuesday night's major semi final in Warwick Rose Squash Club fixtures.

A teacher at The Scots PGC College, Craymer played for the Warwick Water Rats in rugby union last season and is coaching a Toowoomba under-15 representative rugby league team.

“Squash is my main sport and I play for fitness,” he said.

“I ran the half marathon in one hour, 53 minutes, last year and want to get in the one forties this year.”

Lane, 16, is only in his first season of squash and reckons it is a great game.

“My mother (Jennie) played and the squash courts are just around the corner from home,” Lane said.

“There are a lot of short, sharp bursts in squash and it helps my fitness for Warwick premier football for Country Smiles Grinners.”

Lane won the clash with Craymer in three close games on Tuesday and wants to go up a line or two next season.

“I want to see how high I can go,” he said.

Minor premiers Hussey qualified for the grand final 10-9 on games from Team Johnson after each team won three rubbers.

Brendan Malone, Jason Anderson and Craig Beare were winners for Hussey while Neville Erskine, Angela McLeish and Sam Lane were victorious for Johnson.

Johnson will play Watson in the preliminary final on Tuesday at 6pm for the right to meet Hussey in the grand final on Friday week at 6pm.

Watson beat Clarke 4-2 on rubbers in the minor semi final.

Stuart Anderson, Gary Porter, Ross Newton and Helen Naumann were winners for Watson. Neil Erskine and his son Jordan won rubbers for Clarke.

Warwick Rose Squash Club committee member Michelle Anderson said on Tuesday night that numbers were up this season.

“We usually have eight teams but have gone up from five to six lines (players),” she said.

“There are nine juniors in senior fixtures.”

Juniors are catered for with coaching each Monday at 3.30pm.

Any juniors keen to play are asked to see coach Len Don at the St Mary's courts on Mondays. Information from Danny Lyons on 46611092.



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