There was no joshing around in Shepparton with top seed Josh Larkin coming from behind to win this year’s Squash International on Sunday.
Larkin, who trailed two games to one after three, showcased his talents as the number one seed to overcome Spaniard Bernat Jaume in five, claiming back-to-back titles.
Fifth seed Jaume took the opening game 11-8 before Larkin bounced baczk in the second game dropping only three points throughout.
Heading into the fifth and final game the points were locked at 10-all and with the title on the line, Australia’s top-seed clinically won two points, ending the thrilling contest after one hour and 19 minutes.
Played at the squash courts in Archer St, the four-day tournament finished with plenty of fanfare as competitors from far and wide, including 13 internationals, showcased their talents in the Goulburn Valley.
The region’s local talent also had the opportunity to have a hit on Saturday and Sunday, with more than 100 participants swinging through the annual event.
Meanwhile, in the women’s round-robin event Christine Nunn, Sarah Cardwell, Taylor Flavell and Laura Baressi all went head-to-head in an attempt to claim bragging rights.
However, it was Nunn who performed at a class above winning all three of her games 3-0.
Nunn was challenged in an emphatic match against Cardwell in which each game was only won by two points, while in other two matches the eventual winner only dropped a combined 16 points.
Goulburn Valley Squash president Damian Maidment was ecstatic with how the weekend transpired and cannot wait to do it all again.
‘‘We are one of the bigger squash centres, so it was fantastic to be exposed to such a high level of squash in country Victoria,’’ Maidment said.
‘‘There were plenty of locals that came through and a lot of people who we have not seen in a long time.
‘‘The turnout was great and hopefully everyone enjoyed the class that was on offer.’’
●Shepparton Squash Centre welcomes any new participants who would like to take up the sport.